Category: Project 21 Papers

Brownfields Revitalization Cuts Urban Blight, Suburban Sprawl, by Syd Gernstein

Brownfields Revitalization Cuts Urban Blight, Suburban Sprawl, by Syd Gernstein

As concern over "urban sprawl" intensifies, the Bush Administration is coming to the rescue by making it easier to revitalize decaying city infrastructures. This will both lessen the need for cities to expand and create new jobs and new sources ...
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A Different Standard for the Powerful Means no Environmental Justice from Washington, by Syd Gernstein

A Different Standard for the Powerful Means no Environmental Justice from Washington, by Syd Gernstein

Laws are supposed to make our society orderly and protect the public interest. But red tape can overwhelm and actually cause more harm than good. The process can also be corrupted. Take, for instance, "environmental justice." This policy empowers the ...
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Patience or Panic? The EPA Seems to Let Demographics Decide, by Syd Gernstein

Patience or Panic? The EPA Seems to Let Demographics Decide, by Syd Gernstein

National Policy Analysis #380 /
Residents of the affluent Spring Valley community in Washington, D.C. will wake up this Christmas morning to open presents, eat coffeecake and maybe even brush snow off their SUVs and Mercedes as they have the past 15 years. Despite Spring ...
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Is it Better to Have a Raise or a Job? How a Minimum Wage Hike Would Increase Unemployment, Harm Undertrained Workers, by Amy Ridenour

Is it Better to Have a Raise or a Job? How a Minimum Wage Hike Would Increase Unemployment, Harm Undertrained Workers, by Amy Ridenour

Is it better to have a raise or a job? It's a no-brainer. A raise is worthless without a job. The federal government reported October 5 that 199,000 jobs were lost between mid-August and mid-September, reflecting a national unemployment rate ...
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Global Warming Policies Could Unfairly Harm Minorities and the Poor, by Rep. John Peterson (R-PA)

Global Warming Policies Could Unfairly Harm Minorities and the Poor, by Rep. John Peterson (R-PA)

National Policy Analysis #357 /
While the world continues to ask if global warming is occurring and, if so, if human beings contribute to it, most Americans have overlooked the effect that complying with the Kyoto Protocol would have on minorities and the poor. Let's ...
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Hopping Across the Digital Divide, by Melissa Wiedbrauk

Hopping Across the Digital Divide, by Melissa Wiedbrauk

National Policy Analysis #362 /
There is an ongoing concern that the poor and minorities are not up to speed with the rest of America when it comes to computer technology. It's called the "digital divide." But, like many other modern complaints about race, class ...
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Often for Better and Sometimes for Worse, Lawyers Played Key Role in Black History, by Council Nedd

Often for Better and Sometimes for Worse, Lawyers Played Key Role in Black History, by Council Nedd

Even though Black History Month just passed, let's pause for a moment and reflect on the notable role lawyers have played in championing - and, in some cases - blocking the progress of African-Americans. Lawyers have been involved in many ...
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Agency Under Fire: Did NHSTA Speed Up Rollover Ratings to Aid Clinton's Personal Injury Lawyer Friends? by Kevin Martin

Agency Under Fire: Did NHSTA Speed Up Rollover Ratings to Aid Clinton’s Personal Injury Lawyer Friends? by Kevin Martin

Have I got a deal for you. Want to buy a new car designed by federal bureaucrats? What, no takers? No wonder! Designing anything - be it welfare systems or the postal service - isn't the forte of the vast ...
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Choking Black Prosperity, by Syd Gernstein

Choking Black Prosperity, by Syd Gernstein

National Policy Analysis #306 /
At a cost of somewhere between $25 and $35 billion in taxpayer dollars, Congress passed the Clean Air Act Amendments in 1990.1 It is the mother of hundreds of regulatory laws across America that are supposed to address air pollution ...
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The Time for Superfund Reform is Now, by Michael Centrone

The Time for Superfund Reform is Now, by Michael Centrone

National Policy Analysis #307 /
There was a time when the Ciba Specialty Chemicals Corporation in Toms River, New Jersey, employed nearly 2,000 workers. Today it employs none. The plant was forced to shut down operations in 1996 for violating the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) ...
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