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Cooler Heads Digest 24 April 2015 

24 April 2015


  • The Cooler Heads Coalition will host a Capitol Hill lunch briefing by Professor Ross McKitrick on “Ontario's Green Energy Act: Environmentally Useless and Economically Disastrous.”  The briefing will be held from 12 noon to 1:15 PM on Monday, 11th May, in 2325 Rayburn House Office Building.  McKitrick is Professor of Environmental Economics and Fellow in Sustainable Commerce at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada.  RSVP to attend the briefing to 
  • Former EPA official Alan Carlin’s excellent new book, Environmentalism Gone Mad, is now available.

In the News

Marlo Lewis on Ethanol
Jazz Shaw, Hot Air, 24 April 2015

Global Warming Pause Extends to 18 ½ Years
Michael Bastasch, Daily Caller, 24 April 2015

Climate Skeptics Descend on Vatican
Heartland Institute, 24 April 2015

Introducing the Wind PTC Elimination Act of 2015
Robert Bradley, Jr., Master Resource, 23 April 2015

Obama’s Climate Change Hypocrisy Highlights Lack of Faith
Washington Examiner, 23 April 2015

Report: Science Behind NY Fracking Ban Tainted by Money, Politics
Lachlan Markay, Washington Free Beacon, 23 April 2015

Clean Power Plan: Revisiting EPA’s Bogus Climate Benefit Estimates
Marlo Lewis,, 22 April 2015

22 Ways To Think about the Climate Change Debate
Max Borders, The Freeman, 22 April 2015

The White House Is Lying about Climate Change and Health
Alan Caruba, Warning Signs, 22 April 2015

What Harvard Students Pushing Fossil Fuel Divestment Are Missing
Alex Belica & David Kreutzer, Daily Signal, 22 April 2015

Obama’s Global Warming Distraction
Ed Rogers, Washington Post, 20 April 2015

Return to Towel Mountain
Mark Steyn, Steyn Online, 18 April 2015

News You Can Use
EV’s Popularity Wanes

The auto-research group this week reported that only “45 percent of this year’s hybrid and electric vehicle trade-ins have gone toward the purchase of another alternative fuel vehicle”while “22 percent of people who have traded in their hybrids and [electric vehicles] in 2015 bought a new SUV.” According to the website, this is the first time that loyalty rates for alt-fuel vehicles have fallen below 50 percent.

Inside the Beltway
Myron Ebell

EPA Administrator McCarthy Claims “Clean Power” Plan Will Boost Economy and Won’t Threaten Electric Reliability

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy really let them have it when she spoke to energy industry executives gathered at the annual IHS-CERA Week energy conference in Houston on 23rd April. McCarthy began by dismissing claims that the EPA’s so-called “Clean Power” Plan will be very costly:  

“First, I don’t think it’s accurate to look at compliance with the Clean Power Plan as a liability or cost. Here’s why: our rule creates a dynamic where cutting carbon pollution and investment decisions align. How am I so confident that this makes economic sense? Because you’re already making those investments. Our rule is not adding a line-item to your books, it’s informing one that’s already there.”

Later, McCarthy went on to claim that EPA regulations are good for the economy:

“No peer reviewed economic literature—no historical record—comes close to supporting the claims of massive job losses from reducing pollution. In EPA’s 45 year history, we’ve cut air pollution 70 percent while GDP has tripled. Environmental protection isn’t window dressing—it’s foundational to strong, lasting economic growth.”

This is a stunning non sequitur.  Nor does she mention that previous EPA pollution regulations were not designed to destroy major industries or take control of the energy economy. 

McCarthy then took on those who raise concerns that the new regulations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from power plants will threaten electric reliability:

“The second point I want to make is about reliability. Let me be clear: there is no scenario I will accept where reliability comes into question. Period. We can look at stringency, timing, phasing-in, glide path, and we can look at unit by unit reliability directly, too. The final 111(d) rule will give you the time and space you need to take a reliability-first approach that’s in line with your long-term planning, and gives you the latitude to adapt as market demands change.  Reliability is a high priority for all of us, so it’s good to have it front and center where it needs to be. But let’snot waste our time and energy worrying about scenarios that cannot and will not happen.”

