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Friday
Dec192014

CEI Today: People in need, gas tax hike, and EPA's haphazard regime 

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Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014
In the News Today

 

RESPONSIBILITY TO PEOPLE IN NEED - FRED L. SMITH, JR.


A Better Way To Help Our Fellow Man

 

As we enter the Christmas season, the question of our responsibility to our fellow man (and woman) arises. When we see people in need, how do we respond? How should traditional moral values apply in today’s impersonal, global economy?

 

For most of history and in many nations today, the path up from poverty has been hindered by an array of cultural and political barriers – licensing requirements, cultural prejudices that bar women and minorities from various occupations, discriminatory tax policies, and good old fashioned corruption. Reformers who fight to remove these barriers are truly charitable. > Read more

> Interview Fred L. Smith, Jr.

 

FEDERAL GAS TAX - MARC SCRIBNER

Poll: Two-Thirds of Americans Oppose Federal Gas Tax Increase


new poll from Benson Strategy Group and SKDKnickerbocker found that 67 percent of Americans oppose increasing the federal gasoline tax by 15 cents, or an 80 percent increase from the current 18.4 cents per gallon tax. Proponents argue that the fuel tax has not been raised since 1993 and that inflation has eroded much of its buying power. This is true, but it also assumes the federal government has and will continue to be a positive force in surface transportation. It has not, is not, and will not be. > View more

> Interview Marc Scribner
 

CLEAN WATER ACT - WILLIAM YEATMAN

The Absurd Reach of EPA’s/USACE’s Clean Water Act Jurisdictional Rule
 

Instead of clearly defining the limits of federal authority, the EPA's  proposal would establish a haphazard regime whereby a regulator would determine, on a case-by-case basis, whether a given body of water possessed a “significant nexus” to navigable waters and were therefore subject to federal jurisdiction. In practice, the test is so amorphous that every ditch, vernal pond, playa lake, mudflat, sandflat, and slough could easily fall under the EPA’s jurisdiction. > Read more

> Interview William Yeatman
 

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Saturday
Dec132014

Cooler Heads Digest 12 December 2014 

12 December 2014

In the News

Lost Stock, Unused Space Plague EPA Warehouses
Kelly Riddell & Drew Johnson, Washington Times, 12 December 2014

EPA Using Jonathan Gruber Tactic To Impose Harmful Regulations
Paul Driessen, FoxNews.com, 12 December 2014

How President & His Green Base Are Planning To Eradicate the Oil and Gas Industry
Ron Arnold, The Daily Signal, 12 December 2014

Greenpeace Activists Detained after Desecrating World Heritage Site in Peru
Ben Webster, The Times, 11 December 2014

Alabama’s State Climatologist Becomes EPA’s Worst Nightmare
Cliff Simms, Yellowhammer, 11 December 2014

China Recoils on Transparency at Climate Conference
Fred Lucas, The Blaze, 11 December 2014

EPA Should Re-Examine Climate Rule’s Scientific Basis—John Christy
Marlo Lewis, GlobalWarming.org, 10 December 2014

Exxon: North America To Be Energy Exporter by 2020
Robert Gratten, Fuel Fix, 9 December 2014

Doubling Down on Climate Alarmism
Robert Bradley, Jr., Master Resource, 8 December 2014

No-Grow Zone: EPA’s Draconian Ozone Rule
Greg Bertelsen, Shop Floor, 8 December 2014

News You Can Use
CBO Report: Fracking Is a Boon to Treasury Department

Fracking will boost federal tax revenues by about 1 percent annually by 2040 without requiring any tax increases, according to Congressional Budget Office projections released this week.

Inside the Beltway
William Yeatman

House Passes Spending Bill; Punts Policy Work to 114th Congress

On Thursday night, the House of Representatives narrowly passed a $1 trillion spending bill, H.R. 83, by a 219-206 vote. The bill was supported by 57 Democrats and opposed by 67 Republicans. The measure, which would fund the government through next September, is expected to receive a Senate vote today.

In the wake of last November’s elections, Republican leadership indicated they would use the budget process to rein in the EPA, but H.R. 83 doesn’t include much in the way of energy and environment policy. As such, it appears that the hard choices on spending have been punted to the 114th Congress, when the GOP will have greater leverage. While I agree with this strategy, it is a troubling portent that the House, despite its tough talk, actually funds EPA at a higher level than was sought by the President.

Other than omens, the bill’s most consequential provision (for energy policy) would block funding for any Interior Department effort to subject the sage grouse to regulations pursuant to the Endangered Species Act; environmentalist long have plotted for such regulations, in order to inhibit oil and gas production in the western U.S.

