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Cooler Heads Digest 08 May 2015 

8 May 2015


  • The Cooler Heads Coalition will host a Capitol Hill lunch briefing by Professor Ross McKitrick on “Ontario's Green Energy Act: Environmentally Useless and Economically Disastrous.” The briefing will be held from 12 noon to 1:15 PM on Monday, May 11, in 2325 Rayburn House Office Building. McKitrick is Professor of Environmental Economics and Fellow in Sustainable Commerce at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada. RSVP to attend the briefing to
  • The Heartland Institute’s Tenth International Conference on Climate Change (ICCC-10) will take place on Thursday, June 11 and Friday, June 12, 2015, at the Washington Court Hotel in Washington, D.C. Learn more here.

In the News

Jerry Taylor’s “Conservative” Case for Carbon Tax Collapses after 36 Days
Robert Murphy, Institute for Energy Research, 7 May 2015

EPA Employee Watched Adult Films in Office on Take Your Kids to Work Day
Ben Mathis-Lilley, Slate, 7 May 2015

Industrial Scale Wind: A Net Loser, Economically, Environmentally, Technically, Civilly
Mary Kay Barton, Master Resource, 7 May 2015

Let’s Have a National Conservation on Fracking
Stephen Heins, Fortnightly, 7 May 2015

Is Ethanol a Green Fuel?
Marlo Lewis,, 6 May 2015

“Climate Anger”: Last Refuge of the Alarmists
Robert Bradley, Jr., Forbes, 6 May 2015

Fracking Fuels Top-Earning Graduates
Marnie Eisenstadt, Syracuse Post-Standard, 6 May 2015

Courts Must Stop EPA’s Brazen Overreach
Mike Duncan,, 5 May 2015

American Oil Production Is Up 53% Since 2010, But It’s Declining on Federal Lands (here’s why)
Patrick Tyrrell, Daily Signal, 5 May 2015

Why Does EPA Hate Texas?
Doug Domenech, The Federalist, 5 May 2015

Fracking Fearmongering: Another “Regulatory Science” Confirmation
Ronald Bailey, Hit & Run, 5 May 2015

News You Can Use
Happy 400 PPM!

For the first time since record keeping began, ambient air concentrations of carbon dioxide have surpassed 400 parts per million (ppm) globally. We’d like only to note how much human progress was made possible by the energy use that has led to this milestone.

Inside the Beltway
William Yeatman

Executive Branch: EPA Sends Two Rules to OIRA for Secret White House Review

  • BNA’s Andrew Childers today reports that EPA’s “Carbon Pollution Standard” regulation has been sent to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) for secret review by the White House. As proposed, the rule would effectively ban the construction of new coal-fired power plants by requiring the use of a technology (carbon capture and sequestration) that is exorbitantly expensive. However, rumor has it that EPA has significantly softened the rule, in recognition of the fact that the proposal was patently illegal. EPA is expected to promulgate the final regulation this summer.
  • In a similar vein, Politico Pro ($) on Wednesday broke the news that EPA has sent its final biofuel regulation to OIRA for secret White House review. By statute, EPA must set an annual Soviet-style production quota for ethanol. However, because the current administration is focusing all of EPA’s resources on climate change policy, the agency has been woefully behind on its non-discretionary duties such as its statutory responsibility to centrally plan the biofuel market. As a result, EPA is only now getting around to fixing demand for ethanol production—for 2014! EPA is expected to finalize the 2014 levels by November 30. Needless to say, EPA’s untimeliness roils the ethanol “market.” 

Legislative Branch: Sen. Murkowski Is Working on “Comprehensive” Energy Bill, Alas

Yesterday Senate Environmental & Public Works Chair Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) announced her intention to try to pass the first comprehensive energy bill since the 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act. At this early stage, her hoped-for energy legislation has taken the unwieldy form of 17 draft bills, none of which is particularly consequential.

While I am a fan of Sen. Murkowski, and I appreciate her low-key approach, I am nonetheless wary of all comprehensive energy bills. If history is any guide, support will build for the measure only to the extent that individual lawmakers are afforded opportunities to engage in parochial politics. Remember that the 2007 energy bill gave us the awful ethanol mandate, the Energy Department’s green bank, and fuel efficiency mandates.