This is an astonishing claim for the head of an agency that has no expertise in electric reliability to make.  My suggestion is that she and her colleagues at EPA might pay a little attention to what the North American Reliability Corporation is saying.  NERC released a report on its concerns with the “Clean Power” Plan’s first phase on 21st April.

AEI Holds Carbon Tax Love-In

The American Enterprise Institute on 22nd April (the 145th birthday of Lenin and 45th Earth Day) held a seminar on “Implementing a Carbon Tax: Practicalities and Prospects.”  A video of part of the event can be viewed here. The rest of the event can be viewed on the web site of a group promoting a carbon tax and headed by former Representative Bob (“Mr. 70-29”) Inglis (R-SC). 

Some of the presentations were based on a collection of essays that grew out of a conference AEI held in 2012.  That book has now been published by Routledge as “Implementing a Carbon Tax: Challenges and Debates.”  For those not lucky enough to have been given a copy at the AEI event, it can be purchased on Amazon for the discounted price of $48.09 …

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Across the States
Marlo Lewis

House Bill Would Let States Opt Out of “Clean Power” Plan

The “Clean Power” Plan (CPP) will compel States to reorganize their electric power sectors to meet EPA-mandated carbon dioxide (CO2) emission-reduction targets or caps. The CPP is unlawful, usurps powers reserved by Congress to the States, will impose hundreds of billions of dollars in costs for illusory climate benefits, and raises significant constitutional and electric reliability concerns. What is Congress doing about it?

On Wednesday, April 22, the House Energy and Commerce Committee approved the Ratepayer Protection Act by a vote of 17-12. As explained in the subcommittee’s press release and background memo, the bill extends CPP compliance deadlines until after judicial review is completed, and provides that a state would not be forced to implement a compliance plan if the governor finds it would have significant adverse effects on ratepayers or reliability. A full Energy and Commerce markup is scheduled for Wednesday, April 29.

Around the World
Myron Ebell

Paris in Peril (already)

Clare Foran reported in National Journal on 20th April that international climate negotiators have noticed that the Obama Administration’s INDC (or intended nationally-determined contribution) to the forthcoming Paris Accord is on shaky legal and political ground.  Foran’s story quotes Todd Stern, the State Department’s chief negotiator: “Certainly...countries want to get reassurance that the U.S. can deliver on what we've said that we're doing.  I wouldn't say it's a big drumbeat, but I have definitely been asked that.”

The largest reductions in greenhouse gas emissions in the U. S.’s INDC will come from the EPA’s proposed Clean Air Act rules for new and existing power plants.  Stern went on to re-assure reporters that “[W]e have a very solid basis for...having confidence in the power plant rule and other regulatory steps that we’ve taken.  These kinds of EPA regulations have been repeatedly challenged over time and almost always upheld.”

This suggests to me that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and other Republicans in Congress are being heard internationally and need to step up their efforts to make it clear that the EPA’s rules will not survive in Congress even if they survive court challenges.         

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,


Cooler Heads Digest 17 April 2015 

17 April 2015

In the News

Al Gore: Poor People Don’t Need Coal
Michael Bastasch, Daily Caller, 17 April 2015

Environmentalists’ Civil War
Robert Bryce, National Review, 17 April 2015

Five Hidden Ways You’re Paying To Subsidize Green Power
Brian Potts, Weekly Standard, 17 April 2015

Judith Curry vs. Climate Alarmism (Jon & Jerry—Are You Listening?)
Robert Bradley, Jr., Master Resource, 16 April 2015

Obama’s Illegal Coal Regulations Must Be Stopped
West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrissey, Washington Examiner, 16 April 2015

Steyer Nonprofit Owns Stake in Green Energy Investment Firm
Lachlan Markay, Washington Free Beacon, 15 April 2015

Obama Administration Worries about Environmental Effect of Keystone Oil, Not Iranian Oil
David Kreutzer, The Daily Signal, 14 April 2015

German Backlash Grows against Coal Power Clampdown
Arthur Neslen, Guardian, 14 April 2015

Rebranding EPA’s Clean Air Agenda
Chris Horner, Washington Times, 13 April 2015

What’s the True Cost of Wind Power?
Randy Simmons, Newsweek, 11 April 2015

News You Can Use
“Clean Power” Plan Would Cost about 300,000 Jobs

According to a report by the American Action Forum, job losses from EPA’s “Clean Power” Plan could be as high as 296,000 through 2030.

