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Saturday
Sep272014

CEI Today: UN global warming, airline fees, and a gov't password program 

Friday, Sept. 26, 2014
In the News Today

 

UN GLOBAL WARMING SUMMIT


The Competitive Enterprise Institute is contributing to the festivities leading up to the UN Climate Summit on 23rd September with a daily post on Facebook.

 


AIRLINE FEES - MARC SCRIBNER

Are Consumers Smart Enough to Understand Airline Ancillary Fees?

 

In May, I criticized the Department of Transportation’s opening of a rulemaking on airline ancillary fees (baggage, seat assignments, etc.), noting that the primary motivation appeared to be continued expansion of the department’s unfair and deceptive practices authority. In addition, the department’s apparent opinion that consumers are unable to understand ancillary fees, and compare fares and fees across airlines, is completely unsupported.
 

Yesterday, I filed comments on behalf of CEI fleshing out some of these objections. > Read more

> Interview Marc Scribner

 

GOV'T & INTERNET PASSWORDS - RYAN RADIA   

 

Washington Examiner: Feds funding efforts to create single Internet password

 

The Commerce Department has been handing out grants to fund a way for Americans to use a single password anytime they shop, bank, pay bills or engage in any other online activity that requires logging in and verifying identity. 

 

Ryan Radia, associate director of technology studies at the free-market think tank Competitive Enterprise Institute, said the project's stated goal of a more secure Internet was laudable, but still better served by the private sector alone. The odds that any identity system starting out as voluntary eventually becomes mandatory is much greater if the government is involved, he said. He also dismissed NIST's claim that the technology could not be created without the grants. > Read more


> Interview Ryan Radia

 

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CalPERS Abandons “Hail Mary” Investment Strategy – About Time

MICHAEL MANN’S LIBEL LAWSUIT, CONT’D

New Mexico Workers and Industry Would Benefit from Right to Work - See more at: http://workplacechoice.org/#sthash.04F3Iq2B.dpuf
 

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Christopher C Horner
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Administrator says EPA not in business of picking winners and losers. Then see e.g. this email admission vs. interest pic.twitter.com/VyqaZwa0hz

 

CEI’s Battered Business Bureau: The Week in Regulation

72 new regulations, from mangoes to credit ratings.


 





 

Saturday
Sep272014

Cooler Heads Digest 26 September 2014 

26 September 2014

Announcement

The Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation released a joint declaration and a report to co-incide with the United Nations Climate Summit.  The declaration, titled “Protect the Poor: Ten Reasons to Oppose Harmful Climate Change Policies,” has been signed by a number of climate scientists, other scientists, economists, theologians, and religious leaders.  The report, titled, “A Call to Truth, Prudence, and Protection of the Poor 2014: The Case against Harmful Climate Change Policies Gets Stronger,” was written by Professor David R. Legates, a climate scientist at the University of Delaware, and Professor G. Cornelis van Kooten, an economist at the University of Victoria.

In the News

Global Warming Money Nexus Corrupts Real Science
Pat Michaels, Investor’s Business Daily, 26 September 2014

Google Kills Birds While Seeking Corporate Welfare
Editorial, Wall Street Journal, 26 September 2014

Department of Homeland Security Moves To Tackle Climate Change Risks
Lisa Anderson, Reuters, 25 September 2014

Time for Wind To Stand on Its Own
Texas Comptroller Susan Combs, Economics 21, 25 September 2014

Five Reasons To Counter Climate-Change Regulation
Diana Furchtgott-Roth, Market Watch, 25 September 2014

Michael Mann’s Libel Lawsuit, Continued
Sam Kazman, GlobalWarming.org, 24 September 2014

The Air Comes Out of the Climate-Change Talks
Rupert Darwall, Real Clear Politics, 24 September 2014

Why Is the UN Climate Summit Denying IPCC Climate Science?
Benjamin Zycher, The Hill, 23 September 2014

Obama Racks Up Massive CO2 Emissions on Way to UN Climate Summit
Michael Bastasch, Daily Caller, 23 September 2014

Leftist Professor Calls President Obama “Delusional” on Global Warming
Marc Morano, Climate Depot, 23 September 2014

Access Is Power
William Yeatman, National Review Online, 22 September 2014

Study Says Natural Factors, Not Humans, Behind West Coast Warming
Craig Welch, Seattle Times, 22 September 2014

Video from NYC Climate March: Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. Wants To Jail His Political Opponents
Marc Morano, Climate Depot, 21 September 2014

The Crumbling Climate-Change Consensus
John Fund, National Review Online, 21 September 2013

Climate Science Is Not Settled
Steven E. Koonin, Wall Street Journal, 20 September 2014

News You Can Use
Map: Top Oil and Gas States

Two maps produced by Metric Maps showing where oil and natural gas is being produced in the United States (Alaska not included) were posted by Reid Wilson in a Washington Post blog this week. 

