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Tuesday
Dec302014

CEI Today: Democrats v gov't unions, green groups "beyond coal," CEI's Battered Business Bureau, and more 

Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014
In the News Today

 

DEMOCRATS vs GOVERNMENT UNIONS - IVAN OSORIO

If late House Speaker Tip O’Neill’s famous saying that all politics is local has a corollary, it may be that politics is at its most substantive at the local level. While the people’s elected representatives in Congress—many from safe districts—trade ideological barbs, state and local elected officials often have to deal in the language of dollars and cents, as they weigh policy decisions that directly affect their constituents.


That in turn creates different conflicts than those found on Capitol Hill. And nowhere is that more visible than in the growing conflict between state and local Democratic elected officials trying to put their governments’ finances in order. > View more

> Interview Ivan Osorio
 

GREEN GROUPS "BEYOND COAL" - WILLIAM YEATMAN

Green Groups Demonstrate Their Unreasonableness with Response to EPA’s Coal Ash Rule


Two Fridays ago, EPA promulgated a final regulation, pursuant to the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (“RCRA”), that establishes first ever federal limits on the disposal of “coal combustion residuals” (i.e., byproducts of burning coal for power). Coal combustion residuals also are known as “coal ash.”


Environmentalists aren’t happy with the rule, having deemed it too lenient. Their true motive is to make coal power cost prohibitive, and thereby move America “beyond coal.” > Read more

> Interview William Yeatman
 

CEI's Battered Business Bureau:
The Week in Regulation

The federal government took Thursday and Friday off to celebrate the holidays. Despite the rare three-day work week, agencies still published 25 proposed regulations, more than 40 final regulations, and an average of more than 500 Federal Register pages per day.
 

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Friday
Dec192014

CEI Today: People in need, gas tax hike, and EPA's haphazard regime 

Happy holidays! Note that CEI Today will be going on holiday hiatus from December 18-28. In the meantime, tell us what would YOU like to see more of in 2015? As a subscriber to CEI Today, your opinion counts. More headlines/less write-up (or the reverse)? More of a certain topic? A fact or tweet of the day? Should it hit your in-box at a different time or day of the week? How can we make this news you can best use - reply and let us know!
 

 

Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014
In the News Today

 

RESPONSIBILITY TO PEOPLE IN NEED - FRED L. SMITH, JR.


A Better Way To Help Our Fellow Man

 

As we enter the Christmas season, the question of our responsibility to our fellow man (and woman) arises. When we see people in need, how do we respond? How should traditional moral values apply in today’s impersonal, global economy?

 

For most of history and in many nations today, the path up from poverty has been hindered by an array of cultural and political barriers – licensing requirements, cultural prejudices that bar women and minorities from various occupations, discriminatory tax policies, and good old fashioned corruption. Reformers who fight to remove these barriers are truly charitable. > Read more

> Interview Fred L. Smith, Jr.

 

FEDERAL GAS TAX - MARC SCRIBNER

Poll: Two-Thirds of Americans Oppose Federal Gas Tax Increase


new poll from Benson Strategy Group and SKDKnickerbocker found that 67 percent of Americans oppose increasing the federal gasoline tax by 15 cents, or an 80 percent increase from the current 18.4 cents per gallon tax. Proponents argue that the fuel tax has not been raised since 1993 and that inflation has eroded much of its buying power. This is true, but it also assumes the federal government has and will continue to be a positive force in surface transportation. It has not, is not, and will not be. > View more

> Interview Marc Scribner
 

CLEAN WATER ACT - WILLIAM YEATMAN

The Absurd Reach of EPA’s/USACE’s Clean Water Act Jurisdictional Rule
 

Instead of clearly defining the limits of federal authority, the EPA's  proposal would establish a haphazard regime whereby a regulator would determine, on a case-by-case basis, whether a given body of water possessed a “significant nexus” to navigable waters and were therefore subject to federal jurisdiction. In practice, the test is so amorphous that every ditch, vernal pond, playa lake, mudflat, sandflat, and slough could easily fall under the EPA’s jurisdiction. > Read more

