CEI Today: Keystone/energy votes, Operation Choke Point, EPA testimony, overcriminalization, and CEI at 30!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014
In the News Today



Today, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee is scheduled to vote on President Obama's nominees for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and on a fast track plan for the Keystone XL Pipeline.

Thursday, the House Energy and Commerce Committee will hear testimony from EPA's Janet McCabe about the agency's plans to impose carbon limits on existing power plants.


Can FERC Chair Nominee Norman Bay Be Trusted To Keep the Lights on?

Keystone XL Pipeline: What Are the Core Issues?

How Can EPA’s ‘Clean Power Plan’ Deliver $Billions in Climate Benefits If It Has No Detectable Impact on Global Temperatures, Sea-Level Rise, or Other Climate Indicators?


 >Interview an expert

The Semi-Annual Report of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau”
Today, Richard Cordray, director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, is set to testify before the House Committee on Financial Services chaired by Jeb Hensarling. Will anyone ask Cordray what he thinks of Operation Choke Point, the Obama Department of Justice plan to wipe out the small dollar lending industry? It does this by increasing oversight requirements to such levels that it becomes unprofitable for banks to work with small lenders. > Read about Operation Choke Point



High Cost of Overcriminalization


A lot is spent to collect fines, deny permits, and pursue alleged violators of regulations. Overcriminalization results. The estimated FY 2013 enforcement costs incurred by federal departments and agencies stood at an estimated $57.3 billion (in constant 2013 dollars, adjusted from origninal 2005 dollars), a slight 0.86 percent increase over $56.8 billion the previous year.  > Read more

> Interview Wayne Crews

CEI Podcast: CEI Celebrates 30 Years

CEI celebrates its30th anniversary this week at our annual dinner. Founder and Chairman Fred Smith talks about CEI's past and future successes.

> Listen to the podcast

> About the #ceidinner


Apply for CEI's Journalism Fellowship!

CEI's Warren T. Brookes Journalism Fellowship is a one-year fellowship that aims to provide journalists the opportunity to improve their knowledge of free markets principles and limited government through interaction with CEI policy experts. > cei.org/warrenbrookes


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