CEI Today: EPA Utility MACT, fixing transportation, and food labeling


Globalwarming.org: Sen. Inhofe Seeks to Rein in EPA’s All Pain and No Gain Utility MACT

Senator James M. Inhofe (R-Okla.) has announced that he will bring a Congressional Review Act resolution of disapproval of the EPA’s Utility MACT (for Maximum Achievable Control Technology) Rule to the Senate floor for a vote on or before Monday, 18th May.  Since Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is trying to hold as few votes on tough issues as possible before the November elections, this could be the most important vote on an energy or regulatory issue that the Senate takes this year. > Read the full commentary on Globalwarming.org

>Interview Myron Ebell

> See related: The Case against EPA’s Utility MACT (in pictures)



CEI.org: Fixing Surface Transportation in Massachusetts

A Path Forward under a Devolved Federal Funding Scenario


Over the past few years, every state and the District of Columbia receive more in federal highway funding than the various federal excise taxes on highway activities within the state generated, according to the Government Accountability Office. During FY 2005–2009, the funding return on highway taxes ranged from $1.03 for every dollar collected in Texas to $5.85 in Washington, D.C. Massachusetts, on the low end of the scale, received $1.17 for every dollar collected.

While the vast majority of Massachusetts highway funding comes from non-federal sources, if all highway funding responsibility were to be devolved to the states—as a growing number of fiscal conservatives in Congress advocate—additional revenue must be found. This issue brief examines the current funding realities and offers several potential mechanisms that could be used in Massachusetts to close the funding gap under a devolution scenario.  > View the CEI OnPoint

> Interview Marc Scribner





CEI.org: MCOOL and the Politics of Country-of-Origin Labeling

As multilateral, regional, and bilateral trade agreements have dramatically reduced tariffs among most trading countries, protectionist interests have become extremely creative at finding less direct ways to protect their domestic industries. Since overt protectionist measures would violate these agreements, and in many cases, violate World Trade Organi zation (WTO) rules, opponents of trade liberalization have turned to non-tariff barriers to achieve their anti-competitive objectives. Usually, these are disguised as needed rules to advance the public good, ensure consumer safety and welfare, protect the environment, or any combination of these goals. Too often, these new fangled protectionist measures succeed, rolling back the gains of free trade.

 > Read the report by CEI and the Fraser Institute

> Interview Alexander Moens


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Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act - Podcast

The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) is currently under consideration in Congress. What are its strengths and weaknesses? Are there legitimate privacy concerns? Will CISPA suffer the same fate as the Stop Online Piracy Act, or is it fundamentally different? These and other questions are discussed by our experts on this previously recorded conference call.


  • Hon. Stewart A. Baker, Partner, Steptoe & Johnson LLP and former Assistant U.S. Secretary for Policy, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • Mr. Ryan Radia, Associate Director of Technology Studies, Competitive Enterprise Institute
  • Moderator: Mr. Dean Reuter, Vice President & Director of Practice Groups, The Federalist Society



Wednesday, June 20

Co-Existence in the Real World:
How Biotech and Organic Can Get Along

Moderated by CEI Senior Fellow Gregory Conko

Can we find a path forward that will protect against unwanted cross pollination without closing off large swaths of cropland to biotech varieties? From the stance that zero-tolerance is impossible, we will evaluate practices that farmers and seed producers already use to ensure genetic identity preservation. Then, examine the impact of European co-existence plans and of policy proposals in North America. >Read more

> Interview Gregory Conko


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