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Friday
Dec122014

CEI Today: China, Gore and Kerry at the climate conference, plus a White House fail on regulatory disclosure 

Friday, Dec. 12, 2014
In the News Today

 


CHINA AT THE CLIMATE CONFERENCE- CHRISTOPHER HORNER


The Blaze: China Recoils on Transparency at Climate Conference, but Obama Administration Still Confident in Deal

Despite China’s refusal this week to accept international scrutiny of its pledged reductions in carbon emissions, President Barack Obama said Thursday that China will abide by “higher standards and in a verifiable way.”

Asserting the bilateral agreement is entirely separate from the Lima conference makes little sense, “unless their spin is the Chinese will allow inspection of the Beijing deal but not a multilateral deal,” said Chris Horner, a senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute.

“We’ve known all along this was trust but don’t verify,” Horner told TheBlaze. “Politically, this was meant to get ahead of multilateral talks to take away the argument that China is not doing anything. All this [China’s action this week] does is expose the Beijing’s bilateral.”
> Read The Blaze report


> Interview Chris Horner
 

REPORTS FROM COP-20 IN LIMA - MYRON EBELL

It was Climate Action Day at the UN climate conference in Lima, Peru.  A three-hour “high level” session featured a number of prominent elected leaders, UN officials, and climate activists. It gave me a chance to hear former star of stage and screen Al Gore twice more.  Gore said that, “We are designing the future of humankind here in Lima and then Paris” next year.  If that isn’t scary enough, U. S. Secretary of State John Kerry flew in a few hours later to give a speech in the main press conference room.  It wasn’t an official speech to the COP, but was meant to show the delegates and the world that the Obama Administration is determined to make the negotiations succeed.
> Secretary of State John Kerry Tries To Out-Gore Al Gore

> Al Gore Preaches Hellfire And Redemption

> United States Makes Impressive But Misleading Presentation

> 350.org Protests Allowing Fossil Fuel Lobbyists To Attend


WHITE HOUSE REGULATORY DISCLOSURE - WAYNE CREWS
 

Deteriorating White House Regulatory Disclosure Needs Active Congressional Review

 

Among many regulatory reforms needed in the new 114th Congress, here is yet one more way that regulatory disclosure needs a shot in the arm.

The Regulatory Plan and the Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions, which is supposed to appear twice a year, has undergone some internal reporting changes at the Office of Management and Budget that cause fewer long-term rules to be reported. Note that Obama’s economically significant rules are nearly 50 percent higher than Bush’s and his “significant” rules are way above. > Read more

> Interview Wayne Crews
 

 

    

 

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Wednesday
Dec102014

CEI Today: Gruber testimony, US misleads at COP-20, and Progressive victories 

Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014
In the News Today

 

GRUBER'S TESTIMONY - SAM KAZMAN
 

Gruber Testifies Before Congress on Obamacare Transparency Issues


Sam Kazman, CEI general counsel: “Regardless of what happens at the hearing, Jonathan Gruber has already had a major impact on the ongoing Obamacare litigation, as in CEI’s King v. Burwell and Halbig v. Burwell cases." > Read more

> Interview Sam Kazman
 

US MISLEADS ON CLIMATE CHANGE - MYRON EBELL

 

Report from COP-20 in Lima: United States Makes Impressive But Misleading Presentation

 

The U. S. presentation by Rick Duke of the White House Council on Environmental Quality was the most detailed and impressive.  But it did attract several highly critical questions. 

To Mr. Duke’s claim that one of three key parts of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan was the the U. S. would lead international efforts, South Africa questioned how the U. S. could lead when its own domestic efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions had been so insufficient.

