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Monday
Aug042014

PublicNotice - NEW POLL: Support for new EPA rules cratering among voters 

As thousands participate in public hearings around the country in Colorado, Georgia, and Washington, DC to discuss the EPA’s proposed power plant regulations, a new battleground poll was just released by the American Energy Alliance showing that the more Americans learn about the impact of the regulations, the more they oppose them.  Conducted by The Winston Group, the poll looks specifically at how support for the new EPA proposed power plant rule evaporates when Americans are given the all the details.

Looking at IA, CO, NC, MT and AR, the poll finds that despite initial support for new EPA regulations, every state flips dramatically after people hear arguments for and againstthe EPA proposal.

 

Read Chris Stirewalt’s report for Fox News here.

  

In addition, surveys in Colorado and Iowa indicate that voters will be less likely to support a Senate candidate who opposes the Keystone pipeline.

North Carolina

 

Support for the EPA rule goes from 59-32 support to 48-44 oppose after voters hear arguments both for and against the rule.  Despite many pleas, Senator Kay Hagan has affirmed her support for strict power plant rules, a position which puts her far too out of step with North Carolinians.

 

Colorado

 

Voters are 57-44 support to 50-37 oppose for the EPA rules after they hear arguments for and against.  Nearly half (46%) of Colorado voters would be less likely to support a Senate candidate who opposed the Keystone Pipeline.  Senator Mark Udall supports the EPA regs and could spell trouble this November.  The Colorado polling memo from the American Energy Alliance & the Winston Group can be read here.

 

Iowa

 

Voters are 64-31 support to 48-44 oppose after hearing arguments from both sides.  Over 40% of Iowa voters would be less likely to support a Senate candidate who opposed the Keystone Pipeline.  With Senate candidate Bruce Braley firmly behind the EPA’s rule and opposed to the Keystone Pipeline, this is sure to continue to be a major issue in Iowa as we head toward November.  The Iowa polling memo can be read here.

Main Takeaways

  • In all states surveyed, people believe that job creation and economic growth should be the Obama Administration’s top priority.
  • When presented with additional facts and information, initial support for the EPA rule changes dramatically – with every state flipping from tepid support to strong opposition.
  • The more people find out what is in the proposal and what it means for middle class Americans, job creation, and economic growth, the less they like it.
  • In Colorado and Iowa, voters say that a U.S. Senate candidate’s position on the stalled Keystone XL pipeline will be a major motivating factor heading into the voting booths this November.
  • A majority of voters reject the costly carbon tax proposal.

Note

This year, Australia repealed its 2012 power plant rules, which mandated a $21.50 charge (in U.S. dollars) per ton of emitted carbon dioxide.

 

The full polling memo from the American Energy Alliance & the Winston Group can be read here.

 

State Polling Memos

 

Arkansas

Colorado

Iowa

Montana

North Carolina

 

Saturday
Aug022014

Cooler Heads Digest 01 August 2014 

1 August 2014

Announcements

On Monday, the Competitive Enterprise Institute published a study by CEI senior fellow William Yeatman on “EPA’s Illegitimate Climate Rule.” The report demonstrates that the agency’s recently proposed Clean Power Plan contravenes congressional intent, lacks an electoral mandate, and was written by special interests.

In the News

Former Employees Allege Widespread Illegality at Taxpayer-Backed Solar Company
Lachlan Markay, Washington Free Beacon, 31 July 2014

Solar Power: Is There a Business Case?
Philip Dowd, WattsUpWithThat, 31 July 2014

Is EPA Really Interested in Your Criticism?
Nicolas Loris, The Daily Signal, 30 July 2014

In Search of Real Environmentalism
Ben Acheson, Master Resource, 30 July 2014

Senate Report Details “Billionaire’s Club” Behind Special Interests Holding Reins at EPA
Chris Prandoni, Forbes, 30 July 2014

EPA Regulations a Dark, Costly Chapter in Our History
Paul Driessen, Investor’s Business Daily, 30 July 2014

Heritage Foundation Panel Addresses EPA’s Unprecedented Climate Change Regulations
William Yeatman, GlobalWarming.org, 29 July 2014

College Professor Uses English Class To Push Global Warming
Samantha Reinis, Campus Reform, 29 July 2014

Average Price of Electricity Climbs to All-Time Record
Terence Jeffrey, CNSNews, 29 July 2014

News You Can Use
Study: Ozone Regulation Would Cost $2.2 Trillion

EPA’s impending ozone regulation could cost $2.2 trillion, reduce the gross domestic product by $3.4 trillion, and eliminate 2.9 million jobs between 2017 and 2014, according to a study published this week by the National Association of Manufacturers.

Inside the Beltway
William Yeatman

EPA’s Climate Regulations Take Center Stage in House of Representatives

This week there were two House hearings given to EPA’s proposed Clean Air Act regulations for greenhouse gases from existing power plants, known as the Clean Power Plan.

