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  • School Sunscreen Ban Leaves Student Severely Sunburned

    06/26/2012 5:27:26 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 55 replies
    ABC News ^ | June 24, 2012 | Tanya Rivero
    Severely sunburned at school, Violet and Zoe Michener came home from field day so burned that their mother rushed them to the hospital. It was scorching pain that could have been avoided. Violet and Zoe Michener came home from field day so burned that their mother rushed them to the hospital. The sisters aren't just fair-skinned. Zoe has a form of albinism that makes her particularly sun-sensitive. "Yeah, I was crying about my sunburn," Zoe said. Mother Jesse Michener of Tacoma, Wash. said she regrets not putting sunscreen on them that morning since it was raining. Even so, doctors...
  • Bid to kill EPA coal plant regulations thwarted in Senate

    06/20/2012 11:23:22 AM PDT · by Nachum · 35 replies
    The Hill ^ | 6/20/12 | Ben Geman and Daniel Strauss
    Senate lawmakers on Wednesday blocked a GOP-led effort to scuttle Environmental Protection Agency regulations that mandate cuts in mercury pollution and other toxic emissions from coal-fired power plants. The 46-53 vote against Sen. James Inhofe’s (R-Okla.) resolution staves off what would have been a stinging election-year rebuke of the White House green agenda. Five Republicans joined 48 Democrats in blocking Inhofe’s measure to overturn regulations that coal industry groups and other critics contend will hurt the economy, cause power costs to spike and force numerous plants to shutter.
  • EPA is set to announce tougher soot standards

    06/15/2012 4:39:13 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | June 15, 2012 | By Juliet Eilperin
    WASHINGTON - The Environmental Protection Agency will announce a proposal Friday to tighten the nation's soot standards, a move that could help deliver major health benefits by the end of the decade but force some oil refiners, manufacturers, and other operations to invest in pollution-abatement upgrades. Industry officials and environmentalists said the proposal, which will be made final by mid-December, would have far-reaching implications for both the U.S. economy and public health.
  • New Federal Regulations cost in excess of US$100 million. It increased by 60 pc since 2005.

    06/11/2012 5:57:55 AM PDT · by se99tp · 1 replies
    Christian Concepts Daily ^ | June 11th, 2012 | Dr Norman Bailey
    Would unfettered markets maximize social wellbeing? This is where the weakness of the arguments for tighter financial market regulation lies. It is not in the thesis or the framing of the question, but rather in the conclusion that is reached. To a large extent, the argument for ever-increasing regulation is like the argument that in order to minimize the risk of being run over by a car, one should walk as little as possible, or, alternatively, that in order not to catch the flu, one should stay indoors. This argument is embodied in the EU’s so-called ‘precautionary principle’ which essentially...
  • Who’s science and math do you buy? The EPA’s?

    06/05/2012 5:42:55 PM PDT · by Mark Landsbaum · 6 replies
    Government agencies, who have a vested interest in justifying what they spend, expanding what they do and making a case for more of both, are hardly disinterested parties. Witness the EPA, that political entity dating to the Nixon Administration, which was created much like opening a Pandora’s box. The unforeseen consequences continue to pour forth to degrees not even Rachel Carson could have imagined. One of the short-comings of the mainstream media is that it swallows then regurgitates so much of what the government has to say about itself without bothering to critically examine, or even to seek out other...
  • EPA Enforcers: 'Way Of Life Act' Needed;' 'Individual Change' Isn't Enough

    06/05/2012 3:25:38 PM PDT · by Nachum · 21 replies
    CNS News ^ | 6/5/12 | Craig Bannister
    n preparation for Obama-EPA Regional Administrator Al Armendariz’s testimony before the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Wednesday, Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) released a video montage of Obama EPA Regional Administrators longing to impose a green “Way Of Life Act” on Americans through the regulatory regime of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Regional Administrators talk of how they plan to “crucify” domestic energy producers, make their businesses “painful every step of the way,” or otherwise compel a green way-of-life. Recently, Sen. Inhofe uncovered a video of Region 6 Administrator Al Armendariz admitting that EPA’s “general philosophy” is to “crucify” and...
  • Region 1 EPA Administrator: Obama coal rules ‘painful every step of the way'

