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Saturday
Jun142014

Cooler Heads Digest 13 June 2014 

13 June 2014

In the News

The Poor Are Bearing the Cost of Solar
Monica Martinez, Forbes, 13 June 2014

How Can EPA’s ‘Clean Power Plan’ Deliver $ Billions in Climate Benefits If It Has No Detectable Impact on Global Temperatures, Sea-Level Rise, or Other Climate Indicators
Marlo Lewis, GlobalWarming.org, 12 June 2014

Obama & the EPA: It’s about Rewarding Friends and Punishing Enemies
Benjamin Zycher, Los Angeles Times, 11 June 2014

Wind’s PTC: The Opposition Mounts
Robert Bradley, Jr., Master Resource, 11 June 2014

Watchdog Rebuffed on EPA Data Turns to NSA
Stephen Dinan & Jim McElhatton, Washington Times, 10 June 2014

Chinese Official Plays Down Emission Cut Expectations
David Stanway, Reuters, 9 June 2014

News You Can Use
Antarctic Sea Ice Sets May Record

According to the U.S. National Snow and Ice Data Center, Antarctic sea ice reached its greatest extent for any May in the satellite record.

Inside the Beltway
Myron Ebell

Cantor’s Defeat Paves Way for McCarthy’s Move up to Majority Leader

The very surprising defeat of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) in the Republican primary election in Virginia on 10th June by David Brat means that House Republicans must elect a new majority leader.  Representative Cantor announced the next day that he will serve out his term, but will resign as majority leader on 31st July.  The House Republican Conference then announced that elections will be held on 19th June.

House Republican Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) quickly drove potential conservative challengers out of the race.  Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Tex.), chairman of the Financial Services Committee, sounded out his colleagues for support and announced that he would not run.  Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Tex.) announced that he would run and then withdrew when he discovered he could not beat McCarthy.  Rep. Raul Labrador (R-Idaho) then announced that he would run so that conservatives at least had a candidate.  Labrador is a solid conservative and clearly a potential future leader of his party in the House, but has little chance to defeat McCarthy.  Of course, no one thought that Brat would beat Cantor.

Pre. McCarthy probably has more windmills in his California district than any other House member and has supported the federal wind production tax credit.  Recognizing that one of Brat’s top issues was his attacks on crony capitalism, McCarthy in an interview with the Wall Street Journal indicated that, while he supports the wind industry, he no longer supports the wind PTC.

If McCarthy is elected majority leader, then House Republicans will vote on a new chief whip.  A leading candidate is the current chief deputy whip (an appointed position), Rep. Peter Roskam (R-Ill.).  Like McCarthy, Roskam is a moderate, establishment Republican.  The other candidates are Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.), the current chairman of the conservative Republican Study Committee, and Rep. Marlin Stutzman (R-Ind.), who was elected in 2010 with tea party support.  It has been reported that Scalise has more commitments so far, but has not yet secured a majority.  Members have been known not to keep their commitments in past leadership elections.     

White House Dismisses Petition to Correct Holdren’s Junk Science

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) has dismissed a petition for correction under the federal Information Quality Act of a two-minute video that OSTP director John Holdren made in January, in which he explains that the very cold winter was caused by global warming.  In a letter dated 6th June to my CEI colleague Hans Bader, assistant OSTP director Tamara Dickinson states that Holdren’s claims were an “expression of Dr. Holdren’s personal opinion and expert judgment.”  In other words, the White House is claiming that the ridiculous public musings of a crank working at the White House are not covered by the Information Quality Act.  

This is extremely worrying.  President Barack Obama in an interview with Tom Friedman of the New York Times said this week that he gets frequent briefings from his top science advisor:

Every morning you get a security briefing from the intelligence community on global threats; do you now also get the same on environmental threats?  “I do,” said Obama. Science adviser “John Holdren typically makes presentations when there are new findings,” and his reports show that environmental stresses are now impacting both foreign and domestic policy.

A video of the interview was part of the final episode of Showtime’s “Years of Living Dangerously,” the most recent piece of global warming propaganda that no one watched. 

