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Saturday
Jul192014

CEI Today: Big Labor, EPA report, winning the climate debate, and regulatory disclosure 

 

Friday, July 18, 2014
In the News Today

 

The High Cost of Big Labor - a three part series

An Interstate Analysis of Right to Work Laws

The 24 states with right-to-work laws compare to the other states.The top 10 states most negatively affected by the lack of a right-to-work law are: Alaska, Connecticut, California, New Jersey, Illinois, Hawaii, Maryland, Wisconsin, New York, and Michigan.


Understanding Public Pension Debt


State government pension debt burdens labor markets and worsens the business climate.

 


EPA INSPECTOR GENERAL REPORT - CHRISTOPHER HORNER

EPA's inspector general's office on Wednesday released a report exonerating the agency from charges it discriminated against right-of-center groups in waiving FOIA fees.

 

But CEI's Christopher Horner counters that the EPA has acknowledged to him in writing that it sets aside requests from him (and perceived associates) for separate handling. "It thereby admits the bias," says Horner, "and flatly contradicts its public denials of such practices.

"The OIG goes to great lengths to ... avoid the relevant facts," Horner concludes.


> Interview Christopher Horner
 

ABOLISH EX-IM BANK - RYAN YOUNG

CEI.org: Ten Reasons to Abolish the Export-Import Bank


A new CEI study released today compiles ten reasons to abolish the Export-Import Bank. The bank subsidizes companies that export goods abroad, and foreign companies that buy those goods. Whatever the intentions behind the bank, the result is one of the federal government’s largest corporate welfare programs. > Read more

> Related: CEI Podcast: Time to Close the Export-Import Bank


> Interview Ryan Young

 


WINNING THE CLIMATE DEBATE - MYRON EBELL

James Delingpole Interviews Myron Ebell: 'What They Want to do is Make you Poorer'

What is the best way to win the climate debate? Director of Global Warming and International Environmental Policy at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, Myron Ebell talks climate debate tactics with James Delingpole. Is the starting point of the debate moral, scientific, or political?
> View the interview

> Interview Myron Ebell
 

REGULATORY DISCLOSURE - WAYNE CREWS

Red Tapeworm 2014: Federal Regulatory Disclosure Becomes More Confused

“The Regulatory Plan and Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions” normally appears in the Federal Register each fall and (minus the Regulatory Plan) each spring. But until the Spring 2014 agenda’s release in late May, the appearance of the agenda had become quite irregular. Another complication is that agencies are not required to limit their regulatory activity to what they publish in the agenda.  > Read more

> Interview Wayne Crews

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

 

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Saturday
Jul192014

Cooler Heads Digest 18 July 2014 

18 July 2014

Announcements

  • Stairway Press recently published a book by Dr. Tim Ball titled, The Deliberate Corruption of Climate Science, available here.
  • On Thursday, July 24, 10:00—11:15 AM, the Heritage Foundation will host a panel on Energy Exports and Free Trade, with Rep. Cory Gardner, IHS Senior Director Jamie Webster, National Association of Manufacturers’ Ross Eisenberg, and Heritage’s Nicolas Loris. Click here to sign up.

In the News

Tom Steyer Is Explaining, and He’s Losing
Ben Zycher, The Hill, 18 July 2014

Tom Steyer Struggles To Find Big Money Donors
Andrew Restuccia & Kenneth Vogel, Politico, 16 July 2014

Winds of Vanity
Bjorn Lomborg, Project Syndicate, 16 July 2014

EPA Withdraws Plan To Garnish Wages
S. A. Miller, Washington Times, 16 July 2014

The Liberating Theory of Resourceship
Robert Bradley, Jr., Master Resource, 15 July 2014

Heartland Institute Conference Shows the Growing Power of Climate Realism
Ron Arnold, Washington Examiner, 15 July 2014

John Christy: Though Scorned by Colleagues, a Climate Skeptic Is Unbowed
Michael Wines, New York Times, 15 July 2014

Solar Thermal Electric Generation: Still Not Cheap, Not Green?
Marlo Lewis, GlobalWarming.org, 14 July 2014

California Legislators Feign Surprise at Cap-and-Trade’s High Cost
Steven Greenhut, San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 July 2014

News You Can Use
Study: People Who Claim To Worry about Climate Change Use More Electricity

People who claim to worry about climate change use more electricity than those who do not, according to a United Kingdom Department for Energy and Climate Change report released this week.

