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    Environmentalists Sue, Settle, and Apologize Later

    Environmental groups are the biggest abusers of a legal tactic known as “sue and settle,” according to a recent report from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. It works this way: An environmental advocacy group sues a federal agency—usually the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) or Department of Interior—charging that the government … More

    Green-Energy Projects Face Opposition From Green Groups

    “We need green energy. Just not here.” Do those words sound familiar? That’s quite often the case with so-called proponents of green energy. The acronym NIMBY (not in my back yard) should really be replaced with BANANA (build absolutely nothing anywhere near anything), according to Ryan Yonk, coauthor of a … More

    Two Cheers for House Energy Bill

    Often when policymakers introduce legislation in Washington, the title of the bill doesn’t always correspond with what the bill actually does. This is not one of those times. U.S. House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R–CA) recently introduced the Domestic Energy and Jobs Act, which would greatly improve access to America’s … More

    U.S. Chamber and AFL-CIO Join Forces to Lobby for Spending Spree

    The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the AFL-CIO do not agree on much. But they have joined forces to persuade Congress to spend more on infrastructure. On the surface it looks like a story of right and left uniting for the common good. As AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka told the Chamber’s board … More

    Controversial Obama Judicial Nominee Faces Possible Senate Filibuster

    A lifetime appointment to the federal bench is now selling for $700,000. At least that was the cost for Rhode Island judicial nominee Jack McConnell, who has donated that sum of money to Democrats in the two decades before President Obama tapped him for federal district court. McConnell faces a … More

    Stalled Energy Projects Harm Economy

    Since the Gulf oil spill nearly a year ago, the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement has issued just one deepwater drilling permit — but oil rig owners aren’t alone when it comes to permitting problems. Renewable, coal, natural gas, nuclear and transmission energy projects across the … More

    Here's a Good Start, Mr. President: 20 Burdensome Regulations

    While there is much in today’s address by President Obama to the US Chamber of Commerce to unpack, one issue that deserves response were his remarks about addressing unnecessary regulation. The President again promoted his government-wide search for “outdated and unnecessary regulations,” stating that “if there are rules on the books that … More

    NAFTA Should Not Take the Fall for Mexico’s Failure to Reform

    Participants at a recent conference in Washington blamed Mexico’s failure to achieve above-average economic growth in the past decade on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).  This criticism is unfair and unwise.  The NAFTA agreement is one of the best examples in recent history of a successful, mainstream, and … More

    Free Trade Fact of the Day

    The U.S. Chamber of Commerce recently unveiled TradeRoots.org which “is the only sustained, national trade education program dedicated to raising grassroots support and public awareness about the importance of international trade to local communities.” Their “Facts” page includes: Exports have been growing two to three times faster than the economy … More