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Tuesday
Oct212014

CEI Today: Online gambling ban, EPA's clean power plan, and the future of driverless cars 

Monday, Oct. 20, 2014
In the News Today

 

ONLINE GAMBLING BAN - MICHELLE MINTON
 
New Pittsburgh Courier: Online gambling ban does nothing to protect consumers
 
Wellington Webb says gambling ensnares “naïve and foolish” people who think they can strike it rich. But how is legal online gambling any more of a threat to consumers’ well-being than state-run lotteries, brick-and-mortar casinos, or foreign-operated gambling sites? Playing poker online is no more dangerous than other forms of real-world gambling. In fact, legalizing the activity would bring online gambling out of the shadows and allow states to implement safeguards to address the ills Webb fears. An online gambling ban will do nothing to protect consumers—but it will protect the profits of brick-and-mortar casino owners like Webb’s boss, Sheldon Adelson. > Read more
 

EPA'S CLEAN POWER PLAN - MARLO LEWIS

“Topsy-Turvy” Clean Power Plan Could “Substantially” Raise Electric Bills — Virginia State Corporate Commission


In a comment letter filed this week, the State Corporation Commission (SCC)* cautioned that EPA’s Clean Power Plan could “substantially increase” consumer electric bills in Virginia. > Read more

 

> Related: EPA’s Clean Power Plan: Huge Electric Sector Impacts, Undetectably Small Climate Benefits — Study


> Interview Marlo Lewis
 

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REGULATION VS. VEHICLE INNOVATION - MARC SCRIBNER


Misguided Regulations Threaten Automated Vehicle Innovation
To date, four states and the District of Columbia have enacted statutes that explicitly recognize the legality of automated vehicles. 

California’s manufacturer testing regulations came into force in September. While not entirely problematic, California’s rules mandate that a licensed driver be in the driver seat at all times during autonomous operation. In effect, this outlaws testing of more advanced fully automated vehicles. > Read more

> Interview Marc Scribner

 

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CEI President Lawson Bader

@libertynkilts

In Memoriam: Leonard Liggio
 





 

Tuesday
Oct212014

CEI Today: Monarch butterflies, corporate income tax, energy poverty, and more 

Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014
In the News Today

 

MONARCH BUTTERFLIES - ANGELA LOGOMASINI


Green Exploitation of the Monarch Butterfly

Conservationists rightly point out that monarch butterflies face challenges associated with habitat loss because there are not enough of the type of plants that they need for food and reproduction.

A massive educational campaign pushed by environmental groups, which collectively have tens of millions of dollars at their disposal, could make the critical difference. Some groups are working this angle, but too many others would rather spend the money to lobby for more government controls on businesses and property owners. > Read more

> Interview Angela Logomasini

 

CORPORATE INCOME TAX - WAYNE CREWS
 
Forbes: Waste: Federal Tax Paperwork May Cost More Than The Corporate Income Tax Collects
 

Earlier studies of the costs of overall tax compliance, the deadweight costs and sheer economic waste, postulated several percent of GDP, or hundreds of billions of dollars. Surveying such material I reckoned $329 billion as a placeholder for those costs.

Note something interesting; that $329 billion exceeds the $321 billion that the Treasury Department reports as what is taken in by via corporate income tax receipts.
> Read more

 

ENERGY POVERTY - MARLO LEWIS

Which Is the Bigger Threat to People in Developing Countries: Climate Change or Energy Poverty?


For the 1.3 billion people who have no electricity, energy poverty is indeed an existential threat. For the additional 2.3 billion people facing chronic electricity shortages, frequent blackouts, and limited hours of service, energy poverty is a decisive obstacle to development.


