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Friday
Jun202014

NRSC - What They're Saying About Shaheen's Pro-Energy Amendment Dodge 

June 19, 2014

Good afternoon - 

The Senate Majority has provided a perfect case study to completely undermine Senator Jeanne Shaheen's claim that she is pro-American energy development while still supporting and empowering Harry Reid. It turns out that both statements cannot be true. 

Roll Call reported that, "Late Wednesday, the Appropriations Committee decided not to move forward as scheduled with Thursday’s markup of the bill that funds the Energy Department, as well as water development projects. The move avoids a potentially problematic vote for Senate Democrats and the Obama administration that could have stopped the Environmental Protection Agency’s bid to regulate carbon emissions from existing power plants — regulations that have the affect of targeting pollution from coal." In other words, Democrats yesterday delayed the hearing to avoid being forced to vote on an amendment to protect Granite Staters from electricity price hikes and job losses caused by the new EPA regulations. Why? Because Harry Reid runs the Senate thanks to Jeanne Shaheen. 

“Jeanne Shaheen’s mere presence in the Senate allows Barack Obama and Harry Reid to execute an extreme, anti-energy agenda that hurts New Hampshire,” said NRSC Press Secretary Brook Hougesen. “Jeanne Shaheen cannot be both pro-energy development and pro-Harry Reid; one claim undermines the other. Shaheen's failure to fight against these harmful EPA regulations proves that instead of fighting to help New Hampshire, Shaheen again has prioritized the liberal Obama agenda."

WHAT THEY ARE SAYING ABOUT SHAHEEN'S/DEMOCRATS' PRO-ENERGY AMENDMENT DODGE

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS: "Apparently fearing that the top Senate Republican might score a political win, Democrats for the second time in a week cancelled a preliminary vote on a major spending bill. At issue was an amendment by Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell that would have allowed the Kentucky Republican and Appropriations panel member to successfully go to bat for his state's coal industry as the spending panel was to consider on Thursday a measure funding the Energy Department and other agencies." (AP, "Senate Democrats scuttle a vote on spending bill," 06/18/14)

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS: "McConnell's amendment appeared on track to prevail. It is aimed at blocking any new government rules on carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants. He's made his opposition to what he calls the Obama administration's "war on coal" a centerpiece in his own re-election bid. Mikulski's decision to call off the vote on the underlying energy and water appropriations measure came a week after she cancelled debate on a huge measure that would also have forced endangered Democrats to vote on politically poisonous amendments regarding the implementation of President Barack Obama's health care law." (AP, "Senate Democrats scuttle a vote on spending bill," 06/18/14)

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS: "More interesting was the decision to block a panel vote on McConnell's pro-coal amendment. The Appropriations panel is stocked with Democratic red state supporters of the energy industry like Sens. Mary Landrieu of Louisiana and Mark Begich of Alaska, both of whom face difficult elections this fall." (AP, "Senate Democrats scuttle a vote on spending bill," 06/18/14)

ROLL CALL: Headline: "Democrats Ducking Vote on ‘War on Coal’ Amendment — for Now." (Roll Call, "Democrats Ducking Vote on ‘War on Coal’ Amendment — for Now," 06/18/14)

ROLL CALL:  "The war over the “war on coal” has been postponed after Democrats pushed off a second fiscal 2015 spending bill in the Senate... The move avoids a potentially problematic vote for Senate Democrats and the Obama administration that could have stopped the Environmental Protection Agency’s bid to regulate carbon emissions from existing power plants — regulations that have the affect of targeting pollution from coal. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., crafted an amendment on the subject that he intended to offer to the Energy-Water appropriations bill. As noted previously, the breakdown of Democratic caucus members on the committee is such that he would have had a real chance to prevail." (Roll Call, "Democrats Ducking Vote on ‘War on Coal’ Amendment — for Now," 06/18/14)

THE HILL: "Senate Democrats canceled a scheduled Thursday Appropriations Committee markup that could have opened the door to an amendment to block the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) latest climate rules...The amendment was part of an effort against what Republicans are calling Obama’s “war on coal.” (The Hill, "Senate Dems cancel spending bill vote amid GOP threat on EPA rules," 06/19/14)

E&E NEWS: "The Senate Appropriations Committee last night suddenly abandoned plans to advance a $34 billion energy and water spending bill this morning. Republicans had been plotting to use the markup to force tough votes on controversial issues including the Obama administration's climate change and clean water regulations. The cancelation was announced around 8 p.m. last night, and an Appropriations Committee aide offered no explanation for the deviation." (E&E News, "Amid escalating political tension, Senate panel drops energy, water bill from markup agenda," 6/19/14)

TWEETS...

