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Thursday
Sep182014

CEI Today: EPA Progressives, a carbon tax in the US?, Scottish secession, railroad re-regulation, and more 

In the News Today

EPA ADMITS "PROGRESSIVE" AGENDA - CHRISTOPHER HORNER

 

The Daily Caller & Fox News: Internal emails: EPA rules part of 'progressive' agenda

Emails between top Environmental Protection Agency officials reveal they saw their fight against global warming as putting them at “forefront of progressive national policy.”

These emails, which were part of a batch obtained by the Competitive Enterprise Institute, show what top EPA officials were thinking as the agency prepared to release its greenhouse gas endangerment finding, which would give the agency the power to regulate carbon dioxide emissions from tailpipes and, eventually, from power plants.

“This is not about climate,” CEI senior fellow Chris Horner told The Daily Caller News Foundation. “This is the progressive agenda.” 
> Read the Daily Caller report


>View Chris Horner on Fox News Special Report

> Interview Chris Horner


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


CARBON TAX - MARLO LEWIS

Report: British Columbia Carbon Tax, a Bad Fit for the U.S.


Rebutting claims that the United States should adopt a carbon tax, the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) released a new report on Tuesday explaining how the go-to example of carbon tax success – British Columbia – falls short of its hype. > View Why British Columbia’s Carbon Tax Is not Applicable to America.


> Interview Marlo Lewis
 

RAILROAD RE-REGULATION - MARC SCRIBNER

Rail Investment
Threatened by Surface Transportation Board (STB) Reauthorization Reauthorization Bill

A bill that would threaten much needed investment in railroad infrastructure and reverse three decades of progress on railroad regulation is scheduled for markup today in the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. > Read more

> Interview Marc Scribner

 

SCOTTISH SECESSION - IAIN MURRAY

The Freeman: Freedom and Whisky Go Together

 

On Thursday, Scottish voters will decide whether to dissolve the 300-year-old union with England and Wales or remain in it. The result is now too close to call. As the world watches, it seems Scottish secession could be a step toward global liberalization and decentralization. But will an independent Scotland be a freer Scotland? > Read more

> Interview Iain Murray

 

More in the news...

EPA to Regulate CO2 Emissions from Aircraft

Secretary of State John Kerry Explains the Greenhouse Effect

Regulator: True Ridesharing Illegal in California
 

New Mexico Workers and Industry Would Benefit from Right to Work - See more at: http://workplacechoice.org/#sthash.04F3Iq2B.dpuf
 

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Wednesday
Sep172014

CEI Today: ExIm Bank fix, UN global warming summit, labor score card for Congress, and more 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014
In the News Today

 


EXPORT-IMPORT BANK - RYAN YOUNG

Investor's Business Daily: Ex-Im Bank Fight Shows How We Can Sunset More Useless Agencies


The biggest lesson from the Ex-Im fight is that automatic agency sunsets are a good thing, and more agencies should have them.

Yes, Ex-Im survived this reauthorization fight, but it lost some of its swagger. Whether it's this round of reauthorization or the next, Ex-Im will see significant reforms to reduce its pervasive corruption and cronyism, from increased disclosure requirements for employees to term limits for executives
.> Read more

 

> Interview Ryan Young

 

UN CLIMATE CHANGE ACCORD - CHRISTOPHER HORNER

 

CNSNews: Plans to Turn ‘Politically Binding’ UN Climate Change Accord Into Federal Law

Obama administration officials who say they intend to sign a “politically binding” agreement to drastically reduce U.S. greenhouse gas emissions at the UnitedNations’ (UN) climate change conference in Paris next year already have a legal strategy to turn any non-binding accord into federal law, warns Christopher Horner, senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI).
> Read more


> Interview Chris Horner


 

CEI’s Battered Business Bureau: The Week in Regulation

The number of new regulations topped 2,500 on the year, while the Federal Register added 1,853 pages to end the week just shy of the 55,000 mark.

Last week, 64 new final regs were published in the Federal Register. That’s the equivalent of a new regulation every 2 hours, 38 minutes.

