CEI Today: Fighting cap-n-tax again, $14 billion in gov't waste, and TSA body scanners



Globalwarming.org: More on the Carbon Tax Cabal


Concerning the “Price Carbon Campaign/Lame Duck Initiative” meeting of center-right and ‘progressive’ pols, wonks, and activists yesterday at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), herewith a few additional thoughts.

Today’s Greenwire quotes AEI economic policy director Kevin Hassett saying that AEI was just playing host and the meeting was just information sharing. Well, okay, let’s assume he experienced it that way, but what about the ‘progressives’ who set the agenda? They must really be into sharing, because this was their fifth meeting. Whatever the AEI folks thought the event was about, the agenda clearly outlines a strategy meeting to develop the PR/legislative campaign to promote and enact carbon taxes. > View the full commentary on Globalwarming.org

> See related: AEI Hosts Fifth Secret Meeting to Promote Carbon Tax



Openmarket.org: $14 Billion More in Improper Government Payments


As CNN notes, federal and state governments overpaid unemployment benefits by $14 billion in 2011 — or approximately 11 percent of all benefits paid. The overpaid benefits went mostly to ineligible people, like those who had dropped out of the job hunt, quit voluntarily, or filed unemployment claims after returning to work.  Not only was there fraud on a vast scale, but governments completely failed to detect it. Indiana made more “improper payments” than proper ones. The only federal program with more improper payments than unemployment insurance was the  School Lunch Program. > Read the full commentary on Openmarket.org

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Openmarket.org: Sign A Petition Requiring The Transportation Security Administration To Follow The Law!

Over at the White House’s “We the People” site, a petition rapidly gathering signatures that demands that the Transportation Security Administration abide by a court order from last year requiring it to open a notice-and-comment rulemaking on the full-body imaging machines now commonplace in American airports.  > Read the full commentary on Openmarket.org




Also featuring...

CEI Podcast for July 12, 2012: Who to Blame for DC’s Power Outage

Ryan Radia on CNBC's Closing Bell with Maria Bartiromo on July 11, 2012 discussing Emergency Preparedness Communications Functions. Watch the video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ZNhRPDaE-k

You're invited! JULY 19 EVENT


Risky Science at the EPA:

Exploring Alternatives for EPA Risk Assessment

A Roundtable Discussion Sponsored by

The Competitive Enterprise Institute

Featured Speaker: Nandan Kenkeremath, former Senior Counsel, House Energy and Commerce Committee

Kenkeremath will launch the discussion with a presentation on how EPA can improve the scientific basis of its risk assessment process by incorporating a wider range of probabilities, weigh-of-evidence measures, and best available science. 

July 19, 2012

12:00 PM – 1:30 PM


The Competitive Enterprise Institute

1899 L Street, N.W., 12th Floor

Washington, D.C. 20036

Lunch provided

Please RSVP to Angela at alogomasini@cei.org

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