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    New Red Tape Rising Report: Regulation in Obama’s First Term

    Congress and the White House have been focused for much of this year on the federal budget—rightfully so, given perennial deficits and unsustainable levels of U.S. debt. However, federal spending accounts for only a portion of the burden placed on Americans by the government. Regulations impose huge additional costs, hindering … More

    The Outrageous Statements of Obama's EPA Nominee

    Today the Senate held a confirmation hearing for Gina McCarthy, President Obama’s nominee to head the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Heritage has provided its own questions for nominee McCarthy. If confirmed, and if her past statements are indicative of future actions, McCarthy’s tenure at the EPA will continue to lead … More

    Carbon Tax: Still a Bad Idea

    An anti-carbon tax amendment will likely be considered as the Senate attempts to pass its first budget in four years. While it has been made quite clear that passing a carbon tax would fail in both chambers of Congress, it is important to stress why enacting a carbon tax would … More

    Gas Prices: There Are Things the Government Can Do

    Gas prices have been consistently climbing across the country, up 46 cents per gallon in the past month and 20 cents higher than they were a year ago today. The pain at the pump appears to be on everyone’s front burner, except in Washington, D.C., where all the attention is … More

    Why Federal Transit Hasn’t Lived Up to Its Promises

    Next City, the nonprofit organization that produced this recent Super Bowl commercial parody, and other transit advocates claim that trains, buses, and even trolleys provide practical ways for people to travel between home and work, and places like church and the store. They say transit is affordable and helps the … More

    U.S. Beating China in Race for Clean Skies

    A cloud of photochemical smog from China drifted into Japan this week. The story highlights the fact that air pollution in China is getting worse—despite lamentations that the “world is passing us by” in clean energy. That quote came from Steven Chu, President Obama’s then-Secretary of Energy, in 2009. Chu … More

    How a FOIA Request Brought Down EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson

    Author Christopher Horner joined the Bloggers Briefing this week to discuss his new book, The Liberal War on Transparency, and how citizen journalists can use the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to hold the government accountable. “You’ve got Issa oversight, and you’ve got you oversight—FOIA and state open records laws,” … More

    EPA Gives Green Light for California's Costly Car Program

    Last week, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) granted a waiver to the state of California to move forward with its Advanced Clean Cars Program. The EPA waiver allows California to implement even tougher fuel efficiency standards than the White House announced last summer in an attempt to integrate more zero-emission … More

    Low Carbon Fuel Standards Will Drive Gas Prices Higher

    The national average of gasoline is $3.78 per gallon, with some drivers experiencing a price of more than $4 per gallon. The price at the pump, up nearly 40 cents from a year ago, has faded out of the political limelight but remains a top concern for American families on … More

    EPA Argues for Subsidizing Domestic Oil Production

    The Environmental Protection Agency’s world is chock full of external costs and external benefits that it must rectify with taxes, subsidies, and regulations.  For instance, to cure this world of CO2-itis, the EPA, along with the National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration (NHTSA), recently released the latest version of the … More