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Friday
Aug222014

CEI Today: Floods + climate change, Labor Day & Big Labor, draconian currency rules, and more 

Friday, August 22, 2014
In the News Today

 

CLIMATE CHANGE + FLOODS - MARLO LEWIS

Globalwarming.org: Increase in Reported UK Floods Due to Population Growth, Not Climate Change – Study

Damages due to hurricanes are not increasing once economic data are adjusted (‘normalized’) for increases in population, wealth, and the consumer price index.

More people with more valuables at higher prices incur greater combined monetary losses when disaster strikes. There is no “greenhouse signal” in properly-adjusted hurricane loss data — no trend reflecting a potential warming-induced increase in hurricane frequency or power.
> Read more

> Interview Marlo Lewis
 


VIRTUAL CURRENCY REGULATION

The Impending BitLicense and Premature Regulations

Last month, the New York State Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) announced its proposed regulations for businesses engaged in “Virtual Currency Business Activity.

 

A prematurely designed set of draconian rules could force Bitcoin businesses to leave New York for good, shutting out a burgeoning industry before it has a chance to develop—and leaving New York behind the rest of the market. > Read more

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Thursday
Aug212014

CEI Today: Virtual currency regulation, Newsweek online gambling oops, affirmative action rules, and more 

Thursday, August 21, 2014
In the News Today

 

VIRTUAL CURRENCY REGULATION

The Impending BitLicense and Premature Regulations

Last month, the New York State Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) announced its proposed regulations for businesses engaged in “Virtual Currency Business Activity.

 

A prematurely designed set of draconian rules could force Bitcoin businesses to leave New York for good, shutting out a burgeoning industry before it has a chance to develop—and leaving New York behind the rest of the market. > Read more

> Interview an expert

 

ONLINE GAMBLING - MICHELLE MINTON

Newsweek’s Cover Story on Internet Gambling Plays Fast and Loose with Facts

Newsweek’s recent cover article
 on online gambling, “How Washington Opened the Floodgates to Online Poker, Dealing Parents a Bad Hand,” by Leah McGrath Goodman, has elicited a wide range of deservedly negative responses. The title alone indicates its blatant bias.

However, Goodman’s one-sided article presents a good opportunity to dispel many of the falsehoods and unwarranted fears swirling around the online gambling discussion.
> Read more

> Interview Michelle Minton
 

AFFIRMATIVE ACTION - HANS BADER

 

Duplicative New Affirmative-Action Rule Drives Up Taxpayer Costs and Restricts Competition


Does it make sense to require a park campground operator that has a few hundred employees at 120 different locations to come up with 120 separate affirmative-action plans, one for each site? Just because it also receives a measly $52,000 federal contract to clean bathrooms used by tourists (which it does very cheaply, at cost, in order to make its nearby concessions more attractive)?


To any economist, the answer would be “no.” But to the Obama administration, the answer is “yes.” > Read more


> Interview Hans Bader

 

 

 

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Wednesday
Aug202014

CEI Today: Republicans + online gambling, an auto loan mess, Solar Solution, and more 

Wednesday, August 20, 2014
In the News Today

 


ONLINE GAMBLING BAN - MICHELLE MINTON

Townhall: Republicans Seek to “Restore” an Online Gambling Ban that Never Existed

Republicans generally oppose federal encroachment on policy matters traditionally left to the states. SO why is Rep. Ted Poe (R-Tex) alone among his GOP House colleagues in opposing a federal online gambling ban that would preempt state laws, reward special interests, and curtail an otherwise lawful pastime enjoyed by many Americans? 
> Read more

> Interview Michelle Minton
 

AUTO LOAN MESS - JOHN BERLAU

 

Newsmax: Govt Meddling Creates Auto Loan Mess

 

Should we worry about a crisis in subprime auto loans? While there are important differences in the auto and mortgage markets, there are similar government interventions that have the potential to fuel a bubble in car loans the same way they did for home loans. > Read more


> Interview John Berlau
 

SOLAR 'SOLUTION' - FRED L. SMITH, JR.

