CEI Today: Earth Hour vs Human Achievement Hour, EPA attack on coal, and Obama budget defeat


Saturday, March 31

On Saturday March 31st 2012, some people, businesses, and governments will shut off their lights for one hour as a symbolic "Earth Hour" gesture against global climate change. We think this sends the wrong message and represents a rejection of human innovation and progress. 


Instead, join the Competitive Enterprise Institute for Human Achievement Hour – an annual celebration of individual freedom and appreciation of the achievements and innovations that people have used to improve their lives throughout history. 


During Human Achievement Hour, 8:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. - enjoy the benefits of capitalism and human innovation.  Keep your lights ON for Human Achievement Hour!

> Interview Michelle Minton about Human Achievement Hour



WashingtonTimes.com: Obama kills coal - as promised


“If someone wants to build a new coal-fired power plant they can, but it will bankrupt them because they will be charged a huge sum for all the greenhouse gas that’s being emitted.”

-Candidate Barack Obama, 2008.

Well, we can’t say we weren’t warned. This week, the unelected, unaccountable bureaucrats at the Environmental Protection Agency released a set of proposed rules designed to target greenhouse gas emissions. If enacted, these rules would virtually destroy the coal industry - just as President Obama once promised he would do.

 > Read more on WashingtonTimes.com

> Interview Matt Patterson

See also by Matt Patterson: Obamacare: Constitutionality Argument Misses the Point Entirely



Openmarket.org: Obama Budget Rejected by House in 414-0 Vote

The House of Representatives rejected the Obama administration’s proposed budget 414-to-0; it failed to get a single Democratic vote.  While the GOP-controlled House has just passed a budget plan of its own, the Democratic-controlled Senate has not passed a single budget during the Obama Administration, leaving the country without an official budget for over a thousand days.

One way to reduce trillion-dollar deficits would be to pass legislation eliminating obstacles to economic growth. The more the economy grows, the more tax revenue the government will have. But Obama administration policies have created more obstacles to job creation, and are preventing the economy from recovering at a rapid rate.

> Read the full commentary on Openmarket.org

> Interview Hans Bader