Reversing Trump, Interior Department Moves Swiftly on Climate Change

As Deb Haaland, President Biden’s choice for Interior secretary, heads toward a showdown vote, the department she would head is moving ahead on environmental policies.

#global-warming, #haaland-deb, #interior-department, #land-use-policies, #natural-gas, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry

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Too Much Choice Is Hurting America

Learning from subprime, health care and electricity.

#conservatism-us-politics, #electric-light-and-power, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #income-inequality, #pensions-and-retirement-plans, #poverty, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #subprime-mortgage-crisis, #texas

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What Is Delta-8-THC?: The Hemp Derivative That’s a Hot Seller

A once-ignored derivative of hemp has become a hot seller for people looking for a loophole around marijuana laws.

#cannabis-foods-and-products, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #farm-bill-us, #georgia, #hashish, #hemp, #law-and-legislation, #marijuana, #medical-marijuana, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #texas

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This Drug Gets You High, and Is Legal (Maybe) Across the Country

A once-ignored derivative of hemp has become a hot seller for people looking for a loophole around marijuana laws.

#cannabis-foods-and-products, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #farm-bill-us, #georgia, #hashish, #hemp, #law-and-legislation, #marijuana, #medical-marijuana, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #texas

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Texans Demand Answers as They Grapple With Storm’s Lingering Wrath

After millions lost power during a winter storm, lawmakers have held marathon hearings, prosecutors have started criminal investigations and residents have asked for accountability.

#electric-light-and-power, #electric-reliability-council-of-texas, #politics-and-government, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #public-utility-commission-of-texas, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #state-legislatures, #texas

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He Lost His Son to an Overdose. Now He’s Taking On the ‘Top Drug Cop.’

One activist is asking the Biden administration to remember the failures that led to the opioid epidemic as it chooses the next head of the F.D.A.

#bisch-ed, #food-and-drug-administration, #opioids-and-opiates, #oxycontin-drug, #purdue-pharma, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #sackler-family, #united-states-politics-and-government, #woodcock-janet

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Why Was SolarWinds So Vulnerable to a Hack?

It’s the economy, stupid.

#computer-security, #computers-and-the-internet, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #solarwinds, #us-federal-government-data-breach-2020

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Pratt & Whitney Engines Scrutinized After Boeing Jet Mishaps

Regulators are investigating episodes involving Pratt & Whitney equipment that rained debris from planes and forced emergency landings.

#airlines-and-airplanes, #aviation-accidents-safety-and-disasters, #boeing-company, #engines, #federal-aviation-administration, #prattwhitney, #raytheon-company, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #united-airlines

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Et Tu, Ted? Why Deregulation Failed

Even Senator Cruz realizes kilowatt-hours aren’t like avocados.

#cruz-ted, #electric-light-and-power, #green-new-deal, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #texas

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Texas Power Grid Run by ERCOT Set Up the State for Disaster

Texas has refused to join interstate electrical grids and railed against energy regulation. Now it’s having to answer to millions of residents who were left without power in last week’s snowstorm.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #electric-light-and-power, #electric-reliability-council-of-texas, #energy-and-power, #heating, #natural-gas, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #texas

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Why Texas Republicans Fear the Green New Deal

Small government is no match for a crisis born of the state’s twin addictions to market fixes and fossil fuels.

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #cuomo-andrew-m, #friedman-milton, #green-new-deal, #ocasio-cortez-alexandria, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #privatization, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #solar-energy, #texas, #weather

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What Are Sperm Telling Us?

Scientists are concerned by falling sperm counts and declining egg quality. Endocrine-disrupting chemicals may be the problem.

#chemicals, #endocrine-gland, #infertility, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #reproduction-biological, #sperm, #swan-shanna-h, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Annie’s Pledges to Purge a Class of Chemicals From Its Mac and Cheese

The move comes nearly four years after a study showed that chemicals believed to cause health problems in children and reproductive issues in adults were found in mass-market macaroni and cheese packets.

#containers-and-packaging, #food, #food-and-drug-administration, #general-mills-inc, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #kraft-foods-group-inc, #organic-trade-assn, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #swan-shanna-h, #taco-bell-corp, #testosterone

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Texas, Land of Wind and Lies

When post-truth politics meets energy policy.

