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Saturday
Jan102015

CEI Today: White House polar vortex, Obama housing plan, technology in danger, and more

Friday, Jan. 9, 2014
In the News Today

 

WHITE HOUSE POLAR VORTEX - SAM KAZMAN


Globalwarming.org: One Year Ago: The White House Polar Vortex Video


A year ago this week, in the midst of another brutally cold winter, the White House graced us with an explanation of how man-made global warming might be causing freezing temperatures in a video about the polar vortex.

One bitterly cold winter does not, by itself, necessarily disprove global warming.  But the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) decided to try using the cold winter as evidence for man-made global warming. Since then, CEI filed a lawsuit against OSTP. > Read more


> Interview Sam Kazman
 

TECHNOLOGY DERAILED BY REGULATION - WAYNE CREWS

Forbes: CES And A Case For Separation Of Technology And State


As the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) winds down, there’s a lot of stuff you probably hope doesn’t stay in Vegas.

The tech sector excels at pulling America’s economic wagon, but ill-conceived interventions and mandates from Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the Federal Communication Commission and other agencies can do real damage.

Two factors in particular render CES innovators vulnerable to predatory regulation.
> Read more


> Interview Wayne Crews
 

OBAMA HOUSING PLAN - JOHN BERLAU

Obama Should Help Borrowers by Shedding Dodd-Frank, Not Pumping FHA


President Obama is expected not to join the bipartisan effort to take on the Dodd-Frank regulations keeping mortgages from moving, but to create new subsidies that not only may be ineffective at moving the housing market but would be harmful to the nation’s fiscal health, as they bulk up the government-backed housing agencies that fueled the housing crisis.


The administration’s plan consists of cutting premiums borrowers pay for mortgage insurance for mortgages backed by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) by 50 basis points. This move comes despite the FHA’s insurance reserves being already below required levels. > Read more

> Interview an expert

 

KEYSTONE PIPELINE - MARLO LEWIS

 

Keystone XL Pipeline: What Are the Core Issues?

 

In the protracted conflict over the Keystone XL Pipeline, too much attention is paid to peripheral issues and not enough to the core issues.

Peripheral issues include whether the pipeline will create many or few jobs, lower or raise Midwest gasoline prices, reduce or increase the risks of oil spills, reduce or increase incremental greenhouse gas emissions. > Read more

 

> Interview Marlo Lewis

 

 

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Thursday
Jan082015

CEI Today: Minimum wage, Keystone, chemical regulation, and more 

Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2014
In the News Today

 

2015 MINIMUM WAGE INCREASES - RYAN YOUNG

20 States Raise Minimum Wage: Happy New Year?


The minimum wage is one of the most popular policies for fighting poverty, and proposed increases to it usually poll very well. The $7.25 per hour federal minimum wage hasn’t increased since 2009, so now many states are enacting their own minimum wage hikes. Twenty states are inaugurating 2015 with new increases. Yet, these minimum wage increases will not help reduce poverty. Why? The reason is tradeoffs. > Read more


> Interview Ryan Young
 

KEYSTONE PIPELINE - MARLO LEWIS

 

Keystone XL Pipeline: What Are the Core Issues?

 

In the protracted conflict over the Keystone XL Pipeline, too much attention is paid to peripheral issues and not enough to the core issues.

Peripheral issues include whether the pipeline will create many or few jobs, lower or raise Midwest gasoline prices, reduce or increase the risks of oil spills, reduce or increase incremental greenhouse gas emissions.

 

Keystone foes operate on a different maxim. They believe government should empower ‘stakeholders’ (i.e. activists like themselves) to upend other people’s business plans and stifle wealth creation. They think that if they just make enough noise, gin up enough protests, promise or threaten to support or oppose enough politicians, they are entitled to stop other people from taking risks with their own capital, hiring contractors, and employing workers. > Read more

 

> Interview Marlo Lewis

 

Related: Banner Day for Zingers on Energy Policy

 

CHEMICAL REGULATION

 

CNSNews: Consumers to Pay the Price for State Environmental Regulations

 

Consumers could soon face higher prices, reduced choices and lower-quality products, thanks to a slew of chemical regulations that are advancing in various states. These regulations are unlikely to provide any measurable benefits, and instead would reduce consumers’ access to a myriad of products, from children’s toys and canned food to paint and building materials. > Read more

 

> Interview Angela Logomasini

 

CUBA - FRED L. SMITH, JR.

 

Forbes: Two Cheers For Cuba Libre

 

President Obama’s recent decision to restore diplomatic relations with Cuba was welcomed by many free marketers, but met with skepticism by those who favor political freedom on the island. Both sides in this debate make strong points. I tend to side with the market optimists, but we could all learn from watching coming developments closely. > Read more

 

> Interview Fred L. Smith, Jr.

