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Tuesday
Jul012014

CEI Today:Supreme Court Aereo ruling, record federal regulations, and more EPA scandals 

Thursday, June 26, 2014
In the News Today

 

Supreme Court Rule in Aereo Broadband Case - RYAN RADIA


Aereo Decision Protects Creators and Distributors; Will Not Halt Innovation in Online Entertainment

Wednesday, the United States Supreme Court ruled against the online-streaming company Aereo in ABC v. Aereo Inc.The court held that federal copyright laws protect ABC and other owners of broadcast television programs from unauthorized, uncompensated retransmissions.

“Today the Supreme Court ruled in favor of network television programming and the rights of its creators and distributors. Companies like Aereo, who had essentially been free-riding on broadcast content, will have to stop operating without permission," said Ryan Radia, CEI’s associate director of technology studies. “But, this isn’t the end of online television, since companies like Hulu, Netflix, iTunes all pay the networks for their content and share it in a legal way.” 
> Read more

> Interview Ryan Radia
 

FEDERAL REGISTER RECORD - WAYNE CREWS

CEI.org: A Record Number of Federal Register Final Rule Pages

 

 

The chart shows that between 2012 and 2013, the number of pages devoted to final rules rose by seven percent, from 24,690 to a record-high 26,417.   > Read more

 

> Interview Wayne Crews
 

LATEST EPA OUTRAGE - WILLIAM YEATMAN
 
Globalwarming.org: You’ll Have Trouble Believing the Latest EPA Management Outrage
 
In an article actually titled, “EPA Employees Told To Stop Pooping in the Hallway,” Fedblog’s Eric Katz reports: Management for Region 8 in Denver, Colo., wrote an email earlier this year to all staff in the area pleading with them to stop inappropriate bathroom behavior, including defecating in the hallway. 

 

Remember, all the time that EPA wastes on fake spies, [naughty video] addicts, and public poopers is time that the agency could have devoted to its long-neglected statutory responsibilities. > Read 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

 

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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.

 


 

CEI President Lawson Bader

@libertynkilts

1984 was an enlightening year
 

Saturday, 10am ET
Realclearradio.org

 

An Annual Snapshot of the Federal Regulatory State

 





 

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

 





 

 

    

Tuesday
Jan152013

CEI Today: EPA deadline today for FOIA, the warmest year in US history?, and the future of copyright law 

WARMEST YEAR IN US HISTORY? - ANTHONY WARD

Globalwarming.org
:
Alarmists Inconsistent On Importance of U.S. Temperature Record

 

Global warming alarmists have seized upon an announcement by NOAA this week that 2012 was the warmest year in the U. S. historical record going back to 1895.

According to the NOAA
report released on January 8, the average annual temperature for the contiguous U.S. was 55.3F.  This is an increase of 3.3F above the 20th century average, and makes 2012 the warmest year on record.

[But] according to the global satellite
temperature record maintained by John Christy and Roy Spencer at the University of Alabama at Huntsville, 2012 was the ninth warmest year globally since 1979.  > Read the commentary on Globalwarming.org


> Interview Anthony Ward

 

EPA EMAIL SCANDAL, CEI FOIA REQUEST - CHRISTOPHER HORNER

Monday is D-Day -- Delivery Day -- for Richard Windsor's Emails.

On Monday, per its agreement as filed with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia in CEI v. EPA, the Environmental Protection Agency and/or its lawyers the Department of Justice are to produce the first of four deliveries of approximately 3,000 emails to or from the Administrator formerly known as "Richard Windsor".

Specifically, EPA owes CEI a cache of identified emails to or from EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson (by pure coincidence, that’s now "outgoing Administrator Jackson”...), using one or more of four keywords: coal, climate, endanger/endangerment and/or MACT ("war on coal" emails).

> Interview Christopher Horner

FUTURE OF COPYRIGHT - RYAN RADIA

Cato Unbound: A Balanced Approach to Copyright


With Congress taking a breather from copyright after last year’s bruising SOPA battle, now is an opportune time to take a step back and consider what the proper governmental role in the market for creative expressions should be.

To be sure, critics of copyright are right that the Copyright Act abounds with flaws and excesses. But defenders of copyright correctly argue that its core goals are fundamentally sound—and will likely remain so for the foreseeable future. Policymakers should seriously consider the suggestions of thoughtful free market copyright reformers ... but they should think twice before writing off copyright as yet another incarnation of big government excess. > View the full commentary at Cato Unbound

> Inteview Ryan Radia

 

 

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.

Thursday
Dec132012

CEI Today: Wind tax subsidy, regulations vs. jobs, copyright reform, Law of the Sea Treaty, and more 

WIND TAX SUBSIDY - MYRON EBELL


CEI and Coalition Partners Urge Congress to Let the Wind Tax Subsidy Expire


Myron Ebell, director of the Competitive Enterprise Institute’s Center for Energy and Environment, will join leaders and experts from nine other free market and conservative activist groups at a Thursday morning press conference to explain why Congress should not extend the Wind Production Tax Credit.


