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Tuesday
Jan152013

CEI Today: EPA deadline today for FOIA, the warmest year in US history?, and the future of copyright law 

WARMEST YEAR IN US HISTORY? - ANTHONY WARD

Globalwarming.org
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Alarmists Inconsistent On Importance of U.S. Temperature Record

 

Global warming alarmists have seized upon an announcement by NOAA this week that 2012 was the warmest year in the U. S. historical record going back to 1895.

According to the NOAA
report released on January 8, the average annual temperature for the contiguous U.S. was 55.3F.  This is an increase of 3.3F above the 20th century average, and makes 2012 the warmest year on record.

[But] according to the global satellite
temperature record maintained by John Christy and Roy Spencer at the University of Alabama at Huntsville, 2012 was the ninth warmest year globally since 1979.  > Read the commentary on Globalwarming.org


> Interview Anthony Ward

 

EPA EMAIL SCANDAL, CEI FOIA REQUEST - CHRISTOPHER HORNER

Monday is D-Day -- Delivery Day -- for Richard Windsor's Emails.

On Monday, per its agreement as filed with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia in CEI v. EPA, the Environmental Protection Agency and/or its lawyers the Department of Justice are to produce the first of four deliveries of approximately 3,000 emails to or from the Administrator formerly known as "Richard Windsor".

Specifically, EPA owes CEI a cache of identified emails to or from EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson (by pure coincidence, that’s now "outgoing Administrator Jackson”...), using one or more of four keywords: coal, climate, endanger/endangerment and/or MACT ("war on coal" emails).

> Interview Christopher Horner

FUTURE OF COPYRIGHT - RYAN RADIA

Cato Unbound: A Balanced Approach to Copyright


With Congress taking a breather from copyright after last year’s bruising SOPA battle, now is an opportune time to take a step back and consider what the proper governmental role in the market for creative expressions should be.

To be sure, critics of copyright are right that the Copyright Act abounds with flaws and excesses. But defenders of copyright correctly argue that its core goals are fundamentally sound—and will likely remain so for the foreseeable future. Policymakers should seriously consider the suggestions of thoughtful free market copyright reformers ... but they should think twice before writing off copyright as yet another incarnation of big government excess. > View the full commentary at Cato Unbound

> Inteview Ryan Radia

 

 

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.

Friday
Jan112013

CEI Today: More EPA secret email accounts, Virginia's bad deal transportation tax plan, and the impact of ethanol mandate on Guatemala 

Daily Caller: Top EPA official used private email account to correspond with environmental groups

 



A second Environmental Protection Agency official stands accused of using a personal email address to shield communications with environmental activists from public disclosure.


Court documents show that EPA Region 8 Administrator James Martin corresponded with the Environmental Defense Fund— where he previously worked as an attorney — through his private email account.


The EPA released 19 emails as a result of a Freedom of Information Act request filed by the Competitive Enterprise Institute in May.  > Read the full news story at Dailycaller.com


> Interview Christopher Horner

 

VIRGINIA'S TRANSPORTATION WOES - MARC SCRIBNER

Gov. McDonnell's Transportation Tax Plan a Bad Deal for Virginians

Yesterday, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell released his transportation funding plan. His proposal would eliminate the gasoline tax, making up for revenue losses largely by increasing the sales tax and redirecting general revenue. However, the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) expressed concerns with the McDonnell plan, warning that it relies on fiscal sleights of hand and will ultimately harm Virginia’s transportation networks.

“The McDonnell plan is a step backward for Virginia, which has long led the nation in pioneering successful transportation policy innovations such as the public-private partnership model,” said
Marc Scribner, Fellow in Land-use and Transportation Policy Studies at CEI. > View the full statement and analysis

> Inteview Marc Scribner

 


ETHANOL MANDATES - HANS BADER

Globalwarming.org:
Ethanol Mandates Cause Hunger and Child Malnutrition in Guatemala

 

On Sunday, the New York Times ran a story about how ethanol mandates are driving up child malnutrition and hunger in Guatemala.  That country now has the fourth-highest rate of child malnutrition in the entire world (higher than in most war-torn African countries).

The Obama Administration persists in supporting 
ethanol mandates despite widespread criticism from experts across the political spectrum.  The legislation in Congress that it backed in the name of fighting global warming contained ethanol subsidies, even though ethanol subsidies have been linked to famine, hunger, food riots, and political unrest in poor countries.  That “cap-and-trade” legislation contained so many special-interest giveaways that it would have fleeced American consumers without helping the environment, even while driving industry overseas to countries with less environmental protections. > View the full commentary at Globalwarming.org


> Interview Hans Bader

 

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.

Friday
Jan112013

CEI Calls on EPA to Turn Over Bristol Bay Documents to Congress

Stonewalling Part of a Pattern in Obama's EPA

 

Washington, D.C., January 10, 2013 – The Competitive Enterprise Institute today called on the Environmental Protection Agency to stop stonewalling repeated requests over many months by the House of Representatives and turn over documents related to the agency’s Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment.

Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, first asked the EPA for the documents in May 2012.  The EPA’s assessment of the potential impacts of the proposed Pebble Project copper, gold and molybdenum mine on the Bristol Bay area in southwest Alaska was completed before the proposed mine’s developers had applied for any of the necessary environmental permits.

“The Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment is a shoddy piece of work that was rushed to completion by the EPA for the sole purpose of stopping one of the biggest mining projects ever undertaken in the United States,” said Myron Ebell, director of CEI’s Center for Energy and Environment.

It is estimated the Pebble Project would directly employ 1,000 people in high-paying jobs for at least 30 years, create hundreds of billions of dollars of wealth and pay tens of billions of dollars in taxes to the State of Alaska and the federal government.  The proposed mine would disturb less than seven square miles of wetlands in the Bristol Bay watershed, which is approximately 20,000 square miles.  Alaska has a land area of 586,412 square miles, of which 175,000 square miles are classified as wetlands.

“Federal agencies are accountable by law to Congress, but Obama’s EPA thinks it can work in secret and get away with it,” said Ebell.  “EPA’s refusal to turn over the Pebble Project documents to Congress is only the tip of the iceberg.  EPA has repeatedly refused to comply with numerous Freedom of Information Act requests made by CEI’s Chris Horner; and consequently, CEI has had to file a number of lawsuits to force EPA to obey the law.”

“It is highly suspicious the EPA has kept Chairman Issa in the dark over the decision-making process for a natural resource project that has been loudly opposed by radical environmental groups,” said Brian McGraw, policy analyst at CEI.  “EPA’s refusal to turn over the documents requested by the House is yet more evidence the EPA under President Obama has abandoned all pretense of objectivity to please environmental special-interest groups.”

CEI has covered opposition by radical environmental pressure groups to the Pebble Project extensively on its ResourcefulEarth.com website.  The National Center for Public Policy Research this week published a short report by Dr. Bonner Russell Cohen that is highly critical of the EPA’s Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment and of the process that led to its production.     

 


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.

Friday
Jan112013

ALG's Daily Grind - Will state and local governments add 220,000 jobs in 2013?

Jan. 10, 2013

Will state and local governments add 220,000 jobs in 2013?

Not if past performance is any indication. State and local governments shed 26,000 jobs in 2012 according to Bureau of Labor Statistics data.

Obama's Blunders: EPA, marijuana and Zeppelin!

The EPA has new rules on smoke, some states have other rules on other forms of smoke. Meanwhile, our President has a lot of knowledge about Led Zeppelin.

Government of, by and for activists

Lisa Jackson's resignation as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency has focused attention on the "unfinished agenda" she leaves for this agenda-driven agency's next director.

Kupelian: The giant, gaping hole in Sandy Hook reporting

The role psychiatric medication has played historically in school massacres and other shootings.

Friday
Jan112013

CEI Today: EPA stonewalling Issa, Dodd-Frank qualified mortgage rule, and diversity at Labor Dept

EPA STONEWALLING - MYRON EBELL

CEI.org
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CEI Calls on EPA to Turn Over Bristol Bay Documents to Congress

 

The Competitive Enterprise Institute today called on the Environmental Protection Agency to stop stonewalling repeated requests over many months by the House of Representatives and turn over documents related to the agency’s Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment.


Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, first asked the EPA for the documents in May 2012.  The EPA’s assessment of the potential impacts of the proposed Pebble Project copper, gold and molybdenum mine on the Bristol Bay area in southwest Alaska was completed before the proposed mine’s developers had applied for any of the necessary environmental permits.

  > Read the full news release at CEI.org


> Interview Myron Ebell

 


NEW QUALIFIED MORTGAGE RULE - JOHN BERLAU

Openmarket.org:
Qualified Mortgage Rule Is One Of Many Dodd-Frank Boots To Drop


The first thing that should be said about today’s “qualified mortgage” rule is that it is just one of many new regulations the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) will issue under Dodd-Frank. Believe it or not, the 2,500 pages of Dodd-Frank contains both a “qualified mortgage” rule and a “qualified residential mortgage” rule, the latter of which has yet to be issued. And the powerful and unaccountable CFPB — subject to a lawsuit by the Competitive Enterprise Institute, the 60 Plus Association, and the State National Bank of Big Spring (Texas), a community bank — still has the incredibly broad power to ban a mortgage or any other financial product it deems “abusive.” > View the full commentary at Openmarket.org


> Interview John Berlau

DIVERSITY AT LABOR DEPT - MATT PATTERSON

Openmarket.org: How About Some Intellectual Diversity At The Labor Department?


As the cabinet turns: Hilda Solis announced this week that she will soon be stepping down from her post as secretary of labor.

Interestingly, the effectiveness of her tenure is not what has generated the most discussion in the hours immediately following Solis’ resignation announcement. Instead, talking heads and wagging pens are in a fit over what her absence may mean for the “diversity” of the Obama administration.> View the full commentary at Openmarket.org


> Inteview Matt Patterson

 

 

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.