Dan Farber: The idea that there are some problems that are shared by everyone, and some risks that have to be dealt with collectively, sits poorly with the Ayn Randian individualism so popular on the Right. Protecting Public Health
Dan Farber: The case involved a relatively obscure issue about the legal status of Amtrak. Justice Thomas used the occasion for a frontal attack on administrative law, including most of environmental law.
Dan Farber: The safest prediction is that our Democratic President and Republican Congress will not in fact be able to work together. But hope springs eternal. Are there areas where common ground exists?
Dan Farber: In a particularly shocking example, Sen. Rand Paul has said that you can get Ebola from standing near someone at a cocktail party. I had trouble believing that he had actually said that, but here’s the video.
Dan Farber: It’s time to take a hard look at the adequacy of the entire public health system and its ability to respond to global health emergencies.
Dan Farber: All too many members of the House seem to have left the reality-based community in favor of a fairy-tale world where threats go away if you just close your eyes and deny them.
Dan Farber: The sloppiness of the opinion is all the more noteworthy because we are still nowhere near the end-of-the-term crunch, when things are more likely to slip through the cracks.
Presidential Regulatory Powers: Actions by Obama might not hold up in Court, but there’s nothing wrong withusing regulations to make policy.
Federal Lightbulb Standards — Republicans have won a largely symbolic victory for an obsolete technology that makes little policy sense.
Dan Farber: We may be facing a powerful but relatively slow-moving bulldozer — but we should be prepared to jump fast if it turns out to be a bullet train instead.
Dan Farber: In the short run, limiting the filibuster will strengthen the hands of environmental regulators. What about the long run effects?
Don Farber: One of the things I don’t like about the term “adaptation” is that it suggests that we actually can, at some expense, restore ourselves to the same position we would have been in without climate change.
Dan Farber: Somewhat surprisingly, considering its something the public cares about deeply, food safety doesn’t seem to have many friends in Washington.