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The Constitution Protects Us from Government. And Only from Government

Candidate Donald Trump ran on massive regulatory rollbacks. And won thereon. Since being sworn in, he’s – in very un-Washington-D.C.-fashion – adhered to and started implementing his campaign promises. Including his regulatory rollbacks – pledging cuts of “75% or more.” Serious business. His Cabinet almost inarguably is the most deregulatory in our nation’s history. To

Trump team causes tizzy with personnel inquiries to Obama agencies

Inquiries from Donald Trump’s transition team to federal agencies about their work on hot-button issues like climate change and ‘violent extremism’ — and about the staffers involved — have spurred questions over what the incoming administration has planned for those programs. His team, in the roughly seven weeks since the election, has posed such questions

New Mexico nuke storage plant cleared to reopen 3 years after accident

Doug G. Ware, A nuclear waste storage facility in New Mexico will resume some operations as early as next month — nearly three years after it closed following an accident that contaminated the facility with radiation, officials said Friday. The U.S. Department of Energy said Friday the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in southeast New Mexico

U.S. Energy Department balks at Trump request for names on climate change

David Shepardson, WASHINGTON The U.S. Energy Department said on Tuesday it will not comply with a request from President-elect Donald Trump’s Energy Department transition team for the names of people who have worked on climate change and the professional society memberships of lab workers. The Energy Department’s response could signal a rocky transition for the

How Trump can drain the federal swamp

F.H. Buckley, Donald Trump has pledged to “drain the swamp,” but I wonder if he knows just how deep down the muck goes. Yes, he plans to close the revolving door between his administration and the lobbying firms of K Street, and that’s a good start. If you don’t do that, a top federal official

Hedge Funds Boost Gasoline Bets as July 4 Holiday Nears

 Speculators boosted bets that gasoline prices will rise on prospects for the most Independence Day traffic in seven years and fighting in the Middle East. Money managers increased net-long positions by 7.6 percent in the week ended June 24, U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission data show. Long positions advanced 5.5 percent and shorts fell 0.3

Environmentalists have lost the climate change debate

David Harsanyi The bloodcurdling National Climate Assessment is here, and it portends catastrophe; floods, clouds and other assorted weather events are imminent! But, says the report, “there is still time to act to limit the amount of climate change and the extent of damaging impacts.” Have you noticed that we’re always at the cusp of

New edict from the Church of Global Warming: get poor, and cut down on the cow farts

Politico reports on the latest stern admonitions from the United Nations to knock off all that prosperity, before the wrath of the Angry Sky Gods descends upon us: A United Nations science panel issued a sobering wake-up call to world policymakers Sunday, warning that countries must make dramatic changes in their energy consumption, their use

Soros-Endorsed Sale of U.S. Oil Reserves Seen as Russian Penalty

 America’s emergency stockpile of oil stands twice as large as the amount required by an international pact. George Soros has proposed selling some now to punish Russian President Vladimir Putin — and U.S. lawmakers are starting to listen. As the U.S. and its European allies seek to rebuke Russia for taking over the Crimea region

New Mexico cancels permit to expand leaky nuclear waste site

 New Mexico on Friday withdrew a temporary permit allowing two new disposal vaults at a U.S. government nuclear waste dump grappling with a release of radiation in February, state regulators said. Seventeen workers at the Carlsbad-area “waste isolation pilot project” (WIPP) were exposed to radiation after an accidental leak last month from the site which

Oil Fluctuates Before European Crisis Meetings, Stockpile Report

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Oil traded near the highest close in three months in New York before European leaders meet to tackle the region’s debt crisis and a report that’s forecast to show stockpiles rose in the U.S., the world’s biggest crude consumer.   Futures were little changed after sliding 4 cents yesterday, the first drop in five days. European