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Friday
Oct172014

CEI Today: EPA's clean power plan, Tesla's dilemma, Real Clear Radio Hour, and more 

Friday, Oct. 17, 2014
In the News Today

 

NEWS ON EPA'S CLEAN POWER PLAN - MARLO LEWIS

EPA’s Clean Power Plan: Huge Electric Sector Impacts, Undetectably Small Climate Benefits — Study


Hot off the presses! A new report by NERA Economic Consulting finds that EPA’s Clean Power Plan will:

  • Be the most expensive environmental regulation ever imposed on the electric power sector.
  • Cause double digit electricity price rate hikes in 43 states.
  • Have disproportionate impacts on low- and middle-income households and seniors on fixed incomes, who already struggle with high energy costs.
  • Have no measurable effects on climate change.

> Read more

> Interview Marlo Lewis

 

 

TESLA - RICHARD MORRISON
 
The Tesla File: Government Favors Cut Both Ways
 
The most recent development for Tesla has come out of Michigan, where the state legislature has banned car manufacturers from selling vehicles directly to the public or from owning dealerships themselves, new restrictions that effectively outlaw Tesla’s entire sales strategy, at least in the Great Lakes State. Michigan is not alone, however, in erecting restrictions on marketing and sales of cars that seem to target or effect only Tesla. > Read more
 

REGULATION VS. VEHICLE INNOVATION - MARC SCRIBNER


Misguided Regulations Threaten Automated Vehicle Innovation
To date, four states and the District of Columbia have enacted statutes that explicitly recognize the legality of automated vehicles. 

California’s manufacturer testing regulations came into force in September. While not entirely problematic, California’s rules mandate that a licensed driver be in the driver seat at all times during autonomous operation. In effect, this outlaws testing of more advanced fully automated vehicles. > Read more

> Interview Marc Scribner

 

Saturday, 10am ET
Realclearradio.org

 

Tune in Saturday, October 18th to RealClear Radio Hour with Bill Frezza and guests Michael Miller & Magatte Wade.

You can listen live Saturdays at 10a or 6p ET on Bloomberg’s iHeartRadio or Mondays at 8p ET on WROM Radio Detroit.

Poverty, Inc.

Michael Miller, director of Poverty, Inc., PovertyCure, and Acton Media at the Acton Institute, recounts his inspiration for his soon to be released film. In Poverty, Inc.,he makes the case for rethinking long-held foreign aid models, and to consider instead policies that cultivate entrepreneurship and institutions that enable those in need to create their own prosperity.

Entrepreneurship as Aid

Magatte Wade, Senegalese entrepreneur and founder and CEO of Tiossan, discusses her background and her entrepreneur-driven vision for Africa’s future.

In addition to WXKS 1200AM & WJMN 94.5FM-HD2 Boston, RealClear Radio Hour is broadcast Saturdays on 1030 KVOI Tucson, Sundays on The Patriot KRMR 105.7FM & KNNS 1510AM Kansas, and Mondays on WROM Detroit.


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Tuesday
Oct142014

CEI Today: Self-driving cars, EPA's clean power plan, Gruber MIA, and more

Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014
In the News Today

 

TODAY! 12:00PM


The End of Transit and the Beginning of the New Mobility: Policy Implications of Self-Driving Cars

 

Featuring Marc Scribner, Research Fellow, Competitive Enterprise Institute

Watch live online:
www.cato.org/live


 


EPA'S CLEAN POWER PLAN - MARLO LEWIS

Strategy for One-Party Rule?


EPA’s Clean Power Plan would compel each state to reduce its power-sector carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by a specified percentage by 2030. As discussed previously on this blog, the Plan is climatologically irrelevant. > Read more

> Interview Marlo Lewis


OBAMACARE ARCHITECT JONATHAN GRUBER - SAM KAZMAN

Breitbart: Government Omits Any Mention of Jonathan Gruber in Most Recent Court Filing

 

Professor Jonathan Gruber has been a continual presence in government court filings related to Obamacare. That changed last Friday when the federal government filed its opposition to a Supreme Court review of the King v. Burwell case without mentioning Gruber at all. > Read more


> Interview Sam Kazman
 

CEI’s Battered Business Bureau: The Week in Regulation
 

Even with a mid-term election coming up next month, agencies are cranking out a dozen or so new regulations every workday. The federal government also announced that, having solved all other problems, it will be holding a Tall Wood Building Prize Competition.
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FRIDAY, OCT. 17

CEI's John Berlau to Speak on Crowdfunding's Dynamic Potential in Banking & Lending

 

CEI financial policy expert John Berlau will discuss how crowdfunding is a new frontier that could open up further opportunities in investing and lending  if antiquated securities regulations are eliminated. > See  FULL AGENDA & REGISTRATION 

 

 

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BPA Research Funding Linked to Researcher Bias?

