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Chinese Renewable Bag Manufacturer Pushes US Plastic Bag Bans

Chinese Renewable Bag Manufacturer Pushes US Plastic Bag Bans

A Chinese manufacturer of reusable bags has been quietly circulating among environmentalists a sensational infographic smearing plastic bags as an unparalleled eco-burden, lobbying for the ban of American-made single-use sacks. Factory Direct Promos, a Guangdong Province-based outfit, has produced an

No Leadership from Obama Admin in EU Airline Carbon Tax Resistance

No Leadership from Obama Admin in EU Airline Carbon Tax Resistance

With time running out for a deal on the European Union’s carbon scheme, now is not the time for America to keep a pace of action lagging far behind that of other nations.  The Europeans’ controversial emissions trading scheme (ETS),

Facebook Raises Privacy Concerns: Partnered Firm Can Track User Purchases

Facebook Raises Privacy Concerns: Partnered Firm Can Track User Purchases

Online giant Facebook is raising fresh privacy worries over its ad tracking methods following news that the social networking company is now working with Datalogix, a firm capable of monitoring whether individuals shown online ads ultimately purchase advertised products. The Financial

Obama Silent as Europe Readies TAX ON U.S. DOMESTIC FLIGHTS

Obama Silent as Europe Readies TAX ON U.S. DOMESTIC FLIGHTS

President Obama has been talking a lot recently. The latest revelation – he thinks he’s “eye candy.” While he’s lost in self-discovery on “The View” and “Late Night with David Letterman,” the U.S. Senate managed to muster enough votes to

Rahm Considers Tobacco Tax Hike Despite Costs to Poor

Rahm Considers Tobacco Tax Hike Despite Costs to Poor

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel may be looking to further hike Chicago tobacco taxes in a stealthy forthcoming budget move, reports UPI: A spokeswoman for Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel declined to discuss hikes to the city’s cigarette and live entertainment taxes sources said

Bag Ban Rejections Lead Activists to Gutter Tactics

Bag Ban Rejections Lead Activists to Gutter Tactics

With each successive municipality that rejects bans on plastic bags, the environmental lobby championing the measure grows increasingly more desperate, more willing to lean on despicable political tactics to advance a radical agenda. From Illinois to Texas, activists seeking to

EPA Mandates Four-Gallon Minimum at E15 Gas Pumps

EPA Mandates Four-Gallon Minimum at E15 Gas Pumps

For a textbook lesson on the absurdity of the regulatory rabbit hole the Obama administration has created, look no further than the EPA. Of course, that’s an obvious statement, but when the likes of Mother Jones are even second-guessing their

Food Labeling Law: Healthy for Consumers or Trial Lawyers?

Food Labeling Law: Healthy for Consumers or Trial Lawyers?

Way out West, on the nation’s Left coast, a battle joining trial lawyers, liberals and “natural healthers” determined to pass a controversial ballot proposition this November is underway.  California ballot Proposition 37 would mandate the labeling of certain foods —

European Regulators Hold U.S. Airlines Hostage

European Regulators Hold U.S. Airlines Hostage

The European Union is holding firm on its plans to tax U.S. airlines for time spent in domestic and international airspace. The unprecedented power grab is a clear violation of international law, which allows each nation to control its own

Will Congress Give Russia Upper Hand in Trade Relations?

Will Congress Give Russia Upper Hand in Trade Relations?

With Russia’s official addition to the World Trade Organization’s ranks (WTO) last week, a window of opportunity for the United States is closing due to congressional inaction. Unless the right course is charted, Russia’s WTO membership could jeopardize U.S. exports

Rhode Island's High Cig Tax Prompts Flagrant Lawbreaking

Rhode Island's High Cig Tax Prompts Flagrant Lawbreaking

Rhode Island boasts the second-highest cigarette tax in the nation, but following a recent increase in the rate, it seems that the high levy may be creating more problems than it solves.  Already a target for smugglers illicitly selling untaxed

Enviros: Blocking EU's Carbon Tax an 'Airline Bailout'

Enviros: Blocking EU's Carbon Tax an 'Airline Bailout'

Jake Schmidt, a director at the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC), does not want you to look behind the curtain of the environmental lobby. In a recent article in the Huffington Post, the fringe group leader attempts to hide legitimate

Report: Google Personnel Backing Obama to Tune of $350k

Report: Google Personnel Backing Obama to Tune of $350k

President Obama and congressional Democrats have taken to decrying the influence of corporations in politics since the Supreme Court’s decision in the Citizens United case.  However, that has not stopped Obama’s re-election campaign from accepting more than $350,000 in donations

GOP Governors Blocking LEED in States

GOP Governors Blocking LEED in States

Fringe environmentalists are dictating to the federal government and 34 states what materials can be included in the construction government buildings. And it should come as no surprise that ideology, not science, informed the movement. The Leadership in Energy and

American Legislators Push Back Against Global Taxation Efforts

American Legislators Push Back Against Global Taxation Efforts

At last month’s annual conference of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a bipartisan group of legislators “amended a model resolution in opposition to federal efforts to enhance global tax enforcement,” write Americans for Tax Reform’s Grover Norquist and Patrick Gleason

Study: Plastic Bag Bans Have Harsh Economic, Environmental Impact

Study: Plastic Bag Bans Have Harsh Economic, Environmental Impact

Though banning plastic bags may be the latest fad sweeping up environmental activists throughout the nation, the reality of its impact on America’s economy is becoming increasingly plain. A new study, released by the National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA),

Georgia Chooses Jobs over LEED-Fueled Monopoly

Georgia Chooses Jobs over LEED-Fueled Monopoly

In a move that should serve to put the federal government on notice, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal has taken a positive step towards ensuring fairness between green building certification standards. Per a report from Peach State political blog: Georgia Gov.