Rather than a legislating a grab bag of handouts, political favors, and progressive regulations, it would be far better if Congress were to focus its attentions on overseeing and reining in Obama’s leviathan administrative state and its suffocating energy policies.  

Judicial Branch: D.C. Circuit Ruling Demonstrates EPA Can’t Be Trusted to Keep Lights on

On Monday, a unanimous three judge panel on the federal D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed EPA’s attempt to modify an air quality rule for small electric generators. The court's ruling in Delaware Department of Natural Resources v. EPA took EPA to task for the agency’s failure to consult with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on the reliability impact of the rule.

The opinion has implications for Obama's marquee climate policy--a regulation known as the Clean Power Plan that would overhaul the electric industry in the name of achieving an imperceptible "improvement" in climate change. Critics of the Clean Power Plan long have argued that the agency has avoided reckoning with the profound reliability threats posed by the regulation. Monday’s ruling will serve to buttress the criticisms.

Across the States
William Yeatman

EPA’s Untimeliness Processing Clean Air Act SIPs Leads to Major Headaches for States

The Clean Air Act establishes a “cooperative federalism” regulatory regime, whereby EPA sets nationwide standards, and states are given the freedom to craft strategies, known as “state implementation plans” (SIPs) to meet these standards. Indeed, states spend years and thousands of work hours developing these SIPs for Clean Air Act compliance.

However, because the current administration is focusing all of EPA’s resources on climate change policy, the agency has been woefully behind on its non-discretionary duties such as its statutory responsibility to review state plans. According to reporting by InsideEPA ($), EPA currently estimates that there are 655 “backlogged” SIPs that exist in regulatory limbo.

EPA’s untimeliness is a major headache for state regulatory agencies, for two reasons:

  • It creates the conditions for “sue and settle” lawsuits between green special interests and EPA. (For more, see here or listen here.)
  • It also gives EPA the opportunity to change the rules of the game. Here’s how it works. First, a state submits a plan that is eminently approvable because it comports with the agency’s regulations and guidelines. Then, EPA will sit on the plan for years, during which time the agency will update its regulations and guidelines, and thereby change the rules of the game. Finally, EPA will hold the state’s SIP accountable to the agency’s updated interpretation (i.e., standards about which the state was necessarily unaware when they crafted their SIPs). (See here for more.)

Around the World
William Yeatman

Chinese Drivers Are Just Like American Drivers (We All Love Gas Guzzlers!)

Platts reports this week that the Chinese bought nearly 49 percent more gasoline-guzzling sports utility vehicles in the first quarter of 2015 compared with Q1 2014. It would appear that Chinese motorists, like their American counterparts, have reacted to the fall in oil prices by spurning fuel-efficient cars, climate be damned.

The Cooler Heads Digest is the weekly e-mail publication of the Cooler Heads Coalition. For the latest news and commentary, check out the Coalition’s website,


CEI Today: Republicans for Big Labor, Year of the Veto, and global warming facts 

Wednesday, May 6, 2015
In the News Today




Federal Regulation? Who Cares?
Regulatory liberalization that reduces uncertainty and increases the returns to risk-taking is the yet-to-be-deployed stimulus package. The problem now is that Congress will have a tough time with a liberalization agenda in Obama’s “year of the veto.” > Read the Forbes commentary


Independent Satellite Records Agree: Little to No Global Warming over Past 18 Years

Roy Spencer, John Christy, and William Braswell of the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) Earth System Science Center recently released Version 6 (V.6) of their global satellite temperature dataset. The scientists describe the upgrade as “by far the most extensive revision of the procedures and computer code we have ever produced in over 25 years of global temperature monitoring.” > Read more 

> Interview Marlo Lewis


Republicans Vote in Favor of Union Giveaways


Last week, CEI sent out a Key Vote alert on two amendments. Both were designed to save taxpayers money by ending policies that benefit unions at the expense of fiscal responsibility and common sense. Normally, most would expect Republicans would support such measures, especially since labor unions are primarily donors to the Democratic party. Unfortunately, nearly 50 GOP members voted against both amendments. > Read more


CEI's Battered Business Bureau:
The Week in Regulation

Federal Labor Relations Authority employees might be bad at paying what they owe, because a new regulation is geared specifically at them, “governing procedures for collecting debts owed to the federal government by present and former FLRA employees.”

