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Friday
Dec312010

ASMR - NH AIDS Services Director on NHPR The Exchange

The January 5 edition of The Exchange, the NH Public Radio show hosted by Laura Knoy, will feature what it means to live with Hepatitis C and guests include the Executive Director of AIDS Services for the Monadnock Region, Susan MacNeil.

A recently completed series about the experience of living with the disease appeared in the Concord Monitor, written by Monitor reporter, Meg Heckman. Heckman interviewed MacNeil as she developed the story in order to make the link between the early days of the AIDS pandemic when tainted blood infected thousands with both HIV and HCV, examine the co-infection difficulties of people living with both HIV and HCV, and learn how the agency works with people who are HCV+ in light of a lack of funding resources at both the state and national level.

The Exchange is New Hampshire's only daily call-in show dedicated to news and public affairs where listeners have a daily forum to discuss important issues and speak directly with guests. MacNeil will join Heckman, Dr. Jose Montero, NH Director of Public Health and Steve Smith who runs a liver transplant support group at Concord Hospital. The show airs live at 9am on Wednesday, January 5 on New Hampshire Public Radio, 90.7 FM Keene/Southwest NH WEVN. http://www.nhpr.org/exchange

AIDS Services for the Monadnock Region is a nonprofit agency funded, in part, by Broadway Cares, the City of Keene and the Monadnock United Way. 603.357.6855, www.asmronline.org, susan.macneil@asmronline.org



Friday
Dec312010

CHQ- Virginia Tea Party Activist Jamie Radtke to Run for Senate in 2012

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Virginia Tea Party Activist Jamie Radtke to Run for Senate in 2012
Richmond Times-Dispatch - Virginia Tea Party activist and conservative stalwart Jamie Radtke has declared her intention to run for the Senate in 2012, citing her family's future as her main motivation for doing so. Radtke is well thought of among the conservative grassroots and will certainly give former Sen. George Allen a contest in the state's primary should he decide to run as well.

All Signs Indicate Virginia Senate Race will be the One to Watch in 2012 -- Washington Times

Lisa Murkowski Tops Tea Party Poll of Biggest Republican Disappointments of 2010
CHQ - A CHQ poll finds Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski, Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown, and Maine Sen. Olympia Snowe top a year-long list of Republican disappointments.

Joseph Farah:  Conservatives Need a Purge
World Net Daily - Joseph Farah says the conservative movement must rid itself of non-conservative groups, such as GOProud. Farah argues that organizations that do not share the principles and values of the movement as a whole have no place alongside those that do, and it's time to cut them loose.

Michael Barone:  A "Truce" Already Exists in the Culture Wars -- Washington Examiner

House GOP Leaders Mum on Whether They'll Stand Behind Paul Ryan's 'Road Map' -- Daily Caller

Half Cocked: Chris Christie Won't Fight for Gun Rights -- Pajamas Media

What if Mitt Romney Decides Not to Run in 2012? -- Hot Air (blog)

Conservative Talk-Radio Host Herman Cain Touts Underdog Bid for the White House -- The Hill

Early States' Members of Congress Receiving Attention from 2012 GOP Hopefuls -- Politico

GOP Candidates Rush to get into Senate Races -- Associated Press


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Friday
Dec312010

PublicNotice.org - New Year's Resolutions (for Congress)

It's that time again... New Year's Resolutions!

Did you know that only 6% of New Year's resolutions are actually kept? Well, we at Public Notice are going to make sure Congress doesn't fall into the other 94%.

Here are five resolutions for Congress to shed more than a few pounds from the budget. View.

Check 'em out and here's to slimming down spending by this summer!

Friday
Dec312010

CEI Weekly: The EPA Wants YOU to Lose Weight

Friday, December 31, 2010

 

 

Feature: Environmentalists say man-made chemicals are causing America's weight problems; CEI's Angela Logomasini disagrees.

 

FEATURED STORY: The EPA Wants YOU to Lose Weight

 

Environmentalists are saying that certain man-made chemicals (dubbed "obesogens") are causing people to gain wait. Now the Environmental Protection Agency wants to solve Americans' weight problems by increasing environmental regulations. CEI Director of Risk and Environmental Policy Angela Logomasini had a column on FoxNews.com this week on why we shouldn't make chemicals the scapegoat for obesity. Read "What Will Really Make Us Fat in the New Year" here. 

