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Thursday
Jun282012

CEI Today: Pension bailouts, court ruling on EPA regs, and a RAISE Act defeat

PENSION BAILOUT IN HIGHWAY BILL - IVAN OSORIO

Openmarket.org Highway Bill Would Continue Pension Underfunding Shell Game

The Highway Bill threatens to make a bad problem worse. Section 40312 of the Highway Bill — which amends the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), the law that regulates private sector pensions — would further remove pension investment return projections even further from reality, by expanding the range of allowable projection figures so broadly as to make them meaningless. > Read more at Openmarket.org

>Interview Ivan Osorio

> Keep up with all labor union news at Workplacechoice.org

 

COURT RULING ON EPA GREENHOUSE GAS REGS - MARLO LEWIS

Globalwarming.org: Reflections on the D.C. Circuit Court GHG Decision

 

With the case law on GHG regulation hopelessly botched by the Supreme Court, only Congress can rein in the EPA — and only if there is a change of management in the White House and the Senate in November. > View the full commentary at Globalwarming.org

 


RAISE ACT - MICHAEL GILES & F. VINCENT VERNUCCIO

Washington Examiner:
 Why unions don't want workers to earn more

 

​During the recent debate on the farm bill, the Senate voted down an amendment that would allow unionized employers to give workers raises based on merit. The amendment, called the Rewarding Achievement and Incentivizing Successful Employees Act, eliminates the federally mandated ceiling on the union wages for nearly 8 million workers. > Read the full commentary on Washingtonexaminer.com

> Interview the authors

 

 

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
Jun212012

ConservAmerica Applauds GOP Senators Upholding Clean Air Rule


June 20, 2012
For Immediate Release


ConservAmerica Applauds GOP Senators Voting to Uphold Clean Air Rule

ConservAmerica, a national grassroots organization of conservation-minded Republicans, applauds five Republican senators who voted today to uphold a Clean Air Act rule limiting emissions of mercury and other hazardous air pollutants from coal-burning power plants.
 
Senators Lamar Alexander (TN), Kelly Ayotte (NH), Scott Brown (MA), Susan Collins (ME), and Olympia Snowe (ME) were part of a majority that blocked a resolution to overturn the rule.
 
President Ronald Reagan correctly pointed out that the “preservation of our environment is not a partisan challenge; it’s common sense.”
 
“We appreciate Senators Alexander, Ayotte, Brown, Collins, and Snowe for casting principled votes for clean air. Cleaning up pollution that blows across state lines protects the health of American families in downwind states, reduces health care costs, supports jobs, and encourages a diverse mix of energy resources,” David Jenkins, ConservAmerica vice president for government affairs, said.
 
“The five senators are thoughtful conservatives who recognize the value of stewardship and who will not be bullied by out-of-state special interests. We need more like them,” Jenkins added.
 
“All five stood up for the conservative ethic that individuals and companies should take responsibility for their actions. As President Reagan said, laws protecting the environment promote liberty by securing our lives and property against the destructive trespass of pollution,” Rob Sisson, ConservAmerica president, said.
 
In adopting the mercury rule, EPA was following Congress' direction. The Clean Air Act was both enacted and strengthened with strong Republican support. Senators Alexander, Ayotte, Brown, Collins, and Snowe voting to uphold an important Clean Air Act rule was in keeping with that proud legacy,” Sisson said.

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Jim DiPeso
Policy Director
ConservAmerica

Thursday
Jun212012

ALG - 5 GOP senators side with radical enviros  

June 20, 2012, Fairfax, VA—Americans for Limited Government President Bill Wilson today condemned 5 Republican Senators for guaranteeing implementation of an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulation on coal emissions by voting against a resolution by Sen. James Inhofe that would have rescinded it:

"This is a tragic defeat. Enough Democrats voted with the Republicans to defeat the EPA's crippling regulation against the coal industry, but then five GOP senators led by Lamar Alexander provided the margin of victory for the radical environmentalists. If all five had voted with their party, this regulation would have been defeated. Therefore, it is these five Republicans: Alexander, Ayotte, Brown, Collins, and Snowe who are responsible for the higher energy costs that will result from implementation of the EPA's irresponsible war on coal.

"These five senators have undercut the message of job creation and growth being advanced by the Republican Party and its nominees this year.

"The EPA's mercury emission regulations will require power plants be retrofitted with new technologies that cost billions of dollars to implement. Rather than going through that trouble, however, older coal-fired plants are simply being shut down, leading to a drop in demand, which then hurts miners who depend on coal for their livelihoods. These five senators now deserve the blame."

