The U.S. Department of Energy says that new light bulbs will cost more up front but save money in the long run. That, plus expected energy savings, has led to government regulations that will effectively ban the sale of traditional light bulbs starting next year.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that if the new bulbs work as advertised, 67% of Americans believe it is at least somewhat likely that consumers would buy them, even if traditional bulbs are still available. Only 28% consider that outcome to be unlikely. This includes 22% who say it’s very likely consumers would buy them, while just six percent (6%) say it’s not at all likely.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — As part of the Project on Regulatory Reform, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce today hosted former Governor and Senator Evan Bayh and former White House Chief of Staff Andy Card to preview the launch of their bipartisan, nationwide tour to educate Americans on the need to restore balance, restraint, and common sense to the regulatory process.
RALEIGH, N.C. — The N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources recently announced plans to increase its efforts to help small businesses, landowners and residents to comply with environmental rules.
To focus the department’s limited resources on problem areas, the department will create the Environmental Permit and Compliance Assistance Center. This center, which will use existing agency staff, will focus on the needs of those customers who are frequently affected by environmental rules but lack the expertise and money needed to hire someone to guide them through the regulatory, permitting and compliance process.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Chamber of Commerce Senior Vice President for Labor, Immigration, and Employee Benefits, Randy Johnson, issued the following statement today expressing grave concern over a recent complaint filed by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) against The Boeing Company based on a decision to build a new airplane manufacturing plant in Charleston, South Carolina. Boeing’s plant is nearing completion and will create thousands of new American jobs. Existing construction alone has already created more than 1,000 jobs in South Carolina. The NLRB has alleged that Boeing violated the National Labor Relations Act in discriminating against the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers by not instituting this new manufacturing in Puget Sound, Washington, and has demanded that the work that is, and will be done in Charleston, be ended.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Bill Kovacs, U.S. Chamber of Commerce senior vice president of Environment, Technology, and Regulatory Affairs, recently issued the following statement following the House passage of H.R. 910, the “Energy Tax Prevention Act of 2011,” which would block the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from imposing a new set of regulations on emitters of greenhouse gases:
According to a recent survey by Rasmussen Reports, most Americans give high marks to Internet search engines such as Google, Yahoo and Bing and don’t think the government needs to regulate their responses.
The national telephone survey finds that 77% of adults say there is no need for government regulation of the way that search engines select the recommendations they provide in response to search inquiries. Just 11% believe such regulation is necessary, while just as many (12%) are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here).
According to a recent poll by Rasmussen Reports, voters overwhelmingly prefer a free market economy to one managed by the government. The survey also revealed that voters think government economic control helps big businesses at the expense of small ones.
According to the survey, 75% of Likely U.S. voters think a free market economy is better than an economy managed by the government. That’s up five points from December 2008 following Barack Obama’s election as president but consistent with findings in surveys since then. Only 14% think government control of the economy is better.
by Randel Johnson and James Gelfand
If you were dismayed by the backroom deals and political horse trading that brought you the massive health care and financial reform bills, hold on to your hats—you ain’t seen nothing yet!
Americans have long been fascinated—and often disgusted—by how Congress passes laws. Many citizens became irate when they learned that most members of Congress hadn’t even read the health care bill, which clocked in at about 2,300 pages. Speaker Nancy Pelosi said famously, “We need to pass the health care bill to find out what’s in it.”
Cape Fear Business News’ most recent online poll question was “The Town of Leland is threatening to fine the owners of the Buy n’ Go Convenience Store because their American flag is “too big”, saying it violates the town’s ordinances. What is your opinion?”
- 66%: This is what happens when bureaucrats get so hung up on policies that they forget about people. Sounds like the town needs a change in leadership.
WASHINGTON, DC — David Hirschmann, president and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Center for Capital Markets Competitiveness (CCMC) today made the following statement after the passage of a massive financial regulatory reform bill in the House that also creates a new so-called Consumer Financial Protection Agency (CFPA):
ilmington, NC – According to a press release from the Business Alliance for a Sound Economy (BASE), the group represented the Brunswick County Home Builders Association in working with Brunswick County over the last few months on an interim policy to provide for the deferral of the payment and collection of water and sewer capital recovery fees and transmission capital recovery fees in order to assist the building industry during the economic slowdown and stimulate the local economy. The County Commissioners at their November 2nd meeting approved a Resolution adopting the recommended policy.
MOREHEAD CITY, NC – Commercial fishermen wishing to participate in the ocean striped bass fishery this winter need to purchase an Atlantic Ocean Striped Bass Commercial Gear Permit.
This new permit costs $10 and is available at any N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries license office. Fisherman can also call the division to request a mail-in application.
The permit must be obtained before Nov. 1 for fishermen to be eligible to participate in the fishery. Fishermen will be allowed to obtain only one permit per person.