CEI Today: Judiciary hearing on regulation, copyright concerns in technology, and climate change as a national security


CEI.org: House Judiciary Hearing Highlights Urgency of Quantifying and Taming Regulation

Thursday morning, the House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing: “Regulation Nation: The Obama Administration's Regulatory Expansion vs. Jobs and Economic Recovery.”

Wayne Crews, vice president for policy at the Competitive Enterprise Institute and author CEI’s annual Ten Thousand Commandments report on the hidden costs of regulations, commended the committee for addressing the nation’s regulatory woes.

"Big regulation is bipartisan. Bush brought us a massive homeland security bureaucracy, the Sarbanes-Oxley law, increased Medicare rules and more. Both presidents’ final rules on small business are comparable and substantial."
> View the report on CEI.org

> Interview Wayne Crews


Tech Liberation: On Copyright and Business Models: Why ivi Deserved to Be Shut Down


Imagine a service that livestreams major broadcast television channels over the Internet for $4.99 a month — no cable or satellite subscription required. For an extra 99 cents a month, the service offers DVR functionality, making it possible to record, rewind, and pause live broadcast television on any broadband-equipped PC.

If this service sounds too good to be true, that’s because it is. But for a time, it was the business model of ivi. Cheaper than a cable/satellite/fiber subscription and more reliable than an over-the-air antenna, ivi earned positive reviews when it launched in September 2010.

Soon thereafter, however, a group of broadcast networks, affiliates, and content owners sued ivi in federal court for copyright infringement.

If there’s one exclusive right that copyright laws should secure for content creators, it’s the right to sell complete copies of newly-produced creative works made for the purpose of private commercial gain.

If ivi doesn’t violate this right, I don’t know what does. > Read the full commentary on Techliberation.com

> Interview Ryan Radia



Globalwarming.org: Should the GOP Champion Climate Change as a National Security Issue?

Since 2010, notes Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, author of Bin Laden’s Legacy: Why We’re Still Losing the War on Terror, the Department of Defense has classified climate change as a conflict accelerant — a factor exacerbating tensions within and between nations. Well, sure, what else is Team Obama at DOD going to say in an era of tight budgets when no rival superpower endangers our survival? The concept of an ever-deepening, civilization-imperilling climate crisis is an ideal mission-creep accelerant. > Read the full commentary on Globalwarming.org

> Interview Marlo Lewis


Capitol Hill Briefing by Author Diana Furchtgott Roth on Green Jobs

Friday, September 21, 2012
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Room 2322 Rayburn House Office Building

What is a “green job” anyway? Few can adequately define one. Even the government isn’t sure, you will learn in these pages. Still, President Obama and environmentalist coalitions such as the BlueGreen Alliance claim the creation of green jobs can save America’s economy, and are worth taxpayers’ investment.

But in Regulating to Disaster, Diana Furchtgott-Roth debunks that myth. Instead, energy prices rise dramatically and America’s economic growth and employment rate suffer — in some states much more than others — when government invests in nonviable ventures such as the bankrupted Solyndra, which the Obama Administration propped up far too long.

Animal Biotechnology: From Frankenfish to Enviro-pig

Thursday, September 27, 2012
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Room 1300, Longworth House Office Building


Despite their potential environmental and consumer benefits, products that can be demonized as FrankenFish or EnviroPig are being delayed by regulatory intransigence, public confusion, and political indecision. With no clear path forward, many products are now being sent overseas to countries with more responsive regulatory climates.





Author: Journalists 'Cover Energy And Environment Subjects As Liberal Activists,' E-Mails Show

Liberals claim to support transparency in government - until conservatives start finding shady things through Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests.

New York Times bestselling author, litigator, and Competitive Enterprise Institute senior fellow Chris Horner has been filing such FOIAs for years and has turned up Obama's "true plan" for cap-and-trade, a close relationship between an energy official and a Solyndra director - and more. Horner's quest for public information, labeled as "criminal" by one Obama agency head, will be detailed in his upcoming book, "The Liberal War on Transparency." > Read the CNSNews.com article by Julia Seymore


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