Inside the Beltway
Myron Ebell

Obama Spends Taxpayer Dollars on Climate Adaptation

President Barack Obama on 16th July announced several new programs to help local and state governments adapt to or deal with the impacts of climate change.  The President was speaking at a meeting in the White House of the State, Local, and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience.  The 26-member task force was created in November 2013 by the President to prepare recommendations for better co-operation between levels of government in dealing with climate change.  Obama’s new programs are based on the task force’s initial recommendations.  A final report is due in November.

The President announced that the U. S. Department of Agriculture was providing $236.3 million in grants in eight States to increase the resilience of rural electric infrastructure to more intense storms.  He announced that the Bureau of Indian Affairs would distribute $10 million in grants to tribal governments for planning to deal with the effects of climate change on tribal lands.  Obama also asked Congress to appropriate $1 billion for the Climate Resilience Fund, which is designed to help state and local governments strengthen infrastructure that will be hit by bigger storms, sea level rise, etc. 

The President also talked about the National Disaster Resilience Competition, which offers $1 billion to communities that are including planning for climate change and increasing resilience to climate change.  The grant competition is being administered by the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

President Obama did not mention in his remarks another proposal that was contained in the written materials released by the White House.  According to a story by Evan Lehmann in ClimateWire, the Federal Emergency Management Agency will start asking “States to consider the dangers of ‘climate variability’ in plans they have to submit to Washington, D.C., in order to receive disaster aid.”  Lehmann comments: “It's a bureaucratic measure with muscle: It's possible that if States refuse to sift through the potential perils from warming, it might make them ineligible for federal funding used to repair and strengthen public facilities like roads and bridges, some experts say.”

EPA’s #2 Leaves for Climate Special Interest

Bob Perciasepe, deputy administrator at the Environmental Protection Agency, is leaving to become president of the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions.  He will replace Eileen Claussen, who is retiring.

Politico’s Morning Energy noted that Perciasepe’s departure is part of a brain drain at the EPA. My colleague Chris Horner points out that one factor leading Perciasepe to leave the EPA now could be various appeals that Horner has filed on behalf of CEI to compel the agency to produce records requested under the Freedom of Information Act.  FOIAs have revealed that Perciasepe, like Administrator Gina McCarthy and former Administrator Lisa “Richard Windsor” Jackson, used private email accounts to conduct public business. Here is a link to the most recent appeal, dated 7th July. 

Perciasepe served as the number two appointed official at the EPA since 2009, the first year of the Obama Administration, and as acting administrator between the resignation of Lisa Jackson in January 2013 and the confirmation of Gina McCarthy in June 2013.  He was assistant administrator of water and then of air and radiation during the Clinton Administration.  After George W. Bush became president in 2001, Perciasepe left the EPA to become senior vice president for public policy and then in 2004 chief operating officer of the National Audubon Society. 

The Center for Climate and Energy Solutions is best known for its Business Environmental Leadership Council, which was created by founding president Eileen Claussen in 1998 when the group was called the Pew Center on Global Climate Change.  The business council supports energy-rationing policies that will increase the member companies’ profits.  Current members include Alcoa, Bank of America, BP, Conoco, Delta Airlines, DTE Energy, Duke Energy, Dow Chemical, Entergy, Exelon, General Electric, General Motors, Hewlett Packard, IBM, Intel, NRG, PG&E, Rio Tinto, Shell, Toyota, and Weyerhauser. 

Senate Narrowly Confirms FERC Nominee Bay in Bizarre Fashion

The Senate voted this week to confirm Norman Bay to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission by a vote of 52 to 45.  Current FERC acting chairwoman Cheryl LaFleur was confirmed to a new term by a vote of 90 to 7. 

Under a bizarre deal with Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), Senator Mary Landrieu (D-La.), chairman of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, agreed to support Bay’s confirmation under the condition that LaFleur continues as chairman for nine months before Bay replaces her.  Bay is President Barack Obama’s choice for chairman.  The White House reportedly approved the deal, but it remains to be seen whether they will keep the agreement.