Inside the Beltway
Myron Ebell

EPA’s McCarthy Again Claims Greenhouse Gas Regulations Will Boost the Economy

Congress has left town for the November elections, but unfortunately EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy was still hard at work this week.  On Thursday, 25th September, she gave a major speech at Resources for the Future in Washington, DC, on the economic benefits of her agency’s regulations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  Her speech and following discussion can be watched here, and the EPA posted her written remarks here.

McCarthy made the following point: “As seas rise, so do insurance premiums, medical bills, and food prices. From water scarcity to wilting crops, companies like General Mills and Coca-Cola see climate change as a ‘threat to commerce.’ Paying more for soda and cereal means less cash to buy other things. That chokes economies and stunts job growth. The bottom line is: We don't act despite the economy, we act because of it.”

It certainly is true that if people pay more for food, they have less money to spend on other things.  But McCarthy was unable or unwilling to follow the logic of her example.  Because it is also true that if people pay more for energy, they have less to spend on other things.  And it is also true that increasing energy costs increases the prices of most other things. 

Ben Wolfgang in a lead front-page story in the 26th September Washington Times spelled out some of the facts that contradict McCarthy’s claim that forcing electric utilities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions will spur economic growth.  McCarthy claimed: “My home State of Massachusetts cut emissions by 40% [since 1990], while its economy grew 7%.”  Wolfgang notes that McCarthy left out that most States with much higher per capita greenhouse gas emissions have been growing faster than Massachusetts.  While U. S. GDP increased by 1.8% last year, Massachusetts lagged with 1.6%.  The Texas economy grew by 3.7%. 

One of the reasons economic growth is much stronger in States like Texas than in Massachusetts, California, and New York is that electric rates are much lower in Texas.  Wolfgang notes that Texans pay an average of 9.36 cents per kilowatt hour, while in Massachusetts the average rate has gone up to 14.96 cents per kwh.  That’s largely because Massachusetts belongs to the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, which the EPA touts as a model of how to comply with its proposed rule for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from power plants.

McCarthy went on to disparage those who oppose the EPA’s energy-rationing policies.  “It’s worrisome when we hear those critics say, and I quote, ‘I’m not a scientist, but climate action is going to ruin the economy.’  Well, as the President has said, those critics have one thing right: they’re not scientists.  They’re not economists, either.  But guess what, we’ve got some pretty good ones at EPA…and across the federal government.”  There undoubtedly are some pretty good economists in the federal government.  Unfortunately, McCarthy has not learned anything from them.

Around the World
Myron Ebell

Lots of Speeches at UN Climate Summit Pep Rally   

I tried to watch some of the speeches by 120 or so heads of state and prime ministers at the United Nations Climate Summit on 23rd September, but most of what I heard was painfully boring and dim.  UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in a Wall Street Journal op-ed summarized the “progress” made at the summit and claimed that “climate change is now higher on the global political agenda than it has ever been.”

China’s Vice Premier announced that China would soon announce a date for when its greenhouse gas emissions would peak.  The European Union committed to reduce emissions to 40% below 1990 levels by 2030.  And most importantly, according to Ban, “…73 national governments, 11 regional governments and more than 1,000 businesses and investors signaled support for carbon pricing at the summit. Together, these leaders represent 52% of global gross domestic product, 54% of global greenhouse-gas emissions and almost half of the world's population.

Here is the video and transcript of U. S. President Barack Obama’s address. The President took credit for the fact that, “Over the past eight years, the United States has reduced our total carbon pollution by more than any other nation on Earth,” but didn’t mention that the ongoing recession was the single biggest cause.  He continued: “But we have to do more,” and then listed the main elements of his Climate Action Plan.