    06/04/2012 3:59:28 PM PDT · by bobsunshine · 13 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | June 4, 2012 | Caroline May
    Oklahoma Republican Sen. James Inhofe plans to highlight a little-known speech by an EPA regional administrator who admitted on video that the Obama’s administration’s air regulations will kill the coal industry. “Lisa Jackson has put forth a very powerful message to the country. Just two days ago, the decision on greenhouse gas performance standard and saying basically gas plants are the performance standard which means if you want to build a coal plant you got a big problem. That was a huge decision,” Region 1 EPA Administrator Curtis “Curt” Spalding says, in footage filmed at Yale University. “You can’t imagine...
  • Financial Markets in Permanent Turmoil

    06/04/2012 11:44:24 AM PDT · by se99tp · 2 replies
    Christian Concepts Daily ^ | June 4th, 2012 | Norman Bailey, Alexander Mirtchev
    Among the reactions to the global financial and economic crisis of 2008-2009 none was expressed with more ardor than the call for increasingly tighter and more comprehensive regulation of market activity, with a particular focus on the housing and financial sectors. The uncertainty brought about by the crisis expressed itself in a growing feeling of helplessness and subsequent anger. This anger was generally directed at the perceived failure of market capitalism, but its specific targets were the ‘greedy bankers’ and the financial markets as a whole.
  • World stocks fall on dismal US hiring report

    06/04/2012 4:17:22 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 9 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | May 4, 2012 | PAMELA SAMPSON, AP
    BANGKOK (AP) — World markets took a beating Monday as another setback for the U.S. economic recovery sent investors fleeing from stocks. A weak U.S. jobs report flustered investors and intensified fears that a global recession was in the making. The dismal report released Friday came on the heels of other data that showed weak economic conditions in Europe and Asia.
  • More Austinites drilling private wells to water lawns [unshared misery alert]

    06/03/2012 5:42:05 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 70 replies
    The Austin-American Statesman ^ | June 2, 2012 | Dave Harmon
    ..........Austin isn't considering any ordinances to regulate drilling for water, said Daryl Slusher, an assistant director at the Austin Water Utility, but "we're definitely watching it. We are definitely concerned about the impact of folks doing this." Slusher's main concern is the effect residential drilling will have on attitudes toward water. Once people have shelled out tens of thousands of dollars for a well, he said, they don't have much incentive to conserve water. In fact, the more water they pump from the aquifer, the faster they can recoup their investment. "When neighbors see people watering any time they want...
  • Jerry Brown moves to protect high-speed rail project from environmental lawsuits [For "Jobs"]

    06/02/2012 12:53:51 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 22 replies
    The Sacramento Bee ^ | June 2, 2012 | David Siders
    The Brown administration, laboring to start building California's high-speed rail project by early next year, is preparing a proposal to insulate the project from environmental lawsuits, limiting circumstances in which a court may block construction of the line. The proposal, criticized by environmentalists as it emerged on Friday, would protect the $68 billion project from court-ordered injunctions that might otherwise be issued under the California Environmental Quality Act. .............The state has previously protected major projects from environmental challenges. Brown, a Democrat, signed legislation last year accelerating judicial review of environmental challenges to a proposed football stadium in Los Angeles. At...
  • CARB’s Mary Nichols disallows presentation of public concerns on cap-and-trade carbon trading

    05/31/2012 5:44:28 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 8 replies
    watts Up With That? ^ | May 31, 2012 | Guest post by Lorraine Yapps Cohen
    California Air Resources Board (CARB) met on Thursday, May 24. On the agenda was discussion toward deciding where and how to spend the billions raised from cap-and-trade carbon trading in the state.At the public meeting was Betty Plowman, who attended the meeting to present a letter on behalf of the industries that CARB calls polluters, the California Construction Trucking Association (CCTA) and California Dump Truck Owners Association. The letter describes CARB’s threats to these industries, induced by the Board’s regulations that are, in turn, based on junk science. The letter’s signatories indicate intention to seek reparations for the regulated class...
  • Dimon’s Déjà Vu Debacle

