Category Archives: Law and Regulatory Issues

On the Difference Between Lawyers and Catfish

By David L. Brown Oops, today we learn that the stimulus bill that just passed the House of Representatives won’t allow stimulus money to be spent on imported steel. That’s like slamming the door on world trade, which is going … Continue reading

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Congress Encounters the Energy Tar Baby

By David L. Brown Our nation, and indeed all the nations of the entire world, are facing a serious energy crisis. Because of the danger of climate change we cannot continue to burn increasing amounts of fossil fuels. Clean alternatives … Continue reading

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Supreme Court Rules EPA Can Regulate GHG

By David L. Brown The Supreme Court today ruled 5-4 that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has the power to regulate carbon dioxide emissions from automobiles, and ordered the EPA to reconsider its policies on that issue. The majority opinion … Continue reading

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CNN Hints at Problems with U.S. Population

by Val Germann The article went up this morning just before 6:00 a.m. CDT with a headline reflecting the lead paragraph, something like: “U.S. population growth causing headaches.” But within the hour it was changed to what you will see … Continue reading

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Supreme Court to Hear Suit on CO2 Emissions

By David L. Brown In what could be a landmark case in environmental law, the Supreme Court today agreed to consider a suit asking for the U.S. government to recognize CO2 emissions as pollutants and to regulate them. The Bush … Continue reading

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Has DDT Gotten a Bad Rap?

By David L. Brown The decision to ban Dichloro-diphenyl-trichloroethane (DDT) was made in 1972 after public fears arose from publication of Rachel Carson’s book The Silent Spring. For some time we at Star Phoenix Base have followed with interest reports … Continue reading

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Law of Unintended Consequences Strikes Again

By David L. Brown Mercury is one of the most toxic substances known. U.S. environmental regulations require companies that produce mercury as a byproduct to recycle the element to prevent it from getting into the nation’s air, water and soil. … Continue reading

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Did You Hear the One About the Lawyer … ?

Law has become a morass of confusion and conflict, a kind of intellectual tragedy of the commons. In response to increasing conflict over ever scarcer resources, environmental law is too often guided by greed, personal ambition, and deception. When ecological … Continue reading

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