On Tuesday morning, House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power heard from all five members of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on how EPA’s rule would affect the nation’s electricity grid. My colleague Marlo Lewis reported on the hearing at globalwarming.org; his take-away is the rule would fundamentally overhaul the electric system. Regarding electric reliability in particular, it bears noting that EPA’s analysis—which has proven to be unrealistically optimisticconcedes that implementation of the Clean Power Plan would threaten reliability in New England, Florida, and Gulf States. The reality would likely prove to be much worse.

The following morning, I attended a House Science, Space, and Technology Committee held a hearing on “EPA’s Carbon Plan: Failure by Design.” Panelists were Jeffrey Holmstead (partner, Bracewell & Giuliani), Charles McConnell (executive director, Energy & Environment Initiative), David Cash (Commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Environmental Quality), and Gregory Sopkin (partner, Wilkinson, Barker, Knauer LLP).

McConnell delivered the best exchanges. During his opening statement, for example, he held up a dime, and notedthat EPA’s Clean Power Plan would limit sea level rise by an amount commensurate with 1/3rd the thickness of the coin. His dramatics aptly demonstrated the fact that EPA's climate rule is all pain and no gain.

However, his most impactful testimony pertained to EPA’s inability to work with other agencies. Before resigning in early 2013, McConnell was assistant secretary for fossil energy at the Energy Department. This is the office responsible for facilitating federal assistance in the development of carbon capture and sequester (CCS) technology. In fact, EPA required CCS technology in its controversial carbon rule for new coal-fired power plants, so you’d think that EPA would’ve welcomed collaboration with McConnell’s office. Alas, you’d be wrong. McConnell told the committee that “a true collaborative effort would have been far different from what I observed." According to Mr. McConnell, EPA viewed the interagency process as a “box-checking exercise” and he called the agency’s attitude “disingenuous.”

McConnell’s account raises troubling issues. For starters, EPA has no functional expertise in CCS technology. It is, therefore, strange that the agency would spurn input from a federal office that does possess such expertise. EPA’s failure to do so suggests incompetence, and it perhaps explains why the regulation is rife with legal flaws.  

Taking a step back, his testimony makes me wonder if there’s anyone with whom EPA works well, other than environmental special interests (of course). After all, the Department of Energy is a fellow federal agency. They’re peers, yet EPA refused to get along. Moreover, we know that Obama’s EPA has had an terrible relationship with States, which are supposed to be the agency’s partners under the cooperative federalism framework established by the Clean Air Act. And it goes without saying that this EPA treats “dirty” industry with contempt. Thus, EPA has rejected collaboration with both the public and private sectors. Unfortunately, so long as Congress refuses to act and the judiciary defers evermore to agency action, EPA can go it alone.

Across the States
William Yeatman

EPA Holds Public Hearings on Clean Power Plan

EPA this week held public hearings on its proposed Clean Power Plan in Washington, D.C., Denver, Atlanta, and Pittsburgh. The fact that EPA scheduled these hearings in metropolitan areas, rather than the areas of the country that will be most affected by the rule, raised the ire of prominent critics, including Sen. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who called the hearings a “sham.”

On a personal note, I signed up to speak at the one in Washington, but EPA denied me the opportunity. The Daily Caller’s Michael Bastasch reported that my experience was not unique, and that opponents of the rule seem to have been disproportionately shut out of the D.C. hearing.

Notably, the hearings were bookended by ominous signs. At the last minute, the hearing in Atlanta was moved to a new location, due to power outage. And on the final day of hearings, Alpha Natural Resources announced it would eliminate 1,100 coal mining jobs in Appalachia; the company attributed the decision in part to EPA regulations. These two phenomena—power scarcity and job losses—are likely manifestations of EPA’s Clean Power Plan, if it is finalized in anything resembling its proposed form.

Around the World
William Yeatman

International Monetary Fund Proposes $1.60 U.S. Gas Tax

National Journal’s Jason Plautz yesterday reported on a new book published by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), whose thesis is that “energy prices in many countries are wrong” because they don’t account for global warming. For the U.S., the IMF recommends a $1.60 per gallon gas tax. Thankfully, IMF has no power over U.S. domestic policy. Nonetheless, the Fund’s evident mission creep is eyebrow-raising. Why is the IMF, whose original purpose was to ensure exchange-rate stability, writing white papers about implausible American domestic policies?

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
Jul312014

CEI Today: House Obama lawsuit, EPA climate rule, an alcohol ban, the Tesla taxpayer drain, and more

Thursday, July 31, 2014
In the News Today

 

RULE BY MEMO - WAYNE CREWS

Forbes.com: Executive Branch Power In The Crosshairs As GOP Readies Vote On Lawsuit Against Obama


As more once-private economic and social activity is engulfed by an over-reaching national government, “notices,” “guidance documents,” and executive orders guide Americans’ lives without citizen input.

