CEI Today: Obama recess appointments, EPA carbon pollution standard, and net neutrality

Tuesday, January 14, 2014
In the News Today


Court Skepticism on Obama Recess Appointments?


The US Supreme Court on Monday heard oral arguments on the limits of presidential power in appointing government officials while the Senate is in recess. As CEI constitutional attorney Hans Bader has noted, "Obama’s appointments of the NLRB members would be valid only under a still broader, radically expansive interpretation of the Recess Appointments Clause that would gut the Senate’s power to review Presidential appointments." > Read more

> Interview Hans Bader



Globalwarming.org: Does the 2005 Energy Policy Act Undercut EPA’s Carbon Pollution Standard?

EPA finally published in the Federal Register the proposed Carbon Pollution Standard, a regulation that would effectively ban the construction of new coal-fired power plants. The $64,000 question is: Does the 2005 Energy Policy Act undercut the Carbon Pollution Standard? The answer, alas, is to be determined by the courts, and it could go either way.

> Read more

> Interview William Yeatman


Openmarket.org: Is FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler for or against Net Neutrality? Yes


In what the Washington Post referred to as Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler’s strongest endorsement yet of net neutrality, he said, in part, that "public policy should protect the great driving force of the open Internet."


I see matters opposite from the proponents of net neutrality; I think variations in pricing and service are essential, as is the creation of future generations of networks, which can’t happen optimally without such fundamental property rights. (Yes, property rights.)  > Read more

> Interview Wayne Crews

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CEI President Lawson Bader on the "Groundhog Day" of unemployment benefit extensions.

CEI’s Battered Business Bureau: The Week in Regulation

The first full week of 2014 was a light one, despite more than 1,500 Federal Register pages. The number of new regulations was about half the usual number, and none of them meet the $100 million per year “economically significant” threshold.