Inside the Beltway
William Yeatman

Oral Arguments on Challenge to EPA’s "Clean Power" Plan

On Thursday morning, 16th April, I attended the oral arguments in the challenge brought by Ohio-based Murray Energy and 15 intervenor States to EPA’s “Clean Power” Plan before the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.

The petitioners face a high bar to demonstrate they are properly before the court, because the “Clean Power” Plan is only a proposed rule, and the court has jurisdiction over only final agency rules. In fact, the court has never before overturned a proposed rule.

In making the case that the court has jurisdiction to judge their complaint, the petitioners invoke the All Writs Act, an 18th century statute that empowers federal courts to issue “necessary and appropriate” injunctions where “gaps” in a statutory scheme pervert the ends of justice. Courts very rarely have exercised their All Writs Act authority, which is reserved for extraordinary, unprovided-for cases. The challengers argue that EPA’s “Clean Power” Plan represents just such a case, for two reasons.

  • First, state regulators and utilities have no choice but to start complying with the proposed “Clean Power” Plan now, even though it’s only a proposed rule, because they are capital-intensive businesses that must plan years in advance. This has never before been the case with respect to any EPA proposal.
  • Second, EPA doesn’t have the authority to begin with. (For more on this complicated argument, see here and here).

Thus, they argue that an All Writs Act injunction is necessary to prevent States and utilities from having to continue to spend considerable resources planning for a proposed mandate that the EPA doesn’t have the power to issue in the first place. They are requesting an extraordinary writ for extraordinary circumstances.

At oral arguments, Judge Thomas Griffith seemed wary of the petitioner’s arguments, for fear of opening the floodgates to challenges of proposed rules. Judge Karen Henderson, on the other hand, seemed sympathetic to claims made by Murray Energy and the intervenor States.

Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s position seemed to be somewhere in-between those of his colleagues. However, he pursued a line of reasoning about the timing of the “Clean Power” Plan that suggested to me that he was leaning towards EPA’s position. During rebuttal arguments, Judge Kavanaugh noted that any decision by the court likely would be rendered during the summer, which is roughly the same time that the final “Clean Power” Plan is due. He then explained that challengers to the rule may seek an injunction to stay the “Clean Power” Plan immediately after the rule goes final. And if the regulation does indeed represent an extraordinary scenario, then the petitioners request would have a high probability of success. He concluded that such an alternative remedy (i.e., a stay of the final rule) would be available to opponents of the regulation only weeks after a decision was rendered on the Murray Energy case. His reasoning seemed to be: Why would the court adopt an extraordinary response (by siding with the petitioners), when it could wait a few weeks and achieve the same result through normal channels?

That said, prognosticating outcomes on the basis of oral arguments is a fool’s errand. We’ll find out what the judges actually think some time in the next three months.

Notable House Hearings

On April 14th, EPA Office of Air and Radiation chief Janet McCabe testified before a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on draft legislation that would allow States to “opt out” of the “Clean Power” Plan. She did not acquit herself well. For more, see:

On April 15th, the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee held a hearing on The President’s UN Climate Pledge–Scientifically Justified or a New Tax on Americans? In diplomatic lingo, the hearing focused on the administration’s “Intended Nationally-Determined Contribution” (INDC) for the December 2015 COP 21 climate conference in Paris. For a recap, see

Across the States
William Yeatman

EPA Proposes Unprecedented 55th Takeover of State Regulatory Program

EPA last week proposed to take over Arkansas’s Regional Haze program and thereby impose more than $1 billion in costs on five coal-fired power plants, in order to achieve an “improvement” in visibility that is imperceptible. This would be EPA’s 55th federal implementation plan imposed during the Obama administration. By contrast, EPA imposed 5 total FIPs during the previous three presidential administrations (i.e., Clinton, Bush I, and Bush II).

