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Saturday
May232015

Cooler Heads Digest 22 May 2015 

22 May 2015

Announcement

The Heartland Institute’s Tenth International Conference on Climate Change (ICCC-10) will take place on Thursday, June 11 and Friday, June 12, 2015, at the Washington Court Hotel in Washington, D.C. Learn more here.

In the News

Memorial Day Weekend: Motor to a Better Environment!
Robert Bradley, Jr., Master Resource, 22 May 2015

On Climate, Science and Politics Are Diverging
Rupert Darwall, National Review Online, 22 May 2015

A Few More Hot Days Does Not Equal a Lot More Heat Waves
David Kreutzer, The Daily Signal, 21 May 2015

Tom Steyer’s Windfall Profits Tax: Recycling Junk Policy
Marlo Lewis, GlobalWarming.org, 20 May 2015

Sources: EPA Ditches Mandate That Coal Plants Install Non-Existent Coal Technology
Michael Bastasch, Daily Caller, 20 May 2015

EPA Plan to Ban Coal Hits Major Roadblock
Phil Kerpen, American Commitment, 20 May 2015

Critics Hear EPA’s Voice in “Public” Comments
Eric Lipton & Coral Davenport, New York Times, 18 May 2015

EPA’s Hidden Regulatory Agenda Should Be Pried Open
H. Sterling Burnett, Investor’s Business Daily, 15 May 2015

News You Can Use
Moderate Cold Weather Kills Twenty Times More People Than Heatwaves

A major study abstract published in the Lancet analyzed 74 million deaths from 384 locations in 13 countries from 1985 to 2012 and found that moderately cold weather kills twenty times more people than hot weather. 

From a story in London’s Guardian:

“It’s often assumed that extreme weather causes the majority of deaths, with most previous research focusing on the effects of extreme heatwaves,” says lead author Dr. Antonio Gasparrini from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.  “Our findings, from an analysis of the largest dataset of temperature-related deaths ever collected, show that the majority of these deaths actually happen on moderately hot and cold days, with most deaths caused by moderately cold temperatures.”

Inside the Beltway
Myron Ebell

President Obama Gives Bizarre Speech on Climate Threats at Coast Guard Graduation

President Barack Obama used his commencement address at the Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut on 20th May to make the case once again that climate change is one of the greatest threats to our national security.  Judging from the transcript, the Coast Guard cadets in the audience found it as bizarre as I did reading it.  The White House transcript notes frequent applause during the first part and the short conclusion of the President’s speech, but during the long central section on the climate threat not a murmur from the audience is noted.

One short passage explains a lot about the Obama Administration’s multiple foreign policy failures:

“[C]onfronting climate change is now a key pillar of American global leadership.  When I meet with leaders around the world, it’s often at the top of our agenda -- a core element of our diplomacy.”

The President makes a number of astonishing claims that make me think he actually believes a lot of the nonsense that his White House science adviser John Holdren is telling him.  Here is one example:

“Understand, climate change did not cause the conflicts we see around the world.  Yet what we also know is that severe drought helped to create the instability in Nigeria that was exploited by the terrorist group Boko Haram.  It’s now believed that drought and crop failures and high food prices helped fuel the early unrest in Syria, which descended into civil war in the heart of the Middle East.”

House Narrowly Passes Bill To Reduce Funding for Climate and Green Energy Research

The House of Representatives on 20th May narrowly passed the America COMPETES Act, which re-authorizes non-defense research at the Department of Energy, the National Science Foundation, and several other agencies. The final vote on H. R. 1806 was 217 to 205.

Twenty-three Republicans joined all the Democrats in voting No.  Some of the Republicans voted No because they thought the bill did not go far enough in cutting funding or making reforms. 

The unanimous opposition of Democrats was rather due to the fact that the bill would reduce funding for climate research, social science research, green energy research, and cronyism at the Department of Energy.  On the other hand, funding for basic research in the physical sciences would increase.

The White House has already threatened a veto if the Senate goes along with the House Science Committee’s changes in funding priorities.     

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
May222015

CEI Today: Regulation, the NLRB, mass transit commutes, and more 

Friday, May 22, 2015
In the News Today

 

REGULATION - WAYNE CREWS

 
Forbes: A Comprehensive Regulatory Reform Agenda, Barack Obama Veto Pen Notwithstanding
 
Congress passes a few dozen laws each year, but regulators meanwhile  issue several thousand rules and regulations. On top of that, “regulatory dark matter“ like presidential and agency memos, guidance documents, bulletins and press releases may enact policy directly or indirectly. When it comes to federal regulation and red tape, I like to break it down into (1) the existing hairball and (2) what hasn’t happened yet. > Read the Forbes commentary
 

PARTISAN LABOR RELATIONS BOARD - TREY KOVACS

 

Defund the Partisan NLRB

Evidence is aplenty that the NLRB acts as a stooge for organized labor at the expense of equality in bargaining power. The recently implemented ambush election rule is front and center. > Read more 

