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Saturday
Dec132014

ALG's Daily Grind - What we should have learned about President Obama 

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Dec. 12, 2014

Permission to republish original opeds granted.

What we should have learned about President Obama
President Barack Obama has been in office for just under six years, and for the first time in his presidency he doesn't have to worry about appeasing an electorate.   

How the foreign bank bailout almost brought omnibus to its knees
Was making Elizabeth Warren a perceived white knight in anybody's interests? 

CNN: Cheap gasis akin to a $60 billion tax cut
"A gallon of regular now costs $2.64 on average, according to AAA. In some places, it's fallen below $2 a gallon."

  

Dec. 12, 2014

Permission to republish original opeds granted.

What we should have learned about President Obama
President Barack Obama has been in office for just under six years, and for the first time in his presidency he doesn't have to worry about appeasing an electorate. 

How the foreign bank bailout almost brought omnibus to its knees
Was making Elizabeth Warren a perceived white knight in anybody's interests?

CNN: Cheap gasis akin to a $60 billion tax cut
"A gallon of regular now costs $2.64 on average, according to AAA. In some places, it's fallen below $2 a gallon."

 

Saturday
Dec132014

Horn For GOP Chairman - SENATE PRESIDENT MORSE ENDORSES HORN FOR RE-ELECTION 

Please see below the statement from Senate President Chuck Morse in regards to his endorsement of NHGOP Chairman Jennifer Horn for re-election.


“I gladly support Jennifer Horn for a second term as Chairman of the New Hampshire Republican State Committee.

Jennifer and the dedicated staff she led were instrumental in securing the Republican gains made in our state legislature.
Jennifer lived this commitment daily by persistently and consistently reaching out to lower ballot candidates to ensure they had the training and exposure to the party's staff, it’s resources and it’s latest technology.
Republican efforts in 2016 will be stronger with Jennifer as Chairman and I strongly encourage state committee members to re-elect her at our Annual Meeting."
— Senate President Chuck Morse
Saturday
Dec132014

Cooler Heads Digest 12 December 2014 

12 December 2014

In the News

Lost Stock, Unused Space Plague EPA Warehouses
Kelly Riddell & Drew Johnson, Washington Times, 12 December 2014

EPA Using Jonathan Gruber Tactic To Impose Harmful Regulations
Paul Driessen, FoxNews.com, 12 December 2014

How President & His Green Base Are Planning To Eradicate the Oil and Gas Industry
Ron Arnold, The Daily Signal, 12 December 2014

Greenpeace Activists Detained after Desecrating World Heritage Site in Peru
Ben Webster, The Times, 11 December 2014

Alabama’s State Climatologist Becomes EPA’s Worst Nightmare
Cliff Simms, Yellowhammer, 11 December 2014

China Recoils on Transparency at Climate Conference
Fred Lucas, The Blaze, 11 December 2014

EPA Should Re-Examine Climate Rule’s Scientific Basis—John Christy
Marlo Lewis, GlobalWarming.org, 10 December 2014

Exxon: North America To Be Energy Exporter by 2020
Robert Gratten, Fuel Fix, 9 December 2014

Doubling Down on Climate Alarmism
Robert Bradley, Jr., Master Resource, 8 December 2014

No-Grow Zone: EPA’s Draconian Ozone Rule
Greg Bertelsen, Shop Floor, 8 December 2014

News You Can Use
CBO Report: Fracking Is a Boon to Treasury Department

Fracking will boost federal tax revenues by about 1 percent annually by 2040 without requiring any tax increases, according to Congressional Budget Office projections released this week.

Inside the Beltway
William Yeatman

House Passes Spending Bill; Punts Policy Work to 114th Congress

On Thursday night, the House of Representatives narrowly passed a $1 trillion spending bill, H.R. 83, by a 219-206 vote. The bill was supported by 57 Democrats and opposed by 67 Republicans. The measure, which would fund the government through next September, is expected to receive a Senate vote today.

In the wake of last November’s elections, Republican leadership indicated they would use the budget process to rein in the EPA, but H.R. 83 doesn’t include much in the way of energy and environment policy. As such, it appears that the hard choices on spending have been punted to the 114th Congress, when the GOP will have greater leverage. While I agree with this strategy, it is a troubling portent that the House, despite its tough talk, actually funds EPA at a higher level than was sought by the President.

Other than omens, the bill’s most consequential provision (for energy policy) would block funding for any Interior Department effort to subject the sage grouse to regulations pursuant to the Endangered Species Act; environmentalist long have plotted for such regulations, in order to inhibit oil and gas production in the western U.S.

Interior Department Contractor Validates “War on Coal”

In a blockbuster opinion piece in this week's Lexington Herald-Leader, J. Steven Gardner, CEO of science and engineering firm ECSI, affirms that the Interior Department is pushing politicized anti-coal regulations. His company was one of five consultants contracted by the Interior Department to work on a pending regulation known as the “Stream Buffer Rule.” (I explain this ridiculous regulation in detail here.) According to Mr. Gardner, “Department of Interior officials asked the consultants to change the results,” after the firms had concluded that the rule would lead to thousands of job losses. Upon refusing to do so, the contract was terminated.

FERC Agrees to Vet Reliability Impact of Clean Power Plan

On Wednesday, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Chairwoman Cheryl LaFleur announced that FERC would convene a series of technical conferences to investigate the reliability impact of the EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan.