    05/21/2012 6:53:00 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 5 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 5/20/2012 | Paul Krugman
    Sometimes it’s hard to explain why we need strong financial regulation — especially in an era saturated with pro-business, pro-market propaganda. So we should always be grateful when someone makes the case for regulation more compelling and easier to understand. And this week, that means offering a special shout-out to two men: Jamie Dimon and Mitt Romney. I’ll come back shortly to the troubles at JPMorgan Chase, the bank Mr. Dimon runs. First, however, let me talk about Mr. Romney, whose remarks about those troubles were so off-point that they constitute a teachable moment. Here’s what the presumptive Republican presidential...
  • Owner of solar-powered home fights neighbor's trees, gains little ground - "Right to sunlight"

    05/20/2012 7:21:57 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 162 replies
    Tampa Bay - St. Petersburg Times ^ | May 20, 2012 | Will Hobson
    LARGO — Last summer, Mike Zwalley put a $65,000 solar energy system on his roof. The system — a 30-gallon solar water heater and 44 black panels that convert sunlight into electricity — cut Zwalley's electric bill from $300 to $400 per month to $10 to $20. About two months after Zwalley installed the system at his waterfront home off Indian Rocks Road, his next-door neighbor planted three cypress trees, each about 10 feet tall, along his property line. Zwalley, a 58-year-old car salesman, was not happy. He had asked the neighbor, Wade Gibson, not to plant the trees there....
  • Cravaack wants to end federal regulations for fishing guides on Mille Lacs Lake

    05/19/2012 7:26:37 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 4 replies
    The Duluth News Tribune ^ | May 12, 2012 | By: News Tribune staff
    Calling it an “intrusive overreach into Minnesota’s great fishing tradition,” Rep. Chip Cravaack announced Saturday that he will seek to end federal authority over some outdoors activities on Minnesota’s Mille Lacs Lake. Cravaack, R-North Branch, is targeting Coast Guard regulations requiring a so-called “six-pack” license for fishing guides or anyone operating a boat for hire with up to six passengers. The regulations stem from the Coast Guard determining in 2010 that Mille Lacs is a “federally navigable” body of water. “This new Coast Guard regulation, being funded at taxpayer expense, is taking a toll on the Mille Lacs Lake resort-based...
  • 200,000 Blue Collar Coal Miners Who Power America Threatened by Obama EPA

    05/11/2012 11:28:21 AM PDT · by Nachum · 37 replies
    Fox News ^ | 5/11/2012 | Fox News
    In obscure, blue-collar towns across Appalachia -- places that most Americans have never seen -- generations of coal miners have toiled away at back-breaking labor to power American homes and industry. Now, as many as 200,000 of them who dig, process, transport and burn America's most abundant fuel are threatened by EPA's latest coal rule. It imposes a standard for emissions that is all but impossible for many plants to meet. It requires coal-fired plants to release no more than 1,000 pounds of carbon dioxide per megawatt hour. The only means for many older plants to attain that standard is...

    05/10/2012 9:54:11 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 48 replies
    Today, as part of the Obama Administration’s unprecedented government-wide regulatory review, the White House announced five final rules that will save nearly $6 billion in the next five years by eliminating outdated requirements and unjustified costs. To ensure that the federal government continues this important work, the President also signed a new Executive Order today, making it a continuing obligation of our government to scrutinize rules on the books to see if they really make sense. Today’s announcements mark an important milestone in the ambitious regulatory “lookback” that President Obama ordered in 2011 to cut through unnecessary red tape while...
  • Americans with Disabilities Act covers ‘bashful bladder syndrome,’ could cost employers billions