MASS TRANSIT COMMUTES - MARC SCRIBNER

 

Long Mass Transit Commutes Are Horrible for Your Health

 

I personally find it hilarious that transit boosters implicitly accept that the direct mobility benefits of transit are so low that they need to fling every possible co-benefit spaghetti at the wall in order to justify unjustifiable mass transit subsidies. But to you who drive alone to work and are now scared your car is secretly killing you, don’t worry. It’s the transit riders with commutes twice as long as yours who may need to worry. > Read more 

SEN. WARREN & TRADE AGREEMENTS - FRAN SMITH

 

Sen. Warren Gets Hit on Trade Issues

Sen. Warren’s arguments are bogus on “secret” trade deals. Many of her other arguments are bogus as well.
 > Read more

 

> Related: Trade Promotion Authority in the Senate: Do-It-Yourself Economics


> Interview Fran Smith
 

MORE IN THE NEWS
 

Saving the Bees vs. Pork Barrel Spending

 

 

Tuesday, June 2, 2015
Washington, DC

 

The Constitutional Limits of the
Endangered Species Act

What limits does the Constitution place on federal regulations under the ESA? Should Congress resolve that issue instead of the courts? Would endangered species be better protected or worse off if PETPO prevails in court or S. 1142 is enacted?
> RSVP & more info: KAP@pacificlegal.org
 

https://cei.org/ceidinner
2015 Dinner and Reception

 

Join us for CEI’s Bourbon and BBQ Bash: Liberty served smooth and smokin’

 

    

 

CEI is a non-profit, non-partisan public policy group dedicated to the principles of free enterprise and limited government.  For more information about CEI, please visit our website, cei.org.  Follow CEI on Twitter! Twitter.com/ceidotorg.

 

TEN THOUSAND COMMANDMENTS

Snapshot of the Federal Regulatory State

 

 

The State of
Freedom in the UK

 


A Cato Institute discussion on the outcome of the election and what it means for the state of freedom in the UK, featuring CEI's Iain Murray and other experts > View it on cato.org
 






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Thursday
May212015

CEI Today: Obama's pollinator plan, a windfall profits tax, not-so-secret trade negotiations, and a new gov't bailout 

Thursday, May 21, 2015
In the News Today

 

OBAMA'S POLLINATOR PLAN - ANGELA LOGOMASINI

 

Pollinator "Strategy": Pork Barrel, Handouts, and Counterproductive Pesticide Policy

 

The Obama administration has finally released its National Strategy to Promote the Health of Honey Bees and other Pollinators. It’s the federal government’s answer to all the hype found in the news related to the health on the nation’s honeybee hives. While it’s not clear what it will achieve for the bees, we can be sure it comes with lots of pork-barrel spending, government handouts, and shortsighted pesticide polices that undermine food production. > Read more

WINDFALL PROFITS TAX - MARLO LEWIS

 

Tom Steyer’s Windfall Profits Tax: Recyling Junk Policy

Billionaire environmental activist Tom Steyer has said he’s considering getting an oil-extraction tax added to next year’s California ballot, the Sacramento Bee reports. If Steyer is serious about raising billions for California coffers, he should dump the failed windfall profits tax approach, urge State policymakers to allow new offshore oil production, and urge Democratic leaders in Washington, D.C. to let States share Outer Continental Shelf oil revenues with the federal government.
 
He won’t, of course. Rather, he’ll continue to advocate policies that would drive capital out of oil and gas. > Read more 

SEN. WARREN & TRADE AGREEMENTS - FRAN SMITH

 

Sen. Warren Gets Hit on Trade Issues

Washington Post columnist Ruth Marcus (May 20, 2015) took on Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s (D-Mass.) contention that trade agreements are being negotiated in secret, with multinational corporations calling the shots. Warren, the populist flavor of the month, has been leading a campaign against trade deals and against Trade Promotion Authority, all in the name of confronting greedy multinational corporations and helping U.S. workers. Marcus could have gone even further in putting to rest Warren’s charge that trade agreements are being negotiated in secret.
 > Read more

> Interview Fran Smith

 

NEW GOV'T BAILOUT - JOHN BERLAU

 
Johnson-Crapo's Reemergence Ruins Reg Relief Bill
 
Senate Banking Chairman Dick Shelby's new bill -- scheduled to be marked up on Thursday -- contains a "reform" section that would expand the government's role in housing by converting Fannie and Freddie into a government backstop for big banks that securitize mortgages. They would also abrogate contracts to Fannie and Freddie shareholders in order to pay for this new bailout. > Read more
 

Tuesday, June 2, 2015
Washington, DC

 

The Constitutional Limits of the
Endangered Species Act

What limits does the Constitution place on federal regulations under the ESA? Should Congress resolve that issue instead of the courts? Would endangered species be better protected or worse off if PETPO prevails in court or S. 1142 is enacted?
> RSVP & more info: KAP@pacificlegal.org
 

https://cei.org/ceidinner
2015 Dinner and Reception

 

Join us for CEI’s Bourbon and BBQ Bash: Liberty served smooth and smokin’

 

    

 

CEI is a non-profit, non-partisan public policy group dedicated to the principles of free enterprise and limited government.  For more information about CEI, please visit our website, cei.org.  Follow CEI on Twitter! Twitter.com/ceidotorg.

