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Wednesday
Jun252014

ALG's Daily Grind - McConnell-Reid fight over amendments on appropriations creates opportunity for GOP 

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June 25, 2014

Permission to republish original opeds granted.

McConnell-Reid fight over amendments on appropriations creates opportunity for GOP
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid pulls $180 billion appropriations bill off Senate floor after Senate Republicans demand simple majority amendments.

The rise of Climate Change-ism
Over a few decades modern climate science has evolved, or if you will, devolved from it's infancy, from scientific observation to dogma—or "Climate Change-ism."

Central planners take aim at motorists in Washington, D.C.
Throwing caution to the wind, a Washington, D.C. calls for toll lanes at major entry points into the city and other measures designed to keep automobiles off Washington's major thoroughfares—at a great cost to commuter motorists.

Klein: Still waiting for the most important Obamacare ruling --- and it isn't Hobby Lobby
"Health care policy watchers are still waiting for what could be the most important court ruling of the year on Obamacare -- but it isn't Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby, the contraception mandate case."

Saturday
Jun212014

Cooler Heads Digest 20 June 2014 

20 June 2014

In the News

India Takes Action against Eco-Colonialism
Iain Murray, Open Market, 20 June 2014

John Holdren’s Bi-Polar Vortex, Part 2
Sam Kazman, WattsUpWithThat, 20 June 2014

Global Warming of the Earth’s Surface Has Decelerated
Matt Rogers, Washington Post, 20 June 2014

At VA, Solar Panels Are Priority #1
Washington Times editorial, 19 June 2014

Another Obama Policy Failure: Canada Approves New Oil Pipeline to Pacific Coast
Ronald Bailey, Reason Hit & Run, 18 June 2014

Attack of the Energy Snobs
Orange County Registereditorial, 18 June 2014

Fighting Executive Fiat on Climate
Paul Driessen, Master Resource, 17 June 2014

Obama Flunks Climate Science 101 at University of California, Irvine
James Delingpole, Breitbart, 15 June 2014

On Key Clean Air Act Interpretation, NRDC Cynically Reverses Itself
William Yeatman, GlobalWarming.org, 14 June 2014

News You Can Use
Greenpeace Gambles Away $5.2 Million in Donor Money

Greenpeace announced this week that it has lost $5.2 million in donations on currency speculation.

Inside the Beltway
Myron Ebell

House and Senate Committees Hold Hearings on EPA’s Power Plant Rule  

House and Senate committees held hearings this week on the EPA’s proposed rule to regulate carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants.  On the House side, a subcommittee of the Energy and Commerce Committee took testimony from Janet McCabe, acting assistant administrator of air and radiation at the EPA. On the Senate side, a subcommittee of the Environment and Public Works Committee heard from four former administrators of the Environmental Protection Agency in Republican administrations who support the EPA’s greenhouse gas regulations.  

Republican members of the Energy and Commerce Committee tried several lines of attack with McCabe. She gave no ground, but she also provided very few direct answers.  McCabe insisted that the EPA was not waging war on coal.  This incredible claim was echoed in a video interview that EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy gave to Politico.  We shall see whether President Barack Obama repeats their denials of waging war on coal when he addresses the annual dinner of the League of Conservation Voters next week. 

It was slightly embarrassing to listen to former EPA Administrators William Ruckelshaus, Christine Todd Whitman, William K. Reilly, and Lee Thomas testify before the Senate. Congressional Democrats trot them out on a regular basis to try to embarrass congressional Republicans: “You see, even Republicans who ran EPA support EPA.”  The four Republican former administrators are pathetically eager to please because getting to testify makes them feel relevant.

By far the best testimony at the Senate hearing was given by Luther Strange, the attorney general of Alabama.  He laid out a compelling case for why the EPA’s regulation of carbon dioxide emissions under section 111d of the Clean Air Act is illegal.