    05/10/2012 5:22:21 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 53 replies
    It could cost U.S. employers between $2 billion and $4 billion to comply with an obscure Americans with Disabilities Act regulation meant to protect workers who are gun-shy in public restrooms. According to an informal discussion letter the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued in August 2011, “paruresis” — more commonly known as “shy bladder syndrome” — qualifies as a disability under the amended Americans with Disabilities Act.
  • Tale of Two Commencements

    05/09/2012 10:40:04 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 1 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | May 8, 2012 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Georgetown, a Jesuit university which refuses to provide contraceptive coverage in accordance with its catholic designation, is inviting as a speaker the federal official who is most determined to make them do so—U. S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius. “Secretary Sebelius is not speaking at Georgetown’s commencement,” Georgetown spokesman Rachel Pugh said in an email to The Cardinal Newman Society (CNS). “She is speaking at Georgetown Public Policy Institute’s annual student and faculty awards event.” “The nation’s oldest Catholic and Jesuit university has chosen to honor Sebelius by granting her a prestigious platform at its Public Policy...
  • Refiners are being squeezed

    05/09/2012 10:27:14 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 1 replies
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | May 9, 2012 | By Charles T. Drevna
    America’s petroleum refiners manufacture safe, proven and reliable high-quality fuels and other products in an environmentally responsible manner to keep America moving, our economy growing, our citizens employed and our nation secure. But refiners are being squeezed by costly government overregulation, foreign competition, high oil prices and reduced fuel demand. A recent report by the Department of Energy found the compounded burden of federal regulations was a significant factor in the closing of 66 oil refineries in the United States in the past 20 years, wiping out thousands of jobs. Two money-losing refineries in the Philadelphia area are threatened with...
  • Bureaucrats on Board: Mandating Electronic Recorders for Truckers

    05/08/2012 4:22:37 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies ^ | May 8, 2012 | By James Gattuso
    America’s truckers are known for their independence, often driving alone in their rigs from one end of the country to the other. Now Congress wants to give them company in the form of an electronic “big brother.” Under a provision buried in the 600-page transportation bill recently passed by the Senate, truckers large and small would be required to buy and maintain “electronic on-board recorders” (EOBRs) that would document their travel time and distance. The annual cost to truckers and trucking firms: $2 billion. EOBRs are devices that record how long a truck is in motion and the distance traveled....
  • School pool drains being repaired to meet federal safety regulations

    05/08/2012 4:15:31 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies
    Chicago Tribune Local - Libertyville ^ | May 8, 2012 | By Amy Alderman
    Pre-construction demolition work begins this week on Libertyville and Vernon Hills pools. Pool drains are being repaired to meet federal safety regulations requiring drains that won’t trap swimmers under water. Libertyville’s pool was drained over the weekend and the pool in Vernon Hills was scheduled to to be drained Wednesday. The high school pools were among about 400 public pools and hot tubs statewide that had not yet complied with the law, according to Illinois Department of Public Health officials.
  • Letter: New Storm Legislation Brings a Warning

    05/07/2012 4:13:59 PM PDT · by matt04 · 9 replies
    The Daily Wilton ^ | Rep. Gail Lavielle (R-Wilton CT)
    Last fall’s monumental storms affected almost everyone in Connecticut. People were inconvenienced, impatient, and angry. The ill, elderly, and disabled were exposed to significant risks. We were shocked at how long it took to restore service, and how hard it was to get answers. First responders and town organizations rose to the occasion, but they were stretched to their limits. Schools were closed for days on end. The situation got old very fast. No one wanted to go through the same thing again, ever. Not surprisingly, there was an initial clamor for action. Several of us called for public hearings,...
  • Developers Overlook Complex Accessibility Regulations, Fed Catches up

    05/05/2012 7:41:02 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 16 replies
    Epoch Times (NY) ^ | May 3, 2012 | By Amelia Pang
    NEW YORK—The confusing tangle of regulations from multiple unrelated federal entities, along with state and local regulations, has lead to increased accessibility lawsuits against unsuspecting local developer and architects. Many New York City developers and businesses thought it would suffice to meet the accessibility standards under Local Law 58, but unmet federal regulations have triggered recent lawsuits. The Department of Justice (DOJ), under the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), is currently targeting the top 50 New York restaurants for accessibility inspections. “These are big-deal, famous-chef restaurants,” Stratton said. “They use the Zagat guide to identify the top restaurants.” Some restaurants...
  • Federal energy policy? Be careful what you wish for