 

 

SHAPING THE DEBATE

 

Union Snow Job

Vincent Vernuccio's interview on Varney & Co.

 

Can the Tea Party Go Nuclear?

CEI's citation in Politico

 

What's Next for the FCC and Net Neutrality?

Ryan Radia's citation in PC World

 

Jobs, Joblessness, and Obamanomics

Chris Horner's op-ed in The Daily Caller

 

Warner's Actions Sometimes Belie his Words

Greg Conko's citation in The Richmond Times-Dispatch

 

 

 

                     

 

CEI PODCAST

 

December 28, 2010: IRS as Tax Preparer?

 

Fellow in Regulatory Studies Ryan Young looks at the IRS’ proposal to save you time by doing your taxes for you. Because you would be liable for any of the IRS’ mistakes, you would still have to check over your return. This negates much of the time savings. It could also cost employers as much as $5 billion in increased reporting requirements. Then there is the conflict of interest between your collector also being your tax preparer.

 



Friday
Dec312010

Cooler Heads Digest 30 December 2010 

In the News

The Mid-West Wind Tax
Wall Street Journal
editorial, 30 December 2010

Ed Rendell Is a Wuss about Climate Change
Iain Murray, Washington Examiner, 29 December 2010

No Comfort and Joy over Holiday Gas Prices
Ben Lieberman, GlobalWarming.org, 29 December 2010

President Obama’s Never Ending Drilling Moratorium
Greg Pollowitz, Planet Gore, 29 December 2010

Jobs, Joblessness, and Obamanomics
Chris Horner, Daily Caller, 28 December 2010

Regs for Rigs
Marlo Lewis, MasterResource.org, 28 December 2010

The Mystery of Vanishing Snow
James Delingpole, Telegraph, 27 December 2010

Hot Sensations vs. Cold Facts
Larry Bell, Forbes, 27 December 2010

Pennsylvania Legislature Should Repeal Expensive Energy Mandate
Paul Chesser, Harrisburg Patriot-News, 26 December 2010

News You Can Use
Global Warming Science Jumps the Shark

Over the last decade, the “scientific consensus” has been that global warming would cause warmer winters and the absence of snow in the United Kingdom. Now that the U.K. is in the grip of the coldest winter in 1,000 years, the consensus has shifted. In an oped last Sunday in the New York Times, atmospheric scientist Judah Cohen explained how freezing temperatures in Europe are in fact due to global warming.

Inside the Beltway
Myron Ebell

EPA Issues Schedule for Greenhouse Gas Regulations

Just in time for Christmas, the Environmental Protection Agency released further plans for regulating greenhouse gas emissions using the Clean Air Act.  The EPA announced on December 23rd that it would release performance standards for power plants by July 26, 2011 and have the final rule adopted by May 26, 2012.  Performance standards for oil refineries would be released by December 10, 2011 and a final rule by November 10, 2012.  The new performance standards would cover about 40% of total U. S. greenhouse gas emissions—primarily carbon dioxide.

EPA is going to begin regulating large stationary sources of emissions on January 2, 2011, but those regulations will only apply to permits for new or expanded facilities.  The performance standards for power plants and refineries will apply to existing facilities.  Few details were given in the announcement, but there has been speculation that EPA is thinking about devising a cap-and-trade program within the Clean Air Act and without any further involvement by Congress.  Further performance standards for other sources, such as cement kilns, may be on the way as well.

Robin Bravender in Politico provided a good overview of EPA’s announcement, which can be found here.  Gabriel Nelson’s more detailed story in Greenwire was picked up by the New York Times’s web site and can be found here.

Will Rep. Fred Upton Stand up to the EPA?

Representative Fred Upton (R-Mich.), the incoming Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and Tim Phillips, president of Americans for Prosperity, published an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal on December 28 on “How Congress Can Stop the EPA's Power Grab.”  They mention that, “The best solution is for Congress to overturn the EPA's proposed greenhouse gas regulations outright.”  However, most of their article discusses two more limited alternatives.  Upton and Phillips favor delaying EPA until the court cases challenging EPA’s legal authority are decided over the proposal originally made by Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) for a two-year delay.  They call a two-year delay arbitrary and express some confidence that the federal courts are going to find that EPA lacks legal authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions. 