Interior Department Contractor Validates “War on Coal”

In a blockbuster opinion piece in this week's Lexington Herald-Leader, J. Steven Gardner, CEO of science and engineering firm ECSI, affirms that the Interior Department is pushing politicized anti-coal regulations. His company was one of five consultants contracted by the Interior Department to work on a pending regulation known as the “Stream Buffer Rule.” (I explain this ridiculous regulation in detail here.) According to Mr. Gardner, “Department of Interior officials asked the consultants to change the results,” after the firms had concluded that the rule would lead to thousands of job losses. Upon refusing to do so, the contract was terminated.

FERC Agrees to Vet Reliability Impact of Clean Power Plan

On Wednesday, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Chairwoman Cheryl LaFleur announced that FERC would convene a series of technical conferences to investigate the reliability impact of the EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan.

FERC’s input is welcome because EPA can’t be trusted to properly vet its own rules. For example, the agency’s analysis of its absurd 2012 Utility MACT, which threatens to shut down 25 percent of the nation’s coal-fired power plants, completely failed to account for the possibility that cold weather (rather than sultry summer days) could engender reliability issues. In fact, much of the coal-fired generating capacity that is due to retire (on account of Utility MACT) proved to be essential to keeping the lights on during last winter’s polar vortex. EPA didn’t account for this possibility. The unfortunate result is that it’s unclear if certain regions, primarily in the northeast, could survive a cold winter without blackouts after the rule takes effect next spring.

Indeed, the Clean Power Plan could pose an even bigger threat to reliability than Utility MACT. Already, grid operators and federal reliability watchdogs have issued warnings that the EPA’s Clean Power Plan would endanger reliable electric service more than half the country, as the Cooler Heads Digest reported in November.

Across the States
William Yeatman

NOAA Report: California Draught Due to Natural Causes

A report issued Monday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said natural variations were the primary drivers behind the California drought that has now stretched to three years.

Around the World
Myron Ebell

Dispatches from COP-20 in Lima, Peru

As reported in last week’s Cooler Heads Digest, CEI’s Myron Ebell this week participated in the 20th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Lima, Peru. Below, we’ve provided links to Myron’s dispatches from Lima.

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.

Monday
Dec082014

CEI Today: Soviet Union anniversary, an EPA takeover, Obama's major regulations, illegal volunteering, and more 

Monday, Dec. 8, 2014
In the News Today

 

SOVIET UNION ANNIVERSARY - SAM KAZMAN


7 Quotes about Communism: Take 2


A few years ago I assembled several quotes about Communism that I thought would make good epitaphs for it.  Unfortunately, the ideology has turned out to be far from dead.  But the quotes I collected were pretty good, and I figure there’s no better time to dust them off again than today, the 23d anniversary of the dissolution of the Soviet Union.

"Some people say that because the Soviet people have to stand in line, it gives them time to reflect and become philosophical."  --Ralph Nader, commenting on the long queues outside Moscow shops during his 1990 visit. It’s reassuring that Nader misunderstands Communism as badly as he misunderstands capitalism.
> Read more

 

> Interview Sam Kazman
 


OBAMA'S MAJOR REGULATIONS - WAYNE CREWS

Obama's Major Regulations 50 Percent Higher than Bush

 

Obama’s major regulations—the big ones whose impact on the economy is expected to $100 million annually, were and are considerably higher that during the Bush era. > Read more


> Interview Wayne Crews


 

EPA TAKEOVER - WILLIAM YEATMAN

EPA Proposes Unprecedented 53rd, 54th Takeover of State Clean Air Act Program

 

In November, EPA Region 6 issued a pre-publication version of a proposed federal implementation plan that would seize Regional Haze programs run by Texas and Oklahoma pursuant to the Clean Air Act. A final proposal will be published in the Federal register any day now.

 

Media reports indicate that the costs of these FIPs would be $2 billion. Given EPA’s history of Regional Haze FIPs, about which I wrote a study, there’s a high probability that this rule would achieve literally invisible “benefits” in exchange for the billions it would cost. > Read more

 

> Interview William Yeatman

 

DECEMBER 9 EVENT

Illegal Volunteers?: A Look at how the Law Restricts Community and Family Volunteers

The federal minimum wage prohibits Americans from volunteering for entities organized as for-profit businesses? As a result many family businesses and community organizations have found themselves in trouble with the law.

 

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CEI President Lawson Bader


@libertynkilts

A professor who suffers no fools

I attended a private screening of a new PBS documentary, Suffer No Fools. The film tells the story of George Mason University (GMU) economics professor and radio personality Walter Williams.

 

CEI's Battered Business Bureau: The Week in Regulation

Last week, 71 new final regulations were published in the Federal Register. There were 58 new final rules the previous week.


That’s the equivalent of a new regulation every two hours and 22 minutes.
 

