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Monday
Dec152014

CEI Today: Labor union political gains, Dodd-Frank in the Lame Duck, Grinch picks our pockets, unshackling Uber, and more 

Monday, Dec. 15, 2014
In the News Today

 

NLRB'S OVERREACH - ALOYSIUS HOGAN

 

Purple Haze, Seeing Red and Feeling Blue: The NLRB’s Crippling Overreach in Two Recent Actions

 

The National Labor Relations Board’s two recent actions cast aside decades of established practice and precedent. Thursday, in a case identified as Purple Communications, the Board issued a decision that amounts to a taking of business property, both physical and intellectual property. And then onFriday, the Board voted for a new regulation (rule) to hasten the procedure for unionizing. > Read more

> Interview Aloysius Hogan

 

> See also: Congress Seeks Multiemployer Pension Reform in the CRomnibus
 

DODD-FRANK IN THE LAME DUCK - JOHN BERLAU


Lame Duck Quacks Needed Dodd-Frank Relief


Waaaah! That’s the sound of former House Financial Services Committee Chairman Barney Frank (D-Mass.) crying about stinging, bipartisan rebukes to his legacy of the Dodd-Frank financial regulatory monstrosity rammed through the Democrat-controlled Congress in 2010.


And it must be all the more painful to Frank that enough members of his own party had turned against provisions of the legislation that a couple much-needed rollback are on the verge of being signed into law in this month’s “lame duck” session. > Read more


> Interview John Berlau
 

UNSHACKLING UBER - FRED L. SMITH, JR.

Political vs. Market Regulation: Uber Edition

 

To the extent that taxi and rideshare drivers and being treated unequally, the answer is to liberate the cabbies, not to shackle Uber. The rationale for political regulation is often based on outmoded ideas, including that the information needed for markets to function is not available to enough consumers. New technology, in particular in the case of urban ridesharing, has undermined many of these arguments. > Read more

> Interview Fred L. Smith, Jr.
 

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Friday
Dec122014

CEI Today: Operation Choke Point, renewable energy project of the year?, reports from COP-20 Lima, and more 

Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014
In the News Today

 

OPERATION CHOKE POINT - IAIN MURRAY
 

Rep. Leutkemeyer Moves to Choke off Operation Choke Point


The release this week of a new House Oversight and Government Reform Committee staff report into Operation Choke Point provides another opportunity to underline just how egregious the behavior of executive agencies has been in this matter.

Operation Choke Point has been a freelance operation by rogue members of staff at the Justice Department and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) in particular aimed at killing off industries they suspect might have high levels of fraud, on the grounds that they present “reputational risk” to financial institutions they do business with.
> Read more

> Interview Iain Murray
 

RENEWABLE ENERGY PROJECT OF THE YEAR - WILLIAM YEATMAN


If Ultra-Troubled Ivanpah Is “2014 Renewable Energy Project of the Year,” Then How Bad Off Is the Green Energy Industry?

 

RenewableEnergyWorld.com (“The World’s #1 Renewable Energy Website”) on Monday reported that the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System was named the 2014 Renewable Energy Project of the Year at the PennWell Annual Awards Gala. I greet this news with a query: Are you serious!?!


Southern California-based Ivanpah, which uses 350,000 heliostat mirrors that focus sunlight on several centralized power towers in order to power steam turbines, was completed in April, and has since suffered a spate of awful news. > Read more


> Interview William Yeatman
 


REGULATORY BARRIERS - FRED L. SMITH, JR.

The Future and the Regulated


From building a room on one’s home to repairing bridges or sending people to Mars, the major barrier is no longer technology or financing per se but rather the thicket of regulations that slow everything. The result is akin to filling swimming pools with molasses and being surprised that speeds decline. > Read more

 

> Interview Fred L. Smith, Jr.
 

 

    

 

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Friday
Dec122014

CEI Today: China, Gore and Kerry at the climate conference, plus a White House fail on regulatory disclosure 

Friday, Dec. 12, 2014
In the News Today

 


CHINA AT THE CLIMATE CONFERENCE- CHRISTOPHER HORNER


The Blaze: China Recoils on Transparency at Climate Conference, but Obama Administration Still Confident in Deal

Despite China’s refusal this week to accept international scrutiny of its pledged reductions in carbon emissions, President Barack Obama said Thursday that China will abide by “higher standards and in a verifiable way.”

Asserting the bilateral agreement is entirely separate from the Lima conference makes little sense, “unless their spin is the Chinese will allow inspection of the Beijing deal but not a multilateral deal,” said Chris Horner, a senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute.

