CEI Today: EPA court ruling, energy grid report, and DOJ's anti-trust suit against airline merger

Friday, August 16, 2013
In the News Today


The Hill: Another twist in EPA email debate
By Zack Colman

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) might be using secret and personal email addresses "in bad faith" to flout public records laws, a federal judge said Wednesday.

U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth said conservative law firm Landmark Legal Foundation can investigate whether EPA officials used personal accounts for business and if the agency excluded correspondence from top officials from the law firm’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.

The Landmark decision generated momentum for groups that have fought for more information about the EPA’s records-keeping techniques, Sam Kazman, general counsel with conservative group the Competitive Enterprise Institute, told The Hill.

“It demonstrates that the courts are coming to realize something that many of us have long suspected — namely that, when it comes to public disclosure, EPA talks a lot about transparency but its real goal is invisibility,” he said in an email. 
> Read more

> Interview Sam Kazman



Globalwarming.org: Energy Grid Report Clouded By Misleading Data


The White House Council of Economic Advisers and Department of Energy have released a report titled, Economic Benefits Of Increasing Electric Grid Resilience to Weather Outages. The report calls for increased public and private spending on infrastructure aimed at hardening power lines from wind damage. In addition, the report argues in favor of increased funding towards the expansion of the nation’s energy storage capacity, and recommends the construction of sensors to monitor power fluctuations.

While some of the suggestions mentioned in the report are positive such as the hardening of existing power lines to protect from storm damage, many of the recommendations raise serious concerns. The Obama Administration claims to want to improve grid resiliency, but their anti-energy agenda and support for renewable subsidies show otherwise. > Read more

> Interview Anthony Ward

August 15, 2013: Justice Department Blocks Airline Merger

On Tuesday, the Justice Department filed an antitrust suit to block the proposed American Airlines and US Airways, alleging that the reduced competition would raise prices and reduce consumer options. Fellow in Land-use and Transportation Studies Marc Scribner thinks the charges are overblown, and has ideas of his own for increasing competition.

> Interview Marc Scribner





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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


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.