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Tuesday
Mar052013

CEI Today: EPA's FOIA stonewalling, immigration opponents, and Exxon Mobil's carbon tax 

OBAMA FOIA POLICIES, WINDSORGATE


Washington Examiner: Think tank says EPA helps friends' FOIAs, while foes' are delayed or blocked




Environmental Protection Agency officials are making an "on-going practice" of "near-immediate turnaround to provide records to environmentalist pressure groups," while imposing "starkly disparate treatment of groups with different perspectives but which are otherwise similarly situated," a conservative think tank charges today in a unusually lengthy Freedom of Information Act request."

In the 21-page request, Competitive Enterprise Institute Senior Fellow Christopher C. Horner said "the public particularly deserves to know whether EPA is singling out groups it does not perceive as friendly to EPA's agenda for discriminatory treatment, in the form of denying fee waivers, placing a barrier to access at minimum to delay and possibly denying access to public records."
> Read the news story

> Interview an expert

> See also, cei.org/richard-windsor

IMMIGRATION - DAVID BIER

USA Today:
The third side of the immigration debate


Viewed from afar, America's immigration debate appears to center on two groups: liberals whose primary concern is the welfare of immigrants and conservatives whose primary concern is ending illegal immigration.

But there is a third element that has inserted itself into the conversation: those who oppose immigration -- legal and illegal.

This group is led by three major anti-immigration organizations: Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), NumbersUSA and Center for Immigration Studies (CIS). Their work on immigration has led major news media to often label them "conservative." Yet the reality is that these groups do not share conservatives' interest in ending illegal immigration, if doing so might mean more legal immigration.
> Read more

> Interview David Bier

CARBON TAX - MYRON EBELL  

 

Globalwarming.org: Exxon Mobil’s Carbon Tax Follies


It was a busy week for promoting and opposing a carbon tax.  Two studies on the economic effects of a carbon tax that draw opposite conclusions were released by the National Association of Manufacturers and the Brookings Institution.  Kevin Hassett, Ph.D., director of economic policy studies at the “pro-business” American Enterprise Institute, continued his advocacy of a carbon tax at a Resources for the Future forum.  And most interestingly, former EPA Administrator William K. Reilly, said at a conference that, “The strongest advocate on our task force for a carbon tax was ExxonMobil.  I had previously thought that was a public relations thing — I didn’t think they were quite interested in it.” > Read the full commentary

> Interview Myron Ebell

 

CEI is a non-profit, non-partisan public policy group dedicated to the principles of free enterprise and limited government.  For more information about CEI, please visit our website, cei.org, and blogs, Globalwarming.org and OpenMarket.org.  Follow CEI on Twitter! Twitter.com/ceidotorg.

Tuesday
Feb262013

ALG's Daily Grind - The Non-Existent Spending Cuts Wrought By The 'Devastating' Sequester

Feb. 25, 2013

The Non-Existent Spending Cuts Wrought By The 'Devastating' Sequester

Obama and Boehner both supported the sequester as an excuse for yet another unsustainable run-up of our nation's credit limit — which exhausted its latest $2.1 trillion increase last December (after less than seventeen months).

Republicans raise taxes in Virginia in return for… expanding Medicaid?!

With Republicans like these, who needs Democrats?

What do the Enviros Really want?

The ironic result of pushing a U.S. carbon tax is that the tax will likely cut carbon dioxide emissions in the United States while increasing them elsewhere. 

Zerohedge.com: When The Fed Has To Print Money Just To Print Money 

A new study that takes a look at what will happen when the Federal Reserve runs out of capital to back all of its quantitative easing and debt monetization.

Tuesday
Jan152013

CEI Today: new EPA e-document dump, cost of carbon tax, and Virginia's pension reforms 

EPA EMAIL SCANDAL, CEI FOIA REQUEST - CHRISTOPHER HORNER

At about 4:55 p.m. on Monday, the Environmental Protection Agency finally complied with a court order to deliver the first of four sets of emails in response to a lawsuit filed by Christopher Horner, a senior fellow in the Center for Energy and the Environment at the Competitive Enterprise Institute.

