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Thursday
Apr192012

CEI Today: UK carbon footprint, compulsory speech, and profiles in liberty

GLOBAL WARMING - MARLO LEWIS

Globalwarming.org: Despite Kyoto, UK Carbon Footprint Bigger than Ever

The European Union (EU) preens itself on being the global leader in the fight against climate change. EU politicians scold the USA for ’failing’ to ratify Kyoto Protocol and enact cap-and-trade. Within the EU, the UK champions the most aggressive climate policies. So the UK’s carbon footprint must be shrinking, right?


Not according to a new report by the UK’s Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs (Defra). > View the full commentary on Globalwarming.org


> Interview Marlo Lewis

 

LABOR UNION POLITICS - VINCENT VERNUCCIO


Spectator.org: Compulsory 'Free' Speech

 

What is free speech? Is it the right to speak out and give money to causes, politicians and push ideas? Is it the ability to keep silent and not support that with which a person disagrees? Or is it the power of a group to force its individual members to fund political causes and candidates they do not support?


On April 9, attorneys for the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 150 (IUOE) argued that Indiana's Right to Work Law infringes on their free speech rights because -- get this -- it deprives them of the dues mandated from workers by "agency shop" provisions. > Read the full commentary on Spectator.org


> Interview Vincent Vernuccio

 


AFF's Profiles in Liberty: F. Vincent “Vinnie” Vernuccio


Attorney and labor expert, F. Vincent “Vinnie” Vernuccio is currently heading up the labor policy team at the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI). He is the creator and editor of CEI’s labor news websiteWorkplaceChoice.org, home of the acclaimed Big Labor vs. Taxpayer Index which “comprehensively ranks each state on 23 individual aspects to determine the degree to which states favor organized labor and which favor taxpayers.” > Read more at Americasfuture.org

 


Also featuring...

FDR on FDIC

How to Fix U.S. Water Policy? Less Government, More Market Pricing


What the Redskins Can Teach Loudoun County

Wednesday
Apr182012

CEI - Highway Bill Needs Real Reform, Not Politics as Usual 

Adopting Senate Bill Would Represent Major Setback for Fiscal Conservatives

 

Washington, D.C., April 17, 2012—With another Tax Day upon us, taxpayers have something else to worry about: potential action on pending multi-billion dollar highway program reauthorization today in the House of Representatives, says an analyst at the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI).

The House is set to consider yet another extension of 2005’s SAFETEA-LU surface transportation law. The current extension, which is the tenth since the law expired in 2009, is set to expire on June 30. While the purpose of tomorrow’s Rules Committee hearing is ostensibly to enact another extension to continue existing highway program funding through the rest of Fiscal Year 2012, proponents of the Senate-passed MAP-21 bill are working overtime to push their deeply flawed legislation into conference.

“MAP-21 doubles down on the failed policies that are bankrupting the Highway Trust Fund and merely kicks the can further down the road,” said Marc Scribner, land-use and transportation policy analyst at CEI. “It undoes important bipartisan Transportation Enhancement reforms—meant to limit wasteful, non-highway expenditures of Highway Trust Fund dollars—while relying on one-shot funding gimmicks that do not address any of the existing core fiscal problems.”

The Highway Trust Fund is set to become insolvent in Fiscal Year 2013. Analysts from across the political spectrum have called for major structural reforms to prevent such a scenario from playing out. But, as Scribner argues, few policymakers are calling for needed reforms.

“From the left, the answer is to dramatically increase programmatic spending as well as fuel tax rates,” said Scribner. “From the fiscally conservative position, the answer is to begin devolution of highway funding responsibilities to the states while permitting additional flexibility on tools such as public-private partnerships. But this middle-of-the-road, do-nothing attitude from the Hill—which has included proposals to bail out the Highway Trust Fund with oil and natural gas lease revenue—is completely unacceptable given the importance of mobility to the economy and Americans’ daily lives.”

> Read more by Marc Scribner

Tuesday
Apr172012

CEI Today: EPA's attack on power plants, coal, and federalism

EPA POWER PLANT REGS - MARLO LEWIS


Globalwarming.org: EPA’s ‘Carbon Pollution Standard’: Bait-and-Fuel-Switch

 

Congressional efforts to rein in EPA — particularly Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s Congressional Review Act resolution of disapproval to overturn EPA’s Greenhouse Gas Endangerment Rule and Sen. James Inhofe’s Energy Tax Prevention Act – would have gained more traction had EPA fessed up in 2009, 2010, or even 2011 that, come 2012, it would promulgate CO2 performance standards that no commercially viable coal plant could meet.


It’s an old story, but one that can’t be told too often. EPA is legislating climate policy – implementing an agenda the people’s representatives have not approved and would reject if put to a vote.


Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) has vowed to kill the “carbon pollution standard” via a Congressional Review Act resolution of disapproval (Greenwire, subscription required). For those of us who still respect the separation of powers, ’tis a consummation devoutly to be wished.

 > Read the full commentary on Globalwarming.org


> Interview Marlo Lewis

 

ANTI-INDUSTRIAL LEGAL COMPLEX  - WILLIAM YEATMAN

Globalwarming.org: Energy Policymaking in the Obama Age: The Anti-Industrial Legal Complex

EPA is now waging a regulatory war on the coal industry. The Agency is imposing a series of senseless regulations that serve no public health purpose, and whose only function seems to be to price coal out of the electricity market.

CEI's William Yeatman points to Georgia as a prime example of EPA and environmentalist intervention.