The only announcement by President Obama of new policy that I could see was this: “Today, I’m directing our federal agencies to begin factoring climate resilience into our international development programs and investments.”  But he didn’t say anything about when the U. S. was going to start making major contributions to the Green Climate Fund. On the other hand, French President Francois Hollande announced that, “France will contribute a billion dollars over the next few years.” 

At the annual UN global warming meeting, COP-15, in Copenhagen in 2009, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and President Obama saved the negotiations on a new international agreement to succeed the Kyoto Protocol from total collapse by proposing that a Green Climate Fund be created that would provide $100 billion per year in assistance to poorer countries by 2020.  The wealthier nations clearly have a long way to go to come up with $100 billion total, let alone annually.    

Organizers Claim 310,000 at the NYC People’s Climate March; Expert Estimates 120,000

The People’s Climate March in New York City on Sunday, 21st September, achieved its goal of being the largest climate march in history, but perhaps it was not nearly as large as the 310,000 (or close to 400,000) marchers claimed by the organizers and accepted by the mainstream media. Fire on the Mountain, a Canadian web site, congratulated the organizers and participants with a blog post that began, “What a splendid march!”  But it then continues with an expert estimate of the number of people marching and concludes: “1. There were well over 100,000 people, likely a bit upwards of 120,000 in the march. 2. No way in hell were there 310,000 people on that march.”

Lots of famous people flew in to join the march.  Notably, former Vice President Al Gore was there, and yet the weather remained sunny, warm and pleasant throughout the day and indeed through the UN Climate Summit on Tuesday, at which Gore also spoke.  I guess the Gore Effect is weakening. UN Messenger of Peace Leonardo DiCaprio spoke at the march and at the summit. 

Besides the famous, the marchers spanned the political and social spectrum. Besides the well-meaning do-gooders and the environmental activists, there were a number of hardcore radical leftists.  A list of the 1500-plus co-sponsoring organizations gives a good idea of the range of opinion represented.  The Sisters of Mercy, Presbyterians for Earth Care, the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, Saint Edward the Martyr Episcopal Church, and the Islamic Environmental Group of Wisconsin are on the list.  But so too are the Socialist Party USA, Socialist Action, Socialist Alternative, and the Communist Party USA.  They were all marching, but it’s not clear how they might harmonize their agendas.       

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.

Saturday
Sep202014

Cooler Heads Digest 19 September 2014 

19 September 2014

Announcements

The Competitive Enterprise Institute is contributing to the festivities leading up to the UN Climate Summit on 23rd September with a daily post on Facebook.  Here is the first one. 

The Heritage Foundation will host a talk by Rupert Darwall on his book, The Age of Global Warming: a History, on 24 September at 2 PM.  Rsvp here.  

The Texas Public Policy Foundation and the Heritage Foundation are holding an energy and climate policy conference 25-26 September in Houston.  Texas Governor Rick Perry is the dinner speaker.  Register here.

In the News

Boycotting the UN Climate Summit 
Willie Soon and Christopher Monckton, Washington Times, 19 September 2014

The UN’s Climate Summit Charade 
Rupert Darwall, National Review Online, 18 September 2014

McConnell: Make Me Majority Leader, I'll Give You Keystone XL
Laura Barron-Lopez, The Hill, 18 September 2014

Voters Care About Jobs and Economy, Not Green Agenda
Editorial, Investor’s Business Daily, 17 September 2014

Secretary of State Kerry Explains the Greenhouse Effect
Myron Ebell, GlobalWarming.org, 16 September 2014

EPA To Regulate Emissions from Aircraft
Marlo Lewis, GlobalWarming.org, 16 September 2014

E-Mails Show Collusion between Obama’s EPA and Environmental Lobby 
Stephen Dinan, Washington Times, 16 September 2014

Chevron’s Search for Alternative Fuels Stumps Best Minds 
Joe Carroll, Bloomberg, 16 September 2014

Leo vs. Science: Vanishing Evidence for Climate Change 
Tom Harris and Bob Carter, New York Post, 15 September 2014

Climate Change and the False Case for Haste 
Ross McKitrick, Cato Institute, 15 September 2014

News You Can Use
Leftists Disagree on the Costs of Cutting Emissions

Paul Krugman claims in his 19th September New York Times column that new studies from the International Monetary Fund and the New Climate Economy Project both conclude that “strong measures to limit carbon emissions would have hardly any negative effect on economic growth and might even lead to faster growth.”