 

 

 

The State of
Freedom in the UK

 


A Cato Institute discussion on the outcome of the election and what it means for the state of freedom in the UK, featuring CEI's Iain Murray and other experts > cato.org
 

TEN THOUSAND COMMANDMENTS

Snapshot of the Federal Regulatory State

 






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Tuesday
May192015

CEI Today: Dodd-Frank burdens, Chipotle's GMOs, Big Ethanol's ad campaign, and more 

Monday, May 18, 2015
In the News Today

 


DODD-FRANK BURDENS - JOHN BERLAU

 
Dodd-Frank’s Thousands of Commandments and Near-Zero Benefits
 
A study released last week found that Dodd-Frank, based on the economic effects of increasing the cost of lending, could result in the loss of  “$895 billion in reduced Gross Domestic Product (GDP) over the 2016-2025 period, or $3,346 per working age person.” > Read more
 
 

CHIPOTLE'S GMOs - GREG CONKO

 

Health Care News: CHIPOLTE BACKING DOWN ON ITS GMO-FREE CLAIM

 

Chipotle announced it was going to eliminate GMO ingredients in its corn and cooking oils, but the big one that no one seems to talk about is the cheeses, says Greg Conko, executive director of the Competitive Enterprise Institute. Chipotle has not made any announcement about getting rid of cheese produced with Chymosin.  > Read more

 

ETHANOL'S AD CAMPAIGN - MARLO LEWIS

 

Ethanol Industry Ad Campaign: Fuels America or Fools America?

As the June 1 deadline approaches for EPA to propose Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) mandates, biofuel lobbyists are cranking up their political and PR efforts to sway EPA’s decision. > Read more

> Interview Marlo Lewis

 

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May 20

 

The State of
Freedom in the UK

 


A Cato Institute discussion on the outcome of the election and what it means for the state of freedom in the UK, featuring CEI's Iain Murray and other experts > cato.org
 

TEN THOUSAND COMMANDMENTS

Snapshot of the Federal Regulatory State

 






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Thursday
May142015

CEI Today: Infrastructure week & airports, honeybee strategy, EPA Clean Power Plan, and $1.88 trillion regulations

Thursday, May 14, 2015
In the News Today

 

TODAY!
 

Thinking Beyond the Runway:
A Look at How Airports Help Our Economy Take Off


This panel will focus on the economic impact of airports, jobs supported by airports, and what we need to do during FAA Reauthorization in order to maintain these economic engines in communities across the United States. Featuring CEI President Lawson Bader and other experts. > Infrastructureweek.org

 

 


HONEYBEES - ANGELA LOGOMASINI

U.S. Pollinator Policy Should Focus on Facts Rather than Alarmism

Wednesday, the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Biotechnology, Horticulture and Research held a hearing on “pollinator health” to discuss a national strategy designed to improve honeybee health. Hopefully, U.S. regulators and legislators will not move too quickly on a strategy that is governed by alarmism; rather, they should take a deliberative approach that is based on science and good information. They should avoid the rash approach taken by European policy makers, which is increasingly proving unwarranted and counterproductive. > Read more

> Interview Angela Logomasini

 

EPA 'CLEAN POWER' PLAN - MYRON EBELL

 

Greenhouse Gas Legislation

CEI strongly supports Senator Capito's bipartisan legislation and other efforts to block the Environmental Protection Agency's so-called ‘Clean Power’ Plan. The EPA's proposed regulations go far beyond the authority Congress delegated in the Clean Air Act. If fully implemented, the regulations will raise energy prices in States where electricity is still affordable into copies of California's failing economy.> Read more

> Interview Myron Ebell


FEDERAL REGULATIONS - WAYNE CREWS

 
Ten Thousand Commandments
 
The Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) reveals the latest on the large, growing “hidden tax” of America’s regulatory state. The annual report indicates a $1.88 trillion hit to Americans consumers and the U.S. economy in 2014 due to federal regulations and intervention. > CEI.org/10kc2015
 
 

https://cei.org/ceidinner
2015 Dinner and Reception

 

Join us for CEI’s Bourbon and BBQ Bash: Liberty served smooth and smokin’

 

    

 

CEI is a non-profit, non-partisan public policy group dedicated to the principles of free enterprise and limited government.  For more information about CEI, please visit our website, cei.org.  Follow CEI on Twitter! Twitter.com/ceidotorg.

 

TEN THOUSAND COMMANDMENTS

Snapshot of the Federal Regulatory State

 

May 20

 

The State of
Freedom in the UK

 


A Cato Institute discussion on the outcome of the election and what it means for the state of freedom in the UK, featuring CEI's Iain Murray and other experts > cato.org
 






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