But no questions were raised about what I consider to be two highly misleading points in the U. S. presentation.  First, Mr. Duke listed the EPA’s proposed rules to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from new and existing power plants without mentioning that they are both subject to serious legal challenges and to serious attempts to block them in the 114th Congress. Second, Mr. Duke attributed significant future reductions in fossil fuel use to the increasing use of cellulosic ethanol.
> Read more

 

Related - Report from COP-20 in Lima: 350.org Protests Allowing Fossil Fuel Lobbyists To Attend


> Interview an expert

 

PROGRESSIVE VICTORY - BILL FREZZA

Daily Caller: Hey, Progressives, It’s OK To Declare Victory Sometimes


How did progressives go from dreaming about a better future to shouting jeremiads about impending doom? The answer, I believe, is because they refuse to declare victory, preferring the self-affirming righteousness of unremitting struggle. > Read more

 

> Interview Bill Frezza

 

 

    

 

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Tuesday
Dec092014

CEI Today: Gruber to testify, regs on small business, illegal volunteering, and more 

Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014
In the News Today

 


OBAMA'S MAJOR REGULATIONS - WAYNE CREWS

 


Small Business Regulations: Obama Red Tape Exceeds Bush Level

 

President Obama has issued nearly half again as many “major,” $100-million regulations during his six years as President as George Bush did in his final six. (Obama had 407 over the period, Bush had 277).  

However, when it comes to regulations impacting small business, Obama also comes out as the bigger regulator.  > Read more


> Interview Wayne Crews
 

GRUBER TO TESTIFY - SAM KAZMAN

Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber is set to testify today before Darrell Issa’s government oversight committee. He may get some uncomfortable grilling about numerous comments caught on video that undermine the government's claims about Obamacare subsidies and IRS implementation.


> USA Today: Pessimist's persistence could pay off against Obamacare


> Interview Sam Kazman

 

EPA WATER REGULATIONS & UBER WOES - CARRIE SHEFFIELD

Fox Business: What new EPA water regulations mean for business


Competitive Enterprise Institute Fellow Carrie Sheffield on new EPA water regulations and Uber getting a $41B valuation. > View the Fox Business interview

 

> Interview Carrie Sheffield
 

SENATE CONFIRMS NEW NLRB NOMINEE

11 Groups Urge Senators to Allow More Time to Consider NLRB Nominee McFerran

The Competitive Enterprise Institute and 10 allied organizations signed a coalition letter urging the Senate to delay the nomination of Lauren McFerran to the National Labor Relations Board. > Read more 

 

> Related: Senate ensures NLRB keeps Democratic majority

 

> Interview an expert
 

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Monday
Dec082014

CEI Today: Soviet Union anniversary, an EPA takeover, Obama's major regulations, illegal volunteering, and more 

Monday, Dec. 8, 2014
In the News Today

 

SOVIET UNION ANNIVERSARY - SAM KAZMAN


7 Quotes about Communism: Take 2


A few years ago I assembled several quotes about Communism that I thought would make good epitaphs for it.  Unfortunately, the ideology has turned out to be far from dead.  But the quotes I collected were pretty good, and I figure there’s no better time to dust them off again than today, the 23d anniversary of the dissolution of the Soviet Union.

"Some people say that because the Soviet people have to stand in line, it gives them time to reflect and become philosophical."  --Ralph Nader, commenting on the long queues outside Moscow shops during his 1990 visit. It’s reassuring that Nader misunderstands Communism as badly as he misunderstands capitalism.
> Read more

 

> Interview Sam Kazman
 


OBAMA'S MAJOR REGULATIONS - WAYNE CREWS

Obama's Major Regulations 50 Percent Higher than Bush

 

Obama’s major regulations—the big ones whose impact on the economy is expected to $100 million annually, were and are considerably higher that during the Bush era. > Read more


> Interview Wayne Crews


 

EPA TAKEOVER - WILLIAM YEATMAN

EPA Proposes Unprecedented 53rd, 54th Takeover of State Clean Air Act Program

 

In November, EPA Region 6 issued a pre-publication version of a proposed federal implementation plan that would seize Regional Haze programs run by Texas and Oklahoma pursuant to the Clean Air Act. A final proposal will be published in the Federal register any day now.

