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Monday
Sep082014

CEI Today: EPA renewable fuel quotas, Ex-Im Bank funding, MetLife "too big to fail," + court ruling on gov't transparency 

Monday, September 8, 2014
In the News Today

 

EPA'S RENEWABLE FUEL PRODUCTION QUOTAS - MARLO LEWIS

 

Globalwarming.org: Scaling Back Renewable Fuel Standard

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy has indicated that new federal renewable fuel production quotas, originally due in June, will be released soon. CEI's Marlo Lewis has explained why EPA may be less enamoured by ethanol mandates these days. "EPA estimates that ... corn ethanol’s carbon dioxide-equivalent (CO2e) emissions were 33% higher than gasoline’s in 2012."
> Read more

> Interview Marlo Lewis
 

EXPORT-IMPORT BANK - RYAN YOUNG

Ex-Im Update


Congress comes back from its annual August recess this week. One of the top items on its agenda is deciding the Export-Import Bank’s fate. Ex-Im subsidizes financing for U.S. exporters and their foreign customers. As I outlined here, Ex-Im subsidizes certain businesses at others’ expense. It is a pro-business policy, when what the economy needs are pro-market policies. Ex-Im will also be forced to shut its doors unless Congress reauthorizes its charter by the end of September, making for a golden reform opportunity for corporate welfare opponents.  > Read more

 

> Interview Ryan Young

 

METLIFE - TOO BIG TO FAIL? - JOHN BERLAU

You’re a SIFI, Charlie Brown


MetLife insurance company is poised to designated "too big to fail" by federal regulators, which means the company will be subject to new, higher regulatory burdens, just like banks. This move comes over the objections of MetLife itself.

"So why ... are Washington bureaucrats putting life insurance firms in the same risk category as big banks? One simple reason is, to borrow a famous saying attributed to bank robber Willie Sutton, that's where the money is," says CEI's John Berlau. With this designation, the firm and its policy holders can be taxed to pay for bailouts of high fliers like AIG. > Read more


> Interview John Berlau

COURT RULING ON GOV'T TRANSPARENCY CASE - HANS BADER

 

A federal judge on Thursday allowed the Competitive Enterprise Institute to proceed with its lawsuit challenging EPA's destruction of documents.
“The American people deserve transparency and accountability from the federal government, and today’s court ruling was a preliminary win in that much larger battle,” said Hans Bader, CEI Senior Counsel.
> Read more

> Interview Hans Bader

 

 

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Words Matter


Can you count the times you’ve heard “investment” stand in for government spending?

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Saturday
Sep062014

Cooler Heads Digest 05 September 2014 

5 September 2014

Announcements

The Competitive Enterprise Institute published a report this week by William Yeatman, “How the Obama Administration Is Undermining Cooperative Federalism under the Clean Air Act, and What Congress Can Do about It”

In the News

What Ever Happened to Global Warming?
Matt Ridley, Wall Street Journal, 5 September 2014

Why the U.S. Should Start Selling Oil out of the SPR
Philip Verlanger, Platts, 5 September 2014

Polis-Backed Group Draws Fire for Fracking Lies
Lachlan Markay, Washington Free Beacon, 5 September 2014

McKitrick & Vogelsang: Model Projections Too Hot over 55-year Period
Marlo Lewis, GlobalWarming.org, 4 September 2014

EPA’s Clean Power Plan: Serfdom for the States
Robert Michaels, Master Resource, 4 September 2014

Why Climate Science Is Far Too Important To Be Left to Celebrity Physicists
James Delingpole, Breitbart, 4 September 2014

How Global Warming Policies Have Led to Global Insecurity
Lawrence Solomon, Financial Post, 4 September 2014

EPA’s Staff Recommends Lower Ozone Standard, But It Doesn’t Matter
William Yeatman, GlobalWarming.org, 3 September 2014

Secretary of State Kerry: Scripture Commands USA To Protect Muslim Countries against Global Warming
Breitbart TV, 3 September 2014

Giant Wind Farm Could Deal the Chesapeake Bay a Heavy Blow
Bonner Cohen, Washington Times, 2 September 2014

News You Can Use
Antarctic Ice Sets New Record

Antarctic sea ice extent continued to set new records in August, finishing the month at 19.154 million sq km, beating the record set last year by 87,000 sq km.

Inside the Beltway
Myron Ebell

Hillary Clinton Calls for U.S. Leadership on Global Warming

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made a strong case for United States leadership on global warming at Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-Nev.) seventh annual National Clean Energy Summit in Las Vegas on 4th September.  Clinton said that becoming the “clean-energy superpower our world needs” would demonstrate that the “U. S. can still do big things.”  