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #electric-light-and-power, #natural-gas, #politics-and-government, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #republican-party, #rumors-and-misinformation, #texas, #wind-power

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There’s One Big Problem With Electric Cars

They’re still cars. Technology can’t cure America of its addiction to the automobile.

#fuel-efficiency, #fuel-emissions-transportation, #general-motors, #infrastructure-public-works, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #tesla-motors-inc, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Texas Storms, California Heat Waves and ‘Vulnerable’ Utilities

Power failures have cast a spotlight on whether energy companies and regulators are doing enough to prepare for climate change and natural disasters.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #california, #electric-light-and-power, #energy-and-power, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #solar-energy, #texas, #weather, #wind-power

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Facebook’s ‘Supreme Court’ Faces Its First Major Test

The questions are bigger than whether Trump should have been suspended.

#computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #oversight-board-facebook, #political-advertising, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #trump-donald-j

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As Fox News Struggles at Home, Murdoch Brings Its Playbook to the U.K.

His venture and another upstart by a rival group of investors will challenge the BBC and Britain’s efforts to guard against political bias in television news.

#british-broadcasting-corp, #fox-news-channel, #gb-news, #great-britain, #murdoch-rupert, #news-and-news-media, #news-uk-tv, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #television

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The Economic Case for Regulating Social Media

The core business model of platforms like Facebook and Twitter poses a threat to society and requires retooling, an economist says.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #conspiracy-theories, #facebook-inc, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #hate-speech, #online-advertising, #political-advertising, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #twitter, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government, #youtube-com

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Wall Street’s Most Reviled Investors Worry About Their Fate

Short sellers — self-described financial detectives who make money when companies fail — were already worried about their success and safety. Then GameStop happened.

#enron-corp, #gamestop-corporation, #hedge-funds, #point72-asset-management-lp, #reddit-inc, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #securities-and-commodities-violations, #securities-and-exchange-commission, #short-selling, #social-media, #stocks-and-bonds

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France to Scrap Law Banning Desk Lunches

The coronavirus pandemic has already upended eating habits in a country where the table is a sacred space. Now it is taking its toll on a symbol of work-life balance.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #france, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #work-life-balance, #workplace-environment

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HNA Was Once China’s Biggest Dealmaker. Now It Faces Bankruptcy.

China is tightening the reins on its economy and looking out for companies that could pose risks to China’s financial system.

#bankruptcies, #chen-feng-1953, #china, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #hna-group-co-ltd, #politics-and-government, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry

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A GameStop Evangelist’s Videos Draw a Regulator’s Attention

Keith Gill was an early endorser of GameStop on his YouTube channel. But a regulator in Massachusetts wants to know about his day job.

#gamestop-corporation, #gill-keith-1986, #massachusetts-mutual-life-insurance-co, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #securities-and-commodities-violations, #stocks-and-bonds

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A GameStop Ringleader’s Videos Draw a Regulator’s Attention

Keith Gill was an early endorser of GameStop on his YouTube channel. But a regulator in Massachusetts wants to know about his day job.

#gamestop-corporation, #gill-keith-1986, #massachusetts-mutual-life-insurance-co, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #securities-and-commodities-violations, #stocks-and-bonds

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Trump’s Banker at Deutsche Bank Was Ousted for a Real Estate Deal

New regulatory records show the bank found that Rosemary Vrablic had engaged in undisclosed investment activity involving a client.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #deutsche-bank-ag, #kushner-jared, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #trump-donald-j, #vrablic-rosemary-t

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Biden’s Plan to Uncouple the Democrats From Corporations

Uncoupling his party from big business is a daunting task.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #banking-and-financial-institutions, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #chopra-rohit, #dodd-frank-wall-street-reform-and-consumer-protection-act-2010, #gensler-gary-s, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #united-states-politics-and-government

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The Case of the Serial Sperm Donor

One man, hundreds of children and a burning question: Why?

#artificial-insemination, #children-and-childhood, #families-and-family-life, #in-vitro-fertilization, #infertility, #meijer-jonathan-jacob, #netherlands, #parenting, #pregnancy-and-childbirth, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #sperm, #your-feed-science

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Why Tackling Gamestop’s Wild Stock Rise Will be a Challenge for Gensler

There is broad agreement that the capital markets have been distorted but less consensus on what, if anything, the S.E.C. should do about it.

