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Wednesday
Mar182015

CEI Today: Sunshine Week, chemical ban, Human Achievement Hour, and more  

Tuesday, March 17, 2015
In the News Today

 

GOV'T NON-TRANSPARENCY - LAWSON BADER

Human Events: The most transparent administration …. oh, wait…..

Hillary Clinton may or may not have violated certain rules and ethical expectations as Secretary of State. We will see. But the Internal Revenue Service and the Environmental Protection Agency have been doing the same thing for years. That much we do know. 
> Read more


> Interview an expert 
 


CHEMICAL BAN - ANGELA LOGOMASINI

CPSC Proposal on Phthalates Likely to Do More Harm than Good


The Consumer Product Safety Commission is planning a new regulation related to chemicals used to make soft and pliable plastics. While they claim to do this in the name of children’s health, it’s not clear that the rule will do more good than harm.
> Read more

> Interview Angela Logomasini


 

LABOR UNION LAWSUIT - TREY KOVACS

Wisconsin Unions Sue to Maintain Coercive Power

Workers should find the union lawsuit against Wisconsin’s recently enacted right-to-work law (RTW) bizarre and, probably, offensive. The argument put forth by unions is that the new law is an unconstitutional taking of property. In other words, unions view a chunk of workers’ paychecks as their property even if that worker does not want union representation. 
> Read more

 

> Interview Trey Kovacs
 




You're invited! 


Please join the Competitive Enterprise Institute in our annual celebration of human progress and our advancements in various fields of industry, including technology, medical, energy, and more, during Human Achievement Hour on Saturday, March 28, 2014, between 8:30 – 9:30 p.m. in your respective time zone.



 

Saturday, 10am ET
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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.

 


HUMAN
ACHIEVEMENT
HOUR

MARCH 28, 2015


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KING v BURWELL

3 Things 
You Should Know

 


 


Media Contacts: 202-331-2277
Annie Dwyer

Christine Hall
Mary Beth Hutchins

Keara Vickers

CEI Issues:

Advancing Capitalism
Business & Gov't
Energy & Environment
Finance & Entrepreneurship
Health & Safety
Human Achievement Hour
Law & Constitution
Labor & Employment
Nanny State
Regulatory Reform
Risk & Consumer Freedom
Tech and Telecom
Trade and International
Transportation & Infrastructure





 

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Monday
Mar162015

CEI Today: Chemical ban, labor union lawsuit, and EPA's 100 years 

Monday, March 16, 2015
In the News Today

 


CHEMICAL BAN - ANGELA LOGOMASINI

CPSC Proposal on Phthalates Likely to Do More Harm than Good


On Monday, the Consumer Product Safety Commission will close the comment period for a proposed rule related to chemicals used to make soft and pliable plastics. While they claim to do this in the name of children’s health, it’s not clear that the rule will do more good than harm.
> Read more

> Interview Angela Logomasini


 

LABOR UNION LAWSUIT - TREY KOVACS

Wisconsin Unions Sue to Maintain Coercive Power

Workers should find the union lawsuit against Wisconsin’s recently enacted right-to-work law (RTW) bizarre and, probably, offensive. The argument put forth by unions is that the new law is an unconstitutional taking of property. In other words, unions view a chunk of workers’ paychecks as their property even if that worker does not want union representation. 
> Read more

 

> Interview Trey Kovacs
 

EPA'S 100 YEARS - CHRIS HORNER

CEI Files Suit over EPA’s Glacial “Richard Windsor” Production


The tortuous Richard Windsor saga took yet another twist [last week], when we filed suit to compel EPA to stop flouting the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).
> Read more


> Interview Christopher Horner
 

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CEIis 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.

 


HUMAN
ACHIEVEMENT
HOUR

MARCH 28, 2015

 

 


KING v BURWELL

3 Things 
You Should Know

 


 


Media Contacts: 202-331-2277
Annie Dwyer

Christine Hall
Mary Beth Hutchins

Keara Vickers

CEI Issues:

Advancing Capitalism
Business & Gov't
Energy & Environment
Finance & Entrepreneurship
Health & Safety
Human Achievement Hour
Law & Constitution
Labor & Employment
Nanny State
Regulatory Reform
Risk & Consumer Freedom
Tech and Telecom
Trade and International
Transportation & Infrastructure





 

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Tuesday
Mar102015

CEI Today: Hillary's emails, capitalism vs cronyism, gax tax hike, and more 

Tuesday, March 10, 2015
In the News Today

 

HILLARY'S EMAILS - CHRISTOPHER HORNER

The Hill: GOP threatens EPA chief with subpoena for missing texts

 

The chairman of the House Science Committee is demanding that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) turn over records on deleted text messages.
 
Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) told EPA chief Gina McCarthy in a letter that he is considering subpoenaing her for the documents if the agency does not produce them.
The conflict stems from a court case in which the EPA said it may have deleted or lost text messages that the Competitive Enterprise Institute sought as part of a public records request. > Read more


> Interview Chris Horner 
 


CAPITALISM vs CRONYISM - LAWSON BADER & FRED SMITH


Why capitalist virtue beats cronyist sin
 

There is a lot less rent-seeking than media stories suggest. Corporate welfare costs taxpayers about $100 billion per year, according to a 2012 Cato Institute study—a drop in the bucket in a $16.77 trillion economy. Therefore, it’s worth asking the question: “Why isn’t there more rent-seeking?” If lobbying for special favors is as profitable as it seems to be, why don’t firms fire their engineers and sales staff and hire only lawyers and lobbyists? > Read more

 

> Interview an expert

 

HIGHWAY NETWORK - VERGE OF COLLAPSE? - MARC SCRIBNER

How Not to Fix, and Fix, Federal Surface Transportation Policy


We are told our highway network is on the verge of collapse (false), that the federal role is the most critical component of government transportation infrastructure funding (false), and that things will only get worse unless we submit to massive federal gas tax increases (false). The infrastructure lobby does no one any favors by overstating the problem and supporting reckless and inefficient tax-and-spend policies.
> Read more

> Interview Marc Scribner

 

 

 

    

 

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.

 


KING v BURWELL

3 Things 
You Should Know

 


 

Saturday, 10am ET
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Media Contacts: 202-331-2277
Annie Dwyer

Christine Hall
Mary Beth Hutchins

Keara Vickers

CEI Issues:

Advancing Capitalism
Business & Gov't
Energy & Environment
Finance & Entrepreneurship
Health & Safety
Human Achievement Hour
Law & Constitution
Labor & Employment
Nanny State
Regulatory Reform
Risk & Consumer Freedom
Tech and Telecom
Trade and International
Transportation & Infrastructure





 

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Monday
Mar092015

CEI Today: Wisconsin Right to Work, EPA Clean Power Plan, Hillary's emails, and more 

Monday, March 9, 2015
In the News Today

 


WISCONSIN RIGHT TO WORK -TREY KOVACS

Gov. Scott Walker Aims to Make Wisconsin 25th Right-to-Work State Monday
 

No individual should be forced to financially support an organization they disagree with or risk penalty. Thankfully, Governor Scott Walker is determined to ensure that Wisconsin law won’t let that happen anymore by planning to sign the right-to-work (RTW) bill into law on Monday.
 

With that, Wisconsin will become the 25th RTW state, which means private-sector employers and unions may no longer agree to a contract provision that compels workers to pay union dues or lose their job. > Read more

> Interview Trey Kovacs

 


McCONNELL & EPA'S CLEAN POWER PLAN - WILLIAM YEATMAN


Mitch McConnell’s Missive to States Regarding Non-Compliance with the Clean Power Plan
 

The likelihood that the regulation will be stayed by the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals is better than not, I believe. And if the rule is stayed, then there will be a great deal more wiggle room for States to act or demur.  > Read more

 

> Interview William Yeatman

 

HILLARY'S EMAILS - CHRISTOPHER HORNER

Bloomberg: Clinton Wants You to See Her E-Mails, Except Those She Didn't Hand Over

 

Hillary Clinton says she wants the public to see her e-mails. But there are some that voters may never see: the ones she didn’t give to the government. [Meanwhile,] a federal judge in Washington on Tuesday denied a petition from [CEI] to force the Obama administration to search the e-mails that White House science adviser John Holdren kept on a non-government server. Because the government didn’t possess those messages, it couldn’t be asked to produce them under Freedom of Information laws, a government attorney argued. > Read more


> Interview Chris Horner 
 

 

 

    

 

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.

 


KING v BURWELL

3 Things 
You Should Know

 


 

Saturday, 10am ET
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Annie Dwyer

Christine Hall
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Advancing Capitalism
Business & Gov't
Energy & Environment
Finance & Entrepreneurship
Health & Safety
Human Achievement Hour
Law & Constitution
Labor & Employment
Nanny State
Regulatory Reform
Risk & Consumer Freedom
Tech and Telecom
Trade and International
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Sunday
Feb082015

Cooler Heads Digest 6 February 2015 

6 February 2015

Announcements

*Due to technical difficulties, there was a delay in sending out this week's newsletter*

Thirty-one groups, including the Competitive Enterprise Institute, this week sent a coalition letter to House Members endorsing reform of the Renewable Fuels Standard. Click here to read the letter. And click here to read Rep. Bob Goodlatte’s (R-Va.) bill, H.R. 703.