CEI SCORES LABOR VOTES IN CONGRESS

CEI Honors 29 House Lawmakers with “Champion of the Worker” Awards


Thursday, the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) announced 29 current House lawmakers earned its distinguished “Champion of the Worker” award for perfect voting records on key employment and workforce issues during the 113th Congress. > Read more

> Interview an expert

 

More in the news...

Regulator: True Ridesharing Illegal in California

New Mexico Workers and Industry Would Benefit from Right to Work - See more at: http://workplacechoice.org/#sthash.04F3Iq2B.dpuf

Will the NLRB’s McDonald’s Decision Destroy Franchise System or Make Companies More Accountable?

Emails show ‘collusion’ between EPA, environmental lobby: watchdog

 

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CEI President Lawson Bader

@libertynkilts
 

 

Top-rated economies of the world are not by coincidence

The “ultimate resource” is not physical, but the capacity for humans to invent and adapt, despite government encroachment in their lives and livelihoods.





 

Monday
Sep152014

CEI Today: UN climate change accord, CDC sodium study, Ex-Im Bank, and CEI's newest labor score card 

Monday, September 15, 2014
In the News Today

 

UN CLIMATE CHANGE ACCORD - CHRISTOPHER HORNER

 

CNSNews: Plans to Turn ‘Politically Binding’ UN Climate Change Accord Into Federal Law

Obama administration officials who say they intend to sign a “politically binding” agreement to drastically reduce U.S. greenhouse gas emissions at the United Nations’ (UN) climate change conference in Paris next year already have a legal strategy to turn any non-binding accord into federal law, warns Christopher Horner, senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI).
> Read more

> Interview Chris Horner


 

SODIUM SCARE - MICHELLE MINTON

CDC Study: Kids Eat Same Amount of Sodium as Worldwide Average


It’s not exactly a blood-pressure raising headline, which is probably why the new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is actually bears the alarming titled, High Sodium Intake in Children and Adolescents: Cause for Concern.

However, the report’s findings, when put into context of 50 years’ worth of research on global salt consumption aren’t alarming at all.The global rate of sodium is consistent—eerily consistent—across cultures and time, something the CDC doesn’t like to talk about.
  > Read more


> Interview Michelle Minton
 


EXPORT-IMPORT BANK - RYAN YOUNG

Ex-Im Bank is pro-business, but not pro-markets


A vote on the Continuing Resolution, which includes the controversial Export-Import Bank reauthorization was originally scheduled for last week but was pushed back to this week. > Read more

 

> Interview Ryan Young

 

CEI SCORES LABOR VOTES IN CONGRESS

CEI Honors 29 House Lawmakers with “Champion of the Worker” Awards


Thursday, the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) announced 29 current House lawmakers earned its distinguished “Champion of the Worker” award for perfect voting records on key employment and workforce issues during the 113th Congress. > Read more

> Interview an expert

 

 

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CEI President Lawson Bader

@libertynkilts
 

 

Words Matter
 





 

Sunday
Sep142014

Cooler Heads Digest 12 September 2014 

12 September 2014

Announcements

On Tuesday, September 16, Noon-1:30 PM, at the National Press Club, the George C. Marshall Institute will host a discussion by climatologist Dr. Judith Curry. Email info@marshall.org to RSVP.

In the News

Rising CO2 Concentrations: No Measurable Impact on Floods, Droughts, and Storms
Marlo Lewis, GlobalWarming.org, 11 September 2014

Climate Skeptics Push Back over New Rise in Carbon Dioxide Emissions
Valerie Richardson, Washington Times, 11 September 2014

EPA Proposed Regulation Would Significantly Hurt Access to Electricity
John Eick, Red State, 10 September 2014

“Extinct” Snail Killed by Climate Change Crawls Back from the Dead
James Delingpole, Breitbart London, 10 September 2014

Media Coverage of the Corrupt Chevron Trial Was Corrupt, Too
Jack Fowler, National Review Online, 10 September 2014

Wind Power Granted 30-Year Eagle Kill Permits
Sherri Lange, Master Resource, 10 September 2014

Climate of Corruption
James Taranto, Wall Street Journal, 9 September 2014

Report: No Global Warming for 215 Months
Michael Bastasch, Daily Caller, 8 September 2014

Response to Critics of My Wall Street Journal Op-ed on the “Pause”
Matt Ridley, Rational Optimist, 7 September 2014

News You Can Use
Hurricane Milestone

For the 1st time since 1992, there was not a named hurricane in the Atlantic Ocean during the statistical peak of the hurricane season, which falls on September 10.

