CEI Today: Union release time, future of wind energy, and global warming causes uptick in violence?

Tuesday, August 13, 2013
In the News Today


Workplacechoice.org: Florida’s Unwrapped Gift to Taxpayers

People who don’t do their jobs are usually held accountable, right? Not if you work for Miami-Dade County.

Robert Akras, a Miami-Dade County property surveyor who makes $86,238 a year has been missing in action from work. This did not sit well with newly elected Property Appraiser Carlos Lopez-Cantera, who has tried to fire Akras for not showing up for work, but was advised against doing so by Miami-Dade County Attorney Robert Cuevas.

This is the result of a practice known as union release time, whereby members of public employee unions can go on leave to do union business—on the taxpayer’s dime. This taxpayer-funded union subsidy is agreed upon in the collective bargaining agreements between the union and county government.
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> Interview Trey Kovacs



National Journal: Wind's Future: Not As Bright As DOE Report Suggests


This week's question cites a recent DOE report, which boasts that wind energy was the No. 1 source of new electric generation capacity in 2012.  No industry can truly be said to have a bright future if it's growth depends on regulatory coercion and taxpayer subsidy.  Gas generation is growing faster than wind generation because it is more valuable.


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> Interview Marlo Lewis


Fox News: Study: Global warming will lead to wars

A new study says global warming could cause a 50% increase in violent conflict by 2050. CEI's Myron Ebell explains to Fox's Clayton Morris and Linda Marsa of Discover Magazine that it's just "junk social science."  > View the debate

> Interview Myron Ebell

Workplacechoice Congressional Scorecard

Well, it’s official: We finally have a fully staffed National Labor Relations Board.

For the full score of the NLRB confirmation vote, see our
Congressional Scorecard page here.





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Christopher Horner, CEI Senior Fellow


Horner, an attorney, conservative analyst and activist and political bomb-thrower, has drawn attention for recent lawsuits seeking more transparency from the EPA. > Read more

CEI’s Battered Business Bureau: The Week in Regulation

If you grow sweet cherries and/or Irish potatoes in certain parts of Washington State, the Agricultural Marketing Service is lowering the assessment rate it charges on your crop.