Senator Dean Heller (R-Nev.) was the only Republican to vote for Bay’s confirmation.  Despite repeated attempts to find out, I still have no idea why Nevada’s two Senators are so determined to have the dubiously-qualified Bay as FERC chairman.   

Across the States
William Yeatman

States, Industry Appeal D.C. Circuit’s Approval of Absurd Utility MACT

This week, 23 States joined the National Mining Association and the Utility Air Regulatory Group in filing a request with the Supreme Court to rehear the D.C. Circuit Court’s split decision upholding EPA’s Mercury and Air Toxics Standards, a.k.a. the Utility MACT. The appeals allege that EPA impermissibly refused to consider the costs of the regulation when it made the decision to proceed with it.

In fact, the rule would cost $9.6 billion annually; more consequentially, it threatens to shutter up to 25% of the nation’s coal fleet. These are the costs that EPA ignored. Now, consider the “benefits”: The absurd purpose of the Utility MACT is to protect a putative population of pregnant, subsistence fisherwomen who consumer hundreds of pounds of self-caught fish from exclusively the 10% most polluted bodies of fresh, inland water. Notably, EPA never identified a member of this supposed population. Rather, they are modeled to exist.

Read the State, NMA, and UARG petitions here, here, and here (respectively).

Around the World
Patrick Hannaford

Australia Says Goodbye, and Good Riddance, to the Carbon Tax

 “Today, Tony Abbott has made Australia the first country in the world to reverse action on climate change”.

Those were the words of Australia’s opposition leader, Bill Shorten, as the Senate voted to repeal Australia’s two year old carbon tax, on a vote of 39 to 32.

Introduced by the Gillard Labor Government in 2012, the Australian people quickly recognized the carbon tax for what it was: a great big new tax that would hurt the economy, raise the cost of living, and have no positive effect on the environment.

History will remember the Australian carbon tax as a political disaster. It was introduced against the will of the Australian people, and was most notable for its impact on the political careers of its proponents.

Following the vote, Prime Minister Abbott addressed the Australian people with the words: “Today, the tax that you voted to get rid of is finally gone”. This is surely a victory for democracy and common sense.

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.

Tuesday
Jul152014

ALG's Daily Grind - Obama's HUD plan to resettle millions of illegal immigrants in your community

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July 15, 2014

Permission to republish original opeds and cartoons granted.

Obama's not-so-secret HUD plan to resettle millions of illegal immigrants in your community
La Raza supports Housing and Urban Development rule implementing racial and income housing quotas for those who "fear deportation" in any community that accepts any part of $3.8 billion annual of community development block grants.

Cartoon: "Crazy Border"

The Big All Star Chill: Is the Hockey stick broken?
Almost as if the Michael Mann hockey stick had been turned upside down, Minneapolis is expected to see record low temperatures on Monday and possibly Tuesday nights for the baseball All Star Game as temperatures dip down into the low 50's in another so-called polar vortex. 

How U.S. taxpayers subsidize fossil fuels in Russia, Saudi Arabia while being penalized at home
"[T]he administration pressed for reauthorization this fall of the U.S. Export-Import Bank, a federal agency that offers billions of taxpayer dollars for development of fossil fuels in Russia, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Mexico and other countries."

Saturday
Jul122014

Cooler Heads Digest 11 July 2014 

 

11 July 2014

Announcements

  • The Heartland Institute’s 9th International Conference on Climate Change took place this week in Las Vegas. Click here to find video archives of all the sessions.
  • The Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow this week announced plans for a new documentary film to counter global warming alarmism. Climate Hustle is set to be hosted by C-FACT’s own Marc Morano and is currently seeking donations to make the project a reality. You can view the trailer and donate to the project here.

In the News

Economic Consequences of EPA’s Climate Regime
James Rust, Master Resource, 11 July 2014

Worried Moms: Global Warming Endangers Our Kids
Paul Strand, CBN News, 10 July 2014

$6 a Gallon? Where Gas Prices Could Be without the U.S. Energy Boom
Rob Nikolewski, Daily Signal, 10 July 2014

House Republicans Threaten To Subpoena EPA over Carbon Rules
Timothy Cama, The Hill, 9 July 2014

Rebutting the ‘Conservative Case’ for a Carbon Tax
Marlo Lewis, GlobalWarming.org, 9 July 2014

Obama Concedes His Climate Plan Could Raise Electricity Prices
Andrew Powaleny, The Hill, 9 July 2014

Power Grab: EPA Wants To Garnish Wages of Accused Polluters
S. A. Miller, Washington Times, 8 July 2014

‘Rolling Coal’ Trucks Troll Environmentalists
Daniel Strauss, Talking Points Memo, 7 July 2014

News You Can Use
We’re #1 (in Oil & Natural Gas Liquids)

According to new analysis by the International Energy Agency and the Bank of America, the United States is now the world’s largest oil and natural gas liquids producer, overtaking both Saudi Arabia and Russia.

