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Saturday
Jan052013

CEI Weekly: Chris Horner Discusses "Richard Windsor" on CNBC 

January 4, 2013

 

 

Feature: CEI Senior Fellow Christopher Horner updates CNBC on the unfolding EPA email scandal.

FEATURE: Chris Horner Discusses "Richard Windsor" on CNBC

 

In the wake of EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson's resignation, many are asking questions about why she employed an alias "Richard Windsor" email account. CEI Senior Fellow Christopher Horner went on CNBC this week to explain how he first discovered the existence of the secret alias account and why he believes Jackson resigned last week. Watch the interview here

 

SHAPING THE DEBATE

 

 

Happy New Year? Fiscal Cliff, Meet the Costberg

Wayne Crews' column in Forbes

 

CEI's press release

 

Italy's Zombie Politicians Have Crossed the Atlantic

Matthew Melchiorre's op-ed in Forbes

 

Alleged Conflict of Interest on FDA Tobacco Panel

Jeff Edgens' op-ed in Health Care News

 

Transparency Advocates See Tough Year, Growing Windsorgate Scandal Ahead

Chris Horner's citation in The Washington Times

 

Time for a Yard Sale? Selling Excess Property Could Net Government Billions

Myron Ebell's citation in Fox News

 

Red Tape on the Rise

CEI's citation in The Washington Times

 

FTC Puts Lid on Google Search Teapot Tempest

Ryan Radia's citation in E-Commerce Times

 

Business 2012: Year in Review

Ryan Young's citation in OneNewsNow

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                     

 

CEI PODCAST

 

January 3, 2013: Fiscal Cliff Meets the Costberg

 

Congress made an unsatisfying compromise deal this week to avoid falling off the fiscal cliff. But Vice President for policy Wayne Crews thinks this is just the tip of the costberg, and Congress should tackle a more fundamental issue: the $1.8 trillion regulatory state.

 

BEST OF THE BLOGS

 

Settlement: FTC Ends Google Antitrust Investigation

By Wayne Crews

 

Europe 2013: A Primer

By Matthew Melchiorre

 

New Year, New Laws

By Ryan Young

 

Chicago Voters Reelect Legally Insane Judge

By Hans Bader

Monday
Dec312012

CEI - EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson’s Resignation A Good First Step

Lisa Jackson Resignation Follows Email Scandal, Investigation

 

Washington, D.C. – December 27, 2012 –  The Competitive Enterprise Institute released the following statement on the news today that EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson will resign early in the new year:

We believe EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson has chosen the proper course by resigning. As the focus of an investigation by her agency’s own inspector general and inquiries from at least two committees of Congress, she no longer could effectively serve as administrator of the EPA.

We also believe the timing was no accident. She claims to have told President Obama shortly after his re-election she planned to leave in early 2013, but her announcement went public just days after the Justice Department agreed – as a result of a lawsuit filed by CEI – to begin producing 12,000 emails from her “Richard Windsor” alias account. The emails relate to the war on coal Jackson was orchestrating on behalf of President Obama outside the appropriate democratic process.

Unchecked, her use of an alias email account to conduct official business – which CEI Senior Fellow Christopher Horner exposed in his book The Liberal War On Transparency – could set a dangerous precedent in which those who administer massive public agencies attempt to do the people's business using  secret names.

But this scandal cannot end with Jackson’s resignation. She appears to have illegally evaded deliberative procedures and transparency requirements set in law – as did the federal appointees and career employees with whom she communicated through her alias email account. She must be held to account, as must those others – both to assure the peoples’ business is done in public and to send a signal to other high-level government officials this conduct cannot and will not be tolerated.

Meanwhile, CEI will continue to try to get to the bottom of Jackson’s efforts to evade public scrutiny of her actions. We have and will continue to pursue what we have determined to be widespread similar behavior including private email accounts, private computers and privately owned computer servers used to hide discussions that, by law, must be open to scrutiny and be part of the public record. The administration has admitted the agency has destroyed documents in apparent violation of the federal criminal code, and we intend to continue to investigate and expose these attempts to hide the agency’s actions.

 


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
Dec292012

CEI Weekly: EPA Administrator Resigns 

December 28, 2012

 

 

Feature: EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson announced her resignation this week.

FEATURE: EPA Administrator Resigns

 

EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson announced her resignation yesterday, less than two weeks after the EPA Inspector General launched an investigation into Jackson's deceptive email practices. These practices, which include the use of an alias "Richard Windsor" email account, were exposed by CEI Senior Fellow Chris Horner, who called yesterday's news "a good first step." Read more about Jackson's announcement and CEI's reaction here.

 

 

SHAPING THE DEBATE

 

 

BPA Resign Replacements May Be More Harmful

Angela Logomasini's op-ed in The Hill

 

Wayne Crews & Ryan Young's op-ed in The Washington Times

 

Clement Moore Revisited: Twas the Night Before Fiscliff

Bill Frezza's column in Forbes

 

Lesson From the Google Case: There Is No Such Thing As Antitrust Policy

Wayne Crews' column in Forbes

 

EPA Costs U.S. Economy $353 Billion Per Year

Ryan Young' op-ed in The Daily Caller

 

Italian Politics: 1970s Stuck on Repeat

Matthew Melchiorre's op-ed in EU Observer

 

Richard Windsor Departure From EPA Is a Victory For Transparency

Chris Horner's citation in The Washington Examiner

 

Will the Carbon Tax Make a Comeback?