Convening at the National Press Club, a select group of thought leaders, industry leaders, and policy makers - including CEI's John Berlau - will gather to consider the future of alternative finance.

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Cooler Heads Digest 03 April 2015 

3 April 2015


The Competitive Enterprise Institute joined Americans for Tax Reform, National Taxpayers Union, and 29 other conservative and free-market organizations in signing a coalition letter in support of Sen. Mitch McConnell’s work with States to contest the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan. Read the letter here.

In the News

Dear Gina (and Jerry): Where’s the Climate Science behind Your Plan?
Robert Bradley, Jr., Master Resource, 3 April 2015

GOP Governors Unwittingly Recruited by Biofuels Lobby
Ben Wolfgang, Washington Times, 3 April 2015

EPA and States Square Off over Mercury
Stephen Heins, Public Utilities Fortnightly, 3 April 2015

EPA’s Mercury Rule Would Cost Economy at Least $16 Billion Per Year
Brian Potts, Forbes, 3 April 2015

Scientist Predicts 2015 Is Hottest Year on Record with 9 Months To Go
Michael Bastasch, Daily Caller, 3 April 2015

The Backlash against Obama’s Committing U.S. to International Climate Agreement
Katie Tubb & David Kreutzer, Daily Signal, 2 April 2015

Federal Judge Rejects EPA’s ‘Lack of Jurisdiction’ Argument in Murray Energy Suit
Linda Harris, State Journal, 2 April 2015

7 Questions with John Christy and Roy Spencer: Climate Change Skeptics for 25 Years
Paul Gattis, Birmingham News, 1 April 2015

Tom Steyer’s Group Shutters Climate Policy Arm as Political Efforts Ramp Up
Elana Schor & Andrew Restuccia, Politico, 1 April 2015

German Cabinet Approves Draft Anti-Fracking Law
Nicole Sagener, EUractiv, 2 April 2014

“Moral Case for Fossil Fuels” Author Shares Success in Spreading Message
Taylor Kuykendall, SNL Energy, 31 March 2015

Grasping for Pause-ible Deniability on Climate Change
Greg Jones, The Federalist, 30 March 2015

Climate Sensitivity and Environmental Worries Are Trending Downward
Patrick Michaels & Chip Knappenberger, Cato at Liberty, 27 March 2015

News You Can Use
2014 U.S. Oil Production Increase Was Largest in More Than 100 Years

U.S. crude output increased by a record 1.2 million barrels a day to 8.7 million b/d last year, according to a report published this week by the Energy Information Administration. That is the largest volume increase since 1900, the year the agency began keeping records.

Inside the Beltway

Obama Submits Climate Pledge to UN—But It’s DOA in Senate
Myron Ebell

The Obama Administration submitted its intended nationally-determined contribution (or INDC) to the Paris Accord on 31st March.  Other parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change that have made their submissions are: the European Union, Russia, Switzerland, Norway, Mexico, and Gabon.  They are all posted on the UNFCCC web site here.

The five-page U. S. INDC pledges that the United States will reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 26 to 28% below 2005 levels by 2025.  The White House proposes to achieve the target through a long list of administrative actions, none of which require new legislation from Congress.  These include: the EPA’s proposed regulations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from new and existing coal and natural gas-fired power plants; Corporate Average Fuel Economy (or CAFÉ) standards for cars, light trucks, and heavy-duty trucks; a long list of new energy efficiency standards for appliances, equipment, and building codes; and regulations to reduce methane emissions from landfills and the oil and gas sector.

Although these regulatory policies do not require new legislation, the submission does not mention that the Clean Air Act regulations on power plants may not survive legal challenges or congressional opposition.  There is majority opposition to the EPA’s power plant rules in both the House and Senate.  Moreover, all of these policies require the co-operation of Congress through the appropriations process. 

Still to be determined in the negotiations on the Paris Accord, which are scheduled to conclude at the twenty-first Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (or COP-21) in December in Paris, is the nature of the agreement.  The negotiating text says that it will take “the form of a protocol, another legal instrument, or an ‘agreed outcome with legal force,” and will be applicable to all parties.  This sounds like the Paris Accord, whatever form it takes, will be legally binding.  If so, it seems inescapable that U. S. participation will require Senate ratification.  But that is just what the Obama Administration’s highly experienced negotiators in the State Department are trying to avoid.  They learned from the Kyoto Protocol, which was doomed in the Senate from the moment the negotiations were concluded in December 1997.  Ratification requires a two-thirds majority vote in the Senate.  