Another leftist guru, Naomi Klein, disagrees.  Her new book, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. Climate, argues that, “…[W]e have not done the things needed to cut emissions because those things fundamentally conflict with deregulated capitalism….”  In a long excerpt published last week in the Guardian, Klein writes: “What the climate needs now is a contraction in humanity's use of resources; what our economic model demands is unfettered expansion. Only one of these sets of rules can be changed, and it's not the laws of nature.” 

Inside the Beltway
Myron Ebell

Air-Conditioners and Refrigerators Again Targeted Under President's Climate Agenda

Last month, the Obama EPA proposed restrictions on the use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) as refrigerants in several types of newly manufactured air-conditioning and refrigeration equipment.   This week, the White House launched additional steps to limit the production and use of HFCs.  EPA considers HFCs to be potent greenhouse gases, and the administration asserts that these “actions demonstrate significant U.S. leadership in advance of the United Nations Climate Summit next week….”

A phaseout of HFCs could prove to be very bad news for consumers.   Americans currently own hundreds of millions of home air-conditioners, car air-conditioners, and refrigerators that rely on HFCs.  A phaseout of these refrigerants would lead to higher repair bills as the cost of the dwindling supply rises--as happened when CFCs were phased out in the 1990s over fears about depletion of the earth’s ozone layer.  Eventually, the unavailability of HFCs might necessitate expensive retrofits or even premature replacements of HFC-dependent equipment.   And new air-conditioners and refrigerators will have to run on alternatives to HFCs, which may cost more and not work as efficiently.

Republican House Passes Energy Package, Which Democratic Senate Will Ignore

The House of Representatives on 18th September passed an omnibus package of most of the energy-related bills passed during the 113th Congress.  The final vote was 226 to 191 with 14 not voting.  Seven Republicans voted No, and nine Democrats voted Yes.  When the Senate returns after the 4th November elections, Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) will ignore this package just as he has ignored the thirteen separate bills contained in it.       

House Science Committee Takes Testimony from Holdren and McCabe on Obama's Climate Plan

The House Science, Space, and Technology Committee held a hearing on 17th September titled, “The Administration’s Climate Plan: Failure by Design.”  The witnesses were Dr. John Holdren, the President’s chief scientific adviser and head of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and Janet McCabe, acting assistant EPA administrator for air and radiation.

Holdren and McCabe were predictably unforthcoming.  However, in response to claims that the EPA’s proposed rules for power plants will have negligible effects on carbon dioxide levels, they stressed that these were just the first steps.  Regulated utilities might want to keep that in mind as they decide how to respond.          

E&E Legal Files IRS Complaint Against Sierra Club

The Energy and Environment Legal Institute has filed a complaint with the Internal Revenue Service that claims that the Sierra Club and the Sierra Club Foundation have violated tax laws for non-profit organizations.   In a report released along with the complaint, David W. Schnare, the institute’s general counsel, explains and documents the Sierra Club’s violations of the tax code.   

The Sierra Club’s tax violations fall under two general areas, according to Schnare.  First, eight of the Sierra Club Foundation’s eighteen directors own or operate organizations or companies that stand to benefit financially from the Sierra Club’s War on Coal campaign.  E and E Legal’s press release states, “These directors are the captains of the renewable energy industry.” 

Second, the Sierra Club has not paid taxes on unrelated business income, which is required under the tax code regulating non-profit organizations.  Again, according to the press release: “The Sierra Club sends its members into communities to sell the products of a selected local solar panel company in Maryland, Utah and dozens of other states in exchange for contributions to the group. In Maryland, for example, theSierra Club makes a $750 profit from every sale and has never paid taxes on that commercial enterprise.  As the Sierra Club’s Chief of Staff Jesse Simons has stated, ‘This has been a great revenue-generating tool for the Sierra Club.’” 

 

Across the States
Marlo Lewis

Studies Find No Evidence of Water Pollution from Fracking

Opponents of hydraulic fracturing claim methane released by and chemicals used in the process pollute drinking water. Such allegations have been repeatedly debunked. Two new studies further confirm fracking does not harm drinking water.

The Department of Energy (DOE) this week released a technical report on fracturing in six gas wells in Greene County, Pennsylvania, in the Marcellus Shale. As AP describes the study, “Scientists used tracer fluids, seismic monitoring and other tests to look for problems, and created the most detailed public report to date about how fracking affects adjacent rock structures.”