CEI's citation in The Wall Street Journal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                     

 

CEI PODCAST

 

December 19, 2012: The EPA's Regulatory Report Card

 

Fellow in Regulatory Studies Ryan Young talks about the need for more transparency in the world of regulation, as well as CEI’s new EPA Regulatory Report Card. The report card, which collects data about the amount and cost of EPA regulation from numerous sources into one publicly accessible document, is something he argues that all agencies should be doing on their own each year.

Thursday
Dec202012

CEI Today: Investigating EPA, SLAPPing back at Michael Mann, and the Google anti-trust case

INVESTIGATION OF EPA - CHRISTOPHER HORNER

EPA IG to Investigate Agency Email Practices



EPA's Ins
pector General
is looking into the agency's email practices in the wake of a scandal involving agency administrator Lisa Jackson's use of private email accounts and aliases to conduct official business.

We at CEI welcome the inquiry and hope for a credible process and report, but we need to be realistic about the problem. We found out about Lisa Jackson’s false identity only because we stumbled across an obscure EPA memo that admitted the “alias” accounts had been created by former administrator Carol Browner, who ordered her hard drive and backup tapes erased and had her email accounts set on auto-delete. In other words, everything about these accounts, from their origin forward, screamed abuse, and controls were supposedly instituted. EPA promised to address all of this after a Government Accountability Office inquiry. But it has not.
> View more on this story at CEI.org


> Interview Christopher Horner

MICHAEL MANN LAWSUIT - SAM KAZMAN

CEI SLAPPS Back At Climate Scientist Michael Mann’s Libel Lawsuit

CEI and adjunct analyst Rand Simberg responded last Friday to Michael Mann’s libel lawsuit against them, National Review, and columnist Mark Steyn, with a special motion to dismiss the case based on DC’s "Anti-SLAPP" law.  The motion argues Mann’s lawsuit is precisely the type of lawsuit SLAPP (for Strategic Litigation Against Public Participation) is intended to curb.

“It’s ironic that an advocate of global warming is trying to freeze debate on this issue," said
Sam Kazman, CEI General Counsel.  "Michael Mann likes to use the term ‘denier’, but in this case he himself is the free-speech denier.” > Read more at CEI.org

 

> Interview Sam Kazman

GOOGLE ANTI-TRUST CASE - WAYNE CREWS

Forbes: Lesson From The Google Case: There Is No Such Thing As Antitrust Policy

 

After a nearly two-year investigation, it’s all but official that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) will conclude that Google did not violate the antitrust laws. That is, Google doesn’t create consumer harm or inappropriately favor its own products, or “tweak” stuff.

 

Google’s not exactly being left alone, though: As Politico puts it, the FTC will “let” Google make “voluntary” changes.

Perhaps more telling is that Google will waive some ability to secure injunctions against competitors for using certain “standard-essential patents” it holds, a looming issue with implications for the entire tech sector apart from this case.
  > View the full commentary at Forbes.com

> Interview Wayne Crews

 

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.

Thursday
Dec202012

CEI Today: Regulatory Reduction Commission, Harvard rejects oil, and investigating the EPA

REG REFORM - WAYNE CREWS & RYAN YOUNG

The Washington Times: Federal rules cost $10,000 per employee, Cut economy-strangling regulations

After President Obama issued executive orders in 2011 directing agencies to trim a small amount of regulatory fat, the Progressive Policy Institute’s Michael Mandel issued a report proposing a bipartisan Regulatory Improvement Commission to aid the process. It would be tasked with finding obsolete or harmful regulations worthy of repeal. It then would send its recommendations to Congress, which would vote on them as a package, up or down, without amendment.


It’s a good idea, with roots going back nearly 20 years. The first formal proposal for creating such a commission was Mr. Gramm's Commission on Regulatory Relief and Rollback legislation in 1995. > View the full commentary at Washingtontimes.com

 

> Interview Wayne Crews or Ryan Young

HARVARD REJECTS OIL - MARLO LEWIS

Globalwarming.org: “Harvard Needs Remedial Energy Math” — Robert Bryce

 

Environmental activist Bill McKibben and his organization, 350.org, are on a ”Do the Math” tour in which they urge colleges and universities to “divest their endowments, estimated at a total of $400 billion nationwide, from the fossil fuel industry.”

About 33% of global energy comes from oil, which is indispensable to transportation. Most of those voting to Go Fossil Free probably did not walk or bike from home to Harvard. As
Steven Colbert asked McKibben, a Vermont native, during a Washington, D.C. protest rally against the Keystone XL Pipeline: How did you get down here? Did you ride your bicycle? Did you ride ox cart? ”Or do you have a vehicle that runs on hypocrisy?”  > View the full commentary at Globalwarming.org


> Interview Marlo Lewis

INVESTIGATION OF EPA - CHRISTOPHER HORNER

EPA IG to Investigate Agency Email Practices



EPA's Ins
pector General
is looking into the agency's email practices in the wake of a scandal involving agency administrator Lisa Jackson's use of private email accounts and aliases to conduct official business.

We at CEI welcome the inquiry and hope for a credible process and report, but we need to be realistic about the problem. We found out about Lisa Jackson’s false identity only because we stumbled across an obscure EPA memo that admitted the “alias” accounts had been created by former administrator Carol Browner, who ordered her hard drive and backup tapes erased and had her email accounts set on auto-delete. In other words, everything about these accounts, from their origin forward, screamed abuse, and controls were supposedly instituted. EPA promised to address all of this after a Government Accountability Office inquiry. But it has not.
> View more on this story at CEI.org


> Interview Christopher Horner

 

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.