Murray Energy takes up one of Attorney General Strange’s main lines of argument in a suit filed on 18th June in the federal DC Circuit Court of Appeals.  Murray Energy, a privately held company that has become one of the biggest coal producers in the U. S., argues that the Clean Air Act does not allow regulation of power plants under section 111d that are already being regulated under section 112.  Legal challenges to proposed regulations are not usually heard by federal courts because the regulations are likely to be modified as a result of expert comments received.  However, the Murray Energy filing argues that their appeal is ripe because whatever regulation is finally proposed will violate the law and that waiting until the rule is final will be highly damaging economically.

Landrieu Bill To Permit Keystone Pipeline Passes Committee, But Won’t Get Floor Vote

The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on 18th June marked up a bill to cut President Barack Obama out of the decision-making process and permit construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline from Alberta’s oil sands to the U. S. The vote was 12 to 10, with all ten Republicans plus Chairman Mary Landrieu (D-La.) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) voting yes.

Senator Landrieu, who is in a tough re-election race, vowed to push hard for a vote on the Senate floor.  Republicans pointed out that the fact that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is not going to allow a floor vote exposes how ineffective Landrieu is as chairman in promoting pro-energy policies in the face of her own party leader’s obstructionism.

Politico, also on 18th June, ran a big photo on its front page with the headline, “The Dark Side of the Oil Boom.”  The photo accompanied a long, investigative story by Kathryn A. Wolfe and Bob King about the safety threats posed by rapidly increasing rail transport of oil.  Curiously, the article considered the obvious alternative to rail—namely, building more pipelines—only in order to dismiss it:

“But environmentalists who warn about the dangers of crude-by-rail say it would be wrong to turn the issue into an excuse to approve Keystone.  For one thing, the Texas-bound pipeline would replace only part of the train traffic, which has spread its tendrils across the U.S.”

True, but building Keystone would solve part of the problem, and building other pipelines would solve the rest. 

Across the States

Energy Production on Federal Lands Down Again

Production of oil, gas and coal on federal lands and waters fell 7 percent last year, according to a new report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Overall, domestic oil and gas production is at historical highs—this week, for example, North Dakota for the first time exceeded 1 million of barrels of oil produced per day—but production is taking place mainly on state and private lands, over which the federal government exerts less control.

Around the World

Green Energy Pause Started about Same Time as Global Warming Pause

BP this week released its annual world energy statistical review. Coal's share of world energy consumption topped 30 percent in 2013, the highest level since 1970. The report also shows that the global percentage of non-carbon energy has paused at around 13% since about 1995.

Cooler Heads Coalition

Ray Evans, RIP

With great sadness, we report the death of our long-time friend and colleague N. Ray Evans in Melbourne, Australia on Tuesday, 18th June, at the age of 79

Ray was for many decades one of Australia’s leading public intellectuals.  He became involved in a wide range of issues from labor market reform to climate policy.  Ray early saw the threat of international and national energy-rationing policies resulting from global warming alarmism. 

In 1997, Ray was the lead organizer of Countdown to Kyoto, the largest international conference on global warming before the negotiations in December 1997 that led to the Kyoto Protocol.  It was while working at Frontiers of Freedom that I was introduced to Ray by my friend (And now CEI colleague R.J. Smith), who asked us to help organize that conference, which I attended in Canberra, Australia in August 1997. 

Ray became one of the leading voices opposing global warming alarmism and energy-rationing policies, first in his position as an executive at Western Mining Corporation and later in “retirement” as founder and director of the Lavoisier Group. The Lavoisier Group is a member of the Cooler Heads Coalition and is the pre-eminent intellectual opponent of global warming alarmism in Australia.  But he made an impact in the United States and England as well.  The Cooler Heads Coalition assisted a bit when it sponsored a notable briefing by Ray in the U. S. Capitol on the threats to sovereignty posed by international environmental agreements, such as the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. 

For an example of Ray’s style of public advocacy, read his short pamphlet, Nine Facts About Climate Change.  Ray always expressed his thoughts with great clarity, vigor, and good humor.  

Here is a warm appreciation of Ray by columnist Andrew Bolt, which begins, “A very fine man has died.”  That sums up Ray.  I am one of many, many people who had the great good fortune to know him well and to work with him in a great cause.  Rest in peace, dear friend.

