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  • School Lunch Program Results Show Why Government Shouldn’t Dictate What Kids Eat

    Maybe this is crazy, but the number one dietary concern when it comes to school lunches should be that kids actually eat lunch. For all the pep talks from Michelle Obama about her Let’s Move campaign and regulations from the USDA, it seems that this basic concern has been sacrificed … More

    Moniz Finalizes Nuclear Loan Guarantee Subsidy

    Continuing the subsidy-first mentality of today’s energy policy, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz today announced the finalization of a $6.5 billion loan guarantee to Georgia Power and its partners, with an additional $1.8 billion pending for the Vogtle nuclear reactors, among the first being built after a 30-year dry spell in … More

    Obama Shouldn’t Decide Your Truck’s Gas Mileage

    It shouldn’t be President Obama calling the shots on the range for gas mileage for trucks. The President has instructed his Administration to foist a management decision on manufacturers of trucks and other heavy duty vehicles by directing the EPA and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to tighten fuel efficiency … More

    Did Climate Change Cause the California Drought? Or Big Government?

    While scientists continue to debate global warming, it’s undeniable that the federal government has had an active hand in exacerbating California’s drought. President Obama flew to Fresno, California, last Friday to announce a drought relief package and speak on climate change’s influence. Although no single weather event can be attributed … More

    USDA’s New Climate Hubs Repackage Old Micromanagement

    Everything old is new again when it comes to federal agriculture policy. The federal condescension that has become characteristic of many a farm bill’s agriculture programs has found new expression in the Obama Administration’s Climate Action Plan outreach to farmers. Last week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the … More

    Nuclear Trade Agreements: Not All That Glitters Is Gold

    The Senate Committee on Foreign Relations held an important hearing on 123 agreements—that is, agreements the U.S. makes with other countries that govern the exchange of components used in commercial nuclear power. It has been the consistent stance of the U.S. to minimize the proliferation of nuclear weapons. From the … More

    The Video That Explains the Desperate Need for Agriculture Policy Reform

    As part of their Downsizing Government project, the Cato Institute recently released a video which handily sums up the sorry state of agriculture policy and the desperate need for reform. Agriculture is a state-of-the-art industry that has left the average farmer very well off. Far from evoking images of characters … More

    H.R. 3766 Wrong Approach to Global Commercial Nuclear Growth

    Last week Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R–FL) introduced H.R. 3766, resurrecting the supposed “gold standard” for commercial nuclear trade. However, the bill discourages the very behavior that could help to solve the problems it aims to address. The global expansion of commercial nuclear power does present new challenges. In response, H.R. … More

    License to Kill: Unintended Consequences of Picking Winners in Energy

    The Department of Interior (DOI) on Monday published a final rule extending the time period energy companies can be permitted to kill, injure, or otherwise disturb eagles for up to 30 years. The rule has been in the works since 2012 and is an expansion of a similar 2009 rule … More

    No Room for Spending Cuts? How About Government Employee Trips to the Caribbean?

    If government employees can enjoy a stay in a luxury hotel made famous on The Bachelor, then surely Congress could find somewhere to make spending cuts. In November, a group of federal government employees connected with the U.S. Coral Reef Task Force enjoyed a trip to St. Croix, courtesy of … More