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Industry Data: Oil-By-Rail in North America Moving at Record Levels

Steve Horn | Posted 09.06.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

For the 26th week of 2014 (the half year point) in the U.S., 18.5% more tank cars were on the tracks carrying petroleum and/or petroleum products than last year, a total of 15,894 cars.

White House Meeting Logs: Big Rail Lobbying Against 'Bomb Train' Regulations It Publicly Touts

Steve Horn | Posted 08.18.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

Big Rail has talked a big game to the public about its desire for increased safety measures for its trains carrying oil obtained via hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") in the Bakken Shale. What happens behind closed doors, the meeting logs show, tells another story.

Kate Sheppard

Coalition To Obama: Reviews For New Regulations Take Too Long | Kate Sheppard | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A coalition representing environmental groups, consumer advocates and unions is calling on the White House to reform the process for rev...

Kate Sheppard

Will Congress Finally Reform Chemical Safety Policy After 37 Years? | Kate Sheppard | Posted 09.10.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The EPA's decision late last week to withdraw two proposed changes to chemical safety and disclosure rules is another sign that the coun...

Lessons From the Fair Labor Standards Act

Katherine McFate | Posted 08.26.2013 | Politics
Katherine McFate

The Fair Labor Standards Act was passed 75 years ago to protect workers. A badly written amendment passed almost 40 years ago inadvertently exempted a pool of poor and vulnerable workers. It is way past time to right this wrong.

The Unpopularity of Cost-Benefit Analysis

Rena Steinzor | Posted 11.17.2012 | Green
Rena Steinzor

Because CBA is so unpopular, it remains off-limits in broad swaths of public policy.

Dan Froomkin

Cass Sunstein's Resignation Encourages Advocates For Health And Safety | Dan Froomkin | Posted 08.04.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- White House regulatory czar Cass Sunstein is stepping down after failing to advance federal health and safety rules nearly as much as Ob...

Dan Froomkin

WATCH: Administration Official's Announcement At AEI Gets Panned | Dan Froomkin | Posted 07.26.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- White House regulatory czar Cass Sunstein rolled out the results of the administration's four-month-long regulatory review Thursday morn...

Thirty Years of Regulatory Review

Michael A. Livermore and Richard L. Revesz | Posted 05.29.2011 | Business
Michael A. Livermore and Richard L. Revesz

Thirty years ago, President Reagan put cost-benefit analysis at the heart of how agencies like the EPA and OSHA do business and initiated one of the m...

Coal Lobbyist Grinches Stole 2010, Obama Transparency Initiative Falters

Brendan DeMelle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Brendan DeMelle

Climate and energy legislation is dead, coal ash regulations are delayed indefinitely, mountaintop removal mining continues, and the myth of "clean coal" is alive and well thanks to continuing praise by Obama and Biden.

A Year of Regulatory Disasters

Rena Steinzor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Rena Steinzor

The pattern is clear for anyone who is looking. The systemic regulatory failures of the past year are signs of government and specifically federal agencies not able to accomplish their missions of protecting the public.

Scrutinizing Inaction

Michael A. Livermore and Richard L. Revesz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Michael A. Livermore and Richard L. Revesz

With the announcement earlier this week that President Obama will nominate Jacob Lew to replace Peter Orszag at the Office of Management and Budget (O...

Just How Corrupt are the Bank Regulators?

Garrett Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Garrett Johnson

Can we really expect the FDIC to effectively regulate the banks that have loaned them money so that they can do their job?

Cass Sunstein Attacks Frustrate Conservative Fans

Washington Independent | David Weigel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

...The campaign against Sunstein has largely written itself. One of the most regularly cited legal scholars, the author, co-author, or editor of dozen...

Cloture Passes On Cass Sunstein, 63-35

Washington Independent | David Weigel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

On a 63-35 vote, the Senate has broken the filibuster against Cass Sunstein, President Obama's nominee for Administrator of the White House Office of ...

Putting a Hold on Compassion

Michael Markarian | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Markarian

Politicians should consider a compassionate concern for animals to be a personal and even political asset for candidates for major executive offices.

Sunstein's Past Record Of Lax Regulation

Think Progress | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

How would progressives respond if President Bush nominated as "regulatory czar" a person who: - Once called for changing the Clean Air Act to require...

Obama Picks Renowned Chicago Legal Scholar As Chief Regulator

Chicago Tribune | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Cass Sunstein, a longtime University of Chicago legal scholar and prominent author, is set to take up a key cause in the Barack Obama administration: ...