CEI Today: States join Dodd-Frank lawsuit, the cost-benefit of regulations, and San Fran's renewable energy mandate


CEI.org: Three States Join Constitutional Challenge to Dodd-Frank

The states of Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Michigan today joined a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. The states are asking the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to review the constitutionality of the Orderly Liquidation Authority, established under Title II of Dodd-Frank. The three states are joining the original plaintiffs in the lawsuit: State National Bank of Big Spring, Texas; the 60 Plus Association; and the Competitive Enterprise Institute. > Learn more about the lawsuit at CEI.org/doddfrank

> Interview Sam Kazman


Investor's Business Daily: Federal Agencies Should Stop Using Cost-Benefit Analyses


Cost analysis is an imprecise art, but it is practically a science compared with estimating benefits. Agencies should stop using them. Nobody knows how much the 169,000-page Code of Federal Regulations costs the economy, but we do have a rough idea.

The Office of Management and Budget puts the cost at $68 billion, though this figure leaves out more than 90% of all rules. An upcoming Competitive Enterprise Institute report, "Tip of the Costberg," puts the number at $1.8 trillion. > Read the full commentary on Investors.com

> Interview Wayne Crews or Ryan Young



Globalwarming.org: San Fran Plan to Go Green Proves that Renewables Can’t Compete

Yesterday, by an 8-3 vote, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors approved CleanPowerSF, a municipal energy plan that would force about half the city’s ratepayers into using electricity that was generated entirely from renewable sources, like wind and solar power.

The cost? According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the measure would increase utility bills about 23 percent*.

And I thought renewable energy was supposed to be competitive!

California already has the
13th most expensive electricity rates in the country, so this 23 percent green energy premium is on top of relatively high utility bills.  > Read the full commentary on Globalwarming.org

> Interview William Yeatman


Capitol Hill Briefing by Author Diana Furchtgott Roth on Green Jobs

Friday, September 21, 2012 - TODAY!
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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