Those 3.6 billion people need access to plentiful, reliable, affordable energy as soon as possible, and for the foreseeable future, that means carbon-based energy. Yet the pampered elites at the UN, the EU, and the White House want all countries, including India and China, where hundreds of millions still have no electricity, to make ‘politically-binding’ commitments to limit their carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, the inescapable byproduct of carbon-energy use. > Read more

 

> Interview Marlo Lewis
 

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CEI President Lawson Bader

@libertynkilts

In Memoriam: Leonard Liggio
 

CEI’s Battered Business Bureau:
The Week in Regulation

The federal government took Monday off for Columbus Day, but still managed to pack more than 50 new regulations into a short week.





 

Saturday
Oct182014

Cooler Heads Digest 17 October 2014 

17 October 2014

In the News

Spanish Company under Federal Investigation Wins $230 Million in DOE Subsidies
Lachlan Markay, Washington Free Beacon, 17 October 2014

Love to Hate? Anti-Fracking Group Scrubs Website
Steve Everley, Master Resource, 16 October 2014

The Final Word on Yucca
Jack Spencer & Katie Tubb, The Daily Signal, 16 October 2014

GOP Congress Seen Pushing Back on EPA Rules
Adam O’Neal, Real Clear Politics, 16 October 2014

The Breathless Hypocrisy Driving Energy “Divestment”
Benjamin Zycher, Real Clear Markets, 15 October 2014

Increasing Efficiency of “Fracking” Has Made U.S. the World’s Largest Producer
Mark Perry, AEIdeas, 15 October 2014

Global Warming Hysteria Is Tearing Us Apart
Michael Bastasch, Daily Caller, 11 October 2014

News You Can Use
Marlo Lewis

Report: EPA’s Clean Power Plan Will Make Electricity Rates Necessarily Skyrocket

According to a report released this week by NERA, EPA’s Clean Power Plan would:

  • Be the most expensive environmental regulation ever imposed on the electric power sector. The rule will cost state power sectors between $41 billion and $73 billion per year (EPA estimates “only” $8.8 billion annually), and $336 billion to $479 billion over 15 years.
  • Cause double digit electricity price rate hikes in 43 states. Electricity prices will increase by an average of 12% to 17%. Fourteen states will face price increases up to 20%.
  • Have no measurable effects on climate change. By 2050, the Plan would, in theory, reduce sea-level rise by 1/100th of an inch (the thickness of three sheets of paper), and reduce average global temperatures by less than 2/100ths of a degree.

Inside the Beltway
William Yeatman

EPA Administrator McCarthy Visits D.C. School to Peddle Nonsense about Asthma and Global Warming

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy on Thursday visited The Inspired Teaching School in Washington, D.C., in order to draw attention to Children’s Health Month. According to the EPA’s press release, McCarthy will discuss how “warmer temperatures from climate change, fueled by carbon pollution, are making allergy seasons longer and worsening smog, exacerbating asthma in our kids.”

The facts suggest otherwise. According to the EPA, total emissions of the six principal air pollutants decreased by 62 percent between 1980 and 2013, while the economy grew by 145 percent. And yet, from 2001 to 2011, the Center for Disease Control says the number of Americans with asthma grew by 28 percent. Therefore, real pollution is decreasing, while asthma has become more prevalent. It is also notable that 2001-2011, when asthma rates increased and pollution decreased, there was (and continues to be) a “pause” in global warming. In light of these inconvenient truths, Administrator McCarthy’s attempt to link climate change and asthma simply makes no sense.

Senator Vitter Releases Collusive Emails between NRDC and EPA on Clean Power Plan

On July 6, The New York Times reported that three lobbyists for the Natural Resources Defense Council wrote the “blueprint” for EPA’s greenhouse gas regulations for existing power plants, known as the Clean Power Plan. The report was disconcerting due to the fact that the NRDC had spent considerable resources getting President Obama elected, so it appeared that the green group was being rewarded with policymaking privileges.

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy forcefully denied the New York Times report, but her protestations was belied this week when Senate Environment & Public Works Ranking Member David Vitter (R-La.) released a trove of email correspondence demonstrating “very close working relationship between the two organizations to develop the carbon rule—dating back to 2011—two years before EPA has said the public had an opportunity to provide input.”

