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Tuesday
Jun122012

CEI Today: EPA Utility MACT, fixing transportation, and food labeling 

EPA UTILITY MACT - MYRON EBELL

Globalwarming.org: Sen. Inhofe Seeks to Rein in EPA’s All Pain and No Gain Utility MACT

Senator James M. Inhofe (R-Okla.) has announced that he will bring a Congressional Review Act resolution of disapproval of the EPA’s Utility MACT (for Maximum Achievable Control Technology) Rule to the Senate floor for a vote on or before Monday, 18th May.  Since Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is trying to hold as few votes on tough issues as possible before the November elections, this could be the most important vote on an energy or regulatory issue that the Senate takes this year. > Read the full commentary on Globalwarming.org


>Interview Myron Ebell

> See related: The Case against EPA’s Utility MACT (in pictures)

 

FIXING TRANSPORTATION - MARC SCRIBNER

CEI.org: Fixing Surface Transportation in Massachusetts

A Path Forward under a Devolved Federal Funding Scenario

 

Over the past few years, every state and the District of Columbia receive more in federal highway funding than the various federal excise taxes on highway activities within the state generated, according to the Government Accountability Office. During FY 2005–2009, the funding return on highway taxes ranged from $1.03 for every dollar collected in Texas to $5.85 in Washington, D.C. Massachusetts, on the low end of the scale, received $1.17 for every dollar collected.


While the vast majority of Massachusetts highway funding comes from non-federal sources, if all highway funding responsibility were to be devolved to the states—as a growing number of fiscal conservatives in Congress advocate—additional revenue must be found. This issue brief examines the current funding realities and offers several potential mechanisms that could be used in Massachusetts to close the funding gap under a devolution scenario.  > View the CEI OnPoint


> Interview Marc Scribner

 

 

 

FOOD LABELING - ALEXANDER MOENS

CEI.org: MCOOL and the Politics of Country-of-Origin Labeling


As multilateral, regional, and bilateral trade agreements have dramatically reduced tariffs among most trading countries, protectionist interests have become extremely creative at finding less direct ways to protect their domestic industries. Since overt protectionist measures would violate these agreements, and in many cases, violate World Trade Organi zation (WTO) rules, opponents of trade liberalization have turned to non-tariff barriers to achieve their anti-competitive objectives. Usually, these are disguised as needed rules to advance the public good, ensure consumer safety and welfare, protect the environment, or any combination of these goals. Too often, these new fangled protectionist measures succeed, rolling back the gains of free trade.

 > Read the report by CEI and the Fraser Institute

> Interview Alexander Moens

 


Also featuring...

Stigler on the Regulatory Mindset

Union Bosses Care More about Collective Bargaining than Students

Free Market Groups to FCC: Stop Dragging Your Feet and Approve Verizon/SpectrumCo Deal Now

CEI’s Battered Business Bureau: The Week in Regulation

Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act - Podcast


The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) is currently under consideration in Congress. What are its strengths and weaknesses? Are there legitimate privacy concerns? Will CISPA suffer the same fate as the Stop Online Piracy Act, or is it fundamentally different? These and other questions are discussed by our experts on this previously recorded conference call.

Featuring:

  • Hon. Stewart A. Baker, Partner, Steptoe & Johnson LLP and former Assistant U.S. Secretary for Policy, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • Mr. Ryan Radia, Associate Director of Technology Studies, Competitive Enterprise Institute
  • Moderator: Mr. Dean Reuter, Vice President & Director of Practice Groups, The Federalist Society

 


2012 BIO INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION
Boston

Wednesday, June 20

Co-Existence in the Real World:
How Biotech and Organic Can Get Along


Moderated by CEI Senior Fellow Gregory Conko

Can we find a path forward that will protect against unwanted cross pollination without closing off large swaths of cropland to biotech varieties? From the stance that zero-tolerance is impossible, we will evaluate practices that farmers and seed producers already use to ensure genetic identity preservation. Then, examine the impact of European co-existence plans and of policy proposals in North America. >Read more

> Interview Gregory Conko

 

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, and blogs, Globalwarming.org and OpenMarket.org.  Follow CEI on Twitter! Twitter.com/ceidotorg.