> Interview William Yeatman
 

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Monday
Dec152014

CEI Today: Labor union political gains, Dodd-Frank in the Lame Duck, Grinch picks our pockets, unshackling Uber, and more 

Monday, Dec. 15, 2014
In the News Today

 

NLRB'S OVERREACH - ALOYSIUS HOGAN

 

Purple Haze, Seeing Red and Feeling Blue: The NLRB’s Crippling Overreach in Two Recent Actions

 

The National Labor Relations Board’s two recent actions cast aside decades of established practice and precedent. Thursday, in a case identified as Purple Communications, the Board issued a decision that amounts to a taking of business property, both physical and intellectual property. And then onFriday, the Board voted for a new regulation (rule) to hasten the procedure for unionizing. > Read more

> Interview Aloysius Hogan

 

> See also: Congress Seeks Multiemployer Pension Reform in the CRomnibus
 

DODD-FRANK IN THE LAME DUCK - JOHN BERLAU


Lame Duck Quacks Needed Dodd-Frank Relief


Waaaah! That’s the sound of former House Financial Services Committee Chairman Barney Frank (D-Mass.) crying about stinging, bipartisan rebukes to his legacy of the Dodd-Frank financial regulatory monstrosity rammed through the Democrat-controlled Congress in 2010.


And it must be all the more painful to Frank that enough members of his own party had turned against provisions of the legislation that a couple much-needed rollback are on the verge of being signed into law in this month’s “lame duck” session. > Read more


> Interview John Berlau
 

UNSHACKLING UBER - FRED L. SMITH, JR.

Political vs. Market Regulation: Uber Edition

 

To the extent that taxi and rideshare drivers and being treated unequally, the answer is to liberate the cabbies, not to shackle Uber. The rationale for political regulation is often based on outmoded ideas, including that the information needed for markets to function is not available to enough consumers. New technology, in particular in the case of urban ridesharing, has undermined many of these arguments. > Read more

> Interview Fred L. Smith, Jr.
 

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Friday
Dec122014

CEI Today: Operation Choke Point, renewable energy project of the year?, reports from COP-20 Lima, and more 

Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014
In the News Today

 

OPERATION CHOKE POINT - IAIN MURRAY
 

Rep. Leutkemeyer Moves to Choke off Operation Choke Point


The release this week of a new House Oversight and Government Reform Committee staff report into Operation Choke Point provides another opportunity to underline just how egregious the behavior of executive agencies has been in this matter.

Operation Choke Point has been a freelance operation by rogue members of staff at the Justice Department and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) in particular aimed at killing off industries they suspect might have high levels of fraud, on the grounds that they present “reputational risk” to financial institutions they do business with.
> Read more

> Interview Iain Murray
 

RENEWABLE ENERGY PROJECT OF THE YEAR - WILLIAM YEATMAN


If Ultra-Troubled Ivanpah Is “2014 Renewable Energy Project of the Year,” Then How Bad Off Is the Green Energy Industry?

 

RenewableEnergyWorld.com (“The World’s #1 Renewable Energy Website”) on Monday reported that the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System was named the 2014 Renewable Energy Project of the Year at the PennWell Annual Awards Gala. I greet this news with a query: Are you serious!?!


Southern California-based Ivanpah, which uses 350,000 heliostat mirrors that focus sunlight on several centralized power towers in order to power steam turbines, was completed in April, and has since suffered a spate of awful news. > Read more


> Interview William Yeatman
 


REGULATORY BARRIERS - FRED L. SMITH, JR.

The Future and the Regulated


From building a room on one’s home to repairing bridges or sending people to Mars, the major barrier is no longer technology or financing per se but rather the thicket of regulations that slow everything. The result is akin to filling swimming pools with molasses and being surprised that speeds decline. > Read more

 

> Interview Fred L. Smith, Jr.
 

 

    

 

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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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