#banking-and-financial-institutions, #commodity-futures-trading-commission, #futures-and-options-trading, #gamestop-corporation, #gensler-gary-s, #hedge-funds, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #robinhood-financial-llc, #securities-and-exchange-commission, #stocks-and-bonds

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Gensler Faces Big Challenge in Tackling GameStop’s Wild Ride

There is broad agreement that the capital markets have been distorted but less consensus on what, if anything, the S.E.C. should do about it.

#banking-and-financial-institutions, #commodity-futures-trading-commission, #content-type-service, #futures-and-options-trading, #gamestop-corporation, #gensler-gary-s, #hedge-funds, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #robinhood-financial-llc, #securities-and-exchange-commission, #stocks-and-bonds

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Lawmakers Look at GameStop Furor and See a Populist Issue to Seize

Ted Cruz. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. The rush by both parties to side with young traders disrupting the markets reflects the broad recognition of the impulses driving American politics.

#banking-and-financial-institutions, #cruz-ted, #democratic-party, #fortenberry-jeffrey-l-1960, #gamestop-corporation, #gingrich-newt, #khanna-ro, #ocasio-cortez-alexandria, #politics-and-government, #reddit-inc, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #republican-party, #robinhood-financial-llc, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

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The Silicon Valley Start-Up That Caused Wall Street Chaos

Robinhood pitched itself to investors as the antithesis of Wall Street. It didn’t say that it also entirely relies on Wall Street. This past week, the two realities collided.

#banking-and-financial-institutions, #charles-schwab-corporation, #e-trade-financial-corporation, #fidelity-investments, #financial-brokers, #futures-and-options-trading, #gamestop-corporation, #jpmorgan-chasecompany, #mobile-applications, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #robinhood-financial-llc, #securities-and-exchange-commission, #silicon-valley-calif, #stocks-and-bonds, #td-ameritrade-holding-corp, #venture-capital

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What’s Next for Crypto Regulation

The rules are in flux as a new U.S. administration takes over.

#commodity-futures-trading-commission, #gensler-gary-s, #office-of-the-comptroller-of-the-currency, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #saturdaynewsletter, #securities-and-exchange-commission, #treasury-department, #virtual-currency, #yellen-janet-l

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As Bitcoin’s Price Surges, Affluent Investors Start to Take a Look

Cryptocurrencies, originally a way to conduct business outside the financial system, are increasingly seen as an asset akin to private equity or venture capital.

#bitcoin-currency, #content-type-service, #high-net-worth-individuals, #mtgox-co-ltd, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #virtual-currency, #wills-and-estates

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Robinhood Faces a Cash Drain and Angry Customers

The online broker raised $1 billion to prop itself up. Overcoming customer anger may be harder.

#american-airlines, #corporate-social-responsibility, #depository-trust-and-clearing-corporation, #facebook-inc, #financial-brokers, #gamestop-corporation, #oversight-board-facebook, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #robinhood-financial-llc, #social-media, #world-economic-forum

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GameStop Rally Stalls as Robinhood and Others Set Limits

Small investors accused one trading platform of being “dishonest” and “pandering to the elite” as new restrictions on some stock trades spurred a calmer day in the markets.

#banking-and-financial-institutions, #computers-and-the-internet, #financial-brokers, #gamestop-corporation, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #robinhood-financial-llc, #stocks-and-bonds

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India’s Farmers and Modi Weigh Options After New Delhi Clash

Farm leaders continued to demand that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government repeal new, market-friendly laws, while trying to deflect blame for the chaos that gripped New Delhi.

#agriculture-and-farming, #bharatiya-janata-party, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #india, #modi-narendra, #new-delhi-india, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #shah-amit-1964

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Democratic Congress Prepares to Take On Big Tech

Lawmakers say the attack on the Capitol has generated more support for tougher regulation of the industry.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #computers-and-the-internet, #democratic-party, #klobuchar-amy, #law-and-legislation, #privacy, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #united-states-politics-and-government

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For Nicaragua’s Lobstermen, Deadly Dives Are All Too Common

Catching spiny lobsters is a stunningly dangerous pursuit for the mostly Indigenous fishermen along the country’s Caribbean coast, requiring deep plunges with subpar gear.