I believe their confidence is misplaced.  There is a long history of federal courts deferring to the EPA as long as the EPA is asserting broader regulatory authority.  What worries me more is that Upton and Phillips seem to be implying that if the federal court tells EPA that they can go ahead and regulate, then Upton and Phillips will be happy and the Congress should be happy with that outcome.  It seems to me that a senior Member of Congress should be arguing that it is up to Congress to decide whether and how to regulate greenhouse gas emissions and therefore that the court’s decision is irrelevant.  Moreover, as a matter of political strategy, I think it is dangerous for the Congress to wait for a court decision before acting.  If the court allows regulation under the existing Clean Air Act, then environmental pressure groups will use that as an argument against any attempt in Congress to block or limit EPA.

Interior Issues Anti-Energy Regulations

Also just in time for Christmas, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar on December 23 ordered the Bureau of Land Management to manage millions of acres of federal lands as “Wild Lands” and thereby prevent such human uses as mining and oil and gas production.  Salazar’s action effectively overturns a 2003 deal between the Department of the Interior and the State of Utah that prevented the BLM from arbitrarily withdrawing land from management under the Multiple Use and Sustained Yield Act and putting it under de facto wilderness management.  The new “Wild Lands” category is an arbitrary bureaucratic classification that has no status in law and should not be confused with Wilderness Areas designated by Congress and managed under the Wilderness Act. 

Utah Governor Gary Herbert reacted angrily, as did Rep. Rob Bishop (R-Utah), the incoming chairman of the House public lands subcommittee. Bishop told the Salt Lake Tribune, “Make no mistake about it, this decision will seriously hinder domestic energy development and further contributes to the uncertainty and economic distress that continues to prevent the creation of new jobs in a region that has unduly suffered from this administration’s radical policies.”  An editorial in the Washington Examiner asked, “Who's doing the most to hobble the productive power of the U.S. economy, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson or Department of the Interior Secretary Ken Salazar?” The answer is that they’re both acting on behalf of President Barack Obama and that what they’re doing is part of his multi-front war against American energy and the large part of our economy that runs on that energy.      

Across the States

Texas

The EPA last week seized partial control of Texas’s air quality permitting authority, after the state refused to regulate greenhouse gases. Texas is one of three states (the other two are Alabama and Virginia) to have filed a lawsuit against the EPA alleging that the agency doesn’t have the authority to regulate greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act, but the federal courts have yet to rule on the case. In the meantime, the EPA’s climate regulations start on January 2, and Texas is the only state to refuse to implement them. As a result, the EPA will bypass Texas regulators, and directly issue greenhouse gas permits. Texas Governor Rick Perry (R) has vowed to fight the EPA.

Washington

In an excellent column today, George Will noted that Cowlitz County in Washington state recently approved the construction of a coal export terminal from which millions of tons of U.S. coal could be shipped to Asia annually. As the Cooler Heads Digest has reported in the past, the Obama administration’s crackdown on coal has forced U.S. coal companies to seek other markets, primarily China. As such, this President’s anti-energy policies are putting the U.S. on the path to a future whereby: (1) we export our affordable energy to China; (2) China uses this affordable energy to build energy-intensive renewable energy generation, like massive wind turbines and solar panels; (3) and then the U.S. buys these expensive, renewable energy goods from China, using money borrowed from China. What a deal!

Around the World

New Zealand Climate Skeptics Fight Back

The New Zealand Climate Science Coalition this week presented convincing evidence that the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) overstated the robustness of its alarmist climate data. In a recent paper, NIWA claimed that New Zealand temperatures rose 1 degree Celsius. Last week, NIWA issued a “peer review” of its paper by the Australian Bureau of Meteorologists, which, NIWA claimed, confirms its findings. The Climate Science Coalition this week noted that a true peer review is impossible, because NIWA has lost the underlying data. NIWA’s embarrassing inability to back up its temperature claims with raw data only became public after the Climate Science Coalition asked for it.

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