    05/05/2012 7:09:11 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 4 replies
    Salem News (OH) ^ | May 5, 2012 | Editorial
    Last month President Barack Obama signed an executive order that could lead to more federal rules on gas drilling. Obama said it is important to take advantage of natural gas resources, but he added air and water quality must be safeguarded. Of course. But what Obama did last week was to establish a "working group" to coordinate federal oversight of the natural gas industry. It will be headed by Heather Zichal, who is deputy assistant to the president for energy and climate change. Zichal is no friend of fossil fuels. She once worked with the Sierra Club and was an...
  • Area fishermen need relief from federal regulations

    05/05/2012 6:50:07 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 4 replies
    Daytona Beach News-Journal ^ | May 4, 2012 | Editorial
    Fishermen in the Daytona Beach area and throughout the South Atlantic region may get relief soon from the federal government. But the fishermen won't be asking for a federal bailout. Instead, they will simply be hoping for an easing of federal regulations that do not allow the taking of red snapper in the southern portion of U.S. Atlantic waters. The restriction, which came in early 2010, has hurt Florida fishermen and tamped down tourism-related economic activity in the Daytona Beach and Flagler County areas. In 2010, commercial fishing trips out of Volusia County were down 49 percent from 2000 numbers....
  • EPA regulations swat town’s mosquito aerial spray efforts

    05/05/2012 6:37:46 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 28 replies
    Delta County Independent (CA) ^ | May 2, 2012 | by Hank Lohmeyer
    New regulations from the Environmental Protection Agency that carry onerous requirements for permitting for applicators, increased threat of lawsuits, and crippling fines for violations have led the area's local spray operator to drop the aerial service. "This is thanks to the Obama EPA," Orchard City Mayor Don Suppes noted. Orchard City's aerial mosquito spraying program, begun several years ago to combat West Nile Virus, has been highly successful and popular with town residents, Suppes said. Various news accounts of new EPA spraying regulations point out the onerous permitting requirements and fines of up to $37,500 per day for violations. New...
  • Obama criticized in reversal on child farm-labor regulations

    04/29/2012 6:58:19 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 42 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 29, 2012 | By Sam hananel
    The Obama administration’s move to scrap a plan that would prevent some children from working in dangerous farm jobs drew sharp rebukes Friday from child-welfare advocates who claim the president caved in to election-year pressure from farmers and Republicans. The Labor Department spent more than a year working on the proposal to ban children younger than 16 from using power-driven farm equipment — including tractors — and prevent those under 18 from working in grain silos, feed lots and stockyards. The goal was to protect children, who are four times more likely to be killed while performing farm work than...
  • Air Resources Board, it’s from the government and here to help you. Right.

    04/25/2012 10:33:59 AM PDT · by Mark Landsbaum · 2 replies
    As we’ve seen, you can’t believe what politicians tell you. Yes, that’s a shocker, we know. But voters seem to buy the same old clap trap time after time then wonder what went wrong. Just more evidence of our point from some weeks ago. So, you might recall some years ago the Legislature adopted and the governor at that time, a former movie actor, signed into law the much trumpeted Global Warming Solutions Act. What could go wrong? . . .
  • Dodd-Franks requires 24 million hours to comply

    04/19/2012 1:24:19 PM PDT · by freedombiz · 4 replies
    ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER ^ | 4-19-12 | Jan Norman
    Financial businesses — from banks to investment advisers — will spend 24 million hours a year to comply with the first 185 regulations to implement the Dodd Frank Act, according to the House of Representatives' Financial Services Committee.
  • Obama to pitch $52M plan to regulate oil markets

    04/17/2012 5:32:47 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 28 replies
    FOX News ^ | April 17, 2012
    WASHINGTON – Under pressure to take action on rising gasoline prices, President Obama wants Congress to strengthen federal supervision of oil markets, increase penalties for market manipulation and empower regulators to increase the amount of money energy traders are required to put behind their transactions. The White House plan, which Obama was to unveil Tuesday, is more likely to draw sharp election-year distinctions with Republicans than have an immediate effect on prices at the pump. The measures seek to boost spending for Wall Street enforcement at a time when congressional Republicans are seeking to limit the reach of federal financial...
  • You thought it was only greedy capitalists who find California unfriendly?