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
Jun142014

Cooler Heads Digest 13 June 2014 

13 June 2014

In the News

The Poor Are Bearing the Cost of Solar
Monica Martinez, Forbes, 13 June 2014

How Can EPA’s ‘Clean Power Plan’ Deliver $ Billions in Climate Benefits If It Has No Detectable Impact on Global Temperatures, Sea-Level Rise, or Other Climate Indicators
Marlo Lewis, GlobalWarming.org, 12 June 2014

Obama & the EPA: It’s about Rewarding Friends and Punishing Enemies
Benjamin Zycher, Los Angeles Times, 11 June 2014

Wind’s PTC: The Opposition Mounts
Robert Bradley, Jr., Master Resource, 11 June 2014

Watchdog Rebuffed on EPA Data Turns to NSA
Stephen Dinan & Jim McElhatton, Washington Times, 10 June 2014

Chinese Official Plays Down Emission Cut Expectations
David Stanway, Reuters, 9 June 2014

News You Can Use
Antarctic Sea Ice Sets May Record

According to the U.S. National Snow and Ice Data Center, Antarctic sea ice reached its greatest extent for any May in the satellite record.

Inside the Beltway
Myron Ebell

Cantor’s Defeat Paves Way for McCarthy’s Move up to Majority Leader

The very surprising defeat of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) in the Republican primary election in Virginia on 10th June by David Brat means that House Republicans must elect a new majority leader.  Representative Cantor announced the next day that he will serve out his term, but will resign as majority leader on 31st July.  The House Republican Conference then announced that elections will be held on 19th June.

House Republican Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) quickly drove potential conservative challengers out of the race.  Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Tex.), chairman of the Financial Services Committee, sounded out his colleagues for support and announced that he would not run.  Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Tex.) announced that he would run and then withdrew when he discovered he could not beat McCarthy.  Rep. Raul Labrador (R-Idaho) then announced that he would run so that conservatives at least had a candidate.  Labrador is a solid conservative and clearly a potential future leader of his party in the House, but has little chance to defeat McCarthy.  Of course, no one thought that Brat would beat Cantor.

Pre. McCarthy probably has more windmills in his California district than any other House member and has supported the federal wind production tax credit.  Recognizing that one of Brat’s top issues was his attacks on crony capitalism, McCarthy in an interview with the Wall Street Journal indicated that, while he supports the wind industry, he no longer supports the wind PTC.

If McCarthy is elected majority leader, then House Republicans will vote on a new chief whip.  A leading candidate is the current chief deputy whip (an appointed position), Rep. Peter Roskam (R-Ill.).  Like McCarthy, Roskam is a moderate, establishment Republican.  The other candidates are Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.), the current chairman of the conservative Republican Study Committee, and Rep. Marlin Stutzman (R-Ind.), who was elected in 2010 with tea party support.  It has been reported that Scalise has more commitments so far, but has not yet secured a majority.  Members have been known not to keep their commitments in past leadership elections.     

White House Dismisses Petition to Correct Holdren’s Junk Science

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) has dismissed a petition for correction under the federal Information Quality Act of a two-minute video that OSTP director John Holdren made in January, in which he explains that the very cold winter was caused by global warming.  In a letter dated 6th June to my CEI colleague Hans Bader, assistant OSTP director Tamara Dickinson states that Holdren’s claims were an “expression of Dr. Holdren’s personal opinion and expert judgment.”  In other words, the White House is claiming that the ridiculous public musings of a crank working at the White House are not covered by the Information Quality Act.  

This is extremely worrying.  President Barack Obama in an interview with Tom Friedman of the New York Times said this week that he gets frequent briefings from his top science advisor:

Every morning you get a security briefing from the intelligence community on global threats; do you now also get the same on environmental threats?  “I do,” said Obama. Science adviser “John Holdren typically makes presentations when there are new findings,” and his reports show that environmental stresses are now impacting both foreign and domestic policy.

A video of the interview was part of the final episode of Showtime’s “Years of Living Dangerously,” the most recent piece of global warming propaganda that no one watched. 

