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Friday
Sep122014

CEI Today: Manufacturers report on regulation, CEI labor scorecard, EPA renewable fuel production quota over-due, and Ex-Im Bank 

Friday, September 12, 2014
In the News Today

 

COST OF REGULATION - WAYNE CREWS

Forbes: Hairball: The Cost Of Federal Regulation To The U.S. Economy

 

Before the National Association of Manufacturers even had a chance to release their important new report today on the aggregate annual cost of federal regulations, left-wing groups decided to attack the numbers. They disliked an earlier report ... that found regulatory costs of $1.75 trillion annually, and struck pre-emptively.


No one need credit politically motivated attacks like this anymore. The ongoing, actually inexcusable, official uncertainty over the aggregate costs of U.S. federal regulations despite over a decade of Office of Management and Budget reports to Congress on the benefits and costs raises concern, not about those trying to measure, but on the fact that the largest government on earth has no map of itself when it comes to regulation. > Read more

> Interview Wayne Crews
 

CEI SCORES LABOR VOTES IN CONGRESS

CEI Honors 29 House Lawmakers with “Champion of the Worker” Awards


Thursday, the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) announced 29 current House lawmakers earned its distinguished “Champion of the Worker” award for perfect voting records on key employment and workforce issues during the 113th Congress. > Read more

> Interview an expert

 

EPA RENEWABLE FUEL PRODUCTION QUOTA - MARLO LEWIS

 

Globalwarming.org: Scaling Back Renewable Fuel Standard Will Decrease Greenhouse Gas Emissions

EPA is expected to announce the final 2014 renewable fuel standard (RFS) production quota anytime now. As The Hill and other news sources have reported, the agency appears to have flip-flopped, initially proposing to lower the RFS but now poised to increase it. But according to EPA's own analysis, an increase in that standard would lead to more greenhouse gas emissions, not less.
> Read more

> Interview Marlo Lewis



 


EXPORT-IMPORT BANK - RYAN YOUNG

Ex-Im Bank is pro-business, but not pro-markets


In Thursday’s Washington Times, National Association of Manufacturers President Jay Timmons and I have dueling op-eds, with Timmons favoring reauthorizing Ex-Im, and me wanting to end it. The Wall Street Journal also weighed in with an editorial this morning, sharing my skepticism of Ex-Im. > Read more

 

> Interview Ryan Young

 

 

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CEI President Lawson Bader

@libertynkilts
 

 

Words Matter


Can you count the times you’ve heard “investment” stand in for government spending?





 

Thursday
Sep112014

CEI Today: Ex-Im Bank, Obamacare subsidies, EPA renewable fuel mandate, and labor union losses

Thursday, September 11, 2014
In the News Today

 

EXPORT-IMPORT BANK - RYAN YOUNG

Washington Times: Ex-Im Bank is pro-business, but not pro-markets


Congress is back in session, and will likely vote soon on one of the most contentious issues leading into the midterm elections: the Export-Import Bank. The 80-year-old bank, called Ex-Im Bank for short, subsidizes financing for U.S. exporters and their foreigncustomers. > Read more

 

> Interview Ryan Young

 

OBAMACARE SUBSIDIES - HANS BADER

Federal Obamacare Officials Once Recognized the Falsity of Their Current Argument about Tax Credits


​The Obama administration has claimed that despite recurring language in the Obamacare law limiting tax credits to people who buy insurance on an “exchange established by the state,” such taxpayer subsidies are also available to people who buy insurance on the federal exchange, Healthcare.gov.