Across the States
William Yeatman

California Commits Cap-and-Trade Revenues to High-Speed Rail Boondoggle

California Governor Jerry Brown this week reached an agreement with Democratic leadership in the Legislature to spend up to $250 million of the 2014 proceeds from the state’s cap-and-trade energy rationing program on a planned high speed rail in the hinterlands. Under the plan, many billions more would be spent on the project through 2020. Pacific Legal Foundation’s Harold Johnson told ClimateWire that the decision was a “gift” to opponents of California’s climate policy, and he is spot-on. The state’s high speed rail is the ultimate boondoggle, as has been reported by my colleague Marc Scribner. The first portion would connect Merced to the San Fernando Valley, at a cost of $31 billion. Anyone even remotely acquainted with California demography could tell you that this is an outrageous price to pay to connect these lightly populated regions.

Around the World
Myron Ebell

Australian PM Abbott Asks Canada To Join Coalition to Oppose Global Carbon Caps

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott visited Ottawa and Washington this week for talks with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and President Barack Obama.  It was reported that Abbott talked to Harper about creating a coalition to oppose global efforts to conclude a new international agreement that puts a price on carbon dioxide emissions.  It was also reported that he hoped to recruit the prime ministers of the United Kingdom, New Zealand, and India to join the coalition.  British Prime Minister David Cameron seems an unlikely opponent of global energy-rationing policies, but China and Japan are in fact already allies, although their rhetoric is designed to conceal their opposition to new global carbon caps.    

White House press secretary Jay Carney confirmed that President Obama and Prime Minister Abbott did discuss climate policies during their meeting, but did not share any details.  Since Obama is creating an energy-rationing regime through executive fiat and Abbott’s government is moving to repeal Australia’s carbon tax and dismantle its climate bureaucracy, the lack of details almost certainly means that they found no common ground. 

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.

Friday
Jun132014

CEI Today: EPA clean power plan, vote on union subsidy, and suing the NSA 

Friday, June 13, 2014
In the News Today

 

EPA CLEAN POWER PLAN - MARLO LEWIS

Globalwarming.org: How Can EPA’s ‘Clean Power Plan’ Deliver $Billions in Climate Benefits If It Has No Detectable Impact on Global Temperatures, Sea-Level Rise, or Other Climate Indicators?

 

EPA’s carbon “pollution” rule for existing power plants, dubbed the Clean Power Plan, requires states, on average, to reduce power-sector carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions 30% below 2005 levels by 2030.

 

If EPA really believes the rule will deliver $31 billion in climate benefits in 2030, then why do the Clean Power Plan rule, the RIA, and the By the Numbers Fact Sheet provide no estimates of how the rule will affect warming rates, sea-level rise, drought frequency, tropical storm behavior, polar bear populations, heat mortality risk, or any other climate-related indicator people care about? The answer should be obvious. It’s because the rule will have no perceptible impact on those indicators in 2030 — and very likely not even in 2100. > Read more


>Interview Marlo Lewis

 

UNION SUBSIDY - TREY KOVACS

Workplacechoice.org: 60 House Republicans Vote in Favor of Union Subsidy

In light of the Department of Veterans Affairs and Internal Revenue Service scandals, many Republican congressmen have come out against the practice known as union official time, which releases federal employees from their regularly assigned duties to conduct union business. > Read more
 
>Interview Trey Kovacs

 

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

 Government and baseball



 

Saturday, 10am ET
Realclearradio.org


Linda Chavez discusses her career— serving in the Reagan White House and her experience with the changing political landscape, from labor unions to immigration.

 

An Annual Snapshot of the Federal Regulatory State

 





 

Tuesday
Jun102014

CEI Today: EPA carbon rule targets, Virginia vs Uber, and more 

Monday, June 9, 2014
In the News Today

 


EPA CARBON RULE, STATE BY STATE - MARLO LEWIS

Globalwarming.org: Carbon Rule Targets by State — Wall Street Journal Chart

A key factor in how hard it will be for a state to achieve the percent CO2 reduction required by the 2030 standard is the current (2013) share of the state’s electricity generated from coal. A relatively small percent CO2 reduction can be more difficult for a state where coal’s share of electric generation is high than a relatively large percent CO2 reduction for a state where coal’s share is low. >Read More
 
>Interview Marlo Lewis

 

VIRGINIA vs UBER - MARC SCRIBNER

Openmarket.org: Ridesharing Wars: Uber, Regulators, and the “California Compromise”

 

Last week, Virginia’s Department of Motor Vehicles sent cease-and-desist letters to Uber and Lyft warning the ridesharing companies to halt their “illegal operations.” This was incredibly disappointing.

