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    The U.S. Gets It Right on Smithfield

    The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) is charged with screening foreign investments to ensure they pose no risk to national security. CFIUS receives a great deal of criticism, some of it deserved. But the decision last week to approve Chinese firm Shuanghui’s $4.7 billion acquisition of … More

    Congressional Recess: The Battle of Ideas

    All the political action this month will take place outside Washington, D.C. And that’s as it should be. In a healthy republic, lawmakers hear from their constituents and then attempt to do what’s best for them and for the country. This August recess will be an especially busy one for … More

    Previewing President Obama’s Climate Change Speech

    When Congress rejected a cap-and-trade proposal to reduce carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions, a frustrated President said that cap and trade was only one way of skinning the cat and that he would look for other avenues to curb greenhouse gas emissions. On Tuesday, the President will outline … More

    EPA Finds a New Pollutant: Water

    According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), water can be regulated as a pollutant by the authority of the Clean Water Act (CWA). In saying so, the EPA implicates the very thing it was charged to protect. Ironic? In July 2012, Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli sued the EPA for … More

    EPA Regulations Could Cost America's Largest Utility $18 Billion

    Bloomberg reported Friday on the latest developments in the Environmental Protection Agency’s regulatory push against the fossil fuel industry. Southern Co., the largest American utility owner in terms of market share, now says it will lose up to $18 billion as a result of new EPA regulations. The planned regulations … More

    Protectionist Green NGOs are Hurting the World’s Poor

    Wrongheaded environmental policies and “green” protectionism are endangering millions of jobs and costing consumers in both developing and developed countries. A new report about the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), a global forest certification organization, entitled “Stop the War on the Poor—FSC and NGOs: Environmental Mythology,” highlights one aspect of the … More

    Failed EPA Votes Undermines Economy

    United States Senators went on record this afternoon and the result was unfortunate.  53 Senators voted against a resolution offered by Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) that would have disapproved of the Environmental Protection Agency’s backdoor global warming regulations.  Today’s outcome was a victory for anti-growth environmentalists, but a devastating loss … More

    NEW VIDEO: Heritage's Entry to the EPA Video Contest

    In case you had any doubts about whether Washington bureaucrats were completely out of touch with ordinary Americans, the Environmental Protection Agency is here to reassure you—they are. While Americans across the country have been tightening their belts and dealing with a wave of new taxes, fees, and regulations, the … More

    School Choice Bad for the Environment?

    No, it’s not a joke. It’s the finding from a new paper published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology. The argument is school choice leads to more driving which results in more vehicle emissions. The abstract says, “that eliminating district-wide school choice (i.e., returning to a system with neighborhood … More

    Obama Administration Planning for More Green Tape

    In a plan that was intended to be quick and temporary, Congress passed a $787 billion stimulus plan, which included large sums of money to fund infrastructure projects. Never mind the fact that the stimulus bill was a bad idea, the amount of environmental regulatory tape standing in the way … More