    04/12/2012 2:48:56 PM PDT · by Mark Landsbaum · 13 replies
    le this under “There (almost) goes the neighborhood.” Lucasfilm announced this week that despite many years of planning and investment, the continuing regulatory delays and furious opposition of neighbors has led the company to abandon efforts to build a large production studio in Marin County, north of San Francisco. “We have several opportunities to build the production stages in communities that see us as a creative asset, not as an evil empire, and if we are to stay on schedule we must act on those opportunities,” Lucasfilm said it a statement . . .
  • EPA Rule Proposes First-Ever Carbon Limits on Power Plants

    03/28/2012 8:36:32 AM PDT · by Mikey_1962 · 16 replies
    New American ^ | 3-27-12 | Brian Koenig
    The Obama administration is surging forward with a first-of-its-kind EPA rule for new power plants, in what Republicans and industry groups say will inflate electricity prices and possibly kill off coal, the preeminent U.S. energy source. The EPA announced the rule Tuesday, with a goal to curb carbon dioxide emissions by imposing strict regulations on new coal-fired plants, including a limit that caps plant emissions to not more than 1,000 tons of carbon dioxide per megawatt-hour of energy generated. "Right now there are no limits to the amount of carbon pollution that future power plants will be able to put...
  • Study: EPA regulations eliminate more than 1,850 jobs

    03/23/2012 6:58:00 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/23/2012 | Tina Korbe
    According to a study published on the American Action Forum website, recent Environmental Protection Agency regulations have led to the elimination of nearly 2,000 jobs.The energy companies American Electric Power, FirstEnergy, GenOn and Midwest Generation announced recently that they will have to close five, nine, eight and two power plants, respectively, to meet EPA requirements.Specifically, the EPA’s Utility MACT rule, a part of the agency’s Mercury and Air Toxic Standards, is toxic to jobs. When the EPA introduced the rule suspiciously close to Christmas (hoping to fly under the radar much?), a number of industry experts explained that opposition to...
  • W.H.: Fewer regs than under Bush

    03/20/2012 9:59:56 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 19 replies
    W.H.: Fewer regs than under Bush By: Darius Dixon March 20, 2012 11:03 AM EDT A top White House official Tuesday defended the administration against charges that it’s trigger-happy with regulations, saying that fewer final regs have been issued under President Barack Obama than during the same period under George W. Bush. “In terms of just the facts, the Obama administration’s issued fewer final rules in the first three years than the [George W.] Bush administration did in the first three years,” White House regulatory chief Cass Sunstein told the roughly 70-strong audience at a POLITICO breakfast event at the...
  • ObamaCare’s consequences for your doctor, your coverage, your bill

    03/22/2012 3:02:30 PM PDT · by landsbaum · 7 replies
    Remember when President Barack Obama assured everyone: “If you like your health-care plan, you’ll be able to keep your health-care plan. Period. No one will take it away, no matter what.” How’d that work out? . . . Remember when Obama said, over and over, that ObamaCare would lower annual family health-insurance premiums by $2,500 before the end of his first term as president? How’d that work out? . . .
  • Amendment to highway bill sideswipes Little Tobacco

    03/18/2012 6:01:05 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 45 replies · 1+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | March 17, 2012 | Rosalind S. Helderman
    Nobody mentioned tobacco last week when the U.S. Senate adopted an amendment to the $109 billion federal highway bill. But tucked into the 5,600-word amendment to provide aid for rural schools was a single paragraph that would settle a two-year-old fight between Big Tobacco and a small Ohio company that builds a do-it-yourself machine that allows smokers to get their cigarettes a lot cheaper. The amendment would reclassify tobacco shops that offer the machines as “tobacco manufacturers,” imposing on them new regulations and higher taxes, and it opens a window into the ways of Washington, where the powerful and the...
  • Marxists gang up on Old MacDonald’s Farm