Clinton also blasted global warming skeptics who stand in the way of moving away from fossil fuels: “The data is unforgiving no matter what the deniers try to assert….Sea levels are rising, ice caps are melting, storms and wildfires are wreaking havoc….”  She also claimed that, “[T]ax incentives for alternative energy investments are unpredictable at best, while generous subsidies for fossil fuels are still too easy to come by.”

While expressing optimism that switching to renewables would lead to economic growth and more good-paying jobs, Clinton also warned that our international position is at stake: “China and other competitors are racing ahead with big bets on renewables. We cannot afford to cede leadership in this area.”  But: “If we come together to make the hard choices, the smart investment in infrastructure, technology and environmental protection, America can be the clean energy superpower for the 21st century.”

Clinton did acknowledge that “American innovation [was] changing the game” with the natural gas fracking revolution.  “Gas is cleaner than coal, and expanded production is creating thousands of jobs.”

John Podesta joined in the discussion on stage with Clinton.  Podesta is currently the chief domestic policy adviser on energy and environmental issues to President Barack Obama.  He founded the Center for American Progress (sic) and was White House chief of staff during the last years of the Bill Clinton Administration.  Senator Reid’s clean energy conference was held at the Mandalay Bay hotel and casino, which was also the site of the Heartland Institute’s ninth International Conference on Climate Change in July.  Clinton was making her first appearance at the conference, but former President Bill Clinton spoke at the first summit in 2008.   

House Tries Yet Again To Get Senate’s Attention

The House and Senate return from their August recess on 8th September for a couple of weeks in session before recessing for the election campaign.  House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) sent a memo to Republican House Members on 4th September detailing the Republican leadership’s legislative plans.  The House will consider two big omnibus bills on the economy and energy.  The jobs and economic growth package will include fourteen bills already passed by the House, but which the Democratic-controlled Senate has not acted upon.  The energy package will include thirteen bills, again all passed by the House during the 113th Congress but ignored by the Senate. 

Here is a list of the House-passed energy bills to be included in the omnibus: H. R. 3, H. R. 1963, H. R. 2640, H. R. 2728, H. R. 4801, H. R. 3301, H. R. 6, H. R. 1582, H. R. 1900, H. R. 2641, H. R. 3826, H. R. 2824, and H. R. 4899.  These bills address a wide range of issues, including increasing oil and gas production on federal lands and offshore areas, permitting the Keystone pipeline, preventing federal regulation of hydraulic fracturing, expediting natural gas exports, and blocking EPA greenhouse gas regulations on coal-fired power plants.  Information on these and other bills may be found at Congress.gov.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) announced at his seventh annual National Clean Energy Summit in Las Vegas on 4th September that he planned to hold a floor vote on renewing the wind and solar production tax credits (PTC).  Wind and solar PTCs are included in the $85 billion package of tax cut extenders that the Senate rejected on a procedural vote in May.  Reid said, “Efforts to renew these incentives are being blocked by Republicans in Congress.”  Holding a vote on a piece of legislation would be a surprising change of pace for the Senate this year.   

Across the States
Myron Ebell

Tesla Snookers Nevada

Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk and Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval (R) announced on Monday that Tesla would build the world’s largest batter factory at the Tahoe-Reno Industrial Center, east of Sparks in northern Nevada and that the State would offer $1.3 billion in tax breaks over twenty years.

The $1.3 billion tax subsidy package would tie for the largest for an automotive company in the U. S. and be fifteen times larger than any other in Nevada’s history, according to a story by Ryan Frank in the Las Vegas Sun.  The state legislature will vote on approving the package next week.

Tesla’s lithium battery plant is projected to employ 6,000 workers and cover ten million square feet (or 173 football fields).  Its capacity will be larger than all plants currently producing lithium batteries in the world.  It is designed to decrease the cost and increase the production of Tesla’s electric vehicles. 

Edmunds recently reported that sales of electric and hybrid vehicles had increased modestly this year, but have actually declined as a percentage of all vehicles sold in the U. S. 

Around the World
William Yeatman

Rough Week for Climate Diplomacy

Chinese President Xi Jinping this week became the latest world leader to skip the upcoming United Nations climate change summit in New York on September 23rd. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and German Chancellor Angela Merkel already have indicated they won’t attend. The absence of leadership from the world’s major emitters undercuts the event, needless to say. That said, Russia still has yet to confirm or deny its participation, so perhaps Putin will show up.

On a similarly dire note for global warming alarmists, Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk this week beat out Danish Prime Minister Hell Thorning-Schmidt to become president of the European Council, a hugely important position for EU policies. Tusk is a noted skeptic of the EU’s green energy policies, so much so that one commentator labeled his ascension to power a “black day for the EU’s climate policy.”