Across the States
William Yeatman

California Commits Cap-and-Trade Revenues to High-Speed Rail Boondoggle

California Governor Jerry Brown this week reached an agreement with Democratic leadership in the Legislature to spend up to $250 million of the 2014 proceeds from the state’s cap-and-trade energy rationing program on a planned high speed rail in the hinterlands. Under the plan, many billions more would be spent on the project through 2020. Pacific Legal Foundation’s Harold Johnson told ClimateWire that the decision was a “gift” to opponents of California’s climate policy, and he is spot-on. The state’s high speed rail is the ultimate boondoggle, as has been reported by my colleague Marc Scribner. The first portion would connect Merced to the San Fernando Valley, at a cost of $31 billion. Anyone even remotely acquainted with California demography could tell you that this is an outrageous price to pay to connect these lightly populated regions.

Around the World
Myron Ebell

Australian PM Abbott Asks Canada To Join Coalition to Oppose Global Carbon Caps

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott visited Ottawa and Washington this week for talks with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and President Barack Obama.  It was reported that Abbott talked to Harper about creating a coalition to oppose global efforts to conclude a new international agreement that puts a price on carbon dioxide emissions.  It was also reported that he hoped to recruit the prime ministers of the United Kingdom, New Zealand, and India to join the coalition.  British Prime Minister David Cameron seems an unlikely opponent of global energy-rationing policies, but China and Japan are in fact already allies, although their rhetoric is designed to conceal their opposition to new global carbon caps.    

White House press secretary Jay Carney confirmed that President Obama and Prime Minister Abbott did discuss climate policies during their meeting, but did not share any details.  Since Obama is creating an energy-rationing regime through executive fiat and Abbott’s government is moving to repeal Australia’s carbon tax and dismantle its climate bureaucracy, the lack of details almost certainly means that they found no common ground. 

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
Jun062014

CEI Today: Copyright reform, air line pilots union, asthma and the Obama climate plan, and more 

Thursday, June 5, 2014
In the News Today

 

TODAY! COPYRIGHT REFORM EVENT

R Street will be
hosting a Google Hangout with the Mercatus Center, the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Competitive Enterprise Institute to discuss copyright reform on Thursday, June 5, at 3 p.m. ET. > More
 


AIR LINE PILOTS UNION  - MARC SCRIBNER

Openmarket.org: 33 House Republicans Join ALPA to Restrict Competition and Soak Consumers

previously wrote about the campaign from the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) against Norwegian Air International’s (NAI) attempt to offer low-cost flights from the U.S. to Europe.

Having lost their case in Europe, ALPA has teamed up with a European pilots’ union to pressure the Federal Aviation Administration to deny a petition for a foreign air carrier permit. In addition, ALPA is spending millions on a 
xenophobic ad campaign in a pathetic attempt to stoke ethnic and national division for its members’ narrow benefit.  None of this is surprising given ALPA’s history of turning a blind eye to racism within their ranks. > Read more


> Interview Marc Scribner

 

ASTHSMA, CHILDREN, & THE OBAMA CLIMATE PLAN - WILLIAM YEATMAN


Globalwarming.org: Administration & Allies Ask: Won’t Somebody Please Think of the Children?

President Obama, the Environmental Protection Agency, and their allies are laying it on really thick with the use of children in general, and asthmatic children in particular, as political props in promotion of the agency’s just-released climate plan. In fact, the rule has
nothing to do with either (1) children or (2) asthmatic children, because (1) the rule won’t impact global temperatures and (2) greenhouse gases don’t trigger asthma. > Read more

> See also: EPA’s Existing Source Carbon Rule: Former EPA General Counsel Discusses Legal Issues


> Interview William Yeatman
 

MAYA ANGELOU & HERB JEFFRIES - JOHN BERLAU

Openmarket.org: Maya Angelou, Herb Jeffries, and the Freedom to Prosper

These thoughts on the freedom to prosper have been on my mind since last week after the passing of two individuals — one of whom I was privileged to know — who used what limited freedom they had in the “Jim Crow” system of state-enforced segregation to blaze paths to prosperity for themselves and others.  > Read more


> Interview John Berlau

 

Apply for CEI's Journalism Fellowship!
 

