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Friday
Nov092012

CEI Today: Open Letter to President Obama 

AGENDA FOR A 2ND OBAMA TERM

CEI.org: Open Letter to President Obama

 

We at the Competitive Enterprise Institute wish to congratulate you on your victory. We look forward to working with you and your administration on the full range of policy areas we research.

We would like to offer some suggestions we believe will contribute to a more free and prosperous America. We ask you to consider them in the spirit of cooperation in which they are offered.  (View the entire letter at cei.org.)

In particular:


On the environment, we urge you to:

  • Suspend and re-open the rulemaking process for the EPA’s greenhouse gas emissions regulations and other major Clean Air Act rules designed to close coal-fired power plants and raise electric rates and cancel the revised offshore drilling plan and revert to the much-more-ambitious 2008 plan.
  • Open the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil exploration
  • Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline
  • Stop the EPA from interfering in state regulation of hydraulic fracturing.
  • Suspend the Renewable Futures Standard for 2013 so corn prices can stabilize and
  • Suspend, for obvious reasons, the Department of Energy’s loan guarantee program to “green” energy companies.

 

On regulatory policy, we ask you to acknowledge that federal regulations cost American businesses $1.8 trillion – half as much as the entire federal budget. To bring greater accountability to the regulatory process, please consider these three steps:

  • Produce an agency-by-agency “report card” every year that reveals the cost and number of regulations each produced.
  • Establish a standing regulatory relief commission to comb the books for outdated, unnecessary or harmful rules, and require Congress to take an up-or-down vote on its list of recommended cuts.
  • Curb the trend toward over-delegation of lawmaking power to unelected agencies and unaccountable bureaucrats. The more Congress has to vote on controversial regulations, the fewer we’ll have.

View on CEI.org the essential reforms on:

  • labor policy
  • financial policy
  • transportation
  • healthcare
  • technology policy
  • science
  • trade
  • immigration
  • chemical regulation
  • land use

> Interview CEI experts on these topics

 

COMING NOVEMBER 15...

 

 

The Competitive Enterprise Institute is proud to announce a new ambitious film project: an animated adaptation of I, Pencil by Leonard Read.

> View the I, Pencil trailer


 

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.

The Liberal War on Transparency

Christopher Horner talks about the "The Liberal War on Transparency" in his new book.

In the book, Horner reveals:

 

* Scandalous examples of activist government employee tricks to hide their activities.


* How the Obama administration, which leaks sensitive information for political gain (while aggressively prosecuting whistleblowers), deliberately politicized the FOIA process to stonewall legitimate requests for public information.


* What the Democrats tried to hide about their crony deals with big business, Solyndra, various liberal initiatives, and UN schemes.


* How American colleges and universities bow to radical liberal faculties to hide public records.


* How to fight these tactics and make your own FOIA requests to get the information you need—even when the government tries to stop you.

 

> Interview Christopher Horner

Thursday
Nov012012

ALG's Daily Grind - Obama's environmental policies extend to America's oceans-and into the upcoming elections

Oct. 31, 2012

Obama's environmental policies extend to America's oceans-and into the upcoming elections

ALG's Wilson: "Law abiding Americans should not be forced to choose between their livelihoods and following an Executive Order that has not passed Congress and is not being funded by Congress."

Video: The Vampires Of Justice 2012 Want To Devour North Dakota

See how vampires...ahem...attorneys can help destroy North Dakota. Justice 2012 is helping to fund Senate Candidate Heidi Heitkamp.

Arrogant Election Forecast

It is time for the most arrogant of all exercises, forecasting the results based upon some presumed expertise or knowledge. 

Rhode Island Voter ID Points to Growing Bipartisan Support for Election Integrity Efforts

Democrat State Sen. Harold Metts: "We have to be balanced in our approach so that everyone who is eligible is able to vote and there is no disenfranchisement. But we also need to make sure that no one who is eligible has their vote cancelled out by someone else voting illegally. This has happened to my constituents."

Wednesday
Oct242012

CEI Today: Global warming, EPA's 2013 agenda, and right to vote fallacies

GLOBAL WARMING - MYRON EBELL

 

Watch PBS Frontline, "Climate of Doubt"




CEI’s Myron Ebell, one of America’s best-known climate science skeptics, is featured on a PBS Frontline documentary entitled, “Climate of Doubt.” The program explores how climate science became a front-page issue in the 2008 election cycle but has disappeared since as Americans in increasing numbers have begun to doubt the urgency or even existence of the problem. Frontline “goes inside the organizations that fought the scientific establishment to shift the direction of the climate debate.” The program can be viewed online after it is broadcast.

> Watch online

 

> Interview Myron Ebell

RIGHT TO VOTE FALLACIES - HANS BADER

Openmarket.org: No, Billboards Denouncing “Voter Fraud” Don’t Violate Constitutional “Right To Vote”


One of the most basic principles of constitutional law is that the Constitution only binds the governmentnot private individuals .


