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Friday
Jan242014

ALG's Daily Grind - Obama's income equality push is a dangerous path

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Jan. 23, 2014

 

Permission to republish original opeds and cartoons granted.

Obama's income equality push is a dangerous path
Income equality is an evil that plays the seductive class warfare card which historically has led to guillotines and pogroms — little more than pretext to dictatorship clothed in high-minded sounding rhetoric.

Slideshow: Over two thirds of U.S. energy generation threatened by the EPA
There is no end-game that doesn't involve stifling American progress for the environmentalist community and capitulating organizations in power, such as the Obama's administration's EPA.

The closing of Andrew Cuomo's mind
Given Andrew Cuomo's presidential aspirations, his words should have special weight. For him to say on the radio that "extreme conservatives who are right-to-life, pro-assault-weapon, anti-gay… have no place in the state of New York" is significant. 

Adams: Stop giving Obama radicals the benefit of the doubt
"Admit it Republicans: you're confused.  You can't understand why President Obama's policies and his nominations are so radical.  It doesn't make sense, you think, for him to pick extremist nominees who would have radical skeletons that would have disqualified them in any other administration."

Friday
Jan242014

CEI Today: Court grants Obamacare appeal, attack on anti-bacterial soap, Target and data security, and an EPA bamboozle

Friday, January 24, 2014
In the News Today

OBAMACARE LAWSUIT & APPEAL - SAM KAZMAN


Court Grants Expedited Appeal in Obamacare Lawsuit

The D.C. Circuit on Thursday granted our motion for an expedited appeal in a lawsuit challenging IRS implementation of Obamacare. Specifically, the lawsuit seeks to enforce the letter of the law, which precludes the federal government from providing tax credits to purchase health insurance on federal exchanges.

 

“As this motion for a speedy appeal makes clear, there are compelling reasons for the appeals court act to quickly, because people are making their health insurance plans and billions of taxpayer dollars are now being spent each month in insurance subsidies for policies purchased through federal exchanges,” said Competitive Enterprise Institute general counsel Sam Kazman in a statement. > Read more

> Interview Sam Kazman

ANTI-BACTERIAL SOAP BAN - ANGELA LOGOMASINI

Palm Beach Post: Immune compromised patients will suffer from anti-bacterial soap ban

 

Many people with compromised immune systems use antibacterial soaps and gels, particularly when they’re on the go, to reduce health risks. But environmentalists have launched a campaign to ban triclosan, the active ingredient in these soaps. That action would do nothing for public health while thwarting consumer access to helpful products. > Read more

> Interview Angela Logomasini

 

TARGET & DATA SECURITY - JOHN BERLAU

Openmarket.org: Target, Retailers Use Dodd-Frank to Skimp on Data Security

Chutzpah, thy name is the National Retail Federation! In the wake of the recent credit and debit card breach at Target that may have compromised the data of up to 110 million consumers, the leading retail trade association argued in federal court on Friday that it should pay even less for fraud prevention and cleanup after fraud losses.


Joined by the National Association of Convenience Stores and the National Restaurant Association, the NRF claimed to the court that it is actually against the law for banks and credit unions to charge retailers for fraud losses in debit card processing fees. > Read more


> Interview John Berlau

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EPA BAMBOOZLE - WILLIAM YEATMAN

Globalwarming.org: EPA Bamboozles Science Advisory Board on Carbon Pollution Standard

 

Yesterday, I listened in on the EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB) teleconference call regarding a possible SAB review of the science underlying the agency’s proposed Carbon Pollution Standard, and what I heard was shocking.


Simply put, EPA misled the SAB, in order to avoid a potentially embarrassing review. By my count, EPA told the SAB three whoppers about the Carbon Pollution Standard. > Read more

> Interview William Yeatman

 

    

 

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Score one for Obamacare


Last week, a federal court struck down one of the major legal challenges to the Affordable Care Act. Washington, D.C.