But the government itself once recognized that credits are limited to state-based exchanges. In light of that discovery, CEI has submitted two FOIA requests, one to 
HHS headquarters, and one to the Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services, seeking additional information relevant to the government’s about-face. > Read more

> Interview Hans Bader
 

EPA RENEWABLE FUEL PRODUCTION QUOTA - MARLO LEWIS

 

Globalwarming.org: Scaling Back Renewable Fuel Standard Will Decrease Greenhouse Gas Emissions

EPA is expected to announce the final 2014 renewable fuel standard (RFS) production quota anytime now. As The Hill and other news sources have reported, the agency appears to have flip-flopped, initially proposing to lower the RFS but now poised to increase it. But according to EPA's own analysis, an increase in that standard would lead to more greenhouse gas emissions, not less.
> Read more

> Interview Marlo Lewis

 





 


LABOR UNION LOSSES - ALOYSIUS HOGAN

Illinois Review: Union Power in the States = Lost Pay, More Taxpayer Debt


New studies on the harms of American labor laws paint a grim picture. The laws drag down economic growth, suppress workers’ wages, and cause government debt to soar. > Read more

> Interview Aloysius Hogan

 

 

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CEI President Lawson Bader

@libertynkilts
 

 

Words Matter


Can you count the times you’ve heard “investment” stand in for government spending?





 

Wednesday
Sep102014

CEI Today: Ex-Im Bank funding, EPA carbon pollution rule, and airport passenger fees 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014
In the News Today

 

EXPORT-IMPORT BANK - RYAN YOUNG

Don’t Tie Ex-Im Renewal to Government Shutdown


It appears Congress will decide the Export-Import Bank’s short-term fate this week.We’ll find out in the next few days which side wins. In the meantime, enjoy the odd spectacle of left-wing populists advocating special favors for the same big businesses they usually rail against, and the GOP’s free-market wing, popularly perceived as stooges for big business, calling for an end to corporate welfare. > Read more

 

> Interview Ryan Young

 

EPA CARBON POLLUTION RULE - MARLO LEWIS

 

Globalwarming.org: EPA “Carbon Pollution” Rule Will Not Incentivize Investment In Carbon Capture Technology

A new MIT study implicitly confirms the obvious: EPA’s “carbon pollution rule” — the agency’s proposed carbon dioxide (CO2) emission standards for new fossil-fuel power plants — is a fuel-switching mandate. Whether through miscalulation or design, the rule does not promote investment in new coal generation with carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology. Rather, the rule effectively bans investment in new coal power plants.
> Read more

> Interview Marlo Lewis

 





 


AIRPORT PASSENGER FEES - MARC SCRIBNER

User Fees Are Not Taxes


Unlike federal Airport Improvement Program grants and local debt financing, airport passenger facility charges offer a fair, transparent, and direct way for users to pay for their use. The monies collected by the airports are kept by the airports, who then use the funds to make Federal Aviation Administration-approved airport improvements. There are no Washington fiscal sleights of hand to worry about and accountability remains a local matter. Unfortunately, Congress has capped the maximum PFC at $4.50, an amount unchanged since 2000. > Read more

> Interview Marc Scribner
 

 

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CEI President Lawson Bader

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Words Matter


Can you count the times you’ve heard “investment” stand in for government spending?

Saturday, 10am ET
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Guests, Fariborz Ghadar & Emily Ekins. 





 

Tuesday
Sep092014

CEI Today: EPA renewable fuel quotas, Ex-Im Bank funding, and UN climate talks 

Tuesday, September 9, 2014
In the News Today

 

EPA'S RENEWABLE FUEL PRODUCTION QUOTAS - MARLO LEWIS

 

Globalwarming.org: Scaling Back Renewable Fuel Standard

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy has indicated that new federal renewable fuel production quotas, originally due in June, will be released soon. CEI's Marlo Lewis has explained why EPA may be less enamoured by ethanol mandates these days. "EPA estimates that ... corn ethanol’s carbon dioxide-equivalent (CO2e) emissions were 33% higher than gasoline’s in 2012."
> Read more

> Interview Marlo Lewis
 

EXPORT-IMPORT BANK - RYAN YOUNG

Ex-Im Update


Congress comes back from its annual August recess this week. One of the top items on its agenda is deciding the Export-Import Bank’s fate. Ex-Im subsidizes financing for U.S. exporters and their foreign customers. As I outlined here, Ex-Im subsidizes certain businesses at others’ expense. It is a pro-business policy, when what the economy needs are pro-market policies. Ex-Im will also be forced to shut its doors unless Congress reauthorizes its charter by the end of September, making for a golden reform opportunity for corporate welfare opponents.  > Read more