FERC’s input is welcome because EPA can’t be trusted to properly vet its own rules. For example, the agency’s analysis of its absurd 2012 Utility MACT, which threatens to shut down 25 percent of the nation’s coal-fired power plants, completely failed to account for the possibility that cold weather (rather than sultry summer days) could engender reliability issues. In fact, much of the coal-fired generating capacity that is due to retire (on account of Utility MACT) proved to be essential to keeping the lights on during last winter’s polar vortex. EPA didn’t account for this possibility. The unfortunate result is that it’s unclear if certain regions, primarily in the northeast, could survive a cold winter without blackouts after the rule takes effect next spring.

Indeed, the Clean Power Plan could pose an even bigger threat to reliability than Utility MACT. Already, grid operators and federal reliability watchdogs have issued warnings that the EPA’s Clean Power Plan would endanger reliable electric service more than half the country, as the Cooler Heads Digest reported in November.

Across the States
William Yeatman

NOAA Report: California Draught Due to Natural Causes

A report issued Monday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said natural variations were the primary drivers behind the California drought that has now stretched to three years.

Around the World
Myron Ebell

Dispatches from COP-20 in Lima, Peru

As reported in last week’s Cooler Heads Digest, CEI’s Myron Ebell this week participated in the 20th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Lima, Peru. Below, we’ve provided links to Myron’s dispatches from Lima.

The Cooler Heads Digest is the weekly e-mail publication of the Cooler Heads Coalition. For the latest news and commentary, check out the Coalition’s website, www.GlobalWarming.org.

Friday
Dec122014

CEI Today: Operation Choke Point, renewable energy project of the year?, reports from COP-20 Lima, and more 

Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014
In the News Today

 

OPERATION CHOKE POINT - IAIN MURRAY
 

Rep. Leutkemeyer Moves to Choke off Operation Choke Point


The release this week of a new House Oversight and Government Reform Committee staff report into Operation Choke Point provides another opportunity to underline just how egregious the behavior of executive agencies has been in this matter.

Operation Choke Point has been a freelance operation by rogue members of staff at the Justice Department and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) in particular aimed at killing off industries they suspect might have high levels of fraud, on the grounds that they present “reputational risk” to financial institutions they do business with.
> Read more

> Interview Iain Murray
 

RENEWABLE ENERGY PROJECT OF THE YEAR - WILLIAM YEATMAN


If Ultra-Troubled Ivanpah Is “2014 Renewable Energy Project of the Year,” Then How Bad Off Is the Green Energy Industry?

 

RenewableEnergyWorld.com (“The World’s #1 Renewable Energy Website”) on Monday reported that the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System was named the 2014 Renewable Energy Project of the Year at the PennWell Annual Awards Gala. I greet this news with a query: Are you serious!?!


Southern California-based Ivanpah, which uses 350,000 heliostat mirrors that focus sunlight on several centralized power towers in order to power steam turbines, was completed in April, and has since suffered a spate of awful news. > Read more


> Interview William Yeatman
 


REGULATORY BARRIERS - FRED L. SMITH, JR.

The Future and the Regulated


From building a room on one’s home to repairing bridges or sending people to Mars, the major barrier is no longer technology or financing per se but rather the thicket of regulations that slow everything. The result is akin to filling swimming pools with molasses and being surprised that speeds decline. > Read more

 

> Interview Fred L. Smith, Jr.
 

 

    

 

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Friday
Dec122014

Horn For GOP Chairman - SUNUNU AND O’BRIEN ENDORSE HORN FOR RE-ELECTION 

Nashua – Former New Hampshire Governor and State Party Chairman John H. Sununu and former Speaker William O’Brien today enthusiastically endorsed Jennifer Horn for re-election as NHGOP Chairman. The endorsements demonstrate Horn’s broad support from across the political spectrum of New Hampshire Republicans.
 
Former Governor and State Party Chairman John Sununu:
 
“I am extremely pleased that Jennifer Horn has decided to run for a second term as Chairman of the New Hampshire Republican State Committee. Jennifer did an excellent job in her first term and I expect that she will continue to the build the party going into the next election cycle. She has earned the trust and confidence of Republicans across the State of New Hampshire and I urge them to support her at the 2015 Annual Meeting.”
 
Former Speaker William O’Brien:
 
“Two years ago I stood up at the New Hampshire Republican State Committee Annual Meeting to nominate Jennifer Horn as the next chairman of our party. I decided to support Jennifer because I thought she was the best candidate to take the fight to the Democrats, update and rebuild our party's infrastructure, and stand up for our Republican nominees and elected officials.
 
“Jennifer has not only met, but surpassed, my expectations and served as one of the most effective state party chairmen during my time in New Hampshire politics. She has served as a successful messenger for our party by clearly communicating our fiscally conservative principles and highlighting the failures of the Democrats’ liberal agenda. Jennifer has effectively managed the state committee by assembling a talented team, addressing outstanding financial reporting issues, and raising the resources that we needed to take on the Democrats’ political machine. Most importantly, Jennifer has demonstrated great integrity by keeping her word to always stand up for our Republican nominees and fairly enforce our party’s bylaws. Her willingness to publicly stand as the lead guardian of the New Hampshire Republican Party was clearly demonstrated during the recent House vote for speaker. For that and so much more she deserves the support of all conservatives in our party.
 
“I am extremely pleased that Jennifer has chosen to seek a second term as chairman. I encourage my fellow state committee members to join me in enthusiastically supporting her re-election effort at the 2015 annual meeting."