CEI Today: Chemical spill, Obama SOTU, and social cost of carbon

Monday, January 27, 2014
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C-SPAN: West Virginia Chemical Spill


Angela Logomasini and Rena Steinzor talked about options for federal action in response to the January 2014 West Virginia chemical spill that contaminated the water of the Elk River. They discussed chemical industry regulation and the need for new regulation. They reacted to a video clip of House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) speaking about the issue the previous week. > View the C-SPAN interview

> Interview Angela Logomasini



Forbes: Obama's State Of The Union Address: If You Like Your Income Inequality, You Can Keep It

The president will double down on big government during the State of the Union Address. He will lament “income inequality” and a “wealth gap” aggravated by government itself, and advocate greater dependence on the state as a remedy.

Obama heads an army of taxpayer funded bureaucrats who pile regulations on top of regulations.  They wrapped up 2013 with 3,659 rules embedded in 80,462 Federal Register pages.
> Read more

> Interview Wayne Crews


Globalwarming.org: More on the Social Costs of Carbon Mitigation

Although fuel poverty is typically discussed as a European problem, millions of Americans also face harsh tradeoffs between paying their utility bills and purchasing other necessities. The relevant concept here is energy burden, defined as the “percentage of gross annual household income that is used to pay annual residential energy bills” for electricity, heating, motor fuel, and cooking fuel. More simply, energy burden is the “ratio of energy expenditures to household income.”

For low-income households, small increases in energy bills translate into large increases in energy burden. In other words, carbon taxes or their regulatory equivalent are regressive, because energy expenditures consume a larger portion of the budgets of low-income households than high-income households. The regressivity of high energy costs is greater than you might suspect. > Read more

> Interview William Yeatman




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