CEI Today: EPA & Bristol Bay, REINS Act & "regulatory paralysis," and the carbon tax fight

Friday, August 2, 2013
In the News Today


CEI Urges House Science Committee to Investigate Stratus Consulting's Work on EPA's Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment

The Competitive Enterprise Institute has sent a letter to Rep. Paul Broun asking him to investigate the involvement of Dr. Ann Maest of Stratus Consulting in the preparation of the EPA’s Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment. Maest and Douglas Beltman, executive vice president of Stratus Consulting, admitted in sworn affidavits to a federal court earlier this year that they had provided fraudulent technical reports on behalf of the plaintiffs in the case brought in Ecuador against Chevron.


CEI’s Resourceful Earth project asked concerned Americans to file comments on the EPA’s Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment during the public comment period, which ended on June 30th. More than 236,000 comments were filed as a result of Resourceful Earth’s efforts. > Read more

> Interview Myron Ebell


Senate Concocts Notion of “Regulatory Paralysis” in Hearing Today


Growing red tape from Washington is stifling U.S economic growth and innovation, and the total compliance cost has reached $1.806 trillion -- for the first time, more than half of total federal spending. So why is the U.S. Senate concocting a bizarre notion of “regulatory paralysis”-- that agencies aren't issuing rules fast enough -- in a committee hearing today? (See: Subcommittee on Oversight, Federal Rights and Agency Action, “Justice Delayed: The Human Cost of Regulatory Paralysis”).
“House leadership seems to ‘get’ that economy-crushing regulations now run amuck, but the Senate is trying to pawn off a fiction about ‘regulatory paralysis,’” said
Wayne Crews, vice president for policy and director of technology studies at the Competitive Enterprise Institute and author of CEI's Ten Thousand Commandments: An Annual Snapshot of the Federal Regulatory State, which documents regulatory costs. > Read more

> Interview Wayne Crews


Globalwarming.org: 19 Groups Urge House to Buck Authoritarian Carbon Tax

On Thursday, 19 free market organizations released a coalition letter in support of Rep. Steve Scalise’s (R-La.) amendment to H.R. 367, the Regulations From the Executive in Need of Scrutiny Act of 2013. > Read the letter

> Interview William Yeatman






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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.

August 1, 2013: Is Washington the Next Detroit?

Fellow in Technology and Entrepreneurship Bill Frezza sees parallels between Detroit’s recent bankruptcy and the federal government’s own fiscal problems. Fortunately, he sees a way out.