Saturday
Jun092012

CEI - House Fails to Pass Taxpayer-Protection Measure in Highway Bill 

CEI Applauds Courageous Reps. Paul Broun and Doc Hastings for Fighting Transportation Bailouts

 

Washington, D.C., June 8, 2012 –  Congress today failed in an 82-323 vote to end general revenue bailouts of the Highway Trust Fund.  Rep. Paul Broun (R, Ga.) had introduced the nonbinding motion to instruct (MTI) surface transportation conferees to restrain transportation spending to levels at or below expected Highway Trust Fund revenue. The 82 votes in favor all came from Republicans.  Most Republicans failed to vote for this important measure, and no Democrats voted in favor.

The Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) had previously circulated a letter on Capitol Hill in support of Rep. Broun’s MTI.

“We applaud Rep. Broun for introducing his motion to instruct conferees,” stated CEI Transportation Policy Analyst Marc Scribner. “We also thank Rep. Hastings, the only member of the reauthorization conference committee to support the Broun motion, for standing up to House and Senate leaders and telling them enough is enough.

"While the vote lets us know who can be trusted on fiscal matters, it is unfortunate that most members of Congress are once again complicit in worsening the myriad fiscal nightmares facing the country," said Scribner.  "Any self-described fiscal conservative who voted down this pro-taxpayer measure should be ashamed."


See related:

The Awful Truth about the Highway Bills

Rep. Nick Rahall Responds, Agrees with Me on MAP-21′s “Sleight of Hand” Pay-Fors

Saturday
Jun092012

CEI Weekly: Scott Walker Wins Recall Election 

Friday, June 8, 2012

 

 

Feature: CEI Labor Policy Counsel Vincent Vernuccio discussed the victory in a Fox Business phone interview on Tuesday night.

FEATURE: Scott Walker Wins Recall Election

 

Governor Scott Walker was victorious in the Wisconsin recall election Tuesday night. The victory happened to coincide with CEI's annual dinner, where CEI President Fred Smith announced the good news. Meanwhile, several CEI analysts took a break from festivities to report on the election results. Here are highlights:

 

Vincent Vernuccio on Fox Business' Cavuto

Bill Frezza in Forbes

Iain Murray in The Daily Mail

 

 

 

SHAPING THE DEBATE

 

Modest Doesn't Describe the CISPA

Ryan Radia's letter to the editor in The Wall Street Journal

 

Ten Thousand Commandments and Growing

Wayne Crews & Ryan Young's op-ed in The Washington Times

 

Washington's Ten Thousand Commandments

Ryan Young & Wayne Crews' op-ed in The American Spectator

 

Would Don Draper Hate Today's Corporate Campaigns?

Writeup of the CEI Dinner in The Washington Post Blogs

 

At Mad Men Gala, Paul Ryan Says the Election Is Relitigating the Enlightenment

Write-up of the CEI Dinner in Yahoo News

 

Deja Vu Rules the Day For House Conferees

Marc Scribner's citation in Politico

 

Interview with Fred Campbell of CLIP

Fred Campbell's interview in RedState

 

Former FCC Official Takes Stance Against FCC's Possible 4G LTE Technology Mandate

Fred Campbell's citation in The Daily Caller

 

 

 

                     

 

 

CEI PODCAST

 

June 7, 2012: MACT the Knife

 

A new EPA regulation, the Utility MACT, is intended to cut mercury pollution from coal-fired power plants. According to the EPA’s own estimates, the rule is one of the most expensive in history. Are the costs worth it? Policy Analyst David Bier, co-author of a forthcoming CEI study, thinks the answer is no.

 

Friday
Jun082012

CEI Today: Labor union Republicans, highway bill, and war on salt

HIGHWAY BILL - MARC SCRIBNER

Openmarket.org: Support the Broun Motion to Instruct; Oppose Future Highway Trust Fund Bailouts

Yesterday, CEI circulated a coalition letter urging the members of the surface transportation reauthorization conference committee to support Rep. Paul Broun’s (R-Ga.) motion. Broun’s MTI [PDF], which is nonbinding, would have the House instruct conferees to restrain highway bill spending to levels at or below the expected Fiscal Year 2013 Highway Trust Fund revenue. The alternative is bailing out the Highway Trust Fund, which is dangerously close to insolvency, with general funds. A vote in the House is expected. > Read the full commentary on Openmarket.org

>Interview transportation policy expert Marc Scribner


 

LABOR UNION REPUBLICANS - IVAN OSORIO

Openmarket.org:
Union Leaders, Not Members, Determine Union Political Donations

 

Mother Jones blogger Kevin Drum dismisses the fact that 38 percent of Wisconsin union households voted to retain Governor Scott Walker as “exactly the opposite of surprising,” because “[f]or better or worse, about 37% of union members vote for Republicans, both nationwide and in Wisconsin.” That is indeed the case.