EPA owed CEI a cache of identified emails to or from EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson (by pure coincidence, that’s now "outgoing Administrator Jackson”...), using one or more of four keywords: coal, climate, endanger/endangerment and/or MACT ("war on coal" emails).

Horner shared his initial analysis of the data dump here.

> Interview Christopher Horner


> View A Timeline of the EPA's "Richard Windsor" Email Scandal


> See also: EPA releases more than 2,100 emails from agency chief Lisa Jackson’s ‘alias’ account

 

CARBON TAX - MARLO LEWIS

Globalwarming.org
:
One Million Fewer Jobs Created by 2016 under ‘Modest’ Carbon Tax

 

Heritage Foundation economists David Kreutzer and Nicolas Loris have posted an assessment of the economic impacts of a carbon tax that starts out at $25 per ton and increases by 5% annually (after adjusting for inflation).

Here’s what they found. A ‘modest’ carbon tax, as described above, would:

  • Cut the income of a family of four by $1,900 per year in 2016 and lead to average losses of $1,400 per year through 2035;
  • Raise the family-of-four energy bill by more than $500 per year (not counting the cost of gasoline);
  • Cause gasoline prices to increase by up to $0.50 gallon, or by 10 percent on an average gallon price; and
  • Lead to an aggregate loss of more than 1 million jobs by 2016 alone. [click to continue…]

> Interview Marlo Lewis

 

PENSION REFORM - IVAN OSORIO

Openmarket.org: Worthwhile Pension Reform Proposal in the Old Dominion


The Speaker of the House of Delegates has proposed shifting state employees from defined benefit to defined contribution retirement plans, such as 401(k) accounts.

Government employee unions are their legislative allies are certain to fight such a change, and their opposition is bound to be fierce. But lawmakers who are serious about securing the Old Dominion’s fiscal future should not be deterred from pursuing far-reaching pension reform, which is a fight worth having.
  > View the full commentary at Openmarket.org

> Inteview Ivan Osorio

 

 

CEI is a non-profit, non-partisan public policy group dedicated to the principles of free enterprise and limited government.  For more information about CEI, please visit our website, cei.org, and blogs, Globalwarming.org and OpenMarket.org.  Follow CEI on Twitter! Twitter.com/ceidotorg.

Wednesday
Dec122012

CEI Today: ExxonMobil, another bank bailout, and Rachel Carson's legacy

CARBON TAX & CRONY CAPITALISM - MARLO LEWIS


Globalwarming.org: Where Does ExxonMobil Stand on Carbon Taxes?

 

Yesterday on NPR’s radio program To the Point, I said it was dishonorable for ExxonMobil to support a carbon tax. I compared ExxonMobil’s reported embrace of carbon taxes to Enron’s lobbying for the Kyoto Protocol.


Enron was a a major natural gas distributor and saw in Kyoto a means to suppress demand for coal, natural gas’s chief competitor in the electricity fuel market. ExxonMobil is a major natural gas producer. So I took this to be another case of political capitalism – corporate lobbying to replace a competitive market with a rigged market to enrich a particular firm or industry at the expense of competitors and consumers.


> Read the full commentary on Globalwarming.org

>Listen to the interview on  kcrw.com

 

> Interview Marlo Lewis

 

SENATE VOTE ON BANK GUARANTEES - JOHN BERLAU

CEI.org: Coalition Tags TAG Bailout as Regressive and Economically Disastrous

 

The U.S. Senate voted on Tuesday to support consideration of an extension on unlimited, taxpayer-backed guarantees on non-interest bearing bank accounts.

Fourteen leader
s and scholars of conservative and free-market groups, including CEI, had opposed this Transaction Account Guarantee (TAG).

 

Enacted at the height of the financial crisis, TAG provides unlimited government-guaranteed deposit insurance for non-interest bank and

credit union accounts, over and above the $250,000 limit for all accounts. Yet the Senate today is voting on whether to extend this "temporary program," which benefits only the wealthiest depositors, for another two years.