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Wednesday
Jan222014

CEI Today: GMO labeling, Obama NSA reforms, EPA greenhouse gas rule, and cost of regulation 

Tuesday, January 21, 2014
In the News Today

GMO POLITICS - HENRY MILLER & GREGORY CONKO

Wall Street Journal: General Mills Has a Soggy Idea for Cheerios

 

This month General Mills announced that it would begin labeling its flagship product, the breakfast cereal Cheerios, as containing no ingredients from GMOs (genetically modified organisms), by which the company means crop plants bred with modern bioengineering techniques.

The Jan. 2 announcement came three months after activist group Green America launched a "No GMOs, Cheerios!" petition campaign online, although the company says its decision was made because it thinks "consumers may embrace it."

Whatever the motivation, General Mills may find that its move will neither catch on with "natural foods" devotees-who are unlikely to choose a highly processed, nonorganic breakfast food-nor silence antitechnology activists. The company may also have put itself in a legally awkward position.
> Read more

> Interview the authors

 

OBAMA NSA REFORMS - RYAN RADIA

Openmarket.org: Obama Announces NSA Reforms Could Undermine U.S. Leadership in the Global Information Economy

President Obama outlined plans to “reform” the National Security Agency’s mass surveillance programs in a Friday morning speech at the Justice Department. To his credit, the president announced some positive changes that would reduce the programs’ invasiveness and improve their judicial oversight.


Unfortunately, his reforms would not end the indiscriminate and unwarranted bulk surveillance of Americans’ phone records, despite more than 100 members of Congress urging him to end the program. > Read more

> Interview Ryan Radia
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EPA GREENHOUSE GAS RULE - MYRON EBELL


Globalwarming.org: McConnell Files Resolution To Block EPA Greenhouse Gas Rule

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) announced on 16th January that he and at least forty other Republican Senators would file a resolution of disapproval under the Congressional Review Act to block the EPA’s regulation of greenhouse gas emissions from new coal and natural gas power plants.  EPA finally published its second version of the proposed rule on 8th January.
> Read more

> Interview Myron Ebell

See also: Sen. McConnell’s Worthy CRA Resolution Likely Illegal, But It’s For the Senate Parliamentarian To Interpret (not the GAO)

 

COST OF REGULATION - WAYNE CREWS


Reining in the Executive Branch Bureaucracy, Part 1: Measure Regulatory Costs

 

Federal agencies often overstate the benefits of their intervention to enlarge their powers over the public; This is not derogatory, the theory of bureaucracy and insights of public choice economics virtually compel it.

The Food and Drug Administration is doing it right now with e-cigarettes that emit only water vapor, the FCC with net neutrality, the EPA with its “social cost of carbon” witchcraft. Meanwhile, most of the cost of regulation gets ignored. Big time. > Read more


> Interview Wayne Crews

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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.

 

 

Score one for Obamacare


Last week, a federal court struck down one of the major legal challenges to the Affordable Care Act. Washington, D.C.

Saturdays, 10am ET


Realclearradio.org

 

 




 

    

Tuesday
Jan212014

ALG's Daily Grind - Obama shutting down NSA database? Not really

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Jan. 20, 2014

Obama shutting down NSA database? Not really
Obama: "I have directed the attorney general to work with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court so that during this transition period, the database can be queried only after a judicial finding or in the case of a true emergency."

Dennis Rodman and the dictator
Whether Mr. Rodman intended it or not, he is complicit in assisting the latest murderer-in-chief of North Korea with propping up his "theatre state" by polishing the lies Kim Jong Un feeds his people.

The death of mining
What would you do if you invested $500 million in exploration, discovery, site preparation, engineering, environmental studies and planning, only to be told that you could not proceed by a federal government agency that has never even seen your development plan?

Gage and Lorin: Fed student-loan focus shows recognition of growth risk
The Federal Reserve sounds the warning bells on excessive student loan debt.