“Current findings are: 1) no evidence of gas migration from the Marcellus Shale; and 2) no evidence of brine migration from the Marcellus Shale,” the study reports. “After those months of monitoring, researchers found that the chemical-laced fluids used to free gas stayed about 5,000 feet below drinking water supplies,” according to AP.

In a separate study published this week in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a team of scientists from five universities analyzed 113 and 20 samples from drinking-water wells overlying the Marcellus and Barnett Shales, respectively, examining concentrations of chemicals in groundwater near shale-gas wells.

The researchers identified seven cases of water contamination in Pennsylvania and one in Texas. However, in each case, the source of the pollution was faulty construction of well shafts near the surface, not fracturing, which occurs thousands of feet below ground level. In the authors’ words, their “data appear to rule out gas contamination by upward migration from depth through overlying geological strata triggered by horizontal drilling or hydraulic fracturing.”
 

Myron Ebell

Governor Christie Stands Firm Against RGGI

The Democrat-dominated New Jersey legislature has been trying to overturn Republican Governor Chris Christie’s withdrawal in 2011 from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI).  At a press conference in Trenton on 18th September, Governor Christie re-iterated his opposition.  According to the New York Times, Christie said, “I think it’s a completely useless plan.”  Christie has been an enthusiastic promoter of building wind and solar energy facilities in his State.   

Around the World
Myron Ebell

UN Climate Summit Next Tuesday in NYC

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon this week named movie actor Leonardo DiCaprio as a “UN Messenger of Peace with a special focus on climate change” and announced that DiCaprio would speak during the opening ceremony of the Secretary-General’s Climate Summit of world leaders, which will be held next Tuesday, 23rd September, at UN headquarters in New York City.    Di Caprio will have to talk fast because there are six other speakers listed for the opening ceremony from 8 to 8:30 AM.  

The other opening ceremony speakers are: Ban Ki-moon, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, IPCC Chairman Rajendra Pachauri, Generation Investment Management Chairman and former Vice President Al Gore, actress and UN Environment Programme Goodwill Ambassador Li Bingbing, and Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner, Civil Society Representative from the Marshall Islands. 

U. S. President Barack Obama is scheduled to speak in one of three concurrent “plenary” sessions in the morning in which heads of state or prime ministers from approximately 126 nations will each get four minutes to announce their “national actions and ambitions” to fight climate change.  Thirty-six more national leaders will announce their actions and ambitions in two concurrent “plenary” sessions in the afternoon, but they will have to compete with multiple sessions devoted to “thematic discussions” and “multilateral and multi-stakeholder action announcements.”

The prime ministers of India, Australia, China, Canada, and Germany have decided not to attend.  Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the UN later in the week, but his speech is likely to stress that for his country economic growth and lifting people out of energy poverty must take precedence over reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

It’s going to be a busy day in Oyster Bay.  The entire program is available hereThose of us not invited to attend can watch it live at http://webtv.un.org/.

The “People’s Climate March”  is being held in Manhattan on 21st September, the Sunday before the UN Climate Summit.  Its organizers have billed it as the “Largest Climate March in History.”  Bill McKibben’s 350.org is the main organizer of the march, but it’s worth looking at the entire list of co-sponsors or partners, which is now up to 1400.   Ron Arnold has analyzed who is really behind the march and hundreds of similar events around the world in a post on the CFACT web site.  

Also scheduled next week in New York City is the sixth Climate Week.   Over 100 private and public events are on the calendar

Science Update
Marlo Lewis

Climate Change Precipitation Theory Doesn't Hold Water, Swiss Researchers Find

DDWW – dry gets drier, wet gets wetter – is a longstanding prediction of “consensus” climatology. Supposedly, global warming will reduce rainfall in areas that are already dry and intensify rainfall in areas that are already moist. Result: Droughts and floods become more frequent and severe, making Earth less livable for humanity.

The DDWW theory, however, is based mostly on ocean data, whereas most humans live on land. How is global warming affecting moisture conditions on continental land masses?

In a study published this week in Nature Geoscience, Swiss researchers analyzed “more than 300 combinations of various hydrological data sets of historical land dryness changes covering the period from 1948 to 2005,” and compared the datasets to “an empirical relationship between evaporation, precipitation and aridity.”