“We’ve known all along this was trust but don’t verify,” Horner told TheBlaze. “Politically, this was meant to get ahead of multilateral talks to take away the argument that China is not doing anything. All this [China’s action this week] does is expose the Beijing’s bilateral.”
> Read The Blaze report


> Interview Chris Horner
 

REPORTS FROM COP-20 IN LIMA - MYRON EBELL

It was Climate Action Day at the UN climate conference in Lima, Peru.  A three-hour “high level” session featured a number of prominent elected leaders, UN officials, and climate activists. It gave me a chance to hear former star of stage and screen Al Gore twice more.  Gore said that, “We are designing the future of humankind here in Lima and then Paris” next year.  If that isn’t scary enough, U. S. Secretary of State John Kerry flew in a few hours later to give a speech in the main press conference room.  It wasn’t an official speech to the COP, but was meant to show the delegates and the world that the Obama Administration is determined to make the negotiations succeed.
> Secretary of State John Kerry Tries To Out-Gore Al Gore

> Al Gore Preaches Hellfire And Redemption

> United States Makes Impressive But Misleading Presentation

> 350.org Protests Allowing Fossil Fuel Lobbyists To Attend


WHITE HOUSE REGULATORY DISCLOSURE - WAYNE CREWS
 

Deteriorating White House Regulatory Disclosure Needs Active Congressional Review

 

Among many regulatory reforms needed in the new 114th Congress, here is yet one more way that regulatory disclosure needs a shot in the arm.

The Regulatory Plan and the Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions, which is supposed to appear twice a year, has undergone some internal reporting changes at the Office of Management and Budget that cause fewer long-term rules to be reported. Note that Obama’s economically significant rules are nearly 50 percent higher than Bush’s and his “significant” rules are way above. > Read more

> Interview Wayne Crews
 

 

    

 

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Wednesday
Dec102014

CEI Today: Gruber testimony, US misleads at COP-20, and Progressive victories 

Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014
In the News Today

 

GRUBER'S TESTIMONY - SAM KAZMAN
 

Gruber Testifies Before Congress on Obamacare Transparency Issues


Sam Kazman, CEI general counsel: “Regardless of what happens at the hearing, Jonathan Gruber has already had a major impact on the ongoing Obamacare litigation, as in CEI’s King v. Burwell and Halbig v. Burwell cases." > Read more

> Interview Sam Kazman
 

US MISLEADS ON CLIMATE CHANGE - MYRON EBELL

 

Report from COP-20 in Lima: United States Makes Impressive But Misleading Presentation

 

The U. S. presentation by Rick Duke of the White House Council on Environmental Quality was the most detailed and impressive.  But it did attract several highly critical questions. 

To Mr. Duke’s claim that one of three key parts of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan was the the U. S. would lead international efforts, South Africa questioned how the U. S. could lead when its own domestic efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions had been so insufficient.

But no questions were raised about what I consider to be two highly misleading points in the U. S. presentation.  First, Mr. Duke listed the EPA’s proposed rules to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from new and existing power plants without mentioning that they are both subject to serious legal challenges and to serious attempts to block them in the 114th Congress. Second, Mr. Duke attributed significant future reductions in fossil fuel use to the increasing use of cellulosic ethanol.
> Read more

 

Related - Report from COP-20 in Lima: 350.org Protests Allowing Fossil Fuel Lobbyists To Attend


> Interview an expert

 

PROGRESSIVE VICTORY - BILL FREZZA

Daily Caller: Hey, Progressives, It’s OK To Declare Victory Sometimes


How did progressives go from dreaming about a better future to shouting jeremiads about impending doom? The answer, I believe, is because they refuse to declare victory, preferring the self-affirming righteousness of unremitting struggle. > Read more

 

> Interview Bill Frezza

 

 

    

 

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Tuesday
Dec092014

CEI Today: Gruber to testify, regs on small business, illegal volunteering, and more 

Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014
In the News Today

 


OBAMA'S MAJOR REGULATIONS - WAYNE CREWS

 


Small Business Regulations: Obama Red Tape Exceeds Bush Level

 

President Obama has issued nearly half again as many “major,” $100-million regulations during his six years as President as George Bush did in his final six. (Obama had 407 over the period, Bush had 277).  

However, when it comes to regulations impacting small business, Obama also comes out as the bigger regulator.  > Read more


> Interview Wayne Crews
 

GRUBER TO TESTIFY - SAM KAZMAN

Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber is set to testify today before Darrell Issa’s government oversight committee. He may get some uncomfortable grilling about numerous comments caught on video that undermine the government's claims about Obamacare subsidies and IRS implementation.


> USA Today: Pessimist's persistence could pay off against Obamacare


> Interview Sam Kazman

 

EPA WATER REGULATIONS & UBER WOES - CARRIE SHEFFIELD

Fox Business: What new EPA water regulations mean for business


Competitive Enterprise Institute Fellow Carrie Sheffield on new EPA water regulations and Uber getting a $41B valuation. > View the Fox Business interview

 

> Interview Carrie Sheffield
 

SENATE CONFIRMS NEW NLRB NOMINEE

11 Groups Urge Senators to Allow More Time to Consider NLRB Nominee McFerran

The Competitive Enterprise Institute and 10 allied organizations signed a coalition letter urging the Senate to delay the nomination of Lauren McFerran to the National Labor Relations Board. > Read more 

 

> Related: Senate ensures NLRB keeps Democratic majority

 

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