CEI Today: Net neutrality, China's global warming, and Obama's recess appointments

Wednesday, January 15, 2014
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Forbes: Court Rules Against Net Neutrality In Verizon V. FCC


Today the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled against Internet at the Speed of Government.

Or more precisely, the court ruled against so-called “net neutrality” in Verizon v. FCC .
Net Neutrality. Proponents of the concept seek to prohibit what they see as preferential treatment and differential pricing on the Internet.

Alas, the Agency may, according to the court, still “promulgate rules governing broadband providers’ treatment of Internet traffic.” The court agrees with FCC’s stance that oversight “will preserve and facilitate the ‘virtuous circle’ of innovation that has driven the explosive growth of the Internet.” So FCC is not likely to give up without fighting for itself.
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Globalwarming.org: UN’s Top Climate Diplomat: Communism Is Key to “Doing It Right” on Global Warming

The People’s Republic of China is the #1 greenhouse gas emitter (having only recently raced past the U.S. to the top of this list), and last week the country’s government ordered a huge increase in coal production. Nonetheless, the Middle Kingdom is “doing it right” when it comes to climate change, according to Christiana Figueres, the top climate diplomat at the United Nations.

You might think to yourself: “What’s China’s secret for ‘doing it right’ (despite all those emissions)?” The answer, according to Figueres, is the absence of civil liberties. > Read more

> Interview William Yeatman


Workplacechoice.org: U.S. Supreme Court Justices Seem Skeptical of Obama’s NLRB Recess Appointments


On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in National Labor Relations Board v. Noel Canning. Their ruling will determine whether the president may bypass the Senate to make recess appointments when the Senate is still in session.

Thankfully, after the oral argument, a consensus emerged among the Supreme Court Justices that seems to infer that Obama’s imperial presidency does have some limits. And hopefully this means that the Supreme Court will decide that the president does not have the power to determine when the Senate is and is not in session.
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> Interview Trey Kovacs





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