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Tuesday
Dec022014

ALG's Daily Grind - EPA in the crosshairs of new Republican majority 

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Dec. 1, 2014

Permission to republish original opeds granted.

EPA in the crosshairs of new Republican majority
The front lines of the Administration's alarmist war on coal literally hits home for the new incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell who during the campaign promised to "do whatever I can to get the EPA reined in." 

Five defunds Congress can take up right now
The Internet giveaway, HUD's federal takeover of local zoning rules, NLRB quickie elections and more! 

Calhoun: The return of the Greenspan conundrum
Alhambra Investment Partners CEO Joseph Calhoun notes that just because the Fed raises its policy rate does not mean that market-based interest rates are going to budge.

  

Dec. 1, 2014

Permission to republish original opeds granted.

EPA in the crosshairs of new Republican majority
The front lines of the Administration's alarmist war on coal literally hits home for the new incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell who during the campaign promised to "do whatever I can to get the EPA reined in."

Five defunds Congress can take up right now
The Internet giveaway, HUD's federal takeover of local zoning rules, NLRB quickie elections and more!

Calhoun: The return of the Greenspan conundrum
Alhambra Investment Partners CEO Joseph Calhoun notes that just because the Fed raises its policy rate does not mean that market-based interest rates are going to budge.

 

Monday
Nov242014

CEI Today: EPA's renewable fuel news, Obama's NLRB nominees, online gambling ban update, and media bias against free speech 

Monday, Nov. 24, 2014
In the News Today

 

EPA'S RENEWABLE FUEL STANDARD - MARLO LEWIS

Renewable Fuel Standard: EPA Retreats from Cutbacks

News reports Friday revealed that EPA will pull back from its November 2013 proposal to reduce this year’s Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) blending targets. By law, EPA was supposed to finalize the 2014 targets in November 2013. However, a final rule establishing RFS targets for 2014 is not expected until 2015. EPA’s more-than-year-long delay in finalizing the 2014 targets reveals what may be the most damning unintended consequence yet: market unpredictability.
> Read more

> Interview Marlo Lewis

 

OBAMA NLRB NOMINATIONS - ALOYSIUS HOGAN

 

The Hill: An NLRB prescription for trouble

 

President Obama's nominations to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) have proven a prescription for trouble, and Lauren McFerran is no exception. Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) promptly whisked McFerran to her examination — Thursday's confirmation hearing — after her nomination last week. But Republicans would be wise to conduct a thorough examination and not rush the process. > Read more


> Interview Aloysius Hogan
 

ONLINE GAMBLING BAN - MICHELLE MINTON

Adelson's Online Gambling Ban Losing Political Steam


It was a bad week for Sheldon Adelson. The billionaire casino owner has said he’ll spend whatever it takes to stop the spread of legal online gambling in the U.S. This week, however, the prospects for Adelson’s bill dimmed significantly as leaders in the conservative and free market movements began to speak out against the measure. > Read more

 

> Related: coalition letter


> Interview Michelle Minton
 

MEDIA BIAS AGAINST FREE SPEECH - HANS BADER

Taxpayer-Funded Green Ministries in Prince George's County Violate the Constitution
 
Reporters like separation of church and state, unless it’s progressives violating it. Then, they lose interest in the concept. A recent Washington Post story cheerily reported on churches getting exemptions from a state-mandated stormwater fee (Maryland’s “rain tax”) in exchange for taking “green” positions, in the progressive bastion of Prince George’s County, Maryland. The story did so without even mentioning the serious issues that raises under the Establishment Clause and the First Amendment. > Read more

DEC. 5 - REPEAL DAY EVENT

81st Anniversary Celebration of Repeal Day: Prohibition Still Doesn’t Work

 

On December 5, 1933, the 21st Amendment to the Constitution was ratified, supposedly ending our nation’s failed experiment with prohibitionism. Yet, 81 years later, modern-day prohibitionists continue to deny the laws of supply and demand, attempting to control what individuals can choose to put into their own bodies.

 

Featuring Walter Olson, Senior Fellow, Center for Constitutional Studies, Cato Institute & Editor, Overlawyered.com (@walterolson); Stacia Cosner, Deputy Director, Students for Sensible Drug Policy (@TheStacia); Michelle Minton, Fellow in Consumer Policy Studies, Competitive Enterprise Institute (@michelleminton); moderated by Kat Murti, Digital Marketing Manager, Cato Institute (@KatMurti). > Register
 

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Mark Will-Weber, author of Mint Juleps with Teddy Roosevelt: The Complete History of Presidential Drinking.
 
Jay Richards, co-author of The Hobbit Party: The Vision of Freedom That Tolkien Got, and the West Forgot.


 

CEI President Lawson Bader

@libertynkilts
 

If it walks like a lame duck