To view online: http://getliberty.org/5-gop-senators-side-with-radical-enviros/

5 Republican Senators who voted against Inhofe resolution: Lamar Alexander (TN), Kelly Ayotte (NH), Scott Brown (MA), Olympia Snowe (ME), and Susan Collins (ME)

Attachments:

ALG calls on Sen. Alexander to drop coal-killing bill, June 18, 2012 at http://getliberty.org/alg-calls-on-sen-alexander-to-drop-coal-killing-bill/

Letter to Sen. Lamar Alexander, June 18, 2012 at http://getliberty.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/Letter-Alexander-Coal-6-18-12.pdf

Inhofe resolution overturning EPA regulation against coal mercury emissions vote imminent, June 15, 2012 at http://getliberty.org/inhofe-resolution-overturning-epa-regulation-against-coal-mercury-emissions-vote-imminent/

"The Myth of Killer Mercury," By Willie Soon and Paul Driesson, Wall Street Journal, May 25, 2011 at http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703421204576329420414284558.html

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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 call us at 703-383-0880 or visit our website at www.GetLiberty.org.

Thursday
Jun212012

CEI Today: Senate 46-53 on Utility MACT, RAISE Act vote upcoming, and a look at the Greek elections

UTILITY MACT VOTE FAILS IN SENATE, 46-53 - MARLO LEWIS

Nationaljournal.com:
Nix the U-MACT

 

The U-MACT Rule would have zero chance of passing were its mandates introduced as legislation and put to a vote. The Rule effectively bans new coal generation – again, a policy Congress would reject if proposed in legislation. Along with other EPA regulations, U-MACT will make energy more costly, make electricity prices more volatile, jeopardize electric supply reliability, and reduce GDP growth and job creation. The alarms over mercury and PM2.5 that EPA and others use to promote the Rule are unscientific hype. Because households generally use income to enhance their well-being, regulations with large net costs are likely to have a negative impact on public health.  > Read the full commentary on Nationaljournal.com

> Interview Marlo Lewis


See also:
EPA’s Phony Job Numbers

Why Sen. Alexander Is Wrong about the Utility MACT


 

RUBIO'S RAISE ACT - F. VINCENT VERNUCCIO

CEI.org: CEI to Score Amendment to Farm Bill

This week, the Senate is expected to vote on Amendment No. 2166 to the Agriculture Reform, Food, and Jobs Act (S.3240), better known as the Rewarding Achievement and Incentivizing Successful Employees Act (RAISE) Act.  The Amendment is sponsored by Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.).


CEI labor policy analysts will score the Senate vote on the Rubio Amendment and incorporate the scores into CEI’s Congressional Labor Policy Scorecard, which is maintained and updated on WorkplaceChoice.org. The scorecard reflects Members’ voting records on all significant matters of worker rights.


Currently, union workers’ wages are dictated by collective bargaining agreements made between a union and an employer. Collective bargaining agreements not only create a floor for worker’s wages, they also establish a ceiling. The vast majority of these agreements grant pay increases on seniority, not merit. In other words, unionized employees can only see an increase in their salary through longevity—no matter how productive they are and how hard they work. The RAISE act would remove the barrier of employers to give their workers pay increases. > Read more on CEI.org


>Interview Vincent Vernuccio

> Keep up with all labor union news at Workplacechoice.org

 

 

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.

Tuesday
Jun192012

ALG calls on Sen. Alexander to drop coal-killing bill 

June 18, 2012, Fairfax, VA—Americans for Limited Government President Bill Wilson today urged Tennessee Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander to drop a bill that would delay implementation of an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulation on coal emissions.

"By opposing Sen. James Inhofe in his effort to block the costliest Environmental Protection Agency mandate ever proposed (the Utility MACT rule) — you are acting as nothing more than a pawn in Obama's 'War on Coal,'" Wilson wrote in his letter to Alexander.

Alexander is offering legislation instead that would merely delay implementation of the rule regarding mercury emissions, which Wilson accused him of "attempting to provide cover to other Obama foot soldiers".

Sen. Inhofe has described the Alexander effort as a "cover bill" that still "kills coal but just puts it off for six years."

The EPA's mercury emission regulations require power plants be retrofitted with new technologies that cost billions of dollars to implement. Rather than going through that trouble, many older coal-fired plants are simply shutting down leading to a drop in demand, which is costing coal mining jobs.

Wilson wrote that the regulation could cost as much as $108 billion to implement, could lead to a shutdown of 20 percent of the nation's coal capacity, and potentially kill 1.6 million jobs, citing congressional committee estimates.

"You have frequently invoked the legacy of Ronald Reagan over the course of your political career, referring to yourself as an 'activist conservative' who believes in growth and prosperity through limited government," Wilson wrote, concluding, "Your support for this economically crippling regulation stands in stark contrast to that legacy and those stated beliefs — which is why I hereby call upon you to join your Republican colleagues (and Democratic Senators Joe Manchin and Ben Nelson) in supporting Senator Inhofe's legislation."

A Senate vote is expected Wednesday, June 20, on the Inhofe measure.

To view online: http://getliberty.org/alg-calls-on-sen-alexander-to-drop-coal-killing-bill/

Attachments:


Letter to Sen. Lamar Alexander, June 18, 2012 at http://getliberty.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/Letter-Alexander-Coal-6-18-12.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 call us at 703-383-0880 or visit our website at www.GetLiberty.org.