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Author archive: Carl Meeker

March 28, 2018

EPA regulatory capture leads to conflicts of interest, potential disaster for the environment

Within a regulatory agency like the EPA, science is the fundamental basis for all actions. For DDT, there was an overwhelming amount of scientific data showing a direct link with the loss of the bald eagle. Few companies, however, were willing to voluntarily stop their use of DDT. It was therefore left to the EPA to regulate the use of DDT and numerous other concerns regarding public health and well-being.

February 28, 2018

Environmental protection is a necessity for our country

The Environmental Protection Agency had its beginnings in the early 1970s, when it was created by then-Republican President Ronald Reagan. It was created as a result of a growing public concern regarding the environment, which had been growing throughout the 1950s and 1960s.

February 21, 2018

Industry regulation proves to be a challenge

Ajit Pai, chair of the Federal Communications Commission, spent several years as the associate general counsel for Verizon; he served as a corporate lawyer advising them on matters of regulatory policy.

January 31, 2018

There’s still work to be done in the net neutrality debate

On December 14, 2017, in a 3 to 2 vote, the Federal Communications Commission repealed the Title II Common Carrier regulations for the internet, ending net neutrality. Is it really the end, though?

November 29, 2017

Net neutrality is under threat, but there’s something you can do about it

It began as a series of experiments in the 1960s. Few at that time could have envisioned how their creation would revolutionize every facet of our world.