The press conference is set for Dec. 13 at 11 a.m. in the Dirksen Senate Building.  Besides Ebell, it will feature remarks by Thomas Pyle, president of the American Energy Alliance, Larry Hart of the American Conservative Union, Pete Sepp of the National Taxpayers Union, Christine Harbin from Americans for Prosperity and Patrick Hedger from Freedom Works. 


These experts will discuss the bill approved by the Senate Finance Committee to extend and expand the wind subsidy and why this corporate welfare represents an enormous waste of tax dollars at a time of fiscal crisis.  > More on the wind PTC event at CEI.org

 

> Interview Myron Ebell

 

REGULATIONS vs JOBS - WAYNE CREWS

Forbes:Regulation Vs. Jobs: Assessing The Employment Impact Of Rules and Regulations


One might think there’s some official acceptance that the thousands of regulations issued annually in Washington have a dampening impact on job creation.

Agencies, in arm’s length, detached bureaucratic fashion, typically downplay the jobs impact of regulation.


To them, regulations “merely” shuffle jobs around. And increasingly, regulators are inclined to claim that rules create jobs outright, and are a net plus.  > View the full commentary at Forbes.com

> Interview Wayne Crews

LAW OF THE SEA TREATY - IAIN MURRAY & RILEY WALTERS

Human Events: The return of gunboat diplomacy


Last September, China deployed six surveillance ships in response to the Japanese government’s attempt to buy the disputed Senkaku islands, which the Chinese call the Daioyus, from their current owner, a wealthy Japanese family. Both countries are signatories to the United Nations Convention of the Law of the Sea, better known as the Law of the Sea Treaty (LOST), which celebrated its 30th anniversary this year. LOST was supposed to settle disputes between countries over maritime boundaries, but China and Japan seem not to have gotten the memo. > View the full commentary on Humanevents.com

> Interview Iain Murray

 

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.

Tuesday
Dec112012

CEI Today: Senate vote on bank guarantees, copyright reform, transatlantic free trade, and more

SENATE VOTE ON BANK GUARANTEES - JOHN BERLAU

CEI.org: Coalition Tags TAG Bailout as Regressive and Economically Disastrous

 


As the Senate prepares today to vote on extending unlimited deposit insurance for non-interest bank accounts, 14 leaders and scholars of conservative and free-market groups signed a letter stating strong opposition to the Transaction Account Guarantee (TAG).

 

Enacted at the height of the financial crisis, TAG provides unlimited government-guaranteed deposit insurance for non-interest bank and

 

credit union accounts, over and above the $250,000 limit for all accounts. Yet the Senate today is voting on whether to extend this "temporary program," which benefits only the wealthiest depositors, for another two years.


> View the coalition letter


 > View John Berlau's commentary for Nationalreview.com

 

> Interview John Berlau

TRANSATLANTIC FREE TRADE - IAIN MURRAY

Huffington Post - Transatlantic Free Trade Must Be Done Right


A Transatlantic Free Trade area would be a very good idea. And it would be a welcome admission of the fundamental economic truth that free trade benefits all involved. But achieving it is easier said than done. Therefore, policy makers should seek to make a Transatlantic Free Trade Area truly free. A highly regulated trade area would not deliver the benefits promised. Thankfully, there is a way to avoid that lackluster result. > View the full commentary on Huffingtonpost.com

> Interview Iain Murray

CARBON TAX - MARLO LEWIS


Warren Olney's To the Point: Is the Carbon Tax an Idea Whose Time Has Come?


CEI's Marlo Lewis versus Bob Inglis, Elizabeth Kolbert, and Dan Lashof. 

"Environmentalists have long championed a carbon tax, imposed not just on gasoline, but on all fossil fuels, from coal used to generate electricity to diesel fuel used to power heavy equipment, as a way to address climate change. Now it’s winning the support of conservative think-tanks and even some oil companies, as a way to address the budget deficit. Is the tax a smart way to avert both global warming and the fiscal cliff? If so, then why isn't the Obama White House proposing it, and why is Congress so reluctant to consider it? Has hurricane Sandy changed any minds?" > Listen to the interview on  kcrw.com

 

> Interview Marlo Lewis

 

DEMOGRAPHIC CLIFF - BILL FREZZA


Real Clear Markets & CNBC: Going Off the Demographic 'Cliff?'


If demography is destiny, democracy is toast-at least those democracies where citizens can vote themselves a living at someone else's expense. It doesn't take a mathematical genius to see that governments' addiction to intergenerational income redistribution is not sustainable unless someone keeps supplying babies at an accelerating pace.

> View the CNBC interview

> View the Real Clear Markets commentary

> Interview Bill Frezza

 

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.