@nielslesniewski: Hmmm ... http://blogs.rollcall.com/wgdb/mcconnell … MT @StewSays: Apparently #Senate Dems have cancelled yet another approps markup (energy and water)

@AriNatter: Senate Dems postpone planned Energy and Water Approps bill markup...comes as McConnell planned amendment to block EPA CO2 regs.

@DarrenGoode: Top Senate Approps Republican Richard Shelby criticizes delay of energy-water spending bill. "Regular order means ... taking tough votes."

@Ben_Geman: 1/2 The white-hot politics of the EPA climate and Clean Water Act rules are singeing the appropriations process in the Senate. #EPA

@Ben_Geman: 2/2 Energy & Water approps markup canceled in face of GOP amendments that would tempt conservative Dems, Qs remain on minibus floor amdts

@nielslesniewski: ICYMI: Senate Approps is punting the Energy-Water bill into "legislative purgatory." Avoids "war on coal" vote  http://roll.cl/1ykTYen

Tuesday
May202014

CEI Today: Irwin Stelzer's carbon tax, internet regulation, and regulator bullies 

Monday, May 19, 2014
In the News Today

 

CONSERVATIVE CARBON TAX - MARLO LEWIS

Globalwarming.org: Irwin Stelzer’s ‘Conservative’ Carbon Tax. What Would Reagan Do?

Rather than learn the obvious lesson – we can rally Americans to our cause if we champion affordable energy — Stelzer asks conservatives to do openly what Obama and the Democrats, fearing voter retribution, tried to do by stealth. The method to this madness? According to Stelzer, if conservatives support carbon taxes, they can talk ‘progressives’ into repealing green energy mandates and EPA regulations. Dream on! > Read more

> Interview Marlo Lewis
 

INTERNET REGULATION - RYAN RADIA

 

TRNN Debate: Should The Internet Be Regulated Like A Utility?

Ryan Radia and Christopher Mitchell discuss the recent FCC proposal and how the internet should be owned and regulated.
  > View the debate


> Interview Ryan Radia

 

 

POLICY FORUM


Monday, May 19, 12:00PM

Mugged by the State: When Regulators and Prosecutors Bully Citizens

Featuring William Yeatman, CEI Senior Fellow


LUNCHEON

Tuesday, May 20, 12:00PM

Bridging the Gap Infrastructure Policy for Advanced Vehicles

Featuring Myron Ebell, Director of the Center for Energy & Environment, Competitive Enterprise Institute

REGULATION - WAYNE CREWS

Red Tapeworm 2014: a new series taking a walk through some sections of Ten Thousand Commandments: An Annual Snapshot of the Federal Regulatory State.

Regulations Cost More than Federal Income Taxes

Regulations Catching Up to Government Spending?

Reckoning the Dollar Cost of Federal Regulation

Tardy Bureaucrats Gone Wild

Guess Which Is the Largest Government on Earth?

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Saturday, 10am ET
Realclearradio.org

 

Helicopter Parents or Free-Range Kids? - with guest
Lenore Skenazy

Culture Is Key to Companies’ Enduring Success - with guest
Rich Karlgaard, Publisher of Forbes Magazine

Federal Ban on Online Gambling?

CEI Fellow Michelle Minton discusses why a federal ban on online gambling would be counterproductive.

An Annual Snapshot of the Federal Regulatory State

 





 

Saturday
May172014

NH GOP - SHAHEEN ACCEPTS ENDORSEMENT FROM FELLOW ENERGY TAX ADVOCATE 

Shaheen And King Both Outspoken Advocates of Cap-and-Trade

 

Concord - The New Hampshire Republican State Committee released the following statement today on Senator Jeanne Shaheen accepting the endorsement of fellow cap-and-trade advocate Senator Angus King:

 

"Its not surprising that Senator Shaheen is being endorsed by a fellow supporter of President Obama's disastrous energy tax that will hurt New Hampshire families and small businesses. The Obama-Shaheen energy tax could kill as many as 10,000 jobs in the Granite State, increase the price of gas by 20 cents per gallon and raise the cost of electricity for New Hampshire families by 18 percent," said NHGOP Chairman Jennifer Horn. "Senators Shaheen and King's unreasonable support of this harmful energy tax reminds Granite Staters that we need to change course by electing a responsible Republican senator in November."

