CEI Today: Obama EPA regs due today, private lobbyists get public pensions, and a net benefit of regulations?

Friday, September 20, 2013
In the News Today

DUE TODAY - OBAMA EPA GLOBAL WARMING REGS

 

EPA Admits Obama Global Warming Regs Unrelated to Actual Climate Change

The Obama EPA is scheduled today to unveil massive new restrictions on new power plants. The rule will set limits on greenhouse gas emissions from future power plans and imposes costly technology mandates on coal plants.

Meanwhile, EPA administrator Gina McCarthy admitted this week that the Obama administration's new carbon emissions regulations are unrelated to actual climate change.  "The indicators on the [EPA's own] website are broad global indicators. . .of impacts associated with climate change," McCarthy told Rep. Mike Pompeo. "They are not performance requirements or impacts related to any particular act."  > Read more


> Interview an expert

 

PENSION FUND PROBLEMS - TREY KOVACS

Fresno Bee: Private lobbyists collecting public pensions is illegal gift


State and local pension funds face unfunded liabilities ranging from $3 trillion to $5 trillion, according to various reports. But did you know that many of these desperately underfunded public pension plans have been providing pensions to private citizens who do not perform any work as public employees? > Read more


> Interview Trey Kovacs

 

NET BENEFIT OF REGULATION? - WAYNE CREWS

Openmarket.org:
Executive Branch Review of Federal Regulations — Still Highly Incomplete


In the 2014 fiscal budget proposal, the White House praised regulation of auto safety, energy efficiency and credit cards, and claimed, “In fact, the net benefits of regulations issued through the third fiscal year of the first term have exceeded $91 billion.” Well, let’s look at that.

The upshot is that major, significant or economically significant rules with cost estimates are a fraction of the total number of rules in the pipeline or finalized, and the number with cost and benefit analysis an even smaller proportion despite repeated annual assertions that “
reported monetized benefits continue to be significantly higher than the monetized costs.” > Read more


> Interview Wayne Crews

CEI AT CPAC! SEPT. 28


TUESDAY, OCTOBER 8

Genetically Modified Foods: Truth about Labeling
Feat. CEI's Gregory Conko


There is significant misinformation and confusion about genetically modified foods (or GMOs), which now make up a major part of the American diet. Anti-GMO activists are seeking to combat GMOs by pushing for labeling mandates on the state and federal levels. These mandates are being promoted as pro-consumer but their effect will be the opposite by creating greater misinformation. Join us as we examine the history and science of GMOs, their current use and benefits, and why GMO labeling is not only unnecessary but would also do a disservice to consumers.

 

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September 19, 2013: A Controversial FERC Nominee

Ron Binz is President Obama’s choice to head FERC, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. William Yeatman, in a new report, shows why Binz’s disregard for reliable, low-priced electricity, along with several ethical and ideological red flags, make him less than an ideal nominee.

> See also: President Obama’s FERC Nominee Ron Binz Derailed by Truthiness