    03/17/2012 1:43:48 PM PDT · by opentalk · 30 replies
    Canada Freepress ^ | March 16, 2012 | Judi McLeod
    Old MacDonald had a farm. Until the Marxists stepped in, that is. With the American dream of the Constitutional Republic fast fading from view, the family farm is next on the Obama regime’s ever expanding hit list. ...The agenda to wipe out the family farm is being set by a deadly duo, George Soros, who is buying up farmland like some folks buy Black Friday goodies, and the Communist-cheered Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis. We the People can count on food being the new frontier for takeover by control seeking Marxists frontier for takeover by control seeking Marxists installed...
  • Pool-mageddon avoided — for now

    03/16/2012 7:29:58 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 35 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 15, 2012 | Stephen Dinan
    <p>The Justice Department on Thursday issued a 60-day stay of execution for hundreds of thousands of public pools which had been required to install ramps and wheelchair lifts by today or else face lawsuits over violating disability laws.</p>
  • API: Proposed EPA Emission Rules Will Reduce Shale Gas Drilling

    03/15/2012 12:18:03 PM PDT · by thackney · 21 replies
    Rig Zone ^ | March 15, 2012 | Karen Boman
    Proposed regulations by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to reduce air emissions from hydraulic fracturing operations would drastically reduce shale gas drilling by 31 percent to 52 percent, or 12,700 to 21,400 wells, over the 2012 to 2015 time period, according to a study by the American Petroleum Institute (API). The API study also found that: 5.8 to 7.0 quadrillion Btu (Quads) of otherwise economic unconventional natural gas would not be developed and produced by 2015, a 9 percent to 11 percent reduction 1.8 billion barrels of otherwise economic unconventional liquids would not be developed and produced by 2015,...
  • Texas vs. California - California may be dreaming, but Texas is working

    03/14/2012 7:37:45 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 27 replies
    The National Review ^ | March 14, 2012 | Chuck DeVore
    One in five Americans calls California or Texas home. The two most populous states have a lot in common: a long coast, a sunny climate, a diverse population, plenty of oil in the ground, and Mexico to the south. Where they diverge is in their governance. For six years ending in 2010, I represented almost 500,000 people in California’s legislature. I was vice chairman of the Assembly Committee on Revenue and Taxation and served on the Budget Committee. I was even a lieutenant colonel in the state’s National Guard. Before serving in Sacramento, I worked as an executive in California’s...
  • Regulation Nation: New study finds Obama’s regs cost $46 billion a year

    03/13/2012 8:40:15 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 32 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 03/13/12 | Paul Bedard
    Some 10,215 new federal regulations from the Obama administration are costing consumers, businesses and the economy overall $46 billion annually, more than five times the regulatory price tag of former President Bush in his first three years in office. Worse: just implementing those regulations had a one-time additional cost of $11 billion, according to a Heritage Foundation analysis provided to Washington Secrets.
  • 5 Ways Government Could Cut Gasoline Prices Quickly

    03/08/2012 7:41:05 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 22 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 03/08/2012 | John Merline
    When President Obama talks about today's sky-high gasoline prices, he almost always laments that there's little anyone can do in the short term to bring them down. "There is no silver bullet" is his common refrain, one he used again at his press conference on Tuesday. But as gasoline prices reach historic highs — they've shot up more than 28 cents a gallon in just the past month — the government could make a dent.
  • State AGs Join To Fight Obama's Reelection

