CEI Today: Probing the Park Service, Obama brinkmanship, questions for Yellen, and CO2 greening the Earth

Friday, October 11, 2013
In the News Today


CEI FOIA Requests Probe National Park Service Shutdown Decision-Making

In the wake of National Park Service and U.S. Forest Service crackdowns on private businesses and closures of open-air memorials and overviews during the government shutdown, CEI on Wednesday filed a series of Freedom of Information Act requests seeking public records on who made such decisions and why. “The Obama administration, which is in charge of implementing the shutdown of federal agencies, has gone too far in shutting down private businesses and mostly ungated, unguarded public spaces,” said Hans Bader, senior attorney and counsel for special projects at CEI. > Read more

> CEI Podcast for October 10, 2013: CEI Files FOIA Requests Over Park Closures

> Interview Hans Bader


Human Events: Obama’s Brinkmanship?

We all remember the term “brinkmanship” from the Cold War, coined by President Eisenhower’s Secretary of State, John Foster Dulles. In an interview in Life magazine, Dulles defined it thus: “The ability to get to the verge without getting into the war is the necessary art.” On a charitable reading, this appears to be President Obama’s strategy in the battles over government funding and the debt limit. And there are indeed several similarities between the Cold War strategy and Obama’s current stance. But there is one vitally important difference.
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> Interview Iain Murray



Ten Questions for Janet Yellen

Janet Yellen is President Obama’s choice to succeed Ben Bernanke as Federal Reserve Chair. She has extensive experience with the Federal Reserve, including a stint as president of the San Francisco Fed. She currently serves as vice chair of the Fed’s Board of Governors, the No.2  job beneath Bernanke. Yellen’s credentials are not in question, but that can’t necessarily be said of the policies she would pursue if confirmed.

CEI policy experts John Berlau, Iain Murray, and Ryan Young offered some questions that would shed some light on what policies Yellen would pursue as Fed Chair, and how they might affect a still-ailing economy.  > Read more

> Interview an expert


Globalwarming.org: Satellite Observations Validate Model Predictions — CO2 Emissions Are Greening the Earth!

I’m going to have to revise my skepticism about climate models. In at least one respect, their projections are spot on accurate. Satellite observations apparently validate model predictions that carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions are greening the Earth. That’s what four Australian scientists report in “Impact of CO2 fertilization on maximum foliage cover across the globe’s warm, arid environments,” a study published in Geophysical Research Letters. > Read more

> Interview Marlo Lewis




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CEI President Lawson Bader

Shutdown? What shutdown?!

In case you hadn’t noticed, the federal government is not currently functioning at full capacity. But when I gaze upon federal agencies and Capitol Hill, to me it still feels like business as usual. The sad truth is it is business as usual. > Read more