Science Update
Marlo Lewis

Biosphere Productivity in Recent Decades: Increasing or Decreasing?

This week on CO2Science.Org, the Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change posts a literature review of 104 peer-reviewed studies on the productivity of forests and terrestrial plant eco-systems around the world.

Study after study finds an ongoing significant increase in the productivity of forests and other plant life, with most of the gains concentrated in the tropics. Causes include increased warmth, increased precipitation, and, chiefly, the CO2-fertilization effect, which boosts plant photosynthesis, water-use efficiency, and resistance to environmental stresses.

The review concludes:

In spite of climate-alarmist claims that the temperatures of the latter part of the 20th century and on through the present were unprecedented over the past one to two millennia (which is highly debatable) and that atmospheric CO2 concentrations were the highest they had been for several hundred millennia (which is true), as well as the fact that mankind yearly harvests and/or destroys much of the planet's natural vegetation, the total yearly production of terrestrial vegetative biomass for the globe as a whole continues to rise, and at a remarkable rate. Why is this so? Perhaps it is because the twin evils of the radical environmentalist movement are not the devilish developments they are made out to be, but are actually blessings in disguise, benefiting earth's biosphere in spite of all of the political attempts to severely curtail the CO2 emissions of humanity.

 

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
Sep052014

CEI Today: MetLife "too big to fail," court ruling on gov't transparency, EPA renewable fuel quotas, and Ex-Im Bank funding 

Friday, September 5, 2014
In the News Today

 

METLIFE - TOO BIG TO FAIL? - JOHN BERLAU

You’re a SIFI, Charlie Brown


MetLife insurance company is poised to designated "too big to fail" by federal regulators, which means the company will be subject to new, higher regulatory burdens, just like banks. This move comes over the objections of MetLife itself.

"So why ... are Washington bureaucrats putting life insurance firms in the same risk category as big banks? One simple reason is, to borrow a famous saying attributed to bank robber Willie Sutton, that's where the money is," says CEI's John Berlau. With this designation, the firm and its policy holders can be taxed to pay for bailouts of high fliers like AIG. > Read more


> Interview John Berlau

COURT RULING ON GOV'T TRANSPARENCY CASE - HANS BADER

 

A federal judge on Thursday allowed the Competitive Enterprise Institute to proceed with its lawsuit challenging EPA's destruction of documents.
“The American people deserve transparency and accountability from the federal government, and today’s court ruling was a preliminary win in that much larger battle,” said Hans Bader, CEI Senior Counsel. “This may signal a possible end to EPA officials destroying their text messages with impunity based on their self-serving claim that all text messages are personal rather than work-related.”


> Interview Hans Bader

 

EPA'S RENEWABLE FUEL PRODUCTION QUOTAS - MARLO LEWIS

 

Globalwarming.org: Scaling Back Renewable Fuel Standard

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy has indicated that new federal renewable fuel production quotas, originally due in June, will be released soon. CEI's Marlo Lewis has explained why EPA may be less enamoured by ethanol mandates these days. "EPA estimates that ... corn ethanol’s carbon dioxide-equivalent (CO2e) emissions were 33% higher than gasoline’s in 2012."
> Read more

> Interview Marlo Lewis
 

EXPORT-IMPORT BANK - RYAN YOUNG

Ex-Im Update


Congress comes back from its annual August recess next week. One of the top items on its agenda is deciding the Export-Import Bank’s fate. Ex-Im subsidizes financing for U.S. exporters and their foreign customers. As I outlined here, Ex-Im subsidizes certain businesses at others’ expense. It is a pro-business policy, when what the economy needs are pro-market policies. Ex-Im will also be forced to shut its doors unless Congress reauthorizes its charter by the end of September, making for a golden reform opportunity for corporate welfare opponents.  > Read more

 

> Interview Ryan Young

 

 

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The Millennial hope


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Tune in Saturday, September 6th or Monday, September 8th to RealClear Radio Hour with Bill Frezza and guests, Fariborz Ghadar & Emily Ekins. 





 

Thursday
Sep042014

CEI Today: Ex-Im Bank, EPA ozone standard + renewable fuel quotas, and more 

Thursday, September 4, 2014
In the News Today

 

EXPORT-IMPORT BANK - RYAN YOUNG

Ex-Im Update


Congress comes back from its annual August recess next week. One of the top items on its agenda is deciding the Export-Import Bank’s fate. Ex-Im subsidizes financing for U.S. exporters and their foreign customers. As I outlined here, Ex-Im subsidizes certain businesses at others’ expense. It is a pro-business policy, when what the economy needs are pro-market policies. Ex-Im will also be forced to shut its doors unless Congress reauthorizes its charter by the end of September, making for a golden reform opportunity for corporate welfare opponents.  > Read more

 

> Interview Ryan Young

 

NO SAY OVER OZONE STANDARD? - WILLIAM YEATMAN

Globalwarming.org: EPA’s Staff Recommends Lower Ozone Standard, But it Doesn’t Matter, Because EPA Has No Say


Last Friday, EPA’s staff issued its final recommendation for a revised national ambient air quality standard for ozone. The document is supposed to represent “the latest scientific knowledge useful in indicating the kind and extent of all identifiable effects on public health or welfare which may be expected from [ozone],”* and thereby inform Administrator Gina McCarthy’s determination of where to set the standard.