Around the World
Myron Ebell

Vatican Announces Climate Summit for April 28

The Vatican announced on 14th April that it will hold a one-day conference on 28th April on climate change and sustainable development titled, “Protect the Earth, Dignify Humanity: The Moral Dimensions of Climate Change and Sustainable Development.”  Speakers will include Ban Ki-moon, Secretary General of the United Nations, and Jeffrey Sachs, Columbia University economics professor, director of Columbia’s Earth Institute, and director of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network.  Leading representatives of other major religions and prominent climate scientists will also be invited to speak. 

According to the Vatican’s press release, “the goal of this summit is to raise awareness and build a consensus that the values of sustainable development cohere with values of the leading religious traditions, with a special focus on the most vulnerable; to elevate the debate on the moral dimensions of protecting the environment in advance of the papal encyclical; and to help build a global movement across all religions for sustainable development and climate change throughout 2015 and beyond.” 

The press release continues: “The desired outcome is a joint statement on the moral and religious imperative of sustainable development, highlighting the intrinsic connection between respect for the environment and respect for people – especially the poor, the excluded, victims of human trafficking and modern slavery, children, and future generations.”

Pope Francis is scheduled to release an encyclical on climate change some time before he attends the second United Nations climate summit of world leaders in New York City in September.  The Pope will also address a joint session of Congress during his visit to the United States, where he is also expected to speak about climate change.

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,



ALG - Tell Congress to stop Obama's stealth climate trade deal!


April 14, 2015

Dear Liberty Activist,

Click here to urge Congress to stop Obama's stealth climate trade deal!


Congress is considering giving President Barack Obama fast track trade authority to negotiate the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Fast track means that Congress would cede its right to amend the trade deal. Instead, it would be granted an up or down vote — even if it needed to be fixed.

At a time when the President has for all intents and purposes declared war on the constitutional separation of powers, it makes zero sense for Congress to voluntarily weaken its treaty ratification prerogatives. Why not make Obama go through the process under regular order, with amendments allowed?

Making matters worse, the U.S. Trade Representative website on the trade deal explicitly states, "Through the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the United States is negotiating for robust environment standards and commitments from member countries."

Meaning this is really just a stealth climate treaty — the outcome of which will be to allow Obama to unilaterally regulate the global economy. This cannot stand.

Obama should have to explain and where necessary defend every word in any treaty he agrees to, with it being held to the highest level of scrutiny.  That is Congress' job.  It is also their job to amend or defeat any treaty that falls short of being in America's interests.

You know what to do! Let's get on Rally Congress and urge both House and Senate members to oppose fast track trade authority for Obama!

Not giving the President trade promotion authority is not anti- trade.  In fact, the United States already exports $861 billion to the trans-Pacific trade partners, accounting for almost 40 percent of the $2.2 trillion of U.S. exports worldwide in 2012. As a result of this continued trade, our economic bonds with these nations are tight. 

Now it is time for Congress to step up and fight for the constitutional separation of powers and Congress' role in making treaties — not give more executive powers to Obama to negotiate a bad deal for the U.S. economy. Tell Congress Trans-Pacific trade deal will regulate climate. Don't cede treaty powers to Obama! No stealth climate treaties.

Let's keep fighting!


Cooler Heads Digest 10 April 2015 

10 April 2015

In the News

Harry Reid Secured Subsidies for Aides’ Donors
Lachlan Markay, Washington Free Beacon, 10 April 2015

Summer Gasoline Prices Lowest Since 2009
Institute for Energy Research, 10 April 2015

Michael Bloomberg Pledges $30 Million to Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal Campaign
Andrew Restuccia, Politico, 9 April 2015

Craig Idso Reviews Two New Studies of Rising CO2 Effects on Forests
Marlo Lewis,, 9 April 2015

Japan Defies Obama—Plans To Build 43 New Coal Plants
Michael Bastasch, Daily Caller, 9 April 2015

California Drought: the Rest of the Story
Patrick Michaels and Paul C. “Chip” Knappenberger, Cato at Liberty, 9 April 2015

Wind, Sun Free; Wind, Solar Power Expensive
Marita Noon, Breitbart Big Government, 6 April 2015

The Mask Slips on the Climate Scam
Steven Hayward, PowerLine, 5 April 2015

News You Can Use

Christopher Monckton provides an extensive critique of Reason science correspondent Ronald Bailey’s recent column on what it would take to convince skeptics that man-made climate change is “real.” Monckton’s rebuttal, posted April 9 on Watts Up With That, starts by pointing out that: “The true scientific question ... is not the fatuous question whether ‘Man-Made Climate Change Is Real’ but how much global warming our sins of emission may cause, and whether that warming might be more a bad thing than a good thing.

