CEI Today: Union in-fighting, Obama energy grade, and a tanning ban



Washington Examiner:AFSCME leadership fight will shape public employee union future

There is an immensely significant power struggle brewing at the highest echelons of the 1.6 million-member American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, one of the largest and most powerful labor organizations in the country.

Danny Donohue, president of the New York State Civil Service Employees Association, and union Secretary-Treasurer Lee Saunders are competing to succeed retiring AFSCME President Gerry McEntee. At stake: The future of AFSCME's political giving. > Read the full commentary on WashingtonExaminer.com

> Interview Matt Patterson

> Read more on labor policy at Workplacechoice.org



Globalwarming.org: Energy Secretary Gives Himself Stellar Grade of A- for 85% Failure Rate

Despite the hundreds of millions of dollars lost in the Solyndra scandal, Energy Secretary Steven Chu gave himself “an A-” when he “testified before Congress after a series of bankruptcies from companies floated by green-tech stimulus loans” and was asked what “grade he would give himself as a steward of public funds.”  But it turns out that Chu’s Energy Department was much more reckless in its lending decisions than the private lenders that the Obama Administration has blamed for the financial crisis.> View the full commentary on Globalwarming.org

> Interview Hans Bader



Openmarket.org: Rhode Island’s Tanning Ban Could Backfire

Last week
the Rhode Island Senate approved a measure banning the use of tanning salons for patrons under 18 years old. While I don’t dispute the health risks presented by tanning booths and beds, Rhode Island’s outright ban will not stop motivated teens from getting a tan and the alternate methods could result in greater damage. Furthermore, the decision to tan or not to tan ought to be made between parents and their children.> Read the full commentary on Openmarket.org

> interview Michelle Minton



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.