Inside the Beltway
Myron Ebell

15 Governors Tell EPA To Drop Power Plant Rule

Fifteen Republican governors sent a letter on 9th September to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy that points out that the EPA’s proposed regulation of greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants “not only exceeds the scope of federal law, but also, in some cases, directly conflicts with established state law.”

Fifteen of the nation’s 29 Republican governors signed the letter.  They are: Robert Bentley of Alabama, Sean Parnell of Alaska, Janice Brewer of Arizona, Butch Otter of Idaho, Mike Pence of Indiana, Phil Bryant of Mississippi, Susana Martinez of New Mexico, Pat McCrory of North Carolina, Jack Dalrymple of North Dakota, Mary Fallin of Oklahoma, Tom Corbett of Pennsylvania, Nikki Haley of South Carolina, Gary Herbert of Utah, Scott Walker of Wisconsin, and Matt Mead of Wyoming.

The letter states: “The unambiguous language of the CAA [Clean Air Act] expressly prohibits EPA from using Section 111(d) to regulate power plants  because EPA already regulates these sources under another section of the Act.  Moreover, even if the Agency did have legal authority to regulate power plants under 111(d), it overstepped this hypothetical authority when it acted to coerce states to adopt compliance measures that do not reduce emissions at the entities EPA has set out to regulate.  Under federal law, EPA has the authority to regulate emissions from specific sources, but that authority does not extend outside the physical boundaries of such sources (i.e., “outside the fence”).”

The governors go on to spell out some of “the more urgent and vexing compliance issues” in the proposed rule.  They then ask EPA to provide “informed plans to address these significant obstacles to state compliance” well in advance of the 16th October deadline for comments on the rule.  If EPA cannot do so, then they demand that the rule be withdrawn until it does.

One of these compliance issues relates to federal versus state authority.  The governors ask what would happen if a State enacts a renewable electricity standard or efficiency standard as part of its compliance with the rule and then later softens or repeals that standard.  Would EPA assert authority to enforce the original standard against state legislation?

Writing in the New Republic, Rebecca Leber identified the governors’ point that the rule is actually illegal as “the GOP’s best shot at derailing Obama’s climate plan.”  But David Doniger of the Natural Resources Defense Council, which wrote the original draft of the EPA rule, assured Leber that the legal arguments “border on laughable.”

But as William Yeatman, my CEI colleague, noted in a post on GlobalWarming.org, NRDC in 2005 argued that the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990 made it illegal to regulate source categories under section 111d that are already regulated under section 112, which is exactly what the governors’ letter states.   Impressive legal research conducted by the office of the Attorney General of West Virginia, Patrick Morrissey, supports the claim, as another post by William Yeatman explains

The energy subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee heard testimony on 9th September from six state utility commissioners on implementing the rule.   Four (from Texas, Montana, Arizona, and Indiana) oppose the rule and two (from Maryland and Washington) support it.    

Across the States
William Yeatman

Important Tenth Circuit Case to Watch

A two-judge panel on the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver granted a stay prohibiting EPA’s regulatory takeover of Wyoming’s visibility improvement program, known as Regional Haze, until a three-judge panel can decide the merits. A stay is granted only if the judges believe the plaintiffs have an excellent shot at winning, which bodes well for Wyoming’s challenge.

This is something to keep an eye on, because the same circuit last year delivered a 2-1 split decision that upheld EPA’s regulatory takeover of Oklahoma’s Regional Haze program. That case, Oklahoma v. EPA, established an unfortunate precedent whereby courts defer to EPA whenever the agency and States disagree over how to implement the Clean Air Act. The Tenth Circuit now appears poised to revisit the issue, which could prove very beneficial to the States. For more on the Tenth Circuit’s decision in Oklahoma v. EPA, see here and here.