 

> Interview Ryan Young

 

UN CLIMATE TALKS - MYRON EBELL

The Hill: Climate talks: Five things to know


“The United States is proposing that every country propose its own action plan for controlling and reducing emissions, and that all of these action plans be rolled into one big document, and that’s the agreement,” said Myron Ebell, a senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, which watches the negotiations.

Ebell thinks it’s pretty clear-cut, and that any international agreement would require the Senate’s approval.

“It should worry a lot of people that the Executive Branch is trying to work around the Constitution,” he said. > Read more


> Interview Myron Ebell

 

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CEI President Lawson Bader

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Words Matter


Can you count the times you’ve heard “investment” stand in for government spending?

CEI’s Battered Business Bureau: The Week in Regulation

It was a short week due to the Labor Day holiday, but agencies still managed to issue more than 60 new regulations and push the Federal Register over the 53,000-page mark.

Saturday, 10am ET
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Guests, Fariborz Ghadar & Emily Ekins. 





 

Monday
Sep082014

CEI Today: EPA renewable fuel quotas, Ex-Im Bank funding, MetLife "too big to fail," + court ruling on gov't transparency 

Monday, September 8, 2014
In the News Today

 

EPA'S RENEWABLE FUEL PRODUCTION QUOTAS - MARLO LEWIS

 

Globalwarming.org: Scaling Back Renewable Fuel Standard

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy has indicated that new federal renewable fuel production quotas, originally due in June, will be released soon. CEI's Marlo Lewis has explained why EPA may be less enamoured by ethanol mandates these days. "EPA estimates that ... corn ethanol’s carbon dioxide-equivalent (CO2e) emissions were 33% higher than gasoline’s in 2012."
> Read more

> Interview Marlo Lewis
 

EXPORT-IMPORT BANK - RYAN YOUNG

Ex-Im Update


Congress comes back from its annual August recess this week. One of the top items on its agenda is deciding the Export-Import Bank’s fate. Ex-Im subsidizes financing for U.S. exporters and their foreign customers. As I outlined here, Ex-Im subsidizes certain businesses at others’ expense. It is a pro-business policy, when what the economy needs are pro-market policies. Ex-Im will also be forced to shut its doors unless Congress reauthorizes its charter by the end of September, making for a golden reform opportunity for corporate welfare opponents.  > Read more

 

> Interview Ryan Young

 

METLIFE - TOO BIG TO FAIL? - JOHN BERLAU

You’re a SIFI, Charlie Brown


MetLife insurance company is poised to designated "too big to fail" by federal regulators, which means the company will be subject to new, higher regulatory burdens, just like banks. This move comes over the objections of MetLife itself.

"So why ... are Washington bureaucrats putting life insurance firms in the same risk category as big banks? One simple reason is, to borrow a famous saying attributed to bank robber Willie Sutton, that's where the money is," says CEI's John Berlau. With this designation, the firm and its policy holders can be taxed to pay for bailouts of high fliers like AIG. > Read more


> Interview John Berlau

COURT RULING ON GOV'T TRANSPARENCY CASE - HANS BADER

 

A federal judge on Thursday allowed the Competitive Enterprise Institute to proceed with its lawsuit challenging EPA's destruction of documents.
“The American people deserve transparency and accountability from the federal government, and today’s court ruling was a preliminary win in that much larger battle,” said Hans Bader, CEI Senior Counsel.
> Read more

> Interview Hans Bader

 

 

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CEI President Lawson Bader

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Words Matter


Can you count the times you’ve heard “investment” stand in for government spending?

Saturday, 10am ET
Realclearradio.org

@RealClearFrezza


Guests, Fariborz Ghadar & Emily Ekins. 





 

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