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  • FYI posted May 7, 1996 by John Shanahan, Christine L. Olson What the Gas Tax Costs State Economies

    (Archived document, may contain errors) No. 100 May 7,1996 WHAT THE GAS TAX COSTS STATE ECONOMIES John Shanahan, Policy Analyst and Christine L. Olson, Policy Analyst Congress is now considering repealing the 4.3 cent federal tax imposed under the 1993 budget plan championed by the Clinton Administration. Gasoline prices at service stations across the coun- try have…

  • Commentary posted April 25, 1996 by John Shanahan ED042596a: How Republicans Can Win The Environmental Debate

    Earth Day (April 22) was painful for Republicans. Unless they develop a new strategy on the environment, they will continue getting "gored" on the issue. Not because they failed to communicate their vision, but because they don't have one. The Clinton administration sent its troops to the congressional districts of vulnerable Republican freshman in Congress to…

  • Executive Memorandum posted October 17, 1995 by John Shanahan Time to Permit Oil Drilling In the Arctic Refuge

    The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) in Alaska is the subject of heated debate as some Members of Congress, led by Senators Frank Murkowski (R-AK) and Ted Stevens (R-AK) and Representative Don Young (R-AK), attempt to open a small fraction of the area to oil exploration and production. A provision included in the budget reconciliation would open the Coastal…

  • Issue Bulletin posted October 16, 1995 by John Shanahan, Mark Wilson Using Appropriations Riders to Curb Regulatory Excess

    (Archived document, may contain errors) 218 October 16, 1995 USING APPROPRIATIONS RIDERS TO CURB REGULATORY EXCESS INTRODUCTION The House-passed versions of several appropriations bills include a number of spending restrictions. While controversial, these limitations, commonly known as riders, in many cases are necessary to encourage federal agencies to act more…

  • Backgrounder posted July 31, 1995 by John Shanahan How to Rescue Superfund: Bringing Common Sense to the Process

    INTRODUCTION Congress likely will consider legislation this year to reauthorize the 1980 Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA). Superfund, as CERCLA is popularly known, only is one of the most complex laws now in force, but also is widely regarded as both wasteful and ineffective. Even the Clinton Administration…

  • Issue Bulletin posted October 3, 1994 by John Shanahan Superfund Status Quo: Why the Reauthorization Bills Won't Fix Superfund's Fatal Flaws

    (Archived document, may contain errors) 204 October 3, 1994 SLTERFUM STATUS QUO: WHY THE REAUTHORIZATION BILIS WON'T FICK SUPERFUNDIS FATAL FLAWS INTRODUCTION Congress may act soon on legislation to reauthorize the 1980 Comprehensive, Environ- mental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA, pronounced sir-k1uh), also known as Superfund. As it is enforced,…

  • Backgrounder posted August 3, 1994 by John Shanahan Clinton's "Voluntary" Global Warming Plan:  Expensive,Ineffective, and Unnecessary

    INTRODUCTION The Administration last spring released additional information on President Clinton's "voluntary" 44-point plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the United States to 1990 levels by the year 2000. (When the plan was unveiled in October 1993, the media and Administration officials referred to it as containing 50 points or initiatives, instead of…

  • Issue Bulletin posted June 22, 1994 by John Shanahan A Guide to Wetlands Policy and Reauthorization of the Clean Water Act

    (Archived document, may contain errors) 195 June 22, 1994 A GUIDE TO WETLANDS POLICY AND REAUTHOWAT[ON OF THE CLEAN" WATM ACT INTRODUCTION Congress is considering legislation to reauthorize the Clean Water Act, passed in 1972 to clean up the nation's rivers, lakes, and streams. I One of the key issues being debated is federal wetlands policy. In practice, the Clean…

  • Backgrounder Update posted June 18, 1993 by John Shanahan Why a Gas Tax Is no Better than the BTU Tax

    (Archived document, may contain errors) 6/18/93 195 WHY A GAS TAX IS NO BETTER THAN THE BTU TAX (Updating Backgrounder No. 943, "Taxing America's Energy and Vitality," May 25, 1993, and Backgrounder No. 934, "The Flaws in Clinton's Energy Tax," March 18, 1993.) "I was able to sell the Btu tax ... on the basis that it was fair and balanced and was not solely based on…

  • Report posted January 19, 1993 by John Shanahan How to Help the Environment Without Destroying Jobs

    (Archived document, may contain errors) 14 Januaxy 19, 1993 HOW TO HELP THE ENVIRONMENT WITHOUT DESTROYING JOBS I believe it is time for a new era in environmental protection which uses the market to help us get our environment back on track - to recognize that Adam Smith's invisible hand can have a green thumb ... [In] certain settings, this results-oriented…

  • Issue Bulletin posted July 29, 1992 by William G. Laffer III, John Shanahan Why Grazing Fees on Federal Lands Should Not Be Raised

    (Archived document, may contain errors) 176 July 29, 1992 MW GRAMG FTM ON )FJUL LAMS SHOUD NOT BE RALSM EMODUCTION Congress currently is considering legislation which would increase the fees charged by the federal government to the 31,000 Western ranchers who graze sheep and cattle on 3 18 million acres of federally owned land. A proposed 33.3 percent hike in…

  • Executive Memorandum posted July 13, 1992 by John Shanahan How Cuba's Nuclear Plants Threaten America

    Americans in Florida soon could face the threat of sickness or death, and unborn children could face birth defects, due to radiation poisoning. The source of this threat? Cuban dictator Fidel Castro has been building two Soviet-designed VVER-440 nuclear reactors in Juragua, near Cienfuegos, just 250 miles from Miami. After many delays, these reactors now are due to…

  • Executive Memorandum posted July 13, 1992 by John Shanahan How Cuba's Nuclear Plants Threaten America

    Americans in Florida soon could face the threat of sickness or death, and unborn children could face birth defects, due to radiation poisoning. The source of this threat? Cuban dictator Fidel Castro has been building two Soviet-designed VVER-440 nuclear reactors in Juragua, near Cienfuegos, just 250 miles from Miami. After many delays, these reactors now are due to…

  • Backgrounder posted May 21, 1992 by John Shanahan A Guide to the Global Warming Theory

    INTRODUCTION In the first week of June, an international "Earth summit" will convene in Rio deJaneiro, Brazil, to discuss environmental issues and their relationship to economic development. (For an analysis of the circumstances leading up to the conference see Christopher M. Gacek and James Malone, "Guidelines for the U.N. Environmental Conference," Heritage…

  • Issue Bulletin posted March 30, 1992 by John Shanahan A Plain Man's Guide to Garbage: The Reauthorization of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act

    (Archived document, may contain errors) 172 March 30,1992 A PLAIN MAN'S GUIDE TO GARBAGE: THE REAUTHORIZATION OF THE RESOURCE CONSERVATION AND RECOVERY ACT INTRODUCTION Congress this year is scheduled to reauthorize the 1976 Resource Conserva- tion and Recovery Act-RCRA, or as it is pronounced, Rick-Rah. This Act estab- lished the policy framework for managing the…

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