> View the coalition letter


 > View John Berlau's commentary for Nationalreview.com

 

> Interview John Berlau

RACHEL CARSON'S SILENT SPRING - ANGELA LOGOMASINI

Townhall.com: Year Ends 50th Anniversary of Silent Spring An Unhappy Legacy Continues

 

This year marked the 50th anniversary of biologist Rachel Carson’s 1962 book, Silent Spring. Although the anniversary is soon to become history as well, Carson’s impact promises to continue well into the future—and it’s not something to celebrate.


Carson was right to advocate for careful use of pesticides, but her harsh rhetoric needlessly raised excessive alarm. She postulated man-made chemicals affect processes of the human body in “sinister and often deadly ways,” birthing a powerful environmental movement that is fiercely anti-pesticide.  > View the full commentary on Townhall.com

> Interview Angela Logomasini

 

CEI is a non-profit, non-partisan public policy group dedicated to the principles of free enterprise and limited government.  For more information about CEI, please visit our website, cei.org, and blogs, Globalwarming.org and OpenMarket.org.  Follow CEI on Twitter! Twitter.com/ceidotorg.

I, PENCIL

 

 

The Competitive Enterprise Institute is proud to announce a new ambitious film project: an animated adaptation of I, Pencil by Leonard Read.

> View the I, Pencil short film

> Tweet about I, Pencil

Tuesday
Dec112012

CEI Today: Senate vote on bank guarantees, copyright reform, transatlantic free trade, and more

SENATE VOTE ON BANK GUARANTEES - JOHN BERLAU

CEI.org: Coalition Tags TAG Bailout as Regressive and Economically Disastrous

 


As the Senate prepares today to vote on extending unlimited deposit insurance for non-interest bank accounts, 14 leaders and scholars of conservative and free-market groups signed a letter stating strong opposition to the Transaction Account Guarantee (TAG).

 

Enacted at the height of the financial crisis, TAG provides unlimited government-guaranteed deposit insurance for non-interest bank and

 

credit union accounts, over and above the $250,000 limit for all accounts. Yet the Senate today is voting on whether to extend this "temporary program," which benefits only the wealthiest depositors, for another two years.


> View the coalition letter


 > View John Berlau's commentary for Nationalreview.com

 

> Interview John Berlau

TRANSATLANTIC FREE TRADE - IAIN MURRAY

Huffington Post - Transatlantic Free Trade Must Be Done Right


A Transatlantic Free Trade area would be a very good idea. And it would be a welcome admission of the fundamental economic truth that free trade benefits all involved. But achieving it is easier said than done. Therefore, policy makers should seek to make a Transatlantic Free Trade Area truly free. A highly regulated trade area would not deliver the benefits promised. Thankfully, there is a way to avoid that lackluster result. > View the full commentary on Huffingtonpost.com

> Interview Iain Murray

CARBON TAX - MARLO LEWIS


Warren Olney's To the Point: Is the Carbon Tax an Idea Whose Time Has Come?


CEI's Marlo Lewis versus Bob Inglis, Elizabeth Kolbert, and Dan Lashof. 

"Environmentalists have long championed a carbon tax, imposed not just on gasoline, but on all fossil fuels, from coal used to generate electricity to diesel fuel used to power heavy equipment, as a way to address climate change. Now it’s winning the support of conservative think-tanks and even some oil companies, as a way to address the budget deficit. Is the tax a smart way to avert both global warming and the fiscal cliff? If so, then why isn't the Obama White House proposing it, and why is Congress so reluctant to consider it? Has hurricane Sandy changed any minds?" > Listen to the interview on  kcrw.com

 

> Interview Marlo Lewis

 

DEMOGRAPHIC CLIFF - BILL FREZZA


Real Clear Markets & CNBC: Going Off the Demographic 'Cliff?'


If demography is destiny, democracy is toast-at least those democracies where citizens can vote themselves a living at someone else's expense. It doesn't take a mathematical genius to see that governments' addiction to intergenerational income redistribution is not sustainable unless someone keeps supplying babies at an accelerating pace.

> View the CNBC interview

> View the Real Clear Markets commentary

> Interview Bill Frezza

 

CEI is a non-profit, non-partisan public policy group dedicated to the principles of free enterprise and limited government.  For more information about CEI, please visit our website, cei.org, and blogs, Globalwarming.org and OpenMarket.org.  Follow CEI on Twitter! Twitter.com/ceidotorg.