 

FALLING GAS PRICES - MARLO LEWIS


Globalwarming.org: Oil’s ‘Swoon’ Is Not an Argument for Carbon Taxes

 

It was inevitable. As soon as consumers and the economy start to enjoy significant relief from a decade of pain at the pump, the political class clamors for higher gas taxes and new carbon taxes. > Read more

> Interview Marlo Lewis
 

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Thursday
Jan082015

CEI Today: Pelosi + climate change, the Keynesian Bubble, Keystone pipeline, and more 

Thursday, Jan. 8, 2014
In the News Today

 

PELOSI & CLIMATE CHANGE - WILLIAM YEATMAN


Energy Bullet Points: House Democratic Party Priorities Exclude AGW, Recognizing the Beneficence of Our Oil Puppet Masters, and Much More


House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi this week unveiled the Democratic Party’s priorities for the first session of the 114th Congress. Notably absent from her to-do list was the mitigation of climate change, the awfulest, most dire, apocalyptic threat ever. > Read more


> Interview William Yeatman
 

THE KEYNESIAN BUBBLE - BILL FREZZA

Daily Caller: What Will Happen After The Latest Keynesian Bubble Bursts?


Two conflicting narratives are dueling for the people’s favor trying to influence the direction in which our democracy swings next.

The prevailing narrative — promoted by incumbent politicians, government bureaucrats, finance industry insiders, and the mainstream media — can be summed up by its time-tested theme song: Happy days are here again!

The opposing narrative, consigned to the realm of conspiracy theorists and libertarian cranks, is that the Keynesian money-printing orgy has merely papered over the latest in a long string of financial industry debacles.
> Read more


> Interview Bill Frezza
 

KEYSTONE PIPELINE - MARLO LEWIS

 

Keystone XL Pipeline: What Are the Core Issues?

 

In the protracted conflict over the Keystone XL Pipeline, too much attention is paid to peripheral issues and not enough to the core issues.

Peripheral issues include whether the pipeline will create many or few jobs, lower or raise Midwest gasoline prices, reduce or increase the risks of oil spills, reduce or increase incremental greenhouse gas emissions.

 

Keystone foes operate on a different maxim. They believe government should empower ‘stakeholders’ (i.e. activists like themselves) to upend other people’s business plans and stifle wealth creation. They think that if they just make enough noise, gin up enough protests, promise or threaten to support or oppose enough politicians, they are entitled to stop other people from taking risks with their own capital, hiring contractors, and employing workers. > Read more

 

> Interview Marlo Lewis

 

Related: Banner Day for Zingers on Energy Policy

 

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Monday
Jan052015

CEI Today: Obama's 2015 Regulatory Agenda 

Monday, Jan. 5, 2014
In the News Today

 

OBAMA'S 2015 REGULATORY AGENDA


Fox News: Obama administration prepares regulatory rush in 2015


According to the Competitive Enterprise Institute, the Obama administration put out 2,375 proposed rules in 2014 that are still under consideration. That's in addition to 3,541 final rules and regulations in 2014, according to CEI. > Read the Fox News story

 

IBD: Obama's Regulatory Siege Holds Back The Economy

 

According to data toted up by Competitive Enterprise Institute Fellow Wayne Crews, 2014 ended with 78,978 pages in the Federal Register, the government's regulatory bible. That's the fifth-highest ever. An improvement? Hardly.

As Crews notes, of the "six all-time-high Federal Register page counts, five belong to Obama." > Read the IBD editorial

 

Globalwarming.org: Major & Obscure Regulations We’re Watching in 2015

 

2015 figures to be a very busy year for regulators in the Obama presidency. Under the Congressional Review Act (CRA), Congress has 60 business days from the promulgation of a major regulation to vote on a resolution that would vacate the rule. Due to the Presidential veto, however, the Congress’s CRA prerogative is usually toothless. Indeed, the only practical window for a successful CRA challenge occurs when the 60 day time limit (for Congress to act) overlaps with a new and like-minded presidential administration. And because the Congress only conducts, on average, about 10 business days a month, the Obama administration faces a deadline of about May 2016, by which it must promulgate all of its major regulations, in order to ensure that any one them cannot be subject to a successful Congressional Review Act resolution (under his successor President). As such, the clock is ticking, and most of this administration’s regulatory action will have to be wrapped up in the upcoming year. What can we expect for 2015? > Read more

 


 > See also: CEI's 2015 Unconstitutionality Index: 27 Regulations for Every Law


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Saturday
Jan032015

Cooler Heads Digest 02 January 2015 

2 January 2015

Announcements

The full Cooler Heads Digest will return next Friday.

In the News

How the Left Wants to Eradicate Planes, Trains, and Automobiles by Shutting off Their Financial Fuel
Ron Arnold, The Daily Signal, 2 January 2015

Five Things To Remember about Climate Science in 2015
Anthony Sadar, Washington Examiner, 1 January 2015

Major & Obscure Regulations We’re Watching in 2015
William Yeatman, GlobalWarming.org, 31 December 2014

2014 in Energy Charts
Mark Green, Energy Tomorrow, 31 December 2014

Reflections for the New Year on Carbon Capture, the Clean Power Plan, and COP-21 Climate Negotiations
Marlo Lewis, GlobalWarming.org, 30 December 2014

House Vows To Deliver on Energy Promises
Daniel J. Graeber, UPI, 30 December 2014

The Supreme Court’s Possible Hidden Climate Agenda
Brian Potts, Energy Collective, 29 December 2014

“Peak oil has arrived”: Paul Krugman on Mineral Scarcity (2010 Prediction from Dr. Errant)
Robert Bradley, Jr., Master Resource, 22 December 2014

News You Can Use
EPA’s Popularity Hits Low

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 32% of Likely U.S. Voters have a favorable opinion of the EPA, the lowest finding in the three years the question has been asked.

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.