#accidents-and-safety, #caribbean-area, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #indigenous-people, #lobsters, #nicaragua, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #sandinista-national-liberation-front

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With Online Terms of Service, What Happens When You Click ‘Agree’?

The same legalese that can ban Donald Trump from Twitter can bar users from joining class-action lawsuits. It’s time to fix the fine print.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #computers-and-the-internet, #customer-relations, #law-and-legislation, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry

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Progressives Are Seething Over Biden’s Likely Pick for Banking Regulator

A former Obama administration official is the front-runner to be comptroller of the currency. The prospect has angered groups hoping for more dramatic reform.

#banking-and-financial-institutions, #baradaran-mehrsa-1978, #barr-michael-s, #office-of-the-comptroller-of-the-currency, #presidential-transition-us, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry

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Restoring Environmental Rules Rolled Back by Trump Could Take Years

President Biden has promised to reinstate more than 100 rules and regulations aimed at environmental protection that his predecessor rolled back. It won’t happen overnight.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #environment, #environmental-protection-agency, #executive-orders-and-memorandums, #fuel-emissions-transportation, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Biden Tells OSHA to Issue New Covid-19 Guidance to Employers

Unions, which largely support the new president, had complained that the Trump administration did little to protect workers from the coronavirus.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #executive-orders-and-memorandums, #labor-department-us, #occupational-safety-and-health-administration, #organized-labor, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

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Auto Safety Agency Faces Calls for Overhaul as Biden Presidency Begins

The new administration can “restart” the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which “should be leading the world when it comes to vehicle safety,” the head of an advocacy group said.

#advocates-for-highway-and-auto-safety, #automobile-safety-features-and-defects, #automotive-safety-research-institute, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #center-for-auto-safety, #center-for-study-of-responsive-law, #consumer-federation-of-america, #kidsandcars-org, #national-highway-traffic-safety-administration, #presidential-transition-us, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #traffic-accidents-and-safety, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Biden, in a Burst of Climate Orders, Rejoins the Paris Agreement

The president also canceled the Keystone XL pipeline and ordered federal agencies to begin the process of reinstating environmental regulations reversed under the Trump administration.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #trump-donald-j, #united-nations-framework-convention-on-climate-change, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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I Grew Up Witnessing Forced Labor. U.S. Companies Must Step Up.

Otherwise, they risk complicity in the persecution of millions of Uighurs.

#factories-and-manufacturing, #fashion-and-apparel, #forced-labor, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #international-trade-and-world-market, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #uighurs-chinese-ethnic-group, #united-states, #united-states-economy, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity, #workplace-hazards-and-violations, #xinjiang-china

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A ‘Nerve Center’ for Climate in the Biden White House

President Joseph R. Biden Jr. brings with him the largest team of climate change experts ever assembled in the White House, and action on global warming is expected quickly.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #environment, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Court Voids a ‘Tortured’ Trump Climate Rollback

The ruling strikes down weak rules for coal-burning power plants and gives the Biden administration a freer hand to impose tighter restrictions.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #appeals-courts-us, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #coal, #environment, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Janet Yellen Readies Big Changes for Treasury

From financial regulation to minority lending, Biden’s pick is poised to change course sharply from the policies of Secretary Steven Mnuchin.

#adeyemo-adewale, #appointments-and-executive-changes, #banking-and-financial-institutions, #bernanke-ben-s, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #brookings-institution, #dodd-frank-wall-street-reform-and-consumer-protection-act-2010, #federal-reserve-system, #financial-stability-oversight-council, #mnuchin-steven-t, #presidential-transition-us, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government, #yellen-janet-l

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Europe Welcomes Biden, but Won’t Wait for Him

The European Union is eager for “a political climate change” and cooperation, but if the new president is consumed with domestic problems, it won’t put its own agenda on hold.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #borrell-fontelles-josep, #bruno-le-maire, #european-union, #global-warming, #politics-and-government, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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For One British Industry, Brexit’s Red Tape Is Just Beginning

Chemical companies, facing costly new regulations and extra tariffs, are looking to the continent.

#basf-se, #chemicals, #customs-tariff, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #europe, #european-union, #great-britain, #great-britain-withdrawal-from-eu-brexit, #international-trade-and-world-market, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry

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