CEI Today: Global warming - media coverage, public opinion; and the federal transportation monopoly


Globalwarming.org: For the Second Time This Week, WaPo’s Wonkblog Goofs an Energy/Environment Story


Earlier this week, I wrote about how Washington Post Wonkblog contributor Brad Plumer misread a report on which he blogged. Today, his colleague Ezra Klein devoted another Wonkblog post to an erroneous thesis—namely, that opposition to climate policies like cap-and-trade is a strictly partisan matter.  > Read the analysis at Globalwarming.org


> Interview William Yeatman



PBS Frontline, Tuesday, October 23: "Climate of Doubt"

"Four years ago, climate change was a hot issue and politicians from both sides seemed poised to act. Today public opinion on the climate issue has cooled considerably. Politicians either ignore it or proclaim their skepticism. What’s behind this massive reversal? On Oct 23, FRONTLINE goes inside the organizations that fought the scientific establishment to shift the direction of the climate debate."


CEI's Myron Ebell explains why questionable science and the war on affordable energy have made more Americans doubt global warming alarmism.


> Interview Myron Ebell

> See related: David Brooks laments "A Sad Green Story" in the New York Times



Letter to the Editor of the Wall Street Journal:


Mr. Mead correctly identifies three major problems facing infrastructure funding: nimbyism, cronyism and an outdated vision of what infrastructure ought to be. However, there is a greater underlying problem: the concentration of infrastructure spending decisions in Washington. For example, the national highway system's major corridors are funded 80% by the federal government and only 20% by the states.

The stated purpose of federal funding of transportation infrastructure is to promote interstate mobility. But this funding arrangement reduces local accountability, leading to pork-barrel infrastructure investments of dubious value at the expense of maintaining or reconstructing existing infrastructure. These misallocations reduce the long-run efficiency of the network, costing more than just government largess.

If all infrastructure investment decision-making were to be devolved to the states, investment in wasteful projects would still occur but not with the same high frequency as under the federal status quo. Removing Washington from the equation is the only way for Mr. Mead's 21st-century vision to be realized.

Marc Scribner

Competitive Enterprise Institute

> Read more at the Wall Street Journal

> Interview Marc Scribner



The Liberal War on Transparency

Christopher Horner joins Andrew Wilkow to talk about liberal transparency and the Obama administration and his book on the topic "The Liberal War on Transparency"

> View the Wilkow interview on YouTube

In the book, Horner reveals:


* Scandalous examples of activist government employee tricks to hide their activities.

* How the Obama administration, which leaks sensitive information for political gain (while aggressively prosecuting whistleblowers), deliberately politicized the FOIA process to stonewall legitimate requests for public information.

* What the Democrats tried to hide about their crony deals with big business, Solyndra, various liberal initiatives, and UN schemes.

* How American colleges and universities bow to radical liberal faculties to hide public records.

* How to fight these tactics and make your own FOIA requests to get the information you need—even when the government tries to stop you.




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