The fact that Senate ratification requires a two-thirds majority vote means that the Paris Accord is almost certainly dead on arrival in the current Senate.  That’s why Senator James M. Inhofe (R-Okla.), Chairman of the Environment and Public Works Committee, told the Daily Caller: “The Obama administration’s pledge to the United Nations today will not see the light of day with the 114th Congress.” Sen. Inhofe’s full remarks are available in the committee’s press release. Here are articles on the submission in the New York Times and the Washington Times.

EPW Republicans to McCarthy: Is EPA Climate Science Consistent with Data?
Marlo Lewis

At a March 4 Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) committee hearing, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) queried EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy about climate change impacts, global temperatures, and climate models. McCarthy opined that droughts and storms are becoming more frequent worldwide, but had no data to back up her opinion when Sen. Sessions cited conflicting evidence.

In addition, although apparently unaware of the growing divergence between climate model predictions and observations, McCarthy was confident it was irrelevant to EPA’s assessment of climate change risks (i.e. the scientific rationale for the administration’s climate policies). She did, however, promise to provide written answers to Sen. Sessions “within a few days.” See 1:30-6:57 of this video clip.

On April 1, Sessions and three other EPW Republicans (Inhofe of Oklahoma, Wicker of Mississippi, and Barrasso of Wyoming) sent a letter reminding McCarthy of her promise and stating their questions in more detail.

Citing the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) assessment and other information, the Senators challenge McCarthy to substantiate her views and the accuracy of climate models with respect to drought, storms, and global temperatures.

Sen. Sessions’s press release, which includes the text of the letter, is available here. 

The Cooler Heads Digest is the weekly e-mail publication of the Cooler Heads Coalition. For the latest news and commentary, check out the Coalition’s website,


Cooler Heads Digest 20 March 2015 

20 March 2015


The Competitive Enterprise invites you to celebrate Human Achievement Hour by turning on your lights from 8:30 to 9:30 PM on Saturday, 28th March.  This celebration of human progress and advancement is an alternative to “Earth Hour,” the annual event calling on people and business to turn off their lights for an hour as a symbolic gesture against climate change. Learn how to participate further here.

In the News

Lawmaker: Protect Coal Plants To Help the Manatees
Sean Cockerham, Miami Herald, 20 March 2015

Bob Murray’s Mission To Save the Coal Industry (subscription required)
Timothy Puko, Wall Street Journal, 19 March 2015

The First Gasoline Tax: Less Than Romantic
Robert Bradley, Jr., Master Resource, 19 March 2015

Iowa and Ethanol
Paul Mulshine, The Star Ledger, 19 March 2015

The Implications for Climate Sensitivity of Bjorn Stevens’s New Aerosol Forcing Paper
Nicholas Lewis, Climate Audit, 19 March 2015

The Guardian’s Editor-in-Chief Hits Peak Stupid
James Delingpole, Breitbart, 18 March 2015

A Wisconsin Response to EPA about the Clean Power Plan
Stephen Heins,, 18 March 2015

EPA Wants To Monitor How Long Hotel Guests Spend in the Shower
Elizabeth Harrington, Washington Free Beacon, 17 March 2015

Ezra Klein Calls on Al Gore To Run for President
Jesse Walker, Hit and Run, 17 March 2015

The Costliest EPA Rule Yet
Margo Thorning, Washington Times, 15 March 2015

Kissing the Ring of King Corn
Bill Tucker, Forbes, 14 March 2015

News You Can Use
No Twisters in March for 1st Time Since 1969

No tornados were reported in the U.S. during March for the first time since 1969.

Inside the Beltway

Harvard Law Professor Laurence Tribe Blasts Clean Power Plan
Marlo Lewis

Sparks flew at the House Energy & Commerce Committee hearing on 17th March when experts clashed over the legality of EPA’s so-called “Clean Power” Plan (CPP) – the agency’s proposed regulation to cap carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from state electric power sectors.  The main fireworks were provided by Harvard Law School Professor Laurence Tribe

Professor Tribe denounced the CPP as an illegal power grab: “EPA is attempting an unconstitutional trifecta: usurping the prerogatives of the States, Congress and the Federal Courts all at once. Burning the Constitution should not become part of our national energy policy.” A few excerpts from Tribe’s 60-page testimony must here suffice to explain the “unconstitutional trifecta.”

