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

Friday, January 3, 2014
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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


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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

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DOE & "SOCIAL COST OF CARBON" - MARLO LEWIS 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

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ALG's Daily Grind - If Republicans stand firm, Obamacare is toast

Sept. 20, 2013

If Republicans stand firm, Obamacare is toast

Switching to a debt-ceiling strategy midstream on Obamacare will unravel in the time it takes Harry Reid to make breakfast.

Obama's closing of America: Keystone's fifth birthday

Five years for a simple pipeline approval, it would not have been believable before Obama transformed America, now no one would be foolish enough to even apply.

Aussie Abbott set to axe the carbon tax!

While there are debates as to whether or not new Australian prime minister Tony Abbott will have the votes needed in the Senate to overturn the Labor Party's policies (though it looks like he can do it), the will of the people couldn't be clearer — the carbon tax is gone.

Schiff: The taper that wasn't

No exit strategy: "[E]asing up on the accelerator without ever hitting the brakes will not stop the car or turn it around."


ALG - Australian conservatives show how to fight and win on Obamacare

Sept. 17, 2013, Fairfax, VA—Americans for Limited Government President Nathan Mehrens today urged House Republicans to fight like Australians on defunding Obamacare, contending that if it came to a government shutdown, the outcome would not be as purveyors of conventional wisdom predict.

In a letter addressed to House members, Mehrens called attention to the recent landslide election of Tony Abbott in Australia. In 2009, Abbott became leader of Australia's Liberal Party by one vote, defeating Malcolm Turnbull who Mehrens wrote "had agreed to go along with the leftist majority in Parliament and fund a carbon tax scheme in Australia."

The carbon tax "was about as popular as Obamacare is in the United States," Mehrens noted. In the 2013 election, Abbott promised to roll back the unpopular tax on emissions.

"He did not make the mistake of believing that the talking heads of the media's opinion givers had anything to do with the views of the public," Mehrens wrote. Instead, Abbott went against the grain and reclaimed the identity of his party, which in 2009 was acquiescing to the Labor Party's agenda.

Similarly, Mehrens urged House Republicans to "put policy before politics and fund the government with the exception of Obamacare."

"On Obamacare funding, the media opinion is unanimous that in a test of wills the President will win. After recent events in the foreign policy arena that conclusion is laughable.  Who with a straight face could believe that Obama will shut down his beloved bureaucracy for a prolonged period in order to save a program that is despised by the voters?" Mehrens asked.

For now, the media elite and political establishment in Washington, D.C. are of the view that a government shutdown over funding Obamacare would favor Democrats politically.

But a recent poll by Rasmussen Reports found "51 percent of voters favor having a partial government shutdown until Democrats and Republicans agree on what spending for the health care law to cut."

Moreover, Mehrens wrote, "As in all government shut downs (i.e. weekends) essential government employees are kept on the job while the non-essential are furloughed."

He continued, "When Obama realizes that this means his Environmental Protection Agency will be slowed down in its attempts to shut down power plants, the Department of Justice will be hampered in filing frivolous lawsuits, the Internal Revenue war on anyone who disagrees with him will be hampered, and various other of his efforts to transform America will be hindered, he will no doubt rush to the bargaining table."

Meaning, a shutdown might not only win public support if it means cutting Obamacare, but that it could force concessions by the Obama administration on the health care law.

In other words, it might actually work. "Good policy is good politics as the recent Australian election demonstrates," Mehrens concluded.

To view online:


Letter to House Republicans by ALG President Nathan Mehrens, Sept. 17, 2013 at 


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CEI Today: Green advocacy polling, net neutrality, and carbon tax campaign faltering

Tuesday, August 20, 2013
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National Journal: Where Is the Public on Energy and Climate Policy?

Marlo Lewis exposes the tricks of the polling trade for National Journal, calling out misleading polling put out by the Natural Resources Defense Council, Sierra Club, and the American Lung Association.

Reporters covering advocacy polls seldom make any effort to expose rhetorical trickery, solicit comment from experts not employed by the pollster or the sponsor, or question the honest-broker status of agency-subsidized advocacy groups.
> Read more

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NET NEUTRALITY - WAYNE CREWS Before Net Neutrality Eats the World, Part 1: Net Neutrality vs. Infrastructure Wealth

On September 9, 2013, the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit will hear oral arguments in Verizon’s challenge of the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) December 2010 Order on “Preserving the Free and Open Internet.”

The arguments mark the critical culmination of a longstanding effort by FCC to expand power over speech and infrastructure in America in violation not merely of the Constitution and the rule of law (as plaintiffs and allies certainly allege; my organization took part in an amici curiae brief), but of common sense, economic efficiency, and consumer welfare. > Read more

> Interview Wayne Crews



Daily Caller: Conservatives for carbon tax campaign faltering

Though some have tried to make a conservative case for a carbon support, there is little evidence many conservatives or Republicans actually support the idea.  This vote against a carbon tax in an ALEC meeting in Chicago about two weeks ago comes after Republicans in both the House and the Senate voted unanimously against a carbon tax earlier this year.


“Unfortunately, the Obama Administration is implementing a number of regulations to raise energy costs.  A strong vote for the Scalise anti-carbon tax amendment should be just the first step in the House’s efforts to block and de-fund President Obama’s radical climate agenda,” said Myron Ebell, president of Freedom Action. > Read more

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100 People to Watch This Fall



Christopher Horner, CEI Senior Fellow

Workplacechoice Congressional Scorecard

For the full score of the NLRB confirmation vote, see our Congressional Scorecard.



AFPNH - Take Action to Stop the Carbon Tax! 

Politicians are always looking for ways to collect more money from you in the form of taxes to fund their pet programs. One of the latest ideas bouncing around Washington, D.C. is a carbon tax. 

CLICK HERE to tell your U.S. House Member to OPPOSE the Carbon Tax!

While supporters of a carbon tax may try to tell you how good it will be for the environment, the only green they really care about is your money and getting more of it to grow government!  

New Hampshire energy consumers have seen first-hand that cap-and-trade programs, like the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), only result in higher taxes and higher energy bills.

CLICK HERE to tell your U.S. House Member to OPPOSE the Carbon Tax!

A carbon tax will result in fewer jobs and higher energy prices for the people of the Granite State! I encourage you to contact your U.S. House Member and ask them to oppose the carbon tax today!

Live Free or Die!


Greg Moore

State Director

Americans for Prosperity – New Hampshire


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