 

BACKGROUND:

 

Shaheen Voted In Favor Of Establishing A Tax On Carbon

 

Shaheen Voted In Favor Of Establishing A New Tax On Carbon. "Whitehouse, D-R.I., amendment no. 646 that would establish a deficit-neutral reserve fund to allow for legislation that would provide for a fee on carbon pollution and use revenues collected to reduce the deficit." (S. Con. Res. 8, CQ Vote #58: Rejected 41-58: R 0-45; D 39-13; I 2-0, 3/22/13, Shaheen VotedYea)

 

In 2008, Senator King Campaigned For Obama's Energy Plan

 

In 2008, King Said Obama Would "Put America On The Path To Energy Independence." "Independent Angus King, who served two terms ending in 2003, endorsed Obama on Friday. King, who is in the wind power business,said Obama would 'put America on the path to energy independence and provide immediate relief for families hard hit by the high cost of gas and home heating oil.'" ("Former Gov. King, Others Endorse Obama Candidacy," Bangor Daily News, 9/13/08)

 

King Spoke "On Behalf Of . . . Barack Obama's Energy Plan." "More than 50 people showed up at the Lewiston Multi-Purpose Center on Wednesday night to hear popular former Gov. Angus King, an Independent, speak on behalf of Democratic Presidential candidate Barack Obama's energy plan." ("King Pitches Obama's Energy Plan, [Lewiston, ME] Sun Journal, 9/27/08)

  

Obama Included A Cap-And-Trade System In His 2008 Energy Plan

 

Obama Said "Under My Plan Of A Cap-And-Trade System, Electricity Rates Would Necessarily Skyrocket," Adding That Coal-Powered Plants And Other Plants Would "Have To Retrofit Their Operations. That Will Cost Money. They Will Pass That Money On To Consumers." ("Pence Claims That Obama Said Energy Costs Will Skyrocket With A Cap-And-Trade Plan," PolitiFact, 6/11/09)

 

A Carbon Tax Would Increase The Price Of Energy An Kill New Hampshire Jobs

 

A Carbon Tax Could Kill As Many As 10,000 Jobs In New Hampshire. "This tax would deal a blow to employment in New Hampshire, with a loss of worker income equivalent to 7,000 to 10,000 jobs in 2013 and 10,000 by 2023." (National Association Of Manufacturers, "Adverse Economic Impacts Of A Carbon Tax In New Hampshire," www.nam.org, Accessed 5/28/13)

 

A Carbon Tax Could Increase The Price Of Gas In New Hampshire By More Than 20Cents Per Gallon. "Prices at the pump would jump by more than 20 cents a gallon in 2013." (National Association Of Manufacturers, "Adverse Economic Impacts Of A Carbon Tax In New Hampshire," www.nam.org, Accessed 5/28/13)

 

A Carbon Tax Could Increase The Cost Of Electricity For New Hampshire Families By 18 Percent. "Households in New Hampshire would see a significant increase in their electricity rates, with an average increase of 18 percent in 2013." (National Association Of Manufacturers, "Adverse Economic Impacts Of A Carbon Tax In New Hampshire," www.nam.org, Accessed 5/28/13)

 

A Carbon Tax Could Increase The Cost Of Natural Gas By More Than 40 Percent. "The cost of using natural gas would increase by more than 40 percent in 2013, the first year of the carbon tax study, adding to household energy bills and increasing operation costs for many New Hampshire businesses." (National Association Of Manufacturers, "Adverse Economic Impacts Of A Carbon Tax In New Hampshire," www.nam.org, Accessed 5/28/13)

Tuesday
Mar112014

NRSC - Shaheen's Radical Anti-Energy Stance Far Outside the Mainstream 

March 11, 2014

"Talk-a-Thon" Highlights How Out-Of-Touch Jeanne Shaheen is With Granite Staters- Energy Development 
Jeanne Shaheen a Key Senator in Radical Obama/Reid
War on American Energy 

A majority of Democrats planned to take over the Senate floor to protest climate change and advocate for policies that hurt American energy development in a so-called "talk-a-thon" this week.