Inside the Beltway
Myron Ebell

EPA Agrees to Set 2014 Ethanol Mandate by End of November 2015

It was announced on Friday, April 10, that the Environmental Protection Agency has agreed to settle a case brought by the American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers association and the American Petroleum Institute by agreeing to deadlines for finalizing the 2014, 2015, and 2016 ethanol mandates by November 30th of this year. The Renewable Fuel Standard of 2007 requires the EPA to set the annual ethanol blending requirement by November 30th for the forthcoming year. The settlement therefore means that the EPA will be no more than two years late for setting the 2014 mandate and one year late for 2015.

It is interesting that the EPA thinks it is acceptable to require oil refiners to obey its regulations retroactively, while the agency itself can ignore the law passed by Congress.   

House Committees Will Hold Hearings on U. S. Commitment to Paris Accord and “Clean Power” Plan

Two House committees will hold noteworthy hearings next week when the House and the Senate both return from their two-week recess. The House Energy and Commerce Committee on Tuesday, April 14th, will hold a hearing on the EPA’s proposed Clean Air Act section 111d rule, the so-called “Clean Power” Plan. The House Science, Space, and Technology Committee on Wednesday, April 15th, will hold a hearing on the Obama Administration’s submission to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change of the U.S.’s intended nationally-determined commitment (INDC) to the forthcoming Paris Accord on climate change.

The Science Committee’s hearing is the first on the INDC, which was submitted to the UN on March 31st. The three witnesses called by the majority Republicans are: Professor Judith Curry, a climate scientist at Georgia Tech; Karen Harbert, president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for 21st Century Energy; and Dr. Margo Thorning, chief economist of the American Council for Capital Formation. The committee’s minority Democrats have called Jake Schmidt, director of international programs at the Natural Resources Defense Council. The hearing is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. on Wednesday in 2318 Rayburn House Office Building.  Written testimony and Internet broadcast of the live hearing should be available here.  

The Energy Subcommittee of the Energy and Commerce Committee will take testimony from Janet McCabe, Acting Assistant Administrator for Air and Radiation at the EPA, and six other witnesses on the proposed 111d rule. These include Eugene Trisko, testifying on behalf of the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity. The hearing is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. on Tuesday in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building. Written testimony and internet broadcast of the live hearing should be available on the committee’s web site. Subcommittee Chairman Ed Whitfield (R-Ky.) is developing legislation, the Ratepayer Protection Act, to delay state compliance with the so-called “Clean Power” Plan until it has undergone judicial review. 

EPA Administrator McCarthy Says Changes Will Be Made to “Clean Power” Plan

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said in a speech at the University of Chicago on April 10 that they will make changes in the so-called “Clean Power” Plan to address the problems that have been brought to their attention by electric utilities and state regulatory authorities. She said that interim compliance targets were essential, but that they might need to be re-jiggered to diminish the possibility that States will be forced to meet the interim target by increasing natural gas use rather than by making longer-term investments in renewable energy and efficiency alternatives.       

According to an article by Jean Chemnick in Greenwire (subscription required), McCarthy said, “If there is legitimate concern here, and we’re hearing it a lot, changes are going to happen. What I do not want to do is to design this in a way that is limiting choices of States.” 

This “regulatory flexibility” nonsense is probably just what many major investor-owned utilities want to hear. They are willing to do whatever the EPA commands as long as they have sufficient time to do it and as long as they can pass all rate increases along to their customers.

McCarthy also said that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-Ky.) call to the States to just say no to the EPA was merely a political stunt. In fact, McConnell’s argument is that state resistance will allow Congress time to act to block the regulations. She then made the extraordinary claim that there is broad public support for the EPA’s regulations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from existing and new coal and gas power plants, but that it was not reflected in Congress. Apparently, McCarthy is still in denial about the results of the 2014 elections. 