For example, in a congratulatory email sent in the wake of a “sue and settle” agreement between NRDC and EPA that led to the Clean Power Plan, McCarthy wrote to one NRDC lobbyist that “This success is as much yours as it is mine.” For more on how green groups have “captured” Obama’s EPA, see here, here, and here.

Pentagon Declares War on Global Warming

The Pentagon on Monday released a Climate Change Adaption Roadmap whose preamble states that climate change “poses an immediate threat to national security” and whose purpose is to integrate global warming threats into all “plans, operations, and training” across the entire Defense Department.

In light of both the current state of global affairs (i.e., the Middle East is aflame with conflict, Russia is menacing eastern Ukraine, and Ebola is raging in western Africa) and the fact that global warming has “paused,” one might be excused for thinking the Pentagon’s priorities are dangerously out of whack.

Across the States
Marlo Lewis

“Topsy-Turvy” Clean Power Plan Could “Substantially” Raise Electric Bills — Virginia State Corporate Commission

In a regulatory comment letter filed this week, Virginia’s State Corporation Commission cautions that EPA’s Clean Power Plan “would substantially increase” consumer electric bills, “raises alarming regional reliability concerns,” and is likely unlawful. 

Established in 1903, the Commission regulates many businesses and economic activities in Virginia, sets rates charged by large investor-owned utilities, and serves as the central filing agency for corporations in the state.

“Complying with the EPA’s proposed carbon emission rules would likely cost Dominion Virginia Power customers alone an extra $5.5 billion to $6 billion, the State Corporation Commission’s staff said in an unusually bluntly worded statement,” the Richmond-Times Dispatch reported yesterday.

EPA’s own model assumes Virginia will have to shut down reliable coal and gas power plants producing 2,851 megawatts of electricity, and replace that with 351 megawatts of unreliable wind and solar power, with the gap supposedly filled by increased efficiency and reduced demand. Even if the intermittency of renewable power were not an issue, there is “zero probability that wind and solar resources can be developed in the time and on the scale necessary” to meet the state’s 2020 carbon dioxide reduction target, Commission staff argued.

Legally, the Clean Power Plan is “topsy-turvy,” Commission staff said, because it imposes much more stringent emission standards on existing Virginia power plants than EPA proposes to require for new units. Clarifying the point with an analogy, staff asked: “Would it be rational to require the current owners of automobiles or lawnmowers throughout Virginia, for example, to meet an emission standard that is 26 percent more stringent than required for the production of new cars or lawnmowers that must use the best available technology?”

Around the World
William Yeatman

Ex-U.K. Environment Secretary Owen Patterson Throws Down Gauntlet on Energy Policy

In a brilliant speech before the Global Warming Policy Foundation, former U.K. Environment Secretary Owen Patterson challenged Tories to suspend the 2008 Climate Change Act, or else struggle “to keep the lights on.” Since the speech was delivered, the Cooler Heads Digest has learned from many British friends that it has ignited much debate among conservatives. We hope they heed Patterson’s prescient advice. Read James Delingpole’s take here.

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
Oct172014

CEI Today: EPA's clean power plan, Tesla's dilemma, Real Clear Radio Hour, and more 

Friday, Oct. 17, 2014
In the News Today

 

NEWS ON EPA'S CLEAN POWER PLAN - MARLO LEWIS

EPA’s Clean Power Plan: Huge Electric Sector Impacts, Undetectably Small Climate Benefits — Study


Hot off the presses! A new report by NERA Economic Consulting finds that EPA’s Clean Power Plan will:

  • Be the most expensive environmental regulation ever imposed on the electric power sector.
  • Cause double digit electricity price rate hikes in 43 states.
  • Have disproportionate impacts on low- and middle-income households and seniors on fixed incomes, who already struggle with high energy costs.
  • Have no measurable effects on climate change.

