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Friday
Jun202014

ALG supports Congressional rebuke of radical EPA regs

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Mehrens: Lawmakers Take Courageous Stand Against "Overreaching, Out-of-Control, Enviro-Radicals" In Washington, D.C.

June 19, 2014, Fairfax, Va. – Americans for Limited Government president Nathan Mehrens today issued a statement praising efforts by U.S. Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.) and eighty-four other lawmakers to rein in the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)'s radical new carbon regulation. 

Duncan and eighty-four of his colleagues submitted a letter to EPA administrator Gina McCarthy demanding that her agency immediately rescind its "unwise and unconstitutional regulation." 

"Jeff Duncan and his allies in Congress are taking a stand for the bottom line of millions of American families – and standing firm against the increasingly radical agenda of a rogue, unaccountable and extra-legal bureaucracy," Mehrens said.  "This debate is simple: Is government going to protect the broad economic interests of all of its people?  Or is it going to subject them to additional economic hardship by kowtowing to the overreaching, out-of-control enviro-radical agenda that's taken over the EPA bureaucracy under the administration of Barack Obama?" 

According to Duncan's letter, "the authority to limit carbon emissions, even if that were actually a necessity, rests in neither the Constitution nor the Clean Air Act but in the true free market of individual choices made by the American people." 

"When Americans are free to dream and innovate – not coerced by regulators in Washington who will never have exclusive knowledge of science or the newest technologies – we believe they will always find cheaper, cleaner, safer, and more efficient ways to use and produce energy," Duncan and his fellow lawmakers wrote. 

To view online: http://getliberty.org/alg-supports-congressional-rebuke-of-radical-epa-regs/

 Attachments:  

Letter to EPA administrator Gina McCarthy, Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.), June 12, 2014 at http://getliberty.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/Duncan-Carbon-Emission-Letter-to-EPA.pdf

 

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Americans for Limited Government is a non-partisan, nationwide network committed to advancing free market reforms, private property rights and core American liberties. For more information on ALG please visit our website at www.GetLiberty.org.

Thursday
Jun192014

CEI Today: Keystone/energy votes, Operation Choke Point, EPA testimony, overcriminalization, and CEI at 30!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014
In the News Today

 

WEDNESDAY VOTES ON KEYSTONE XL, FERC

Today, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee is scheduled to vote on President Obama's nominees for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and on a fast track plan for the Keystone XL Pipeline.

Thursday, the House Energy and Commerce Committee will hear testimony from EPA's Janet McCabe about the agency's plans to impose carbon limits on existing power plants.

 

Can FERC Chair Nominee Norman Bay Be Trusted To Keep the Lights on?

Keystone XL Pipeline: What Are the Core Issues?

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?

 

 >Interview an expert
 

OPERATION CHOKE POINT - IAIN MURRAY
 
The Semi-Annual Report of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau”
 
Today, Richard Cordray, director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, is set to testify before the House Committee on Financial Services chaired by Jeb Hensarling. Will anyone ask Cordray what he thinks of Operation Choke Point, the Obama Department of Justice plan to wipe out the small dollar lending industry? It does this by increasing oversight requirements to such levels that it becomes unprofitable for banks to work with small lenders. > Read about Operation Choke Point
 

 

REGULATION & OVERCRIMINALIZATION - WAYNE CREWS

High Cost of Overcriminalization

 

A lot is spent to collect fines, deny permits, and pursue alleged violators of regulations. Overcriminalization results. The estimated FY 2013 enforcement costs incurred by federal departments and agencies stood at an estimated $57.3 billion (in constant 2013 dollars, adjusted from origninal 2005 dollars), a slight 0.86 percent increase over $56.8 billion the previous year.  > Read more


> Interview Wayne Crews

CEI Podcast: CEI Celebrates 30 Years

CEI celebrates its30th anniversary this week at our annual dinner. Founder and Chairman Fred Smith talks about CEI's past and future successes.

> Listen to the podcast


> About the #ceidinner

 

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CEI President Lawson Bader

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Thursday
Jun192014

US House Republicans - VIDEO RELEASE: We Are Waiting 

We Are Waiting

 

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WASHINGTON D.C.  – The House Republican Conference today released a new video highlighting the Internal Revenue Service’s failure to produce two years of emails from Lois Lerner, the former head of the agency, and at least six other IRS employees. Specifically, the IRS lost the e-mails for Nicole Flax, former Chief of Staff to Acting IRS Commissioner Steven Miller, who was a frequent visitor to the White House and the Eisenhower Executive Office Building. This only raises more questions. Worse, the IRS has been keeping the fact that the agency lost these critical records a secret for months. 

 

While President Obama said his administration would "work hand-in-hand with Congress to get this thing fixed," the American people are still waiting for answers.

 

Video Script

Jake Tapper (CNN): "Sorry, my hard drive crashed" is probably not the kind of excuse that would get you off the hook if you were being audited, but that is exactly the explanation the IRS and now the Obama administration are using to explain more than two years of missing emails from Lois Lerner.

 

President Obama: The misconduct they've uncovered is inexcusable; it is inexcusable, and Americans are right to be angry about it, and I am angry about it. I will not tolerate this kind of behavior in any agency, but especially in the IRS.

 

Thomas Roberts (MSNBC)The IRS seems to have a major problem keeping its own records straight. The agency says it has lost a trove of emails to and from Lois Lerner.

 

President ObamaOur administration has to make sure that we are working hand-in-hand with Congress to get this thing fixed.