But on the same day, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) signed a new law creating a regulatory class called the transportation network company, requires driver background checks, and spells out insurance requirements for ridesharing operators. Explicitly recognizing the legality of ridesharing, along with some regulatory requirements, is superior to Virginia’s approach.
>Read More

 

>Interview Marc Scribner

 

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


Linda Chavez discusses her career— serving in the Reagan White House and her experience with the changing political landscape, from labor unions to immigration.

 

An Annual Snapshot of the Federal Regulatory State

 





 

Tuesday
Jun102014

CEI Today: CEI sues NSA, EPA war on coal, and minimum wage 

Tuesday, June 10, 2014
In the News Today

 

CEI SUES NSA - CHRIS HORNER

Competitive Enterprise Institute Sues NSA to Obtain “Destroyed” EPA Phone Records

 

Monday, the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) filed a lawsuit against the United States National Security Agency (NSA) for refusing to fulfill two Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests for records pertaining to the conduct of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

“The NSA already acknowledged the existence of the data-collection program. The information NSA obtained about EPA communications, and specifically about records EPA admits to destroying, belong to the public,” said Competitive Enterprise Institute senior fellow Christopher Horner. “Over the past two years, the EPA’s controversial electronic correspondence and recordkeeping practices have reflected a severe lack of transparency and are of interest to both Congress and taxpayers in general. CEI's discovery that EPA engaged in widespread record destruction adds a new element to EPA's disturbing story.” > Read more

 

>Interview Chris Horner

 

EPA WAR ON COAL BY THE NUMBERS - MARLO LEWIS

Globalwarming.org: EPA’s Carbon “Pollution” Rules: War on Coal by the Numbers

How will EPA’s existing-source carbon “pollution” rule, published last week in the Federal Register, affect U.S. power markets between now and 2030?  The chart below presents some of the relevant data used to compute each state’s standard. It also confirms — despite EPA’s protestations to the contrary – that the agency is waging a war on coal. >Read More
 
>Interview Marlo Lewis

 

MINIMUM WAGE - TREY KOVACS

 

Workplacechoice.org: Receipt Shows What Is Wrong with the Minimum Wage

Now businesses in SeaTac have begun to pass on the cost of a $15 minimum wage to consumers by charging a 8.25 percent living wage surcharge.
> Read more

> Interview Trey Kovcs
 

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.

 


 

CEI President Lawson Bader
@libertynkilts

 Government and baseball



 

Saturday, 10am ET
Realclearradio.org


Linda Chavez discusses her career— serving in the Reagan White House and her experience with the changing political landscape, from labor unions to immigration.

 

An Annual Snapshot of the Federal Regulatory State

 





 

Saturday
Jun072014

Josiah Bartlett Center - Trying to Make Sense of the MET Deal and the EPA's New Rules 

Weekly Update from the
Josiah Bartlett Center

Keeping you up to date on our latest research
on the issues impacting New Hampshire
 

The brokered deal on the Medicaid Enhancement Tax and lawsuit is a partial solution to an imperfect situation that will require difficult choices but it may still be the right choice to make. The complexity of the tax and the schemes surrounding it make evaluating and understanding the tax, the choices, and the possibilities difficult but let’s give it a try. Click here to keep reading


Earlier this week, President Obama announced a series of proposed rules that would reduce the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) emitted by fossil fuel fired power plants. The goal nationally is to reduce emissions by 30% below 2005 levels. Each state has its own reduction goal, reached through a complex calculation based on current energy production sources and possible policy choices. For New Hampshire to comply with these rules, the state would need to reduce emissions from fossil fuel fired plants by more than 46% by 2030. Click here to keep reading