But this basic principle of Constitutional Law 101 seems to have eluded groups like the United Steelworkers Union and Common Cause, which claim that Clear Channel billboards in Ohio and Wisconsin that declare that “Voter Fraud Is A Felony” are “voter intimidation” that violates the “right to vote” and federal voting-rights laws.  > Read the full commentary at Openmarket.org

 

> Interview Hans Bader

EPA'S 2013 REGULATORY AGENDA - MYRON EBELL

 

Openmarket.org: Sen. Inhofe Releases Report on EPA’s 2013 Regulatory Agenda

 

Senator James M. Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking Republican on the Environment and Public Works Committee last week released a report that details all the EPA regulations that have been delayed until after the election or won’t take effect until after the election.  A Look Ahead to EPA Regulations for 2013 lists thirteen major regulations that “will strangle economic growth, destroy millions of jobs, and dramatically raise the price of goods, the cost of electricity, and the price of gas.”  Those are on top of the new regulations already implemented that are constricting energy supplies and raising energy prices. > Read more at Globalwarming.org


> Interview Myron Ebell

 

COMING NOVEMBER 15...

 

 

The Competitive Enterprise Institute is proud to announce a new ambitious film project: an animated adaptation of I, Pencil by Leonard Read.

> View the I, Pencil trailer


 

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.

Wednesday
Oct032012

CEI Today: Suing the EPA, fighting the wind tax credit, and good men versus the presidency

THE PRESIDENCY - RYAN YOUNG


Dailycaller.com: Why good men do not become president

 

To hear President Barack Obama’s supporters tell it, his challenger in this year’s presidential contest, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, is an out-of-touch plutocrat mainly concerned with becoming president. According to Governor Romney’s supporters, the president is an out-of-touch elitist whose main concern is staying in the White House. They’re both right.


After all, what sane person would want a job that destroys your privacy, makes it impossible for you to go out on the street, subjects your family to intrusive media scrutiny, forces you to watch everything you say, and drives some people to want to take a shot at you? Apparently someone who feels that the power that comes with the office is worth the attendant indignities.   > Read the full commentary on Dailycaller.com


> Interview Ryan Young

WIND ENERGY TAX CREDIT - MYRON EBELL

Globalwarming.org: House Conservatives Draw a Line on Wind Tax Credit


Forty-seven Republican Members of the House of Representatives sent a joint letter to Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) this week announcing that they oppose including a provision to renew the wind production tax credit for another year in any broader legislation.  The letter concludes, “We believe that the Solyndra scandal has demonstrated that it is time for the federal government to stop picking winners and losers in the energy marketplace.  Twenty years of subsidizing wind is more than enough.  Our nation can simply no longer afford to pick winners and losers in the energy marketplace.  The PTC should expire at the end of the year under current law.” > Read more at Globalwarming.org

 

> Interview Myron Ebell

 

SUING THE EPA - CHRISTOPHER C. HORNER

 

CEI.org: CEI Sues For EPA Administrator's Secret Email Account, Related Records, Existence of "Secondary" Accounts for High Level Officials Revealed in EPA Memo


The Competitive Enterprise Institute sued the Environmental Protection Agency, challenging its refusal to disclose information discussing the creation and use of “secondary” email accounts created for top level officials by EPA’s Office of Electronic Information. CEI also seeks certain emails from current Administrator Lisa Jackson's account addressing the administration's well-known 'War on Coal'. > Read more

> Interview Christopher Horner


 

 

CHRISTOPHER C. HORNER

The Liberal War on Transparency: Confessions of a Freedom of Information "Criminal"

 

In his new book, Christopher Horner reveals a near-obsession of modern day liberals -- political appointees, sympathetic career activists in government and academics and administrations at public universities -- to avoid creating or allowing access to the record of what they'’re up to at taxpayer expense.

> View the video: Chris Horner talks about government transparency on the Hannity show



 

 

 

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
Oct022012

CEI Sues For EPA Administrator's Secret Email Account, Related Records

Existence of "Secondary" Accounts for High Level Officials Revealed in EPA Memo

 

WASHINGTON, D.C., October 1, 2012—The Competitive Enterprise Institute sued the Environmental Protection Agency, challenging its refusal to disclose information discussing the creation and use of “secondary” email accounts created for top level officials by EPA’s Office of Electronic Information. CEI also seeks certain emails from current Administrator Lisa Jackson's account addressing the administration's well-known 'War on Coal'.
 
CEI first learned of these non-public accounts from a previous Freedom of Information Act request that it filed earlier in the year after reading of it in a report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO). That request turned up a 2008 EPA memo to the National Archives and Records Administration revealing the existence of these little-known secondary email accounts created under Clinton-Gore administrator, and later Obama 'energy and environment czar' Carol Browner. The memo acknowledged that “[f]ew EPA staff members, usually only high-level senior staff, even know that these accounts exist,” and that it is unable to recreate most of the accounts' usage histories.
 
On May 8, 2012, CEI filed three FOIAs seeking discussions about the creation and use of these accounts, and certain correspondence on the secondary email account assigned to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson. But for nearly five months, EPA has produced no records in response to these requests. It has even argued that disclosure would not significantly inform the public of the activities or operations of government. All of this is in stark contrast to the claims repeatedly made by both EPA and the White House regarding the Administration’s supposed commitment to transparency.
 
“In the face of revelations about organized and systemic abuses by senior federal employees to hide from the public their activities, particularly their email, EPA has compounded matters, denying CEI’s requests,” said CEI senior fellow Chris Horner, who revealed the memo in his just-released book, The Liberal War on Transparency: Confessions of a Freedom of Information “Criminal”. “We appealed this, won, and yet EPA has still provided no records, or any indication it plans to. The Agency left us no choice but to file suit.”
 
CEI General Counsel Sam Kazman stated, “For an agency committed to transparency, EPA is one incredibly opaque operation.”
 
►Click here to read a copy of the complaint.