A Google of Legal Trouble

A Google of Legal Trouble

Internet giant Google, which has long maintained strong links to the Obama campaign and administration, found itself in double legal trouble this week. On Thursday, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that Google has agreed to pay a $22.5 million

Body Count Rises in Obama's War on Coal

Body Count Rises in Obama's War on Coal

In 2008, President (then presidential candidate) Barack Obama signaled his intent to bankrupt the coal industry. Three years into his term, and less than four years after his election, critics of the President’s energy policies say his “War on Coal”

NH Cig Tax Revenue Continues to Beat Estimates, Post-Cut

NH Cig Tax Revenue Continues to Beat Estimates, Post-Cut

One year after New Hampshire lowered its cigarette tax by 10 cents per pack, tobacco tax revenue collected by the state continues to beat estimates. According to the New Hampshire Union-Leader, “The tobacco tax was slightly ahead of target producing

Dear Big Wind: It's Not You, It's Me

Dear Big Wind: It's Not You, It's Me

Breaking up is hard to do. But, sometimes, it’s necessary. At least that’s what the government should say to wind power. The industry’s taxpayer-funded subsidies are set to expire at the end of this year – and Congress shouldn’t reauthorize.

As Congress Acts, Obama Silent on EU Carbon Tax Scheme

As Congress Acts, Obama Silent on EU Carbon Tax Scheme

The European Union is ambitious, at least when it comes to taxing. In a new tax on carbon emissions set to take effect on January 1, the EU will tax U.S. airlines for carbon emissions while flying over the United

Sources: FTC Has Voted to Fine Google for Privacy Violations

Sources: FTC Has Voted to Fine Google for Privacy Violations

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has voted to slap internet giant Google with a $22.5 million fine for surreptitiously violating Apple users’ privacy, two sources have confirmed to Reuters: U.S. regulators will require Google Inc to pay a civil penalty

High Cigarette Taxes Embolden IL, NY Smugglers

High Cigarette Taxes Embolden IL, NY Smugglers

In the wake of its recent hike in the cigarette tax rate, Illinois is encountering fresh problems with cigarette smuggling that could wipe out any possible benefit from the $1 per pack increase. When Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signed a

Proposed Green Regulations Limit Bulletproof Glass in Federal Buildings

Proposed Green Regulations Limit Bulletproof Glass in Federal Buildings

Regulation has become our government’s national pastime. In yet another example of how bad policy and regulation drowns out common sense, the U.S. Green Business Council (USGBC) wants to change the government’s environmental design program, with a result that limits

Progressives Showcase 12-Year-Old in Bag Ban Campaign

Progressives Showcase 12-Year-Old in Bag Ban Campaign

Cue the surprised face: overzealous activists are at it again. Their latest shenanigans? Propping up a 12-year-old girl in an effort to garner sympathy for a plastic bag ban movement that would hamstring business owners, skyrocket costs, and cripple an

Time to Rethink Upside-Down Patterns in Compensating Educators

Time to Rethink Upside-Down Patterns in Compensating Educators

It was a brouhaha that left many students and parents in Florida’s capital city without a beloved principal. But for folks well beyond Tallahassee (and even Florida) it ought to serve as a wake-up call for dramatically re-thinking our society’s

On-Line Sales Tax Debate a Dilemma for Conservatives

On-Line Sales Tax Debate a Dilemma for Conservatives

News that a group of influential conservative governors had joined together to support legislation that would allow their states to collect sales taxes from online purchases has set off a debate amongst conservatives about the “right” position on this issue

Obama Creates Foreign Jobs

Obama Creates Foreign Jobs

President Obama is creating jobs – just not in the United States. In fact, the President is outsourcing plenty of jobs, shipping taxpayer money overseas to foreign-owned energy companies. While the U.S. government is running record deficits and the national

Report: Google to Pay $22.5M Fine for Privacy Invasion

Report: Google to Pay $22.5M Fine for Privacy Invasion

According to a report by the Wall Street Journal, Internet giant and friend of the Obama administration Google is set to agree to pay a $22.5 million fine as a penalty for invading the privacy of millions of users of Apple

Deregulation: The Future of Cable/Satellite Broadcasting

Deregulation: The Future of Cable/Satellite Broadcasting

Deregulation is the future for video and retransmission of broadcast signals by cable and satellite firms. That is the message from the House Energy and Commerce Committee Communications Subcommittee’s “Future of Video” hearing last Wednesday, led by Rep. Greg Walden

Administration Caving to Fringe Environmental Lobby

Administration Caving to Fringe Environmental Lobby

On the campaign trail Barack Obama is taking care to hit all the right chords on job creation. But, when its feet were held to the fire this year, the Administration sided with special interests and the environmental lobby instead