As USA Today reported, "The Democratic effort is cause for some confusion because these senators are calling for action in a chamber they control but without any specific legislation to offer up for a vote, or any timetable for action this year."

Jeanne Shaheen has had a rough few weeks and now is highlighting another issue where she finds herself defending liberal extremists and opposing American energy development and the job creations and economic benefits that come with it.  Shaheen is one of the most radical members of the United States Senate and an enemy of American energy, and is a staunch advocate for radical cap-and-trade legislation and other policies that would hurt New Hampshire. Shaheen's blind support for this radical agenda would mean harmful red tape regulation, higher taxes, and higher costs that would cripple entire industries and destroy local jobs in New Hampshire.

"Energy development at home is key to creating jobs, helping working families, and growing our economy yet Jeanne Shaheen has constantly put radical liberal special interests ahead of what's best for Granite Staters," said NRSC Press Secretary Brook Hougesen. "Jeanne Shaheen is one of President Obama's most important soldiers in the War on American Energy, voting with him an eye-opening 99% - even when those policies hurt families and workers in New Hampshire. Jeanne Shaheen's extreme views are far outside the mainstream which is why Granite Staters are excited about the possibility of supporting someone new that they can trust and rely on." 

 

BACKGROUND

In March 2013, Shaheen Voted For A Pro-Carbon Tax Amendment

In March 2013, Shaheen For A Pro-Carbon Tax Amendment. “Whitehouse, D-R.I., amendment no. 646 that would establish a deficit-neutral reserve fund to allow for legislation that would provide for a fee on carbon pollution and use revenues collected to reduce the deficit.” (S. Con. Res. 8, CQ Vote #58: Rejected 41-58: R 0-45; D 39-13; I 2-0, 3/22/13, Shaheen Voted Yea)

A Carbon Tax Could Cost Up To 10,000 Jobs In New Hampshire. “This tax would deal a blow to employment in New Hampshire, with a loss of worker income equivalent to 7,000 to 10,000 jobs in 2013 and 10,000 by 2023.” (National Association Of Manufacturers, “Adverse Economic Impacts Of A Carbon Tax In New Hampshire,” www.nam.org, Accessed 5/28/13)

A Carbon Tax Could Increase The Price Of Gas In New Hampshire By More Than 20 Cents Per Gallon. “Prices at the pump would jump by more than 20 cents a gallon in 2013.” (National Association Of Manufacturers, “Adverse Economic Impacts Of A Carbon Tax In New Hampshire,” www.nam.org, Accessed 5/28/13)

A Carbon Tax Could Increase The Cost Of Electricity For New Hampshire Families By 18 Percent. “Households in New Hampshire would see a significant increase in their electricity rates, with an average increase of 18 percent in 2013.” (National Association Of Manufacturers, “Adverse Economic Impacts Of A Carbon Tax In New Hampshire,” www.nam.org, Accessed 5/28/13)

A Carbon Tax Could Increase The Cost Of Natural Gas By More Than 40 Percent. “The cost of using natural gas would increase by more than 40 percent in 2013, the first year of the carbon tax study, adding to household energy bills and increasing operation costs for many New Hampshire businesses.” (National Association Of Manufacturers, “Adverse Economic Impacts Of A Carbon Tax In New Hampshire,” www.nam.org, Accessed 5/28/13)

Shaheen Supports Cap-And-Trade

In 2008, Shaheen Supported Legislation To Reduce Carbon Dioxide Emissions By 80% By 2050. “‘She supports many of the aims of the Warner-Lieberman bill,’ Shaheen spokeswoman Kate Bedingfield said in a statement. ‘She supports the goal of cutting carbon emissions by 80 percent by 2050, and in the U.S. Senate will push for a comprehensive plan to achieve that goal that includes economy-wide emissions reductions, aggressive research and development for new energy technologies , work with international partners to achieve global emissions reductions, and incentives for energy efficiency and clean alternative energy sources.’” (John P. Gregg, “N.H. Senators Face Pressure,” [White River Junction, VT] Valley News, 6/6/08)

