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CEI Podcast for March 1, 2012: A Highway Bill Everyone Can Hate


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Land-Use and Transportation Policy Analyst Marc Scribner explains why almost nobody is happy with how this year’s highway bill is turning out. Fiscal conservatives are leery of the price tag. Earmarkers are disappointed at efforts to make the bill pork-free. Transit activists are upset that the current version of the House bill would end the practice of using 20 percent of gas tax revenue to subsidize mass transit.

CEI Podcast for December 15, 2011: Drilling for Roads

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Land-use and Transportation Policy Analyst Marc Scribner looks at House Republicans’ “drilling for roads” proposal and finds it wanting. Under this proposal, the federal government would allow more fossil fuel extraction from federally owned lands, as well as offshore. Some of the revenues would go into the federal Highway Trust Fund. This would politicize transportation even more than it already is, and would lead to adverse consequences.

CEI Podcast for November 10, 2011: Eminent Domain Abuse

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Land-use and Transportation Policy Analyst Marc Scribner explains why allowing the government to seize land from its owners and give it to developers is a bad idea. Voters in Mississippi agree; on Tuesday they overwhelmingly passed a ballot initiative that would place limits on eminent domain abuse. Marc discusses the pros and cons of Mississippi’s initiative and the prospects for reform in other states.

CEI Podcast for June 23, 2011: Bunker Fuel

 

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Bunker fuel isĀ  a heavy fuel used by large ships around the world. Oil tankers, container ships, and more rely on bunker fuel because it’s cheaper than other kinds of fuel. Land Use and Transportation Policy Analyst Marc Scribner takes a look at new environmental regulations in California intended to reduce bunker fuel usage. The rules are actually causing many ships to use more bunker fuel, not less. If proposed fixes succeed, the result would essentially be a tariff on most global trade — a $16 trillion industry.

CEI Podcast for April 28, 2011: High-Speed Rail

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Land Use and Transportation Policy Analyst Marc Scribner looks at China’s experience with high-speed rail, and finds that it may not be a very good deal for the United States. Costs are so high that revenues don’t even cover the interest on the $271 billion of debt that high-speed rail has incurred for China.

CEI Podcast for February 10, 2011: How Not to Stop Eminent Domain Abuse

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Land Use and Transportation Policy Analyst Marc Scribner takes a close look at an eminent domain reform bill just passed by the Texas State Senate. As written, the bill would do little to actually solve the problem of government seizing private property from one private party and giving it to another private party with better political connections. Marc suggests some fixes and notes that many people are not fooled by this weak effort at reform.

CEI Podcast for January 12, 2011: Public-Private Partnerships

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Land-use and Transportation Policy Analyst Marc Scribner talks about his new CEI Issue Analysis, “The Limitations of Public-Private Partnerships.” Marc argues that PPPs are an improvement over the status quo in surface transportation because they introduce at least an element of competition into a sector where there is usually none. But PPPs are harmful in real estate developments because they tend to favor politicians’ preferences over those of consumers.