CEI Today: House Obama lawsuit, EPA climate rule, an alcohol ban, the Tesla taxpayer drain, and more

Thursday, July 31, 2014
In the News Today



Forbes.com: Executive Branch Power In The Crosshairs As GOP Readies Vote On Lawsuit Against Obama

As more once-private economic and social activity is engulfed by an over-reaching national government, “notices,” “guidance documents,” and executive orders guide Americans’ lives without citizen input.

This is “Rule By Memo.” Congress, now, must directly address the loss of our liberties, either via the [House's lawsuit against the president] or via Congress’s constitutional duty to otherwise rebalance the lopsided balance of powers.  > Read more

> Interview Wayne Crews



A new analysis by Competitive Enterprise Institute senior fellow William Yeatman describes President Obama’s new Clean Power Plan as “an unrivaled expansion of the EPA’s regulatory authority,” that “places energy policy nationwide under the EPA’s thumb.” What can Congress do in face of this outrageous regulation, even without a vote? See EPA’s Illegitimate Climate Rule.

> Interview William Yeatman



Baltimore Sun: Are tax dollars paying for anti-alcohol advocacy?

This month, Maryland banned high-proof liquors like Everclear and other inexpensive tipples. Self-proclaimed public health activists claimed such "high octane" liquors increased the likelihood of binge-drinking and sexual assaults on college campuses. While the merits of the ban are debatable, one aspect of it is not: the use of taxpayer money to support a political agenda. 

There's nothing wrong with being an advocate, but using millions of taxpayer dollars to advance a political agenda is wrong, no matter who does it.
> Read more

> Interview Michelle Minton


Real Clear Markets: Will Tesla's Gigafactory Be a Gigasized Taxpayer Drain?

Tesla has uniquely benefited from more than $300 million in state and federal subsidies. In addition in the last 18 months, Tesla has received more than $260 million in regulatory credit sales through federal CAFE standards and zero-emission vehicle credits programs. Tesla talks the free-market talk while in fact requiring government intervention as life-support.
> Read more

> Interview Christopher Horner


High Cost of Big Labor

The Unintended Consequences of Collective Bargaining

With high levels of unionization and no right-to-work laws, union presence has cost individuals more than $10,000 in income over the last 50 years. > Read more


See also:

An Interstate Analysis of Right to Work Laws
Understanding Public Pension Debt


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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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