The Average New Hampshire Household Would Have Spent $405 More For Gasoline Every Year By 2025 As A Result Of Lieberman-Warner. (William W. Beach , David W. Kreutzer, Ben Lieberman and Nicolas Loris, “How New Hampshire Would Be Affected By The Lieberman-Warner Climate Change Legislation,” The Heritage Foundation, Web Memo #1930-NH, 5/20/08)

New Hampshire Would Have Lost 2,996 Jobs By 2025. (William W. Beach , David W. Kreutzer, Ben Lieberman and Nicolas Loris, “How New Hampshire Would Be Affected By The Lieberman-Warner Climate Change Legislation,” The Heritage Foundation, Web Memo #1930-NH, 5/20/08)

New Hampshire Would Have Lost 11,567 Manufacturing Jobs By 2030. (William W. Beach , David W. Kreutzer, Ben Lieberman and Nicolas Loris, “How New Hampshire Would Be Affected By The Lieberman-Warner Climate Change Legislation,” The Heritage Foundation, Web Memo #1930-NH, 5/20/08)

Shaheen Has Supported Allowing The EPA To Regulate Greenhouse Gases

In March 2013, Shaheen Voted Against An Amendment That Would Assume For A Ban On The EPA Regulating Carbon Emissions. “Inhofe, R-Okla., amendment no. 359 that would adjust the resolution to assume for a ban on the EPA regulation of carbon emissions.” (S. Con. Res. 8, CQ Vote #76: Rejected 47-52: R 44-1; D 3-49; I 0-2, 3/23/13, Shaheen Voted Nay)

In April 2011, Shaheen Voted Against An Amendment That Would Have Blocked The EPA From Regulating Carbon Dioxide And Other Greenhouse Gasses. “McConnell, R-Ky., amendment no. 183 that would block the EPA from regulating carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act.” (S. 493, CQ Vote #54: Rejected 50-50: R 46-1; D 4-47; I 0-2, 4/6/11, Shaheen Voted Nay)

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Friday
Jan032014

CEI Today: Fiat getting a bailout?, quantitative easing, and social cost of carbon canard 

Friday, January 3, 2014
In the News Today

FIAT BAILOUT - JOHN BERLAU


Fox Business: Fiat getting a bailout from U.S. taxpayers?


Competitive Enterprise Institute’s John Berlau and Forbes Media Chairman Steve Forbes on Fiat’s deal to take full control of Chrysler. > View the Fox Business discussion

> See also: The Great Italian Auto Bailout — Courtesy of U.S. Taxpayers

 

> Interview John Berlau

> Follow John Berlau on Twitter

 

FED BOND-BUYING - RYAN YOUNG


Washington Times: Stop the money presses! Two cheers for ‘tapered quantitative easing’

 

Leading up to Janet Yellen’s Jan. 6 confirmation vote, the Federal Reserve recently announced that it will taper back its bond-buying program, known as quantitative easing. This was encouraging news for inflation hawks, if barely so. Right now, the Fed buys $85 billion worth of mortgage-backed securities and Treasury bonds every month from financial firms. These firms, flush with cash from the Fed, then diffuse those dollars throughout the economy through loans and other financial activities. Going forward, the Fed will roll back its monthly purchases from $85 billion to $75 billion, or roughly 11 percent. This is a good start, but the Fed should go further and taper away the rest of quantitative easing. > Read more

> Inteview Ryan Young

 

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DOE & "SOCIAL COST OF CARBON" - MARLO LEWIS


Globalwarming.org: Social Cost of Carbon: DOE Rejects Petition to Reconsider Microwave Rule

On Christmas eve, the Department of Energy (DOE) rejected the Landmark Legal Foundation’s petition to reconsider the agency’s final rule establishing first-ever energy-efficiency standards for microwave ovens. Whether or not the microwave rule itself has such wide-ranging implications, the social cost of carbon analysis is a potent weapon in the war on coal and other fossil fuels. As a pretext for expanding government control of the economy, redistributing wealth, and rigging energy markets, nothing beats the social cost of carbon. > Read more

> Interview Marlo Lewis

 

 

    

 

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