CEI's Warren T. Brookes Journalism Fellowship is a one-year fellowship that aims to provide journalists the opportunity to improve their knowledge of free markets principles and limited government through interaction with CEI policy experts. > cei.org/warrenbrookes

 

Sign Up for the Weekly Cooler Heads Digest!

Every Friday afternoon, we send out an electronic newsletter on the latest energy and environment happenings, known as the Cooler Heads Digest.

 

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, and blogs, Globalwarming.org and OpenMarket.org.  Follow CEI on Twitter! Twitter.com/ceidotorg.

 

Saturday, 10am ET
Realclearradio.org

 

An Annual Snapshot of the Federal Regulatory State

 





 

 

    

Wednesday
Jun042014

CEI Today: President's climate plan, OMB's weekend report, and unions + govt mismanagement

Tuesday, June 3, 2014
In the News Today

 

OBAMA CLIMATE PLAN  - WILLIAM YEATMAN

Globalwarming.org: The President’s Illegitimate Climate Plan Lacks Popular Mandate in Any Way, Shape, or Form

There's a conspicuous absence of a popular mandate for EPA’s climate plan for existing power plants, which was unveiled Monday.

During the 2012 Presidential debates, Obama never once mentioned global warming. And Congress explicitly considered the policies that EPA is now proposing to impose. As such, the people’s representatives have spoken to the issue, and they didn’t proceed with policy.

As if that’s not enough, poll after poll demonstrates that the American electorate gives ultra-low priority to global warming. Taken as a whole, the available evidence strongly indicates the President’s climate plan is illegitimate.
> Read more

> See also: Broken Record: EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy Plays the Asthma Card


> Interview William Yeatman

 

REGULATION - WAYNE CREWS

Openmarket.org: The Funnel of Gov — OMB’s 2014 Report to Congress on the Benefits and Costs of Federal Regulations

Post image for The Funnel of Gov — OMB’s 2014 Report to Congress on the Benefits and Costs of Federal RegulationsOver the weekend the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released the 2014 Draft Report to Congress on the Benefits and Costs of Federal Regulations. If it draws attention to it at all, the administration will say it’s fiscal year 2013 rules had benefits of up to $81.4 billion annually, while costing just $2.5 billion annually. The problem is only seven rules out of thousands had benefit and cost analysis. > Read More



> See also: Regulations Cost Your Family $15,000 a Year

> Interview Wayne Crews

 


UNIONS + GOV'T MISMANAGEMENT - TREY KOVACS

Workplacechoice.org: Federal Government Mismanagement and Union Official Time

Mismanagement within the federal government may not be at an all-time high, but it is close. Unfortunately, the VA is not the only agency that pays federal employees to conduct union business at inappropriate times. Several agencies granted employees official time during last year’s government shutdown. > Read more


> Interview Trey Kovacs

 

JUNE 5 - Upcoming Google hangout on copyright reform

R Street will be
hosting a Google Hangout with the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Competitive Enterprise Institute to discuss copyright reform on Thursday, June 5, at 3 p.m. ET. > More
 

Apply for CEI's Journalism Fellowship!
 

CEI's Warren T. Brookes Journalism Fellowship is a one-year fellowship that aims to provide journalists the opportunity to improve their knowledge of free markets principles and limited government through interaction with CEI policy experts. > cei.org/warrenbrookes

 

Sign Up for the Weekly Cooler Heads Digest!

Every Friday afternoon, we send out an electronic newsletter on the latest energy and environment happenings, known as the Cooler Heads Digest.

 

    

 

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, and blogs, Globalwarming.org and OpenMarket.org.  Follow CEI on Twitter! Twitter.com/ceidotorg.

 

Saturday, 10am ET
Realclearradio.org


Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), recounts some political, legal struggles over technology policy.
 

An Annual Snapshot of the Federal Regulatory State