Inside the Betway
Myron Ebell

House Passes Energy Appropriations Bill with Climate Riders

The House of Representatives on 19th July passed and sent to the Senate the FY 2015 Energy and Water Appropriations bill,  H. R. 4293, by a vote of 253 to 170. Several amendments that limit or forbid funds being used by the Department of Energy to implement the Obama Administration’s climate and energy-rationing agenda were adopted.

By 229-188, the House approved an amendment offered by Representative David McKinley (R-WV) that would prohibit spending on the National Climate Assessment, the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the UN’s Agenda 21, and the Social Cost of Carbon. By 227-191, the House approved Rep. James Lankford’s (R-Okla.) amendment to block DOE funds being used to prepare, propose, or promulgate any regulation that relies on the Social Cost of Carbon guidance document.

An amendment offered by Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Az.) to prohibit funding of the DOE’s Climate Model Development and Validation program passed 226-194.  And once again, the House added the rider offered by Rep. Michael Burgess (R-Tex.) that prevents the Department of Energy from spending any money to implement or enforce the ban on incandescent light bulbs contained in the (anti-) Energy Independence and Security of 2007. The vote was 226 to 193.

Unlike the Senate, where even Democrats in the majority are prevented by Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) from offering amendments, the House Rules Committee allowed a number of amendments to be offered by Democratic Members.  Several were adopted. 

New York Times Reports NRDC Wrote EPA Climate Regs

The New York Times published a story on 7th July that explains how David Doniger, David Hawkins, and Daniel Lashof at the Natural Resources Defense Council spent two years writing the 110-page blueprint for the Environmental Protection Agency’s recently released proposed rule to regulate carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants.  I normally find the New York Times unbearably rancid, but this article by reporter-green advocate Coral Davenport is worth reading. 

The claim that NRDC wrote the EPA’s new reg, which have been made previously in less detailed form by several opponents, was immediately denied in an internal e-mail by EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy that was leaked to the mainstream media.  According the Hill newspaper, McCarthy wrote, “According to an article from Monday, you just cut and pasted a particular [non-governmental organization’s] proposal and called it a day. If you're laughing right now, it's because you know just how preposterous that is.”

Although I think that the New York Times story is accurate and McCarthy knows it, there are good reasons why the Obama Administration needs to deny it.  Environmental pressure groups got a lot of mileage out of dubious charges that the George W. Bush Administration’s energy plan was largely written by Big Oil.  It might look equally bad that the Obama Administration’s energy-rationing regulations have been written by Big Green.    

Personnel Moves at API, LCV, and NextGen

The American Petroleum Institute announced this week that Louis Finkel has been hired as their new executive vice president and top lobbyist.  Finkel was most recently executive vice president of the Grocery Manufacturers Association, but he spent several years as the chief of staff for Democrats on the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee.  He has also worked on several Democratic campaigns and was briefly a lobbyist for Exxon Mobil, the largest member company of API and supporter of a carbon tax. 

Fuel Fix quoted Finkel: “I’m a Democrat; I always have been,” he said during a meeting Thursday with reporters. “I spent a lot of time on the Hill in Democratic politics, both in government service (and) working in campaigns.”    He made it clear that API would support the re-election of Senator Mary Landrieu (D-La.) and Mark Begich (D-Alaska):  “We need to be supportive of members on both sides of the aisle when they are supportive of our policy objectives,” Finkel said. “We’ve had an opportunity over a long window with both Landrieu and Begich to watch them and work with them and see how they are going to perform. They’ve been supportive and there’s no reason for us to not continue our support.”  But he did admit that Senator Mark Udall’s (D-Colo.) record on oil and gas issues is “mixed.”