DC Circuit Will Hear Oral Arguments in Murray Energy Suit Against EPA’s “Clean Power” Plan

A three-judge panel of the DC Circuit Court of Appeals will listen to oral arguments in the Murray Energy v. EPA case on Thursday, April 16, beginning at 9:30 a.m. The suit seeks to block the so-called “Clean Power” Plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from existing coal and gas power plants before the rule is finalized. The court has allowed the State of Wisconsin to become the 15th State to join the suit. 

The DC Bar Association will present a panel discussion on the case that afternoon from 2 to 4 p.m.  Panelists include Mark DeLaquil from Baker and Hostetler and lawyers from NRDC and EPA. You may register here to attend in person or by teleconference. Here is my CEI colleague William Yeatman’s analysis of the written brief from the Natural Resources Defense Council.

Steve Hayward on the Power Line blog summarizes the significance of Harvard Professor Laurence Tribe’s opposition to the EPA’s proposed rule on constitutional grounds. Tribe, one of the nation’s leading liberal constitutional law professors for decades, testified before Congress that, “Burning the Constitution should not become part of our national energy policy.” The New York Times actually published a fairly balanced article on Tribe’s advocacy for Peabody Energy, an intervenor in the Murray suit. 

President Obama Plays the Asthma Card
Marlo Lewis

“President Obama says that climate change became a personal issue for him when his older daughter Malia, now 16, was rushed to the emergency room with an asthma attack when she was just a toddler,” ABC News reports.

The President explained in a one-on-one interview with ABC News health editor, Dr. Richard Besser: “Well you know Malia had asthma when she was 4 and because we had good health insurance, we were able to knock it out early... And if we can make sure that our responses to the environment are reducing those incidents, that's something that I think every parent would wish for...”

Is there any sillier justification for pricing low-income families out of affordable power, or for EPA to seize control of State electricity markets, than the one the President just gave?

Carbon dioxide, the substance targeted by EPA’s Clean Power Plan, is not a lung irritant and does not contribute to respiratory problems. At most, the CPP would reduce atmospheric CO2 concentrations a few parts per million by century’s end. What biological difference could that make to children, when their exhaled breath contains about 40,000 parts CO2 per million?

Obama argues that CO2 emissions cause global warming, which in turn increases ozone smog, which then causes asthma. But how can that be so when, despite global warming, smog-forming emissions and ozone levels have declined, decade-by-decade, since the 1970s? Besides, asthma-related hospital admissions are lower in summer than in winter, and childhood asthma rates have gone up as smog levels have gone down. Those facts indicate that air quality is an increasingly unimportant factor in childhood asthma.

Obama plays the asthma card because, as explained in a secret strategy memo, obtained via FOIA by my colleague Chris Horner, the public won’t care about climate change unless it is repackaged as a threat to children’s health.  

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,


CEI Today: UN climate plan, labor union ambush election training, and municipal mergers 

Wednesday, April 1, 2015
In the News Today




President Obama's UN Climate Plan Ignores American People and Congress
Myron Ebell of the Competitive Enterprise Institute responded to the Obama Administration’s submission of its intended nationally-determined contribution (INDC) to the United Nations:
“President Obama has pursued his domestic climate agenda without trying to build support for it with the American people or in Congress, and today’s INDC submission is no different. > Read more


NLRB Holds Training at Union Office and Top Lawyer Forgets Details of Ambush Election Rule


Two recent events further display the pro-union bias of the National Labor Relations Board and the haphazard nature in which the ambush election rule has been promulgated.
In preparation of the ambush election rule going into effect on April 14, the NLRB is conducting training on the details of the new election process. Guess where some of the training takes place?
As the U.S. Chamber of Commerce reports, a training session will be held at a SEIU office in New York.  > Read more

> Interview Trey Kovacs 



A Tale of Two Cities: How Municipal M&A Saves Taxpayers, Prevents Budget Shortfalls

In the same way that private-sector consolidations offer efficiencies and economies of scale, municipal mergers can cut operational redundancies, saving taxpayers money in the process. Combined resources also offer a bulwark against state budget cuts and prevent tax hikes. > Read more

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