Sunday
Jan192014

Cooler Heads Digest 17 January 2014 

17 January 2014

Announcement

EPA has initiated a 60-day public comment period on the Carbon Pollution Standard, a proposed regulation that would ban new coal-fired power plants. Click here to submit a comment. EPA will hold a public hearing on the proposed rule in Washington, D.C., at the William Clinton EPA building, on February 6th. Click here for details.

In the News

Another Year of Global Cooling
David Deming, Washington Times, 16 January 2014

EPA’s New Power Plant Rule Would Kill Coal
Tom Borelli, Real Clear Energy, 16 January 2014

The North Dakota Economic Miracle
David Kreutzer, Grand Forks Herald, 15 January 2014

‘Climate Change’: Unpacking a Political Term
Wayne Lusvardi, Master Resource, 15 January 2014

A Global Coal Revival?
Steven Hayward, Power Line, 14 January 2014

EU Mulls Renewable Retreat
Walter Russell Mead, Via Media, 13 January 2014

Does the 2005 Energy Policy Act Undercut the Carbon Pollution Standard?
William Yeatman, GlobalWarming.org, 11 January 2014

News You Can Use
UN: Stopping Climate Change To Cost $3.8 Trillion

Bloomberg reports today on a United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change draft estimate that limiting global warming to 2 degrees Celsius would cost 4 percent of global gross domestic product in 2030, which works out to a projected 3.8 trillion in today’s dollars.

Inside the Beltway
Myron Ebell

McConnell Files Resolution To Block EPA Greenhouse Gas Rule

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) announced on 16th January that he and at least forty other Republican Senators would file a resolution of disapproval under the Congressional Review Act to block the EPA’s regulation of greenhouse gas emissions from new coal and natural gas power plants.  EPA finally published its second version of the proposed rule on 8th January.

Sen. McConnell also wrote a letter to the comptroller general of the Government Accountability Office asking for a determination that his resolution of disapproval complies with the CRA.  Final rules, not proposed rules, are subject to Senate and House votes under the CRA.  McConnell argues in the letter that the proposed rule falls into a special category because any power plants that begin construction after the proposed rule was published on 8th January will be subject to the rule when it becomes final.  Thus, the proposed rule is in a sense already final.  If the comptroller general agrees with McConnell, then under the provisions of the CRA McConnell and his Republican colleagues can force a floor vote and the resolution will pass if it gets a simple majority.

There is clear majority support in the House of Representatives to block the EPA rule.  This week, the Energy and Power (sic) Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee marked up a bill that would block the proposed rule for new power plants and send the EPA back to the drawing board.  H. R. 3826, the Electricity Security and Affordability Act, passed the subcommittee by a vote of 18 to 11.  The bill’s chief sponsor is the subcommittee’s chairman, Representative Ed Whitfield (R-Ky.).  A similar bill has been introduced in the Senate by Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV).

Shock: EPA Secretly Working with Environmental Groups To Kill Coal

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy testified before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee on 16th January on the President’s climate action plan.  Senator John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) and other Republican opponents of the President’s plan to increase consumer energy prices concentrated their questions on internal EPA e-mails that show that top political appointees at the EPA have been working closely with environmental pressure groups to kill coal.  McCarthy replied that she knew nothing.  Lachlan Markey has the full story on the hearing in the Washington Free Beacon. 

McCarthy and other Obama Administration officials have denied repeatedly that proposed and forthcoming regulations of greenhouse gas emissions from power plants will or are intended to kill coal.  The e-mails and other documents that were released this week as the result of a lawsuit by the Energy and Environment Legal Institute tell a different story.  The lawsuit was brought to enforce a Freedom of Information Act request by the institute’s counsel Chris Horner (who is also my colleague at CEI, where he is a senior fellow).  

It turns out that EPA political appointees were regularly co-ordinating strategy and events with several environmental pressure group officials, including John Coequyt, who headed the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal campaign.  EPA Deputy Administrator Bob Perciasepe also held a private strategy session on 24th April 2012 with representatives from 24 environmental pressure groups.   

