CEI Today: Transportation bill, Senate vote on energy, and regulating the regulators


Openmarket.org - House Should Reject Senate Highway Bill, Move for Another SAFETEA-LU Extension


The Senate yesterday passed its surface transportation reauthorization bill, the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21, S. 1813). MAP-21 carries a price tag of $109 billion and would reauthorize federal highway programs for a mere 18 months. It passed 74-22, with principled fiscal conservatives voting “no.” Championed by Democratic Senator Barbara Boxer and Republican Senator Jim Inhofe — who happily admits he’s a big-government big-spender when it comes to infrastructure and national security — the bill dramatically increases funding levels while failing to make serious, significant reforms to current programs.> Read the full commentary on Openmarket.org




As House Republicans now argue over what to do with the Senate-passed transportation bill, a diverse coalition of groups succeeded in helping to defeat some of the more egregious amendments offered up in the Senate, such as the T. Boone Pickens natural gas tax credit plan, otherwise known as Boonedoggle or Pickens Your Pocket plan.  CEI's Myron Ebell offers full analysis and commentary.

> Interview Myron Ebell

> Read more on Globalwarming.org



Spectator: The Regulatory Path to Full Employment

Who will regulate the regulators who regulate the regulators?

An important new book about the financial crisis just came out: Guardians of Finance: Making Regulators Work for Us, by James R. Barth, Gerard Caprio Jr., and Ross Levine. They argue that a major reason the financial crisis was so severe was that regulators behaved badly. Their solution: a regulatory Sentinel. This group of independent, impartial overseers would watch over regulators and keep them in line. In short, regulators need regulators.> View the full commentary on Spectator.org



Saturday, March 31

HAH is an annual event to recognize and celebrate human achievement and innovation. During the hour, participants are asked to listen to music, surf the internet, have a glass of beer, and generally enjoy the fruits of the human mind which would not have been possible in a world where conservation restrains advancement.

HAH can be
celebrated anywhere from 8:30pm to 9:30pm. In addition, CEI will be hosting a celebration at our headquarters in Washington, DC and live streaming our event online.

Join the HAH Facebook group.