 

Media reports indicate that the costs of these FIPs would be $2 billion. Given EPA’s history of Regional Haze FIPs, about which I wrote a study, there’s a high probability that this rule would achieve literally invisible “benefits” in exchange for the billions it would cost. > Read more

 

> Interview William Yeatman

 

DECEMBER 9 EVENT

Illegal Volunteers?: A Look at how the Law Restricts Community and Family Volunteers

The federal minimum wage prohibits Americans from volunteering for entities organized as for-profit businesses? As a result many family businesses and community organizations have found themselves in trouble with the law.

 

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CEI President Lawson Bader


@libertynkilts

A professor who suffers no fools

I attended a private screening of a new PBS documentary, Suffer No Fools. The film tells the story of George Mason University (GMU) economics professor and radio personality Walter Williams.

 

CEI's Battered Business Bureau: The Week in Regulation

Last week, 71 new final regulations were published in the Federal Register. There were 58 new final rules the previous week.


That’s the equivalent of a new regulation every two hours and 22 minutes.
 

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Tuesday
Dec022014

CEI Today: EPA Clean Power Plan, Obama NLRB nominee, Bush v Obama regulations, United Streetcar, and more 

Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014
In the News Today

 

EPA CLEAN POWER PLAN - MARLO LEWIS

 

CEI Urges Regulation Be Withdrawn
 
This week the Competitive Enterprise (CEI) Institute and at least 11 other free-market organizations submitted public comments to the Environmental Protection Agency opposing EPA’s long-anticipated Clean Power Plan (CPP), which would increase electricity prices and raise reliability concerns across the country. According to CEI senior fellow Marlo Lewis, the Clean Power Plan is illegitimate and unlawful.

“EPA is low-balling implementation costs, misleading the American people on the Clean Power Plan’s true costs,” said Lewis. “But despite all the costs and consequences, the plan’s putative climate benefits are illusory—the regulation should be withdrawn.”
 

> Interview an expert
 


OBAMA NLRB NOMINEE - ALOYSIUS HOGAN

 

In the final weeks of this congressional lame-duck session, the Senate will consider President Obama’s nominee to the National Labor Relations Board, Lauren McFerran.

 

Given the NLRB is the independent federal agency in charge of overseeing America’s powerful union lobby and investigating unfair labor practices, Congress should conduct a thorough examination of NLRB nominees and not rush the process. The Senate should hold off on a shotgun confirmation of NLRB nominee Lauren McFerran.


According to CEI senior fellow Aloysius Hogan, “McFerran should not be slid through a committee hearing a couple weeks after she was nominated. Given the issues at hand, full advice and consent cannot be provided in such time.”


> Interview Aloysius Hogan
 

REGULATION BUSH vs OBAMA - WAYNE CREWS

Forbes: High-Dollar Regulations Scorecard -- Barack Obama Vs George Bush
 

Back in his 2012 State of the Union Address, President Obama declared that he had issued fewer rules in his first three years as president than his predecessor, President George Bush.

 

With respect to the most expensive rules contained among the thousands—the ones that the White House Office of Management and Budget calls “economically significant”—the picture is different. > Read more

UNITED STREETCAR: THE SOLYNDRA OF TRANSPORTATION - MARC SCRIBNER

The Washington Post published a fascinating article about the rise and fall of United Streetcar, an Oregon-based manufacturer that owes its very existence to the worst kind of Washington politics. What happened was the same mix of cronyism and incompetence that has followed the Obama administration’s efforts to promote fuzzy-sounding objectives such as “alternative energy” in the case of Solyndra, and “livability” in the case of United Streetcar. > Read more

 

> Interview Marc Scribner
 

DEC. 5 - REPEAL DAY EVENT

81st Anniversary Celebration of Repeal Day: Prohibition Still Doesn’t Work

 

Featuring Michelle Minton, Fellow in Consumer Policy Studies, Competitive Enterprise Institute (@michelleminton)
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