However, Drum’s acknowledgment that over a third of union households vote for Republicans on a consistent basis highlights a major problem with union political contributions: They go to fund candidates and causes which a large segment of union members do not support.  > View the full commentary on Openmarket.org


> Interview Ivan Osorio

> Keep up with all labor policy and politics at Workplacechoice.org

 

 

 

WAR ON SALT - HANS BADER

Openmarket.org:
Government Restrictions on Salt Consumption May Cost Lives


FDA officials want to restrict the salt content of food, even though that could indirectly lead to increased obesity rates, more heart attacks, and “higher death rates among some individuals,” by making it harder to market low-fat foods. If salt levels are curbed, people will compensate by eating fattier food, since there seems to be a trade-off between salt and fat. > Read the full commentary on Openmarket.org

> Interview Hans Bader

 


Also featuring...

Union of Concerned Scientists Not Very Concerned With Accuracy

Seasteading for Enterprise on the High Seas

Taxpayers Win as Dulles Rail Drops Pro-Union Contracting Rules

CEI Podcast for June 7, 2012: MACT the Knife

A new EPA regulation, the Utility MACT, is intended to cut mercury pollution from coal-fired power plants. According to the EPA’s own estimates, the rule is one of the most expensive in history. Are the costs worth it? Policy Analyst David Bier, co-author of a forthcoming CEI study, thinks the answer is no.

Ten Thousand Commandments and Growing

New!

Ten Thousand Commandments 2012

An Annual Snapshot of the Federal Regulatory State
May 15, 2012


The scope of federal government spending and deficits is sobering. Yet the government’s reach extends well beyond the taxes Washington collects and its deficit spending and borrowing. Federal environmental, safety and health, and economic regulations cost hundreds of billions—perhaps trillions—of dollars every year over and above the costs of the official federal outlays that dominate the policy debate.

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, and blogs, Globalwarming.org and OpenMarket.org.  Follow CEI on Twitter! Twitter.com/ceidotorg.

Thursday
Jun072012

CEI Today: Public sector unions, bailout of Highway Trust Fund, and Tech Policy Summit

WALKER RECALL VICTORY IN WISCONSIN - BILL FREZZA

Forbes.com:
Governor Walker’s Victory Spells Doom For Public Sector Unions

 

Public sector unions have reached their high water mark. Let the cleanup begin as the red ink recedes.


Despite a last-minute smear campaign accusing Scott Walker of fathering an illegitimate love child, the governor’s recall election victory sends a clear message that should resonate around the nation: The fiscal cancer devouring state budgets has a cure, and he has found it. The costly defeat for the entrenched union interests that tried to oust Walker in retribution for challenging their power was marked by President Obama’s refusal to lend his weight to the campaign for fear of being stained by defeat. We’ll see how well this strategy of opportunistic detachment serves in the fall as Obama reaches out to unions for support. > View the full commentary on Forbes.com

> Interview Bill Frezza


See also:

In Confronting Unions, Walker Further than Reagan

Walker's Victory is a Victory for Worker Freedom

After Wisconsin, whither Government Unions ?

Wisconsin Recall FAIL: This is What Democracy Looks Like

> Keep up with all labor policy and politics at Workplacechoice.org

 


Vincent Vernuccio on Scott Walker's Recall Victory


 

 

 

CEI Coalition Letter Opposing Taxpayer Bailout of Highway Trust Fund

CEI organized a coalition letter today to highway bill conferees and House and Senate leadership.  The letter supports Rep. Broun’s motion urging conferees to oppose general revenue bail outs of the Highway Trust Fund.

"If Congress enacts a highway bill that fails to meaningfully constrain surface transportation spending, it will effectively leave taxpayers on the hook to bail out the Highway Trust Fund. Such an outcome would be fiscally dangerous and contradict Americans’ shared interest in preserving an efficient and fair surface transportation network."


> View the coalition letter

>Interview transportation policy expert Marc Scribner

New!

Ten Thousand Commandments 2012

An Annual Snapshot of the Federal Regulatory State
May 15, 2012


The scope of federal government spending and deficits is sobering. Yet the government’s reach extends well beyond the taxes Washington collects and its deficit spending and borrowing. Federal environmental, safety and health, and economic regulations cost hundreds of billions—perhaps trillions—of dollars every year over and above the costs of the official federal outlays that dominate the policy debate.

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, and blogs, Globalwarming.org and OpenMarket.org.  Follow CEI on Twitter! Twitter.com/ceidotorg.