On Friday, the EPA staff recommended that standard be revised to somewhere between 60 and 70 parts per billion. But here’s the thing: The staff’s advice doesn’t matter. Thanks to a recent ruling in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, the EPA—indeed, the federal government!—has no say in the setting of an ozone NAAQS.

Instead, that prerogative has been bestowed on an obscure group of technocrats known as the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Council.

 > Read more


> Interview William Yeatman
 

EPA'S RENEWABLE FUEL PRODUCTION QUOTAS - MARLO LEWIS

 

Globalwarming.org: Scaling Back RenewableFuel Standard

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy has indicated that new federal renewable fuel production quotas, originally due in June, will be released soon. CEI's Marlo Lewis has explained why EPA may be less enamoured by ethanol mandates these days. "EPA estimates that ... corn ethanol’s carbon dioxide-equivalent (CO2e) emissions were 33% higher than gasoline’s in 2012."
> Read more

> Interview Marlo Lewis
 

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Tune in Saturday, September 6th or Monday, September 8th to RealClear Radio Hour with Bill Frezza and guests, Fariborz Ghadar & Emily Ekins.  

 

Becoming American—The Immigrant Story

Penn State Professor Fariborz Ghadar, author of Becoming American, dispels several modern myths about immigration and warns that without reform, U.S. immigration policy will drive the next generation of tech industries across the border.

Millennials—The Politically Unclaimed Generation


Emily Ekins, polling director from the Reason Foundation, discusses the recent Reason-Rupe survey of millennials, ages 18-29. The poll’s findings demonstrate a politically unaffiliated—socially liberal, fiscally conservative—generation, in favor of business, distrustful of parties, and confused by outdated political terminology defined by various -isms. 

 

 

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Wednesday
Sep032014

CEI Today: EPA vs the states, production quotas for renewable fuels, the OMB's report on regulation, and airline competition

Wednesday, September 3, 2014
In the News Today

 

EPA vs THE STATES - WILLIAM YEATMAN

How the EPA Is Undermining Cooperative Federalism under the Clean Air Act

 

“President Obama’s EPA has imposed 51 takeovers of state Clean Air Act programs, while the previous three administrations accounted for a grand total of only five,” said CEI senior fellow William Yeatman, author of the report, How the Obama Administration Is Undermining Cooperative Federalism under the Clean Air Act.” > Read more


> Interview William Yeatman
 

EPA'S RENEWABLE FUEL PRODUCTION QUOTAS - MARLO LEWIS

 

Globalwarming.org: Scaling Back Renewable Fuel Standard

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy has indicated that new federal renewable fuel production quotas, originally due in June, will be released soon. CEI's Marlo Lewis has explained why EPA may be less enamoured by ethanol mandates these days. "EPA estimates that ... corn ethanol’s carbon dioxide-equivalent (CO2e) emissions were 33% higher than gasoline’s in 2012."
> Read more

> Interview Marlo Lewis
 

OMB REPORT ON REGULATIONS - WAYNE CREWS

Forbes: Here's How Obama's Pen and Phone Can Shrink The Federal Government Instead


This week is the deadline for filing public comments on the 2014 edition of OMB's Draft Report to Congress on the Benefits and Costs of Federal Regulation.


This report is the federal government’s only map of itself with respect to all benefits and costs of federal regulations — in an era when dozens of departments and agencies issue over 3,500 rules and regulations annually impacting the economy, environment, energy, health and safety, finance and more. Yet too little of the regulatory apparatus gets reviewed, and too few agency mandates are questioned.  > Read more

 

> Interview Wayne Crews
 

AIRLINE COMPETITION - MARC SCRIBNER

Republicans sell out free-market principles for union favors

 


The Hill reports that Department of Transportation has rejected expedited approval for Norwegian Airlines to gain access to airports in the U.S. Air Line Pilots Association, with assistance from Republicans, has opposed the airline's entry into the market. As CEI transportation policy expert Marc Scribner has explained, "The Department of Transportation now faces a clear choice—side with American travelers by approving Norwegian Air’s application or cave in to politically connected special interests that stoop to xenophobic pandering." > Read more

> Interview Marc Scribner
 

 

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