The Not-So-Free Market at Work


In the mail, I recently received a brochure from a firm called Solar Solution LLC, claiming to be the District of Columbia’s #1 solar installer. Included was the following table showing the initial estimated cost and then, in subsequent columns, the multiple layers of subsidies one might obtain. These include the 30 percent federal tax credit, the D.C. solar grant, and the Solar Renewable Energy Credit.
> Read more

> Interview Fred Smith



> See also: Are Fossil Fuels the Past, Renewables the Future?

 

 

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Tuesday
Aug192014

CEI Today: Obamacare in court, deputizing America, and water scarcity

Tuesday, August 19, 2014
In the News Today

 


OBAMACARE IN COURT - SAM KAZMAN

Supreme Court Best to Quickly Resolve Obamacare Cases, Plaintiffs Argue in Monday Filing

Plaintiffs in a major Obamacare lawsuit filed their opposition today to the federal government’s request for en banc reconsideration in Halbig v. Burwell. They argue the U.S. Supreme Court is the only court that can quickly resolve the insurance exchange issue, over which two circuit courts split last month.
> Read more

> Interview Sam Kazman

> Daily Caller: Lawyers: Send Obamacare Subsidies Case Straight To Supreme Court
 

WORKING FOR THE STATE - IAIN MURRAY

The Freeman: Deputizing America; Sooner or later, we’ll all work for the State—unless we do something about it


Government is deputizing people all over the country to do its law-enforcement work. Under a campaign known as Operation Choke Point, banking regulators have been telling banks that if they don’t investigate their customers for “high-risk” activity, they will be subject to subpoenas and everything that implies.
> Read more

> Interview Iain Murray

 

WATER SCARCITY - WAYNE CREWS

 

Forbes: Fountains Of Solutions: Western Water And California Drought

 

The Washington Post now proclaims “nervousness over the state’s epic drought has given way to alarm.” Today’s water supply and access issues in the West and notably in Central Valley California are the result of yesterday’s broader infrastructure, property rights and economic growth policies. Water policy seems like an old issue, but it’s also a high-tech one. > Read more


> Interview Wayne Crews

 

CEI’s Battered Business Bureau: The Week in Regulation

75 new regulations, from tax delinquents to spectrum auctions.

 

 

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Monday
Aug182014

CEI Today: New Obama executive orders + regulations, Thomas the Tank Engine, and more 

Monday, August 18, 2014
In the News Today

 


Red Tapeworm 2014: The Government Accountability Office Reports More Regulations in Obama Era

 

The Congressional Review Act gives Congress a 60 legislative day window in which to review a major rule and, if desired, pass such a resolution of disapproval. Despite the issuance of thousands of rules since the act’s passage, including many dozens of major rules, only one has been rejected: the Labor Department’s rule on workplace repetitive-motion injuries in early 2001. > Read more


> Interview Wayne Crews
 


NEW OBAMA EXECUTIVE ORDER - HANS BADER

Executive Order Pressures Employers to Capitulate to Baseless Demands and Meritless Claims

A July 31 executive order from President Obama, E.O. 13,673, will make it very costly for employers to challenge dubious allegations of wrongdoing against them, if they are government contractors (which employ a quarter of the American workforce). It will allow trial lawyers to extort larger settlements from companies, and enable bureaucratic agencies to extract costly settlements over conduct that may have been perfectly legal.
> Read more

> Interview Hans Bader


HONEYBEES - ANGELA LOGOMASINI


Honeybee Population in Decline—Or Not?

If you read the news about honeybee survival, it’s all very confusing. Some sources sound the alarm by pointing out that the number of honeybee hives has dropped significantly in recent decades. Others say just the opposite: There are more hives today than ever before. Which is it? Actually, both. > Read more

> Interview Angela Logomasini

 

 

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