In the News

Top Ten Most Ridiculous Stunts Pulled by “Ban Fracking” Activists
Dave Quest, Energy in Depth, 6 February 2015

My Kid Is Going To Be Eight Feel Tall!
David Kreutzer, The Daily Signal, 5 February 2015

How Green and Peaceful Really Is Greenpeace?
Andrew Montford, The Spectator, 5 February 2015

What Would Environmentalists Do If They Owned ANWR?
Shawn Regan, Reason, 5 February 2015

Gasoline vs. Electric Cars: Energy Usage and Cost
Stanislaw Jakuba, Master Resource, 4 February 2015

Obama to States: Shut Down Coal Plants or Else
Michael Bastasch, Daily Caller, 3 February 2015

Russia’s War on Fracking
Tom Rogan, National Review, 3 February 2015

Expert Says EPA Plan Will Kill Mississippians
Emily Le Coz, Clarion-Ledger, 2 February 2015

Sierra Club: Saudi Arabia ‘Our Best Ally’ in Keystone Fight
Lachlan Markay, Washington Free Beacon, 2 February 2015

Biofuels: “A Net Detriment to the World”
Denver Post editorial, 1 February 2015

News You Can Use
War on Coal Costs Tens of Thousands of Jobs

A report by the American Action Forum found that under the Obama administration coal mines shed 3,702 jobs from 2008 to 2013 and power plants shed 39,684 jobs. 

Inside the Beltway
Myron Ebell

Obama Budget Requests More Money for Climate Programs

President Barack Obama submitted his Fiscal Year 2016 budget requests to Congress on Monday, 2nd February.  The White House summary, available here, includes some major tax changes.  The President’s budget proposes to make renewable electricity production and investment tax credits permanent and refundable.  The estimated cost over the next decade would be $31.5 billion.  On the other hand, the President wants to take away all tax subsidies for the oil and gas industry, including $44 billion in tax breaks using the standard Section 199 deduction which all domestic manufacturing can claim. 

According to Jeremy P. Jacobs writing in Energy and Environment PM (subscription required), the budget for EPA requests $52.4 million for six legal support offices, which is an increase of $10 million over current funding.  This would allow EPA to hire more lawyers to defend its “Clean Power Plan,” the proposed regulations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants.  Jacobs quotes EPA’s explanation: “EPA has identified an urgent need to provide critical legal counsel in support of the EPA's Clean Power Plan."

The Environmental Protection Agency would also get $4 billion for a new “Clean Power State Incentive Fund” to help States that want to make steeper reductions in greenhouse gas emissions from power plants than required by the EPA’s proposed regulations.  The rest of EPA’s budget would increase by $452 million or approximately 6% to $8.6 billion.

President Obama also requests that the Congress appropriate $500 million for the UN Green Climate Fund.  This is the first payment towards fulfilling the President’s pledge of $3 billion over four years to the GCF.  At the UN global warming conference in Copenhagen in 2009, President Obama proposed that the developed countries provide $100 billion a year to the GCF starting in 2020.  The U. S. share might be roughly $30 to 40 billion.  It looks unlikely that the 114th Congress will appropriate the $500 million requested for this year. 

Obama’s National Security Strategy Focuses on Climate Threats

President Barack Obama this week released his administration’s official National Security Strategy.  It identifies climate change as a major threat and lays out actions to deal with it through national action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and international leadership on a new UN climate treaty. 

On page 12, the document states: “Climate change is an urgent and growing threat to our national security, contributing to increased natural disasters, refugee flows, and conflicts over basic resources like food and water. The present day effects of climate change are being felt from the Arctic to the Midwest. Increased sea levels and storm surges threaten coastal regions, infrastructure, and property. In turn, the global economy suffers, compounding the growing costs of preparing and restoring infrastructure.” In addition to the President’s climate agreement with Chinese President Xi and progress in negotiations on the forthcoming Paris accord, “The substantial contribution we have pledged to the Green

Climate Fund will help the most vulnerable developing nations deal with climate change, reduce their carbon pollution, and invest in clean energy.”  The President’s Fiscal Year 2016 budget request to Congress this week includes $500 million for the Green Climate Fund. 

EPA Challenges Bottom-Line Conclusion of State Department Keystone XL Pipeline Analysis
Marlo Lewis

The State Department's Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (FSEIS) on the Keystone XL Pipeline vexes environmentalists. While acknowledging that petroleum made from Canadian oil sands emits 17% more CO2 than other types of heavy crude, State concluded that roughly the same quantity of Canadian oil would be shipped to U.S. refiners whether the pipeline is approved or denied. 