 

In order to meet the Peach State’s growing demand, a consortium of local utilities decided to build two coal fired power plants. Twice, Georgia public officials approved air permits for one coal fired power plant in Washington County. And twice, these State decisions were effectively invalidated by environmentalist lawyers, who challenged the permits based on nonsensical anti-coal regulations issued by President Obama’s EPA. As a result of this legal wrangling, the utility consortium agreed to cancel plans for its other planned power plant in Ben Hill County. Now, the environmentalists will launch a fresh attack in the courts on the remaining plant.

 > Read the full commentary on Globalwarming.org


> Interview William Yeatman

 


Also featuring...

CEI’s Battered Business Bureau: The Week in Regulation

CEI Liberty Week Podcast - April 12, 2012: Apple, E-Books, and Antitrust

Department of Transportation Bureaucrats Fail Tolling 101

A Tale of Two IPOs

Saturday
Apr142012

CEI Today: Cost of fuel economy, DOJ's Apple lawsuit, and the Paycheck Fairness Act

FUEL ECONOMY STANDARDS - MARLO LEWIS


Globalwarming.org: Obama Fuel Economy Standards Could Price Almost 7 Million Drivers out of New Car Market – NADA


In a report released Thursday, the National Auto Dealers Association (NADA) estimates that the Obama administration’s model year (MY) 2011-2025 fuel economy standards could price nearly 7 million consumers out of the market for new motor vehicles. > Read the full commentary on Globalwarming.org


> Interview Marlo Lewis

 

DOJ SUES APPLE  - WAYNE CREWS

Forbes.com: Why is Apple Getting Cored in Washington?

What should be the price of the paperless word, now that books are going digital in one of the most important transformations in history?


Only the Justice Department knows, it would seem.


The Antitrust Division has filed an antitrust suit against Apple and several publishers (Simon & Schuster, NewsCorp’s HarperCollins, Hachette, Pearson, PLC’s Penguin Group (USA) and Macmillan).


The complaint seems to be that collusion and smoke-filled rooms paved the way to a deal by which Apple gets a 30 percent cut of the publishers’ eBooks sold for Apple devices, while other vendors are forbidden from selling below a pre-specified price.


Such ordinary business deals, you see, involve a now-disparaged free market instrument called a “contract” and may not be permitted.

 > Read the full commentary on Forbes.com


> Interview Wayne Crews

 

PAYCHECK FAIRNESS ACT - HANS BADER

Openmarket.org:
Big Push for Costly “Comparable Worth” Legislation Coming? Lilly Ledbetter Returns to the Stage


Lilly Ledbetter, who made false claims about her pay discrimination lawsuit, has returned to the political arena, as you can see at this link. This may set the stage for another Congressional push for passage of the costly and misleadingly-named “Paycheck Fairness Act,” which Ms. Ledbetter backed in the past, or for “comparable worth” legislation, or other trial-lawyer backed legislation that would require pay to be set based on factors other than merit.


The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which extended the deadline for suing over pay discrimination under one federal law, was enacted in 2009 based partly on false claims that the Supreme Court’s Ledbetter v. Goodyear decision, which barred untimely pay-discrimination claims, had made it impossible to bring equal-pay claims over discrimination unless employees learn of the discrimination quickly. > Read more at Openmarket.org

 

> Interview Hans Bader

 


Also featuring...


CEI Liberty Week Podcast - April 12, 2012: Apple, E-Books, and Antitrust

Former NASA Scientists, Astronauts Attack Agency’s Climate Change Stance

99% Spring: An Anatomy of Destruction

Union Recalcitrance on Race Relations

Competition in Water Infrastructure

Saturday
Apr142012

CEI Weekly: Justice Department Sues Apple Over E-Books 

Friday, April 13, 2012

 

 

Feature: The Justice Department has filed a lawsuit against tech giant Apple and several publishers.

FEATURE: Justice Department Sues Apple Over E-Books

 

This week, the U.S. Justice Department filed a lawsuit against Apple and several publishers over the companies' E-Book pricing arrangement. Apple currently takes 30 percent from e-book sales on Apple devices--and because of its deal with publishers, competitors like Amazon can't price e-books below specified prices. CEI released a statement calling the suit a mistake. Read the statement here. Also, see Wayne Crews' Forbes column on the issue: "Why is Apple Getting Cored in Washington?"

 

 

 

 

SHAPING THE DEBATE

 

Crony Capitalism

Fred L. Smith's latest vodcast

 

Fixing America's Crumbling Underground Water Infrastructure

Bonner Cohen's study

 

On the Waterfront

Trey Kovacs and Jack Mann's op-ed in The New York Post

 

Walker's Reforms Stand Up in Court, On Balance Sheets

Iain Murray and Vincent Vernuccio's op-ed in The Washington Examiner

 

Free-Market Environmentalism? It'll Never Fly, Orville!

Wayne Crews' column in Forbes

 

A Free Market Defense of Retransmission Consent

Ryan Radia's post on Technology Liberation Front

 

Apple Investors Shrug Off E-Book Antitrust Lawsuit

Ryan Young's citation in Investor's Business Daily

 

Critical Drug Shortages Reaching Crisis

Greg Conko's citation by the Heartland Institute

 

How Will Law Grads Repay Their Loans?

Hans Bader's citation in National Review

 

Louisiana's Taxpayer-Funded Public Employee Contracts Could Be Opened to Public Scrutiny

Vincent Vernuccio's citation in The Pelican Post

 

Why the Rush? Re: Solyndra Loan

Marlo Lewis' interview on OneNewsNow

 

                     

 

 

CEI PODCAST

 

April 12, 2012: Apple, E-Books, and Antitrust

 

Yesterday the Justice Department sued Apple and five major publishers over their e-book pricing model, alleging price fixing. Associate Director of Technology Studies Ryan Radia thinks the lawsuit is a mistake, and should be dropped.