 

Megyn Kelly (Fox News)The other way they can get Lois Lerner’s allegedly deleted emails or allegedly lost emails is they can go to the White House and say, "Okay, White House, you give us everything from those two years between anybody on your team and Lois Lerner." Are they likely to cooperate with that, the administration?

 

President ObamaOur administration has to make sure that we are working hand-in-hand with Congress to get this thing fixed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday
Jun192014

CEI Today: EPA testimony, TSA body scanners, finance for the people, and more 

Thursday, June 19, 2014
In the News Today

 

EPA TESTIMONY TODAY

Today, the House Energy and Commerce Committee will hear testimony from EPA's Janet McCabe about the agency's plans to impose carbon limits on existing power plants.

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?

 

 >Interview an expert
 

TSA BODY SCANNERS - MARC SCRIBNER

CEI.org: One Year Later: TSA Still Flouting the Law on Body Scanners

 

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) uses more than 700 full-body imaging scanners in 160 airports nationwide. In addition to the empirical evidence that shows they don’t actually make us safer and the questions on the intrusion of traveler privacy, the TSA is violating the federal Administrative Procedure Act. Next Tuesday, June 24, marks the one-year anniversary of the public comment deadline on body scanners and the TSA is still failing to comply with federal law and a federal court’s order. > Read more

> Interview Marc Scribner

 

DEMOCRATIZATION OF FINANCE - IAIN MURRAY
 
The Freeman: Finance for the People; Peer-to-peer finance is democratizing access to capital
 
The world—especially the United States—stands on the brink of a new era of democratization of finance, as technology expands access to capital to ever more of us. We could all be capitalists—if the regulators allow it.

The trouble is that these innovations are now attracting the attention of regulators. The Department of Justice is targeting payment processors in a regulatory crackdown known as Operation Choke Point.
> Read more
 

IRS & EPA MISSING EMAILS - WILLIAM YEATMAN

Globalwarming.org: IRS Email Imbroglio Triggers Trip Down Memory Lane…Directly To EPA’s “Contumacious Conduct” under Carol Browner

 

You’ve likely read or heard about how a supposed technological glitch resulted in the loss of ex-IRS official Lois Lerner’s emails from the very period of time when she allegedly used state power to prosecute the President’s political enemies. Lerner’s “honest” mistake evokes an even more blatant circumvention of transparency laws and ethical norms: Landmark Legal Foundation v. EPA.

In the course of the suit, the federal district court for the District of Columbia issued an injunctive order prohibiting EPA from destroying any relevant records. That an injunction was necessary is telling. Nonetheless, in blatant contravention of the court’s order, “the hard drives of several EPA officials were reformatted, email backup tapes were erased an reused, and individuals deleted emails received after that date.” 
> Read more

 

> Related: Lawsuit Seeks EPA Administrator’s Deleted Messages


> Interview William Yeatman

 

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CEI celebrates its 30th anniversary today at our annual dinner. Founder and Chairman Fred Smith talks about CEI's past and future successes. > Listen to the podcast

 


 

CEI President Lawson Bader

@libertynkilts

CEI sues the NSA
 

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Tuesday
Jun172014

CEI Today: EPA's American Lung Association, Operation Choke Point, Clean Air Act politics, and more 

Monday, June 16, 2014
In the News Today

 

EPA'S AMERICAN LUNG ASSOCIATION  - MARLO LEWIS

Globalwarming.org: American Lung Association Manipulates ‘Maternal Instinct’ to Sell EPA Power Grab


The American Lung Association (ALA) has launched a TV and digital ad campaign touting EPA’s Clean Power Plan, also called the carbon “pollution” rule for existing power plants. The commercial, titled “Mother’s Instinct,” features a baby boy in a crib with a monitor that lets Mom (and us) hear him breathing.

Fact check time. First, mercury emissions from power plants do not poison anyone’s air.
> Read more


>Interview Marlo Lewis

 

OPERATION CHOKE POINT - IAIN MURRAY

Wednesday: The Semi-Annual Report of the Consumer FinancialProtection Bureau”

 

Richard Cordray,  director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, is set to testify Wednesday before the House Committee on Financial Services chaired by Jeb Hensarling. Will anyone ask Cordray what he thinks of Operation Choke Point, the Obama Department of Justice plan to wipe out the small dollar lending industry? It does this by increasing oversight requirements to such levels that it becomes unprofitable for banks to work with small lenders. > Read about Operation Choke Point

> Interview an expert

 

CLEAN AIR ACT POLITICS - WILLIAM YEATMAN

Globalwarming.org: On Key Clean Air Act 111(d) Interpretation, NRDC Cynically Reverses Itself

In light of the Departmentof 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 William Yeatman

 

New! Primary Document Dump Fridays
Anatomy of an Ongoing Sue & Settle Scandal

“Primary Document Dump Fridays” is a new weekly feature at globalwarming.org. Every Friday, we’ll post all the primary documents relevant to a major issue.

For this week’s Primary Document Dump, we’ve chosen to highlight an ongoing “sue and settle” outrage that demonstrates everything insidious about this practice that has proliferated in the Obama Age.

> Read more

> Interview William Yeatman

 

THURSDAY, JUNE 19!

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 President Lawson Bader

@libertynkilts

CEI sues the NSA
 

Saturday, 10am ET
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Brink Lindsey, Vice President for Research at Cato Institute, comments on the prospect and viability of Ralph Nader’s recent push for a transpartisan coalition to combat crony capitalism.
 

An Annual Snapshot of the Federal Regulatory State