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Energy & Environment Legislative Alerts
Environmentalists and regulators have long used the now 40-year-old Endangered Species Act (ESA) as a tool to obstruct economic progress anywhere that business crosses paths with nature. ESA has been the spring board from which the federal government launches broad, economically-destructive restrictions on people to promote the well-being of animals. Fanatically scurrying to Mother Nature's defense, powerful regulators clumsily rush hyper-protective regulations that misidentify environmental threats, incorrectly target and restrict benign human activity, and ignore the resulting consequences that Americans suffer.
Senator Max Baucus and Representative Dave Camp continue to move forward on tax reform. A package that simplifies and flattens the code while lowering rates is badly needed and could help reinvigorate our stagnant economy. One of the dangers of comprehensive reform is that economically-damaging policies can work their way into the code too. Earlier [...]
In August 2012, the Department of Transportation and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized another increase in the government-mandated corporate average fuel economy standards (CAFE). The Obama administration claimed that the new 54.5 mpg mandate for cars and light trucks will “save consumers more than $1.7 trillion at the gas pump and reduce U.S. oil consumption by 12 billion barrels.” Lisa Jackson, then-EPA administrator, claimed that “fuel efficiency standards … are another example of how we protect the environment and strengthen the economy at the same time.” Of course these effects are not created in a vacuum; the higher CAFE standards will drive up the average price of a new vehicle by nearly $3,000, according to the National Automobile Dealers Association. And so it always goes with new regulations: some government-proclaimed benefits on one side, and costs paid by citizens on the other. This cost-benefit analysis, hopefully, informs the regulatory decision-making process. However, a new study finds that between 13-23% of the supposed benefits never materialize, calling the benefit claims into question.
The United States was founded on the principle of limited government and separation of powers. While these are basic elements of our Republic, apparently forming a group to teach others about them can land you on an IRS watch list. These tenets exist for a very important reason: power corrupts. We must limit the power [...]
AFP is proud to support Sen. McConnell's State Water Quality Act, which will clarify the rules on issuing new and renewal permits under the Federal Water Pollution Control Act, among other improvements.