Archive for ‘deregulation’

April 17, 2012

Daily Scoop Xtra: Group behind VoterID & Stand Your Ground Laws Backs Down

Under pressure from activist groups and corporate sponsors, the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) on Tuesday announced a reorganization plan that will shutter its Public Safety and Elections Committee, which encouraged passage of “Stand Your Ground” laws and other controversial measures.

The reorganization drew muted cheers from groups on the left that have for years been waging a campaign against ALEC, which describes itself as advocating “free-market enterprise, limited government, and federalism.”

The move comes after half a dozen major corporations — including Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, Intuit and McDonald’s — announced they had decided not to renew membership in the group, which drafts “model bills” for state legislators.

In addition to backing Stand Your Ground legislation, ALEC has drawn criticism for laws requiring voters to show identification, tough immigration proposals and resolutions calling for an end to the regulation of carbon emissions.

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March 16, 2012

The Daily Scoop: Americans Love-Hate Relationship with Regulations

Americans have increasingly turned against the idea of “government regulation” since the beginning of the Obama administration. According to the latest Pew Research Center survey, 52 percent of Americans believe that government regulation of business usually does more harm than good, while just 40 percent believe it’s “necessary to protect the public interest”—the complete reverse of public opinion at the height of the financial crisis.

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March 12, 2012

The Daily Scoop: What the Frack is in That Water?

Environmentalists have repeatedly pressed regulators to compel oil and gas companies to report what chemicals they use in the drilling and fracking process. Drilling companies add these chemicals to perform particular functions (for example, to prevent corrosion or give the fluid the right consistency), or leave them in because they’re too expensive to remove. According to a 2011 congressional report, many of the chemicals used can pose a serious health risk. No one knows the exact makeup of the frack mixture, drilling muds and other stuff used at well sites (which change from well to well), but this list breaks down the main ingredients revealed so far. Click on the chemical name for more detailed information.
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January 4, 2012

Clean Air Act & the Anti-Regulation Movement – Part 2

Expanding on discussion started in Clean Air Act & the Anti-Regulation Movement Part 1 in which we compared past industry predictions of dire consequences of environmental regulation and the realities of their implementation. Industry consistently foresaw unsustainable cost increases and massive job losses resulting from the new regulations.  So do environmental regulations really kill jobs?

The simple answer is…”No”

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December 28, 2011

The Daily Scoop: Koch Brothers Flout Law Getting Richer With Secret Iran Sales

By Asjylyn Loder and David Evans – Bloomberg Markets Magazine

In May 2008, a unit of Koch Industries Inc., one of the world’s largest privately held companies, sent Ludmila Egorova-Farines, its newly hired compliance officer and ethics manager, to investigate the management of a subsidiary in Arles in southern France. In less than a week, she discovered that the company had paid bribes to win contracts.
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December 20, 2011

Clean Air Act & the Anti-Regulation Movement – Part 1

Photo by care2.com

Amidst the congressional back and forth to extend payroll tax cuts, the Republican-controlled House of Representatives presented its alternative last week to the failed Senate bills. The primary source of contention is how to pay for the extensions. The GOP led the charge demanding a path to pay for what are, essentially, middle class tax cuts yet have made no such demand to offset the  cost of tax breaks for the highest earners. Democrats’ plans placed a surcharge on incomes over a million dollars (now removed through a compromised Senate bill) while the House paid for theirs through entitlement cuts, federal employee wage freezes and cutting 10% of the federal workforce. The caveat to the Republicans’ bill is the inclusion of two unrelated provisions. The first pushes Keystone Pipeline construction forward while the second limits the EPA’s recent industrial broiler standards and bans the agency from implementing them in the future.

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November 4, 2011

The Forgotten 15: Job Creation through Deregulation

Illinois Rep. Bobby Schilling, in this past Republican weekly address, introduced into the current political lexicon, The Forgotten 15, a reference to 15 pieces of House legislation awaiting perusal in the Senate. Offered as a counter to the President’s criticism of the GOP’s inaction on his Jobs Bill, Schilling and other Republicans throughout the week, touted this legislation as job creation through deregulation.

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