They find that while 10.8% of the global land area shows a “robust ‘dry gets drier, wet gets wetter’ pattern,” 9.5% of global land area shows “the opposite pattern, that is, dry gets wetter, and wet gets drier.”  In my book, that’s a wash.

As for the rest of the planet’s land surfaces, the researchers “find that over about three-quarters of the global land area, robust dryness changes cannot be detected.”  For more detail about the study, see this review article

 

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
Sep192014

CEI Today: The Third Amendment, EPA regulating aircraft emissions, and Scottish secession 

Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014
In the News Today

 

FANNIE/FREDDIE

Coalition Letter: Conservative and Free-Market Leaders Urge House Finance Committee to Protect Private Property and Shareholders’ Rights


The Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI), in a coalition of 17 conservative and free-market public policy leaders, sent a letter to Chairman Patrick McHenry and Ranking Member Al Green of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations. The letter urges the subcommittee to demand greater transparency and accountability in response to the federal government’s “Third Amendment,” which infringes on the rights of private shareholders who invested in the government-sponsored enterprises (GSEs) Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. > Read more

> Interview an expert

 

EPA REGULATES AIRCRAFT EMISSIONS - MARLO LEWIS

 

Globalwarming.org: EPA to Regulate CO2 Emissions from Aircraft
EPA plans to propose and finalize regulations establishing first-ever carbon dioxide (CO2) emission standards for jet aircraft.
> Read more

> Interview Marlo Lewis
 

SCOTTISH SECESSION - IAIN MURRAY

The Freeman: Freedom and Whisky Go Together

 

On Thursday, Scottish voters will decide whether to dissolve the 300-year-old union with England and Wales or remain in it. The result is now too close to call. As the world watches, it seems Scottish secession could be a step toward global liberalization and decentralization. But will an independent Scotland be a freer Scotland? > Read more

> Interview Iain Murray

 

 

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Thursday
Sep182014

CEI Today: EPA Progressives, a carbon tax in the US?, Scottish secession, railroad re-regulation, and more 

In the News Today

EPA ADMITS "PROGRESSIVE" AGENDA - CHRISTOPHER HORNER

 

The Daily Caller & Fox News: Internal emails: EPA rules part of 'progressive' agenda

Emails between top Environmental Protection Agency officials reveal they saw their fight against global warming as putting them at “forefront of progressive national policy.”

These emails, which were part of a batch obtained by the Competitive Enterprise Institute, show what top EPA officials were thinking as the agency prepared to release its greenhouse gas endangerment finding, which would give the agency the power to regulate carbon dioxide emissions from tailpipes and, eventually, from power plants.

“This is not about climate,” CEI senior fellow Chris Horner told The Daily Caller News Foundation. “This is the progressive agenda.” 
> Read the Daily Caller report


>View Chris Horner on Fox News Special Report

> Interview Chris Horner


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


CARBON TAX - MARLO LEWIS

Report: British Columbia Carbon Tax, a Bad Fit for the U.S.


Rebutting claims that the United States should adopt a carbon tax, the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) released a new report on Tuesday explaining how the go-to example of carbon tax success – British Columbia – falls short of its hype. > View Why British Columbia’s Carbon Tax Is not Applicable to America.


> Interview Marlo Lewis
 

RAILROAD RE-REGULATION - MARC SCRIBNER

Rail Investment
Threatened by Surface Transportation Board (STB) Reauthorization Reauthorization Bill

A bill that would threaten much needed investment in railroad infrastructure and reverse three decades of progress on railroad regulation is scheduled for markup today in the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. > Read more

> Interview Marc Scribner

 

SCOTTISH SECESSION - IAIN MURRAY

The Freeman: Freedom and Whisky Go Together

 

On Thursday, Scottish voters will decide whether to dissolve the 300-year-old union with England and Wales or remain in it. The result is now too close to call. As the world watches, it seems Scottish secession could be a step toward global liberalization and decentralization. But will an independent Scotland be a freer Scotland? > Read more

> Interview Iain Murray

 

More in the news...

EPA to Regulate CO2 Emissions from Aircraft

Secretary of State John Kerry Explains the Greenhouse Effect

Regulator: True Ridesharing Illegal in California
 

New Mexico Workers and Industry Would Benefit from Right to Work - See more at: http://workplacechoice.org/#sthash.04F3Iq2B.dpuf
 

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