Finkel replaces Marty Durbin, who earlier this year became head of America’s Natural Gas Alliance.  Durbin was also a Hill staffer for Democrats and is the nephew of Senator Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), the Majority Whip.

In other personnel moves, Daniel Weiss has left the comically-named Center for American Progress to become senior vice president for campaigns at the League of Conservation Voters. Before his stint as director of climate strategy at CAP, Weiss served for eight years as political director at the Sierra Club.   

And earlier this year, Daniel Lashof, who has been one of the top leaders of the Natural Resources Defense Council’s climate and energy-rationing program for 25 years, was named chief operating officer of NextGen Climate America.  It is the 501(c)(3) arm of NextGen Climate Action.  Both were founded by and are funded by California investment fund billionaire Tom Steyer. Lashof has been in charge of NRDC’s climate programs since 2008, during which period NRDC has spent $200 million on devising and promoting policies to increase energy prices and impoverish Americans and, indeed, people around the world.

Across the States
Myron Ebell

Wyoming

Several science education groups and one environmental pressure group have launched the “Climate Science Students Bill of Rights” to lobby for the climate science “education” components in the Next Generation Science Standards.  The Wyoming legislature passed a rider in March that prohibits the Wyoming Board of Education from adopting the standards because they require the teaching of junk climate science.  The Wyoming Board of Education recently decided to delay implementing any part of the NGSS until the Wyoming legislature repeals its prohibition. 

The groups in the new coalition include the Union of Concerned Scientists, a hard-left anti-nuclear pressure group, the National Center for Science Education, the Alliance for Climate Education, and Climate Parents. An effort in the Oklahoma legislature to block the NGSS for the same reason as in Wyoming failed, and Governor Mary Fallin (R) recently implemented the standards, including their global warming propaganda components.      

Colorado & New York

New York’s highest court ruled on 30th June that cities and towns have the authority to ban hydraulic fracturing within their jurisdictions.  The Court of Appeals upheld lower court rulings that dismissed challenges to bans enacted by the towns of Dryden and Middlefield. 

In Colorado, the Democratic-controlled legislature and Governor John Hickenlooper (D) have failed to agree on a bill that would allow cities and counties to regulate hydraulic fracturing but not allow them to ban it. Five local jurisdictions have voted to ban fracking, but only the State has authority to regulate oil and gas production under current law. Up to nine anti-fracking and three pro-fracking measures will now appear on the general election ballot in November. 

Around the World
Patrick Hannaford

Carbon Tax Repeal fails, but Government Still Hopeful.

In disappointing news, the Australian Senate this week rejected legislation to scrap the carbon tax. The legislation was rejected by 37 to 35 votes, after the Palmer United Party (PUP) made a last minute decision to renege on their agreement with the government.

Although reports differ, it appears that PUP leader Clive Palmer was not satisfied with amendments agreed to by the government and demanded harsher penalties for energy companies that do not pass on savings to consumers. Not being able to introduce their amendment for constitutional reasons – tax legislation must be introduced in the House of Representatives - the Palmer United Party then decided to oppose the legislation, breaking their agreement with the Government and their own election promise. Despite the setback, the Liberal-National coalition government remains confident and is set to re-introduce the legislation in parliament on Monday.

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.

Tuesday
Jun242014

ALG's Daily Grind - IRS evidence purposefully destroyed? Congress needs to act now 

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June 24, 2014

Permission to republish original opeds and cartoons granted.

IRS evidence purposefully destroyed? Congress needs to act now
House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa believes that the destruction of Lois Lerner's hard drive constitutes "proof that their whole line about 'losing' e-mails in the targeting scandal was just one more attempted deception." If he believes this is a cover-up, then he needs to broaden his subpoenas to every federal entity Lerner might have talked to, and get this into federal court pronto.

Cartoon: Liar's Den
It's getting crowded with all of the lies on the Left.

Climate change: Less of a scientific agenda and more of a political agenda
Climatologist Dr. Tim Ball: "I've watched my chosen profession—climatology—get hijacked and exploited in service of a political agenda."

Politico: Kevin McCarthy says it's time to allow Export-Import Bank to close
House Majority Leader-elect Rep. Kevin McCarthy on Fox News Sunday: "One of the biggest problems with government is they go and take hard-earned money so others do things that the private sector can do. That's what the Ex-Im Bank does."