The oil would just come by alternate modes of delivery, principally trains but also smaller pipelines and barges. Those other routes are not only more costly but also less energy efficient. According to State, compared to the KXL, the alternate routes would emit 28% to 42% more CO2 [FEIS ES-34]. Implication: If you're really worried about global warming, then you should support the Keystone XL Pipeline. Beautiful!

In a letter earlier this week, EPA Assistant Administrator for Enforcement and Compliance Assurance ´╗┐Cynthia Giles disputes State’s bottom-line assessment. State estimated that as long as crude oil sells for $75 per barrel or higher, "revenues to oil sands producers are likely to remain above the long-run supply costs of most projects responsible for expected levels of oil sands production growth" [FEIS, 1.4-8]. Producers would still earn profits notwithstanding the extra cost of $8 per barrel to ship the oil by rail rather than through a big new pipeline. 

Times have changed, says Giles. State published its FSEIS in January 2014, when West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude sold at about $94 per barrel. WTI crude now sells for about $50 per barrel. Giles quotes State's conclusion that at sustained oil prices of $65 to $75 per barrel the higher transportation costs of shipment by rail "could have a substantial impact on oil sands production levels -- possibly in excess of the capacity of the proposed project." Indeed, State goes on to say that “Prices below this range would challenge the supply costs of many projects, regardless of pipeline constraints, but higher transport costs could further curtail production” [FSEIS, ES-12].

Giles concludes: “In other words, the Final SEIS found that at sustained oil prices within this [$65-$75] range, construction of the pipeline is projected to change the economics of oil sands development and result in increased oil sands production, and the accompanying greenhouse gas emissions, over what would otherwise occur.” She recommends that State should give “additional weight” to the “low price scenario” in the FSEIS “due to the potential implications of lower oil prices on project impacts, especially greenhouse.”

Permit me to translate. The future of Canada’s oil sands industry looked bright a year ago. Today its fate is uncertain. Maybe a sustained period of low prices will force a large contraction and throw tens of thousands of people out of work. So let’s kick ‘em while they’re down! Let’s prevent oil companies from investing their own capital to improve the economics of their industry.

To opponents, the Keystone XL Pipeline is objectionable precisely because it will improve the efficiency of an industry they believe should not exist. They may be right that blocking Keystone will decrease rather than increase CO2 emissions. It doesn’t matter. It’s climatologically irrelevant.

Even if we make the unrealistic assumption that the KXL will always run at full capacity (830,000 barrels per day) and each barrel will be additional oil in the global supply that would otherwise remain in the ground, EPA's own climate model projects a warming contribution of 0.01ºC by century's end – an “inconsequential and unmeasurable impact,” observes Cato Institute scientist Chip Knappenberger.

Let’s cut to the chase. A for-profit business will not produce what it cannot sell. And if you can’t sell, you go out of business. EPA knows that. So do its environmentalist allies. That’s why they seek to block the KXL, oppose lifting the 40-year-old ban on crude oil exports, and oppose construction of export terminals for coal and liquefied natural gas.

The day cannot come too soon when we have an administration that does not view its mission as crippling and bankrupting major industries of the U.S. economy.

Around the World
Myron Ebell

UNFCCC: Saving the World from Global Warming Requires Total Transformation of the Global Economy, Directed by the UNFCCC

Leading global warming alarmists often claim that saving the world from global warming will be easy.  Research reports from universities and environmental groups are regularly published that show the costs will be minimal and the costs of not doing it will be astronomical.  As former Vice President Al Gore, Nobel Prize and Oscar winner, puts it, how can it be costly to replace dirty, expensive energy from coal, oil, and natural gas with clean, free energy from wind and solar? 

But every year or two, a leading alarmist lets the cat out of the bag.  At a press conference in Brussels on 3rd February, Christiana Figueres, the executive secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, said that completely transforming the global economy in a few decades “is probably the most difficult task we [the UN? Mankind?] have ever given ourselves.”

“This is the first time in the history of mankind that we are setting ourselves the task of intentionally, within a defined period of time to change the economic development model that has been reigning for at least 150 years, since the industrial revolution,” Figueres said

Executive Secretary Figueres is apparently unaware that Communism in the Soviet Union beginning in 1917 and in Maoist China in 1949 intentionally tried to fundamentally transform their economies according to a new model.  The results were widely judged to be not altogether successful.  Perhaps the United Nations will do better.

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.