CEI Today: UAW & Detroit, immigration & public opinion, and debunking the "social cost" of carbon


NRO: Detroit: Empire of Rust

The UAW’s stranglehold turned one of America’s most prosperous cities into a wasteland. Can the UAW really be blamed for the sorry fate of Packard — and Detroit? Yes, to a large extent. It’s not certain that Packard would have survived had the union not been such a financial and logistical burden. But there is no question that the UAW made it more, not less, difficult for Packard to weather the Sturm und Drang of the business cycle. > Read more

> Interview the authors



Openmarket.org: Come On Into The Immigration Pool, Republicans … The Water Appears To Be Safe


There are a lot of things Republicans can do to get themselves primaried these days, but embracing comprehensive immigration reform does not seem to be one of them.

A survey taken earlier this month of voters who have a history of voting in Republican primary elections found those “who support comprehensive immigration reform, including a pathway to citizenship, do not run afoul of the majority opinion of their primary voters,” the survey oufit said. “That is true in every region of the country, and in suburban and rural districts alike. It is true with Tea Party voters, social conservatives, fiscal conservatives and moderate Republicans … as well.”  > Read more

> Interview Brian McNicoll


Globalwarming.org: Social Cost of Carbon

Climate activists increasingly invoke "social cost of carbon" estimates to justify the imposition of carbon taxes, fuel economy mandates, Soviet-style production quota for wind farms, fracking bans, and other interventions to rig the marketplace against reliable, affordable, fossil energy. They speak as if SCC estimates disclose an objective reality like the boiling point of water or the specific gravity of iron. In fact, SCC estimates are assumption-driven hocus-pocus or, as my colleague Myron Ebell prefers to say, “hogwash.”


Even if scrupulously based on the best science and economics, social cost of carbon analyses would still ignore the social benefits — the positive externalities — of affordable, reliable, carbon-based energy. Consequently, such analyses turn a blind eye to the social costs — the adverse effects on public health and welfare – of the economic losses imposed by carbon mitigation schemes. > Read more

> Interview Marlo Lewis


EPA Failure on Deadlines

The EPA has routinely failed to comply with statutory deadlines established for three core Clean Air Act programs and, more often than not, now promulgates regulations almost six years after established deadlines, according to a new CEI study. > Read more






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