Around the World
Myron Ebell

Oil Prices Decline Despite Mideast Turmoil

There is war, violence, and political turmoil across the Middle East, yet since June global prices for oil have gone down dramatically.  The price of West Texas Intermediate crude, the benchmark for U. S. oil, has declined $15 since June to $91.67 per barrel.  Brent crude, the main international benchmark, has declined by $18 to $98 per barrel. 

One of the reasons is that economies continue to struggle around the world.  Another is the oil production boom in North America.  The U. S. Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration this week raised its forecast of 2015 domestic oil production to 9.53 million barrels per day.  That would make next year the third consecutive year in which domestic oil production has increased by more than one million barrels per day.

Science Update
Marlo Lewis

Rising CO2 Concentrations: No Measurable Impact on Extreme Weather

The Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change released a new report this week, Extreme Weather Events: Are They Influenced by Rising CO2 Concentrations? The 97-page report reviews hundreds of empirical studies on floods, droughts, and storms in numerous countries on several continents.

The author, Craig D. Idso, examines the empirical evidence regarding possible trends in extreme weather during the past 70 years, when three-fourths of all anthropogenic CO2 was emitted into the atmosphere. He also compares extreme weather events in recent decades to floods, droughts, and storms in previous centuries and even millennia, as reconstructed from proxy data.

Idso finds no long-term global increase in the frequency and intensity of floods, droughts, and storms over the past 70 years (although there is considerable regional and inter-decadal variation). He also finds “many historic analogs” of modern floods, droughts, and storms that “occurred during times when the atmosphere’s CO2 concentration was much lower than it is currently.”

Taken together, the instrumental and proxy data “suggest that the ongoing rise in atmospheric CO2 is having no measurable impact” on modern extreme weather events. 

 

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
Sep122014

CEI Today: Manufacturers report on regulation, CEI labor scorecard, EPA renewable fuel production quota over-due, and Ex-Im Bank 

Friday, September 12, 2014
In the News Today

 

COST OF REGULATION - WAYNE CREWS

Forbes: Hairball: The Cost Of Federal Regulation To The U.S. Economy

 

Before the National Association of Manufacturers even had a chance to release their important new report today on the aggregate annual cost of federal regulations, left-wing groups decided to attack the numbers. They disliked an earlier report ... that found regulatory costs of $1.75 trillion annually, and struck pre-emptively.


No one need credit politically motivated attacks like this anymore. The ongoing, actually inexcusable, official uncertainty over the aggregate costs of U.S. federal regulations despite over a decade of Office of Management and Budget reports to Congress on the benefits and costs raises concern, not about those trying to measure, but on the fact that the largest government on earth has no map of itself when it comes to regulation. > Read more

> Interview Wayne Crews
 

CEI SCORES LABOR VOTES IN CONGRESS

CEI Honors 29 House Lawmakers with “Champion of the Worker” Awards


Thursday, the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) announced 29 current House lawmakers earned its distinguished “Champion of the Worker” award for perfect voting records on key employment and workforce issues during the 113th Congress. > Read more

> Interview an expert

 

EPA RENEWABLE FUEL PRODUCTION QUOTA - MARLO LEWIS

 

Globalwarming.org: Scaling Back Renewable Fuel Standard Will Decrease Greenhouse Gas Emissions

EPA is expected to announce the final 2014 renewable fuel standard (RFS) production quota anytime now. As The Hill and other news sources have reported, the agency appears to have flip-flopped, initially proposing to lower the RFS but now poised to increase it. But according to EPA's own analysis, an increase in that standard would lead to more greenhouse gas emissions, not less.
> Read more

> Interview Marlo Lewis



 


EXPORT-IMPORT BANK - RYAN YOUNG

Ex-Im Bank is pro-business, but not pro-markets


In Thursday’s Washington Times, National Association of Manufacturers President Jay Timmons and I have dueling op-eds, with Timmons favoring reauthorizing Ex-Im, and me wanting to end it. The Wall Street Journal also weighed in with an editorial this morning, sharing my skepticism of Ex-Im. > Read more

 

> Interview Ryan Young

 

 

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CEI President Lawson Bader

@libertynkilts
 

 

Words Matter


Can you count the times you’ve heard “investment” stand in for government spending?