Around the World

Europeans to America: We Want to Buy Your Gas!
Marlo Lewis

European nations are forming a coalition with two U.S. industry trade groups – America's Natural Gas Alliance and the American Petroleum Institute – to lobby for more liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports, Amy Harder reports today in National Journal.

Even factoring in liquefaction and transport costs, U.S.-produced gas is a much better buy in Europe than gas from other sources. In Greece, gas sells for $17 per million Btu. If U.S. firms were free to compete for customers in Europe, the price would drop $7.50 per million Btu, estimates Niki Tzavela, a Greek member of the European Parliament.

Greece depends on Gazprom, the Russian government-controlled company, for 50% of its natural gas. Germany is 40% dependent on Gazprom, the Czech Republic is 80% dependent, and Bulgaria, Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, and Sweden are 100% dependent.

The emerging coalition, known as LNG Allies, argues that allowing free trade would: (1) open a vast new market for the U.S. shale boom, (2) stimulate the European economy by cutting energy costs, which in turn will increase European purchases of U.S. goods in general; and, (3) remove Russia’s power to threaten Europe by manipulating gas supplies and prices.

The coalition will lobby for two legislative vehicles: a broad free-trade agreement with Europe that includes natural gas, and legislation expediting natural gas exports to NATO member countries.

In related news, the United Kingdom and its allies, Poland, Hungry, and the Czech Republic, defeated a European Commission plan to regulate all fracking operationsin Europe under a legally-binding directive. Instead, the Commission is expected to issue non-binding environmental and safety “recommendations” on 22nd January.

UNFCCC’s Figueres Says China Is “Doing It Right” on Global Warming Policy
Myron Ebell

Christiana Figueres, the executive secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, told Bloomberg News this week that China was tops in global warming policy. This is quite remarkable.  In the past few years, China has surpassed the United States as the largest emitter of greenhouse gases and per capita emissions in China are now close to the European Union.  The Chinese government has just announced plans for a huge increase in domestic coal production.

In the same interview, the highly capable and extremely well-connected Figueres said that democracy is to blame for slow progress on reducing emissions in the United States.  The U. S. Congress has been “very detrimental” in the effort to slow global warming.  Figueres is in charge of the current negotiations on an international agreement to succeed the Kyoto Protocol.

Gore Hi-jinks
Marlo Lewis

Gore Goes off on Geoengineering

Al Gore this week warned that use of geo-engineering to counter global warming would be “utterly mad.”

Geo-engineering refers to a set of techniques designed to cool the planet by limiting the amount of solar energy reaching the surface. Potential techniques include injecting small particles into the stratosphere to scatter sunlight, and spraying sea-water mist into clouds to make them brighter and reflect more sunlight back to space.

As reported in the Guardian, Gore said it would be “insane, utterly mad and delusional in the extreme” to engage in geo-engineering. “The idea that we can put a different form of pollution into the atmosphere to cancel out the effects of global warming pollution is utterly insane,” he declared.

By Gore’s logic, vaccines are "insane" because vaccination is an attempt to use one form of a disease to fight another form of the disease. Sometimes fighting fire with fire makes sense. Besides, sea-water mist is not pollution.

Gore’s knee-jerk rejection of geo-engineering is of a piece with the warming movement’s opposition to nuclear power and hydroelectricity as climate solutions. As my colleague Christopher Horner puts it, they believe “climate change is the worst catastrophe facing mankind – except all the others.”

Geo-engineering may be a pipedream, but morally it is no different from any other project to manage the natural world for the betterment of human welfare.

Suppose geo-engineers figure out how, using non-toxic substances, to cool down the sea surface in the path of tropical cyclones and prevent storms headed for population centers from developing into full-blown hurricanes. If so, then geo-engineering would make the world a safer place.

Gore, however, wants carbon pricing schemes and renewable energy mandates to be the only game in town. After more than 20 years of climate advocacy, global emissions keep going up. Isn’t doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results the very definition of insanity?

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.