A Pen and Phone Strategy to Shrink Government

Unions’ Extensive Influence over Politics Highlights Need for Reform

 

New Mexico Workers and Industry Would Benefit from Right to Work - See more at: http://workplacechoice.org/#sthash.04F3Iq2B.dpuf
 

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Journalist Carrie Sheffield
CEI Warren T. Brookes Journalism Fellow

 





 

Tuesday
Oct142014

Daily Signal - Senator: Emails Reveal EPA, Green Group in 'Beyond Cozy' Relationship 

The Daily Signal

 

October 14, 2014

Morning Bell

Senator: Emails Reveal EPA, Green Group in 'Beyond Cozy' Relationship

The top Republican on the Environment and Public Works Committee told The Daily Signal that the Natural Resources Defense Council played an "absolutely inappropriate" role in drafting EPA's new carbon emissions plan.

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Here Are 5 Ways to Get the Deficit Under Control

Daily Policy Focus: The United States is not necessarily doomed to a fate of chronic and growing deficits.

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Obama Administration Plan to Cut Trees in Alaska Halted By Environmentalists

A family-owned timber firm that operates the last significant sawmill in Alaska's Tongass National Forest has won a momentous U.S. Forest Service contract. There's just one problem.

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Saturday
Oct112014

Cooler Heads Digest 10 October 2014 

10 October 2014

Announcements

On Wednesday, October 15, from 1:00 to 2:30 PM at 2325 Rayburn House Office Building, George C. Marshall Institute Chairman Dr. Will Happer will discuss “The Myth of Carbon Pollution.” To learn more and RSVP, email info@marshall.org.

The 60 Plus Association this week released a report, Energy Bills Challenge Fixed-Income Seniors, which demonstrates how EPA policies, and in particular the agency’s “Clean Power Plan,” are driving up the cost of living for seniors. Click here to read the report.

In the News

EPA’s Clean Power Plan: Strategy for One-Party Rule?
Marlo Lewis, GlobalWarming.org, 10 October 2014

Policy Implications of the Global Warming Pause
Ross McKitrick, Master Resource, 10 October 2014

Global Warming’s Statistical Meltdown
Judith Curry, Wall Street Journal, 10 October 2014

Shell Oil, Lego, and the Environmental Movement’s War on Capitalism
James Delingpole, Breitbart, 10 October 2014

Energy Imports Drop to 29 Year Low
Timothy Cama, The Hill, 10 October 2014

Hagan Passed North Carolina Law That Aided Family’s Solar Company
Brent Scher, Washington Free Beacon, 10 October 2014

Wind Energy Admits It Needs a Handout To Compete
Nicolas Loris, Daily Signal, 8 October 2014

A Carbon Tax Cannot Create Jobs
James Taylor, Forbes, 8 October 2014

You Didn’t Build That, Mr. President
Mark Green, Energy Tomorrow, 3 October 2014

News You Can Use
EPA’s War on Coal by the Numbers

More than 72 gigawatts (GW) of electrical generating capacity have already or are now set to retire because of EPA regulations, according to a new analysis by the Institute for Energy Research. EPA had predicted its regulations would shutter 9 GW of coal-fired generating capacity.

Inside the Beltway
Myron Ebell

EPA Sends Smog Rule to OMB for Review, But Won’t Publish Until After the Election

The Environmental Protection Agency this week sent their draft ozone rule to the White House Office of Management and Budget for interagency review. Like many other controversial proposed rules, this one will not be released to the public for comment until after the 4th November congressional elections.

The EPA is under court order to finalize the rule by October 2015.  The White House delayed issuing the new National Ambient Air Quality Standard for ozone (or smog) in the summer of 2011 when they realized that the rule is potentially so colossally expensive that it could threaten President Obama’s re-election prospects. 

The Bush Administration in 2008 set the standard at 75 parts per billion.  The exact figure that the EPA is now proposing is not known, but is expected to range from 70 down to 60 ppb.  A study by the highly-respected NERA Economic Consulting for the National Association of Manufacturers concluded that the total cost of lowering the level to 60 ppb could cost $3.4 trillion from 2017 to 2040 or $270 billion per year.