    03/06/2012 7:44:46 AM PST · by lbryce · 8 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | March 5, 2012 | Paul Bedard
    Choking on dozens of new and costly federal regulations, several Republican state attorneys general on Monday pledged to hit the campaign trail against President Obama, calling his administration the most oppressive ever. Their fear: A reelected Obama will unleash more regulations governing health care, the environment and labor relations that now has a majority of the states -- 29 -- suing the federal government for overstepping its authority. “Most people who have to face reelection are usually restrained in their first term because they know they have to face the voters one more time,” said South Carolina Attorney General Alan...
  • In experiment, US offers up to $500 for fishermen not to fish - Mass. saltwater devotees uneasy

    03/02/2012 9:45:30 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 16 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | March 2, 2012 | Jenn Abelson
    Pat Judge, an avid sport fisherman, has been walking around with a $500 check in his pocket for a week, trying to decide whether to cash it. That’s because the money comes with a catch: Judge must agree to turn in his $10 recreational saltwater fishing license for the year. In an unusual experiment being conducted only in Massachusetts, the federal government is surveying anglers to figure out how much it would cost to persuade Judge and 1,899 others not to fish off the coast. But officials say the purpose is not to actually reduce fishing. Instead, they say, the...
  • Inspection Service Authority; Seizure and Forfeiture

    02/27/2012 7:22:14 AM PST · by In Maryland
    The Federal Register ^ | Monday, February 27, 2012 | Postal Service
    "Although CAFRA [Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform Act] enacted a provision granting attorney fees to substantially prevailing parties in civil judicial forfeitures, the regulations make it clear that the Postal Service is not liable for attorney fees or costs in administrative forfeiture proceedings, even if the matter is referred to the U.S. Attorney and the U.S. Attorney declines to initiate a judicial forfeiture on the property." - page 11437

    02/24/2012 2:51:08 PM PST · by Lucky9teen · 27 replies
    Kids who open lemonade stands are now shutdown by police. I tried to open a lemonade stand legally in NYC. That was quite an adventure. It takes 65 days to get permission from the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. With government adding 80,000 pages of rules and regulations every year, it's no surprise that regular people break laws without even trying. A small businessman spent 6 years in federal prison for breaking Honduran regulations (and, to make it worse, the Honduran government said he didn't). A family in Idaho can't build a home on their land because the EPA...

    02/24/2012 4:25:36 AM PST · by Lucky9teen · 59 replies · 1+ views
    111th CONGRESS 1st Session H. R. 553N.17715 To provide for silliness regulatory reform, to protect bloggers and posters, to enhance FReeper understanding of silly issues, to regulate the over-the-internet slap-happy threads, and for other purposes. IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES February 24, 2012 Mr. YANKY of the 57th State of the Union, introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Silly Services, and in addition to the Committees on Giddy, Zany and Cockamamy, the Forums, Moderators, the Podcasts, Blogs and Thread Reform, and Ways and Means, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in...
  • US FY 2013 Budget: EPA Focuses........ (Obama 2nd Term Alert)

    02/21/2012 9:22:38 AM PST · by Erik Latranyi · 1 replies
    Between the Poles Blog ^ | 19 Feb 2012 | Geoff Zeiss
    The U.S. Administration has proposed a budget of $8.344 billion for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for FY 2013, $105 million below the EPA’s budget for FY 2012. National Fuel Economy and Greenhouse Gas Standards Program - Increase In November, 2011, the EPA and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued a joint proposal to extend the National Program of greenhouse gas and fuel economy standards to model year 2017 through 2025 passenger vehicles. The comment period for the proposal for the proposal ended February 13, 2012. In addition the EPA and the NHTSA have announced the first...
  • House Republicans plot repeal of Obama education regulations

    02/20/2012 4:14:45 PM PST · by Libloather · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/20/12 | Pete Kasperowicz
    House Republicans plot repeal of Obama education regulationsBy Pete Kasperowicz - 02/20/12 05:00 AM ET House Republicans are looking to move legislation as early as next week that would repeal two Education Department regulations that the GOP say intrude on the authority of states to set education policy. The Protecting Academic Freedom in Higher Education act, H.R. 2117, was placed on the Rules Committee agenda late last week, a signal that the committee will soon meet to write a rule for floor consideration of the bill. The legislation would reverse two Education Department rules from 2010, one of which sets...