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Tuesday
Jan082013

ALG's Daily Grind - Republicans have to be All-In on Cutting Deficit

Jan. 7, 2013

Republicans have to be All-In on Cutting Deficit

While Republican face a classic damned if you do and damned if you don't scenario on the fiscal cliff, their only exit strategy now is to behave like the limited government elected officials who they promised voters they were going to be

Obama's Blunders: The Housing Market

OK, so we're still waiting for housing to recover from the late 2000s collapse. That's what got us into the mess, will it ever get us out?

The EPA's bad sci-fi movie

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli successfully beats back an EPA attempt to regulate water as a "pollutant" under the terms of the Clean Water Act.

Thrush and Epstein: Obama's debt problem

"The staggering national debt - up about 60 percent from the $10 trillion Obama inherited when he took office in January 2009 - is the single biggest blemish on Obama's record, even if the rapid descent into red began under President George W. Bush."

Monday
Jan072013

CEI Today: EPA Lisa Jackson email scandal, BPA chemical study, and the Supreme Court on global warming

EPA LISA JACKSON EMAIL SCANDAL - CHRISTOPHER HORNER

Fox Business/Stossel: Bringing Government Secrets to Light

Author Chris Horner on the secrets being kept in the White House.

 


> View Christopher Horner on Stossel!

> Read more about EPA's use of alias emails to dodge open records laws

> See also: E-mail Scandal at the EPA, by John Fund for National Review

 

> Interview Christopher Horner

 


BPA CHEMICAL STUDY

Openmarket.org:
Mice Study Questions BPA-Obesity Link

 

Science is a long-term process that only brings meaning when numerous, scientifically robust studies produce consistent results. But when it comes to politically loaded issues — such as chemical safety — a single study with a “weak association” and a small pool of subjects can capture headlines ad nauseam, creating the impression that consumers face a looming public health crisis where none really exists.

What will mainstream news outlets and anti-BPA activists make of one of the more
recent studies, which reports that a prior study indicting BPA as an “obesogen” (a chemical that makes you fat!) is not reproducible.

It is worth noting, that this new study included 10 times the number of subjects (in this case mice), which makes its findings a bit more meaningful. 
> View the full commentary at Openmarket.org


> Interview Angela Logomasini

SUPREME COURT & GLOBAL WARMING - MARLO LEWIS

Globalwarming.org: Will the Supreme Court Review EPA’s Greenhouse Gas Regulations?

In 2011 a coalition of industry groups, states, and non-profits petitioned the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn all four greenhouse gas rules: endangerment, tailpipe, triggering, and tailoring.

In June 2012, a 3-judge panel decided the case, Coalition for Responsible Regulation v. EPA, in favor of the agency, upholding all four GHG rules.

In August, coalition members
petitioned for an en banc (full court) rehearing.

On December 20, the court voted 5-2 to deny the petitions.

However, the
dissenting opinions of Judges Janice Rogers Brown and Brett Kavanaugh are so cogently argued that the Supreme Court may decide to review the case. The Court might even reassess its ruling in Mass. v. EPA.  > View the full commentary at Globalwarming.org 

> Interview Marlo Lewis

 

 

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
Jan052013

CEI Today: FTC closes Google probe, Rick Santelli asks, "Who is Richard Windsor?", and how much does EPA really cost the economy? 

FTC v GOOGLE - RYAN RADIA

Web Users Dodge Bullet as FTC Closes Google Probe

The Federal Trade Commission announced a settlement with Google, marking the end of a two-year antitrust probe of the company. While Google agreed to change certain business practices involving patent licensing and advertising portability, the FTC’s investigation concluded that Google’s search engine does not unlawfully disadvantage competitors’ websites or deliver “biased” search results.


Ryan Radia
, Associate Director of Technology Studies at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, issued the following statement:


The FTC’s unanimous decision not to pursue an antitrust lawsuit against Google reflects the vigorous state of competition on the Internet – and the utter failure of Google's critics to put forward a serious antitrust case against the company.

 

Today’s ruling also affirms that every company is free to compete by serving its users, no matter how high its market share or how much its rivals suffer as a result. America's antitrust laws are designed not to punish companies for growing too big or too unpopular, but to ensure no company stifles competition itself. The thriving Internet sector -- a bright spot in America's otherwise lackluster economy -- shows no signs of suffering from too little competition. > View the full statement at CEI.org


> See also: Settlement: FTC Ends Google Antitrust Investigation

> Interview Ryan Radia

 

COST OF EPA

Daily Caller:
EPA costs US economy $353 billion per year

 

Transparency is the lifeblood of democracy. Washington needs more of it, especially in the all-too-opaque world of regulation. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), for example, is the most expensive federal regulatory agency. Its annual budget is fairly modest in Beltway terms, at a little less than $11 billion, but that’s not where the vast majority of its costs come from. Complying with EPA regulations costs the U.S. economy $353 billion per year — more than 30 times its budget — according to the best available estimate.  > View the full commentary at Dailycaller.com


> Interview Ryan Young

 

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
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.