Category: Air Problems

EPA Testing Seems At Odds With Public Statements

“Call us for more information and to see if you qualify!” What exciting opportunity might this be? How about the chance to be exposed to toxins that the researchers say can cause death. Indeed, this cheery offer came from a set of flyers printed by the EPA seeking human testing subjects for air pollution experiments. […]

The Want to Regulate is Human, Let Prosper is Devine

The World Health Organization (WHO) recently released a study of the impact that air pollution has on human health around the world. It estimates that approximately 8.0 million people died in 2012 from air pollution related health issues: 3.7 million from outdoor air pollution exposure and 4.3 million from indoor air pollution exposure. Critics have […]

Imperial Presidency rules through regulations

“It’s a new year and you know what that means — new regulations. The Obama administration has wasted no time in writing them.” I couldn’t have said it better myself.  Now, to be fair, every Presidential administration issues rules and regulations, that’s how laws are implemented.  However, some Presidents issue more regulations than others and […]

Cash-for-Clunkers was a Dud

A new report from the Brooking’s Institution shed’s new light upon the Obama Administration’s Cash-for-Clunkers program: it was an economic lemon. According to the report, the $2.85 billion Car Allowance Rebate System (CARS) created jobs at the price of $1.4 million each and had almost no effect on reducing emissions or gasoline consumption. Under the […]

Reality Smacks Down Ethanol

In recent days, the EPA has decided to cut the amount of cellulosic (non-corn based) ethanol refiners are required to blend into gasoline.  After fighting and ignoring court rulings limiting the amount of ethanol to what could actually be produced, the EPA has finally given into reality.  It cut the required use of cellulosic ethanol to 6 million […]

Cleaner Air, Stormier World?

It seems we’ve discovered one more confounding factor to an accurate appraisal of climate change. As reported in the NCPA’s Daily Policy Digest, researchers at the Met Office Hadley Centre in England believe that efforts in the U.S. and around the globe to improve air quality are contributing to greater numbers of tropical storms. Climate simulations (that is […]

President Obama’s Climate Plan makes Mayberry look Modern

It was not that long ago, that many of the modern electrical and/or electronic appliances and conveniences that the present generation takes for granted either did not exist at all or, if they did exist, that had yet to receive widespread adoption by the public either due to high prices or lack of familiarity. There […]

The Left’s War on, well, Everything! Science, the economy and humans

I don’t know if it is serendipity or what, but during the last week several articles have popped up on my computer with similar theme:  How liberals are increasingly shedding their humanist pretentions and showing (their true) misanthropic nature. The Scientific American brings us a story, “The Left’s War on Science,” in which Michael Shermer […]

Does Moneyball work for the EPA?: New EPA Particulant Regs Puffery?

Back in 2003, Michael Lewis wrote “Money Ball,” a book about how an Oakland, CA baseball team under head coach Billy Beane used player statistics to hire team members that gave them the greatest chance of a championship season at the lowest cost. So by 2009 it was pretty clear what was coming when President […]

America’s Love Affair with the Refrigerator

An article by Dan Neil in The Wall Street Journal takes the issue of driverless cars a bit further and concludes that it would make the nation more productive economically.  The one brilliant part of the U.S. economic profile is productivity. It turns out, Americans are a little nutty when it comes to work.  If autonomy […]