The Clean Air Act Advisory Board in June notified the EPA that, “Although a level of 70 ppb is more protective of public health than the current standard, it may not meet the statutory requirement to protect public health with an adequate margin of safety.”  That judgment call by the board may be binding on the EPA. 

In the ongoing litigation over the refusal by Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy to turn over text messages requested under the Freedom of Information Act, the Justice Department told a federal court this week that it is preparing to notify the National Archives that the EPA has destroyed the official records.  This appears to be a violation of the Federal Records Act, but the Obama Administration denies it.  When he was running for president in 2008, then-Senator Barack Obama promised that his administration would be the most open and transparent in history.     

EPA Pulls an IRS

As Chris Horner, my CEI colleague, told the Washington Times, “Here we see EPA agreeing to the court to do an IRS.” Horner filed the FOIA request when it became apparent from e-mails obtained under FOIA that McCarthy had switched from e-mails to text messages to colleagues and allies in environmental pressure groups in order to avoid public disclosure through FOIA of the Obama EPA’s war on coal.

McCarthy has claimed that destroying the many thousands of text messages is legal because they were all of a personal nature and therefore not official government records.  However, they were sent and received using a cell phone supplied by the federal government.  Metadata has also revealed that many were sent to other top EPA officials. 

Meet the Latest Climate Profiteers

The Obama administration is pushing hard to phase out hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), a widely-used class of refrigerants that EPA blames for contributing to global warming.  Strongly supporting the administration in this effort are America’s two largest refrigerant producers, DuPont and Honeywell.

These two companies have developed and patented substitutes which sell for considerably more than the HFCs they would replace.  This includes a joint venture to produce HFO-1234yf, a proprietary replacement for the HFCs used in automotive air-conditioners. 

HFO-1234yf has several drawbacks, including in flammability. But with so few viable options left – many other refrigerants were outlawed in the 1990s on the grounds that they deplete the Earth’s ozone layer – automakers may be forced to use the DuPont/Honeywell product if a ban on HFCs goes into effect.

HFO-1234yf costs about $120 per pound compared to $6-$7 per pound for the type of HFC currently used in motor vehicles.  Most new car and light-duty truck models require 1 to 3 pounds of refrigerant, and they may need additional refrigerant to replenish any leaks that occur over the life of the vehicle.   DuPont and Honeywell expect sales of their new refrigerant to reach into the billions of dollars.

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.

Thursday
Oct092014

CEI Today: Clean Air Act reform, EPA buries good news, and the need to defend business 

Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2014
In the News Today

 

CEI PUSHES AIR LAW REFORM - WILLIAM YEATMAN

Inside EPA: CEI Pushes Air Law Reform To Bolster State-EPA 'Cooperative Federalism'

 

Conservative think tank the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) is suggesting Congress pursue Clean Air Act amendments to correct what it sees as an imbalance in the air law's "cooperative federalism" balance between EPA's regulatory powers and those given to states, saying lawmakers need to strengthen states' air law authority.  > Read more


> Interview William Yeatman

 

EPA BURIES GOOD NEWS - MARLO LEWIS  

Globalwarming.org: Good News on Air Quality Not Featured on EPA’s Web Site

 

This week EPA updated its annual Air Quality Trends, and the news is fanastic. “National average air quality continues to improve as emissions decline through 2013,” EPA reports.

But that’s not what EPA features as “News” on its Web site.
> Read more   


> Interview Marlo Lewis

 

DEFENDING BUSINESS - FRED L. SMITH, JR.

Defending the Virtue of the Business World at Home and Abroad


A new CNBC/Burson-Marsteller poll on attitudes toward business in both developed and emerging economies reveals some troubling findings. While business leaders in the U.S. and other developed nations view themselves and their firms favorably, the public’s view is less positive.  More striking is the gap in public opinion with more positive views in developing nations—even supposedly socialist ones—than in the West. > Read more

> Interview an expert

 

CEI’s Battered Business Bureau: The Week in Regulation

The Federal Register topped the 60,000-page mark on Friday, and is on pace for the 6th-highest page count in its 79-year history. Along the way, new regulations cover everything from 5K races to how magnets work.

 

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CEI Awards Pro-Worker Senators

 

 

New Mexico Workers and Industry Would Benefit from Right to Work - See more at: http://workplacechoice.org/#sthash.04F3Iq2B.dpuf
 

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Journalist Carrie Sheffield
CEI Warren T. Brookes Journalism Fellow