"The Obama administration is working to forge a sweeping international climate change agreement to compel nations to cut their planet-warming fossil fuel emissions, but without ratification from Congress.," reports the New York Times. But CEI's William Yeatman disputes the paper's political analysis:
The New York Times story incorrectly intimated that the President's plan to circumvent the Congress is based on the need to avoid Republican opposition in the Senate.
In fact, opposition to climate change mitigation policy is robustly bipartisan. Not much has changed since 1997 when the Senate effectively refused to ratify the Kyoto Protocol by a 98-0 vote. Senators from both sides the aisle readily recognize that an climate policy is a bigger threat to human wellbeing than is climate change. > Interview William Yeatman
PRIVATE AID vs GOV'T GOONS - IAIN MURRAY
The Freeman: Sending Money Home: Technology or Bureaucracy?
Remittances are helping poor people globally, but regulators loom. In 2011, total private flows of aid totaled $680 billion—almost five times the $138 billion official figure. As I noted in 2005, “the future of aid to developing countries is private.”
This increase in private aid is great news for all concerned. Except, perhaps, for bureaucrats, who are loath to let good deeds go unpunished. World Bank and United Nations bean counters are denouncing remittance transfer fees as exploitative. > Read more
In comments filed with the Federal Communications Commission yesterday, the Competitive Enterprise Institute urged the FCC to unconditionally approve Comcast’s acquisition of Time Warner Cable (“TWC”). By promptly approving the deal, the Commission is likely to serve the public interest by advancing consumer welfare and facilitating robust competition.> Read more