CEI Today: White House polar vortex, Obama housing plan, technology in danger, and more

Friday, Jan. 9, 2014
In the News Today

 

WHITE HOUSE POLAR VORTEX - SAM KAZMAN


Globalwarming.org: One Year Ago: The White House Polar Vortex Video


A year ago this week, in the midst of another brutally cold winter, the White House graced us with an explanation of how man-made global warming might be causing freezing temperatures in a video about the polar vortex.

One bitterly cold winter does not, by itself, necessarily disprove global warming.  But the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) decided to try using the cold winter as evidence for man-made global warming. Since then, CEI filed a lawsuit against OSTP. > Read more


> Interview Sam Kazman
 

TECHNOLOGY DERAILED BY REGULATION - WAYNE CREWS

Forbes: CES And A Case For Separation Of Technology And State


As the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) winds down, there’s a lot of stuff you probably hope doesn’t stay in Vegas.

The tech sector excels at pulling America’s economic wagon, but ill-conceived interventions and mandates from Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the Federal Communication Commission and other agencies can do real damage.

Two factors in particular render CES innovators vulnerable to predatory regulation.
> Read more


> Interview Wayne Crews
 

OBAMA HOUSING PLAN - JOHN BERLAU

Obama Should Help Borrowers by Shedding Dodd-Frank, Not Pumping FHA


President Obama is expected not to join the bipartisan effort to take on the Dodd-Frank regulations keeping mortgages from moving, but to create new subsidies that not only may be ineffective at moving the housing market but would be harmful to the nation’s fiscal health, as they bulk up the government-backed housing agencies that fueled the housing crisis.


The administration’s plan consists of cutting premiums borrowers pay for mortgage insurance for mortgages backed by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) by 50 basis points. This move comes despite the FHA’s insurance reserves being already below required levels. > Read more

> Interview an expert

 

KEYSTONE PIPELINE - MARLO LEWIS

 

Keystone XL Pipeline: What Are the Core Issues?

 

In the protracted conflict over the Keystone XL Pipeline, too much attention is paid to peripheral issues and not enough to the core issues.

Peripheral issues include whether the pipeline will create many or few jobs, lower or raise Midwest gasoline prices, reduce or increase the risks of oil spills, reduce or increase incremental greenhouse gas emissions. > Read more

 

> Interview Marlo Lewis

 

 

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