> Read more

> Interview Marlo Lewis

 

 

TESLA - RICHARD MORRISON
 
The Tesla File: Government Favors Cut Both Ways
 
The most recent development for Tesla has come out of Michigan, where the state legislature has banned car manufacturers from selling vehicles directly to the public or from owning dealerships themselves, new restrictions that effectively outlaw Tesla’s entire sales strategy, at least in the Great Lakes State. Michigan is not alone, however, in erecting restrictions on marketing and sales of cars that seem to target or effect only Tesla. > Read more
 

REGULATION VS. VEHICLE INNOVATION - MARC SCRIBNER


Misguided Regulations Threaten Automated Vehicle Innovation
To date, four states and the District of Columbia have enacted statutes that explicitly recognize the legality of automated vehicles. 

California’s manufacturer testing regulations came into force in September. While not entirely problematic, California’s rules mandate that a licensed driver be in the driver seat at all times during autonomous operation. In effect, this outlaws testing of more advanced fully automated vehicles. > Read more

> Interview Marc Scribner

 

Saturday, 10am ET
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Tune in Saturday, October 18th to RealClear Radio Hour with Bill Frezza and guests Michael Miller & Magatte Wade.

You can listen live Saturdays at 10a or 6p ET on Bloomberg’s iHeartRadio or Mondays at 8p ET on WROM Radio Detroit.

Poverty, Inc.

Michael Miller, director of Poverty, Inc., PovertyCure, and Acton Media at the Acton Institute, recounts his inspiration for his soon to be released film. In Poverty, Inc.,he makes the case for rethinking long-held foreign aid models, and to consider instead policies that cultivate entrepreneurship and institutions that enable those in need to create their own prosperity.

Entrepreneurship as Aid

Magatte Wade, Senegalese entrepreneur and founder and CEO of Tiossan, discusses her background and her entrepreneur-driven vision for Africa’s future.

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Thursday
Oct162014

CEI Today: Cost of tax compliance, Obamacare architect absent, and the dark heart of the divestment movement 

Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014
In the News Today

 

 

COST OF FEDERAL TAX COMPLIANCE - WAYNE CREWS


Forbes: Red Tape Roundup: Reckoning The Costs Of Federal Tax Compliance

The dollar cost of the federal tax component of all this complexity (direct compliance and efficiency losses) is not accounted for anymore by the federal government. But the estimated seven billion hours it takes to deal with Treasury Department paperwork is depicted in the federal Information Collection Budget. > Read more

> Interview Wayne Crews

 

OBAMACARE ARCHITECT JONATHAN GRUBER - SAM KAZMAN
 
Update: Where in the World is Jonathan Gruber?
 

Wednesday the plaintiffs in King v. Burwell filed the last brief regarding the cert petition now before the Supreme Court. It effectively rebuts each of the government’s arguments against Supreme Court review. 


For starters, there’s some interesting history about the government’s switch in its tactics on timing. And, the government did not mention Jonathan Gruber at all. Gruber, “the ACA architect whose work it cited in every brief below … is nowhere mentioned now.” > Read more

 

DIVESTING OIL/COAL/GAS? - MARLO LEWIS

Globalwarming.org: The Divestment Movement’s Heart of Darkness

 

In Real Clear Markets today, economist Ben Zycher of the American Enterprise Institute calls out the hypocrisy of the divestment movement - the movement that urges colleges, foundations, local governments, and other large investors to sell their stock in 200 coal, oil, and gas companies with the highest reported “carbon” reserves. Supposedly, this will depress the capitalization and asset value of the fossil-energy sector, hastening its demise.

Fossil energy companies exist only because other industries — manufacturing, agriculture, telecommunications, etc. — require energy to create products and services. Governments, too, are large energy consumers. So if investors have a moral imperative to bankrupt carbon-energy production, they should dump all their stocks and bonds.
> Read more

> Interview Marlo Lewis

 

 

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