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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.

Thursday
Sep202012

CEI Today: Judiciary hearing on regulation, copyright concerns in technology, and climate change as a national security 

REGULATION NATION? - WAYNE CREWS

CEI.org: House Judiciary Hearing Highlights Urgency of Quantifying and Taming Regulation

 
Thursday morning, the House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing: “Regulation Nation: The Obama Administration's Regulatory Expansion vs. Jobs and Economic Recovery.”

Wayne Crews, vice president for policy at the Competitive Enterprise Institute and author CEI’s annual Ten Thousand Commandments report on the hidden costs of regulations, commended the committee for addressing the nation’s regulatory woes.

"Big regulation is bipartisan. Bush brought us a massive homeland security bureaucracy, the Sarbanes-Oxley law, increased Medicare rules and more. Both presidents’ final rules on small business are comparable and substantial."
> View the report on CEI.org


> Interview Wayne Crews

TECHNOLOGY & COPYRIGHTS - RYAN RADIA


Tech Liberation: On Copyright and Business Models: Why ivi Deserved to Be Shut Down

 

Imagine a service that livestreams major broadcast television channels over the Internet for $4.99 a month — no cable or satellite subscription required. For an extra 99 cents a month, the service offers DVR functionality, making it possible to record, rewind, and pause live broadcast television on any broadband-equipped PC.


If this service sounds too good to be true, that’s because it is. But for a time, it was the business model of ivi. Cheaper than a cable/satellite/fiber subscription and more reliable than an over-the-air antenna, ivi earned positive reviews when it launched in September 2010.


Soon thereafter, however, a group of broadcast networks, affiliates, and content owners sued ivi in federal court for copyright infringement.

If there’s one exclusive right that copyright laws should secure for content creators, it’s the right to sell complete copies of newly-produced creative works made for the purpose of private commercial gain.


If ivi doesn’t violate this right, I don’t know what does. > Read the full commentary on Techliberation.com


> Interview Ryan Radia

 

CLIMATE CHANGE & NATIONAL SECURITY - MARLO LEWIS


Globalwarming.org: Should the GOP Champion Climate Change as a National Security Issue?


Since 2010, notes Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, author of Bin Laden’s Legacy: Why We’re Still Losing the War on Terror, the Department of Defense has classified climate change as a conflict accelerant — a factor exacerbating tensions within and between nations. Well, sure, what else is Team Obama at DOD going to say in an era of tight budgets when no rival superpower endangers our survival? The concept of an ever-deepening, civilization-imperilling climate crisis is an ideal mission-creep accelerant. > Read the full commentary on Globalwarming.org

> Interview Marlo Lewis

UPCOMING EVENTS

Capitol Hill Briefing by Author Diana Furchtgott Roth on Green Jobs

Friday, September 21, 2012
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Room 2322 Rayburn House Office Building

What is a “green job” anyway? Few can adequately define one. Even the government isn’t sure, you will learn in these pages. Still, President Obama and environmentalist coalitions such as the BlueGreen Alliance claim the creation of green jobs can save America’s economy, and are worth taxpayers’ investment.


But in Regulating to Disaster, Diana Furchtgott-Roth debunks that myth. Instead, energy prices rise dramatically and America’s economic growth and employment rate suffer — in some states much more than others — when government invests in nonviable ventures such as the bankrupted Solyndra, which the Obama Administration propped up far too long.


Animal Biotechnology: From Frankenfish to Enviro-pig

Thursday, September 27, 2012
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Room 1300, Longworth House Office Building

 

Despite their potential environmental and consumer benefits, products that can be demonized as FrankenFish or EnviroPig are being delayed by regulatory intransigence, public confusion, and political indecision. With no clear path forward, many products are now being sent overseas to countries with more responsive regulatory climates.

 

 

NEW BOOK!

THE LIBERAL WAR ON TRANSPARENCY - CHRISTOPHER C. HORNER

CNSNews.com:
Author: Journalists 'Cover Energy And Environment Subjects As Liberal Activists,' E-Mails Show


Liberals claim to support transparency in government - until conservatives start finding shady things through Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests.


New York Times bestselling author, litigator, and Competitive Enterprise Institute senior fellow Chris Horner has been filing such FOIAs for years and has turned up Obama's "true plan" for cap-and-trade, a close relationship between an energy official and a Solyndra director - and more. Horner's quest for public information, labeled as "criminal" by one Obama agency head, will be detailed in his upcoming book, "The Liberal War on Transparency." > Read the CNSNews.com article by Julia Seymore



 

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
Sep132012

CEI Today: CEI sues EPA, copyright bots target videos, and governors seek ethanol waivers

LAWSUIT TO FORCE TRANSPARENCY - CHRISTOPHER HORNER

CEI.org:
CEI Files Groundbreaking Lawsuit against EPA for Hiding Agency Records on Private E-mail Accounts

 

The Competitive Enterprise Institute today filed suit in federal district court for the District of Columbia challenging the Environmental Protection Agency's efforts to shield a senior official’s practice of hiding public service on private e-mail accounts that only he controls or can access.


The complaint demonstrates the epidemic in the Obama administration of moving controversial actions to non-public e-mail accounts.  By exposing this practice, the suit will pave the way for obtaining all such public records stashed in private corners and thus out of reach of the nation's transparency laws, which clearly prohibit this kind of activity.


> Read more about the case at CEI.org

COPYRIGHT BOTS - WILL TEW

 

Openmarket.org: Copyright Bots Are Here To Stay

 
A string of mistaken, high-profile takedowns has caused some talk about the services video hosting sites like Ustream and YouTube use to police livestreaming content. YouTube’s take-down of the livestream of the NASA Curiosity rover’s landing was the first of these incidents. Subsequently, YouTube blocked the stream of Michelle Obama’s speech at the DNC, and Ustream cut off sci-fi author Neil Gaiman’s speech at the Hugo Awards, apparently for showing licensed clips from Doctor Who.

It’s hard to balance efficient copyright enforcement while recognizing and protecting fair use. But as things are now, over-enforcement copyright claims is less expensive than under-enforcement, and automated takedown is here to stay.
> Read the full commentary on Openmarket.org


> Interview Will Tew

 

ETHANOL MANDATE - MARLO LEWIS

 

Globalwarming.org: Ethanol Mandate Waiver: Decks Stacked Against Petitioners


The Governors of Georgia, Texas, Arkansas, Delaware, Maryland, New Mexico, and North Carolina have petitioned EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson to waive the mandatory ethanol blending requirements established by the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The petitioners hope thereby to lower and stabilize corn prices, which recently hit record highs as the worst drought in 50 years destroyed one-sixth of the U.S. corn crop. Corn is the principal feedstock used in ethanol production. > Read the full commentary on Globalwarming.org

> Interview Marlo Lewis

 

 

NEW BOOK!

THE LIBERAL WAR ON TRANSPARENCY - CHRISTOPHER C. HORNER

CNSNews.com:
Author: Journalists 'Cover Energy And Environment Subjects As Liberal Activists,' E-Mails Show


Liberals claim to support transparency in government - until conservatives start finding shady things through Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests.


New York Times bestselling author, litigator, and Competitive Enterprise Institute senior fellow Chris Horner has been filing such FOIAs for years and has turned up Obama's "true plan" for cap-and-trade, a close relationship between an energy official and a Solyndra director - and more. Horner's quest for public information, labeled as "criminal" by one Obama agency head, will be detailed in his upcoming book, "The Liberal War on Transparency." > Read the CNSNews.com article by Julia Seymore



 

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.