This is “Rule By Memo.” Congress, now, must directly address the loss of our liberties, either via the [House's lawsuit against the president] or via Congress’s constitutional duty to otherwise rebalance the lopsided balance of powers.  > Read more

> Interview Wayne Crews


 

EPA'S ILLEGITIMATE CLIMATE RULE - WILLIAM YEATMAN


A new analysis by Competitive Enterprise Institute senior fellow William Yeatman describes President Obama’s new Clean Power Plan as “an unrivaled expansion of the EPA’s regulatory authority,” that “places energy policy nationwide under the EPA’s thumb.” What can Congress do in face of this outrageous regulation, even without a vote? See EPA’s Illegitimate Climate Rule.

> Interview William Yeatman

 

ALCOHOL BAN - MICHELLE MINTON

Baltimore Sun: Are tax dollars paying for anti-alcohol advocacy?


This month, Maryland banned high-proof liquors like Everclear and other inexpensive tipples. Self-proclaimed public health activists claimed such "high octane" liquors increased the likelihood of binge-drinking and sexual assaults on college campuses. While the merits of the ban are debatable, one aspect of it is not: the use of taxpayer money to support a political agenda. 

There's nothing wrong with being an advocate, but using millions of taxpayer dollars to advance a political agenda is wrong, no matter who does it.
> Read more

> Interview Michelle Minton
 

TESLA TAXPAYER DRAIN - CHRISTOPHER HORNER

Real Clear Markets: Will Tesla's Gigafactory Be a Gigasized Taxpayer Drain?


Tesla has uniquely benefited from more than $300 million in state and federal subsidies. In addition in the last 18 months, Tesla has received more than $260 million in regulatory credit sales through federal CAFE standards and zero-emission vehicle credits programs. Tesla talks the free-market talk while in fact requiring government intervention as life-support.
> Read more

> Interview Christopher Horner

 

High Cost of Big Labor

The Unintended Consequences of Collective Bargaining

With high levels of unionization and no right-to-work laws, union presence has cost individuals more than $10,000 in income over the last 50 years. > Read more


 

See also:

An Interstate Analysis of Right to Work Laws
 
Understanding Public Pension Debt


 

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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General Counsel of @ceidotorg, Sam Kazman joins me Saturday to talk about the latest Obamacare court decisions.
 





 

Thursday
Jul312014

ALG's Daily Grind - Will Obama grant refugee status to millions of illegal immigrants?

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July 31, 2014

Permission to republish original opeds and cartoons granted.

Is Obama planning on granting refugee status to millions of illegal immigrants?
Refugee resettlement laws were never intended to help illegal immigrants who are poor or unemployed, it was supposed to assist those fleeing religious or political or racial persecution. But would that stop Obama?

Cartoon: Not a Lame Duck

Testimony on EPA's proposed rules for existing power plants — Atlanta, Georgia
The passion of environmentalist commenters supersedes their knowledge as none of the major proposed EPA regulations are solutions to issues caused by carbon dioxide—a clear, colorless gas that each of us breathe out and plants breathe in.

Charge: 'Clintons turned the State Department into a racket to line their own pockets'

Wednesday
Jul302014

CEI Today: Obamacare subsidies, EPA climate policy, and teacher union demands 

Tuesday, July 29, 2014
In the News Today

 

OBAMACARE ARCHITECT SAYS STATES LOSE SUBSIDIES

 Wall Street Journal Opinion: Gruber's Regrets

Competitive Enterprise Institute Associate Director of Technology Studies Ryan Radia on an ObamaCare architect’s damning admission about tax subsidies for state exchanges.  > View the interview

> Read more

 

> Interview an expert
 


EPA CLIMATE POLICY - WILLIAM YEATMAN

The Daily Signal:
Panel: Obama’s Emissions Regulations Mark ‘Unprecedented’ Executive Expansion

[CEI's William Yeatman says] that the power allotted to the EPA through its most recent rule was unintended by Congress. “[The rule] doesn’t have a clear congressional mandate—if anything I’d say all the evidence suggests the exact opposite, the Congress would have in no way intended this,” Yeatman said. “If Congress hasn’t enacted a climate policy, then why the heck is the EPA?” 
> Read more

> Interview William Yeatman


 

TEACHER UNION DEMANDS - TREY KOVACS

Workplacechoice.org: Kentucky Teachers Union Demands Pay Raise to Perform Union Business


Contract negotiations between Jefferson County Public Schools and its teachers union have hit an impasse. Union officials want more than the state-mandated 1-percent raise, which is all that JCPS has been willing to offer.
> Read more

> Interview Trey Kovacs
 

The High Cost of Big Labor - a three part series

An Interstate Analysis of Right to Work Laws
 
Understanding Public Pension Debt

 

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. Sign up today!

 

    


 

CEI President Lawson Bader

@libertynkilts
 

Big government
ripple effect

Saturday, 10am ET
Realclearradio.org