Under the CPP, Tribe said: “EPA would not simply regulate emissions, but would also reach out to oversee electricity production, consumption, and distribution within each State – matters that have always been deemed to be wholly within a State’s powers.” The Clean Air Act provides no authority to regulate electricity markets, and the Federal Power Act gives States “exclusive jurisdiction over intrastate electricity matters.”

Tribe continued: “Such a power-grab . . . would allow an unelected agency not meaningfully answerable to the American people to make fundamentally legislative choices – and to avoid political accountability for doing so.”

This is remarkable because of Tribe’s status as a liberal legal icon.  Tribe is perhaps the leading exponent of a living or evolving Constitution.  He has argued 36 cases before the Supreme Court.  Tribe taught President Obama constitutional law and employed him as a research assistant for two years.  And he actively supported Obama’s presidential campaigns and called him “the best student I ever had.”

House Passes Two EPA Science Reform Bills
Myron Ebell

The House of Representatives this week passed two bills that would try to reform the Environmental Protection Agency’s flagrant misuse of science in formulating regulations. The Secret Science Reform Act, H. R. 1030, passed by a vote of  passed by a vote of 241 to 175.  Four Democrats joined 237 Republicans in voting Yes.  Rep. Chris Gibson (R-NY) was the only Republican voting No. 

The EPA Science Advisory Board Reform Act, H. R. 1029, passed on a 236 to 181 vote.  Two Democrats voted Yes, and again Rep. Gibson was the lone Republican No vote.  The bill would improve the way experts are chosen for the EPA’s scientific advisory boards.

The Secret Science Reform Act would prohibit the EPA from basing policy on scientific studies and data that are not publicly available.  Unfortunately, it would not apply retroactively.  The EPA has made outlandish claims for the health benefits of Clean Air Act regulations based on two large epidemiological studies based on secret data.  EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy has promised Congress several times while under oath to share the data with Congress, but has failed to keep her promise.  The House Science Committee has subpoenaed the data, but the EPA has refused to comply.  

As House Science Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Tex.) wrote in a blog post: “Regulations should not be based on undisclosed data.  American taxpayers have a right to see the data and determine for themselves if these regulations are based on sound science or a partisan agenda.  But American taxpayers and Congress are not the only ones who have been left in the dark. The data in question have not been subjected to scrutiny and analysis by independent scientists. This third-party review process is necessary to ensure that the information being used is both scientifically sound and beneficial to the American people.”

The White House has threatened a presidential veto of both bills.  Apparently, the most open and transparent administration in history does not believe that the public has a right to know whether scientific research supports their regulatory agenda.  The reason for that is simple: it doesn’t.   

Obama Orders Federal Government To Cut Its Own Emissions by 40%
Myron Ebell

President Barack Obama on 19th March signed an executive order directing the federal government to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 40% below 2008 levels by 2025.  In addition, the President ordered that the federal government get 30% of its electricity from renewable sources and cut carbon dioxide emissions from its vehicle fleet by 30% by 2025.

Senator James M. Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, attacked the President’s action as “a move to advance his personal agenda on climate at the cost of hardworking American taxpayers.”  I agree, but I think the Congress could achieve the President’s goals in a way that would benefit taxpayers and boost the economy by undertaking a massive reduction in the size and scope of the federal government.  They could start by replacing a lot of pickup trucks driven by federal land agency employees with bicycles.   

BLM Releases Final Fracking Rule
Myron Ebell

The Bureau of Land Management on 20th March released its final rule on hydraulic fracturing on federal lands. Predictably, Rep. Rob Bishop (R-Utah), chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, complained that the rule is unnecessary because States already regulate fracking on federal and private land and that it will increase costs and delays in producing oil and gas on federal land. Chairman Bishop is of course completely correct, but he fails to acknowledge that the Obama Administration’s goal is to lower oil and gas production on federal land and these new regulations will help achieve that goal.   

Across the States
William Yeatman

Sen. Majority Leader McConnell Launches “Just Say No” Campaign on Clean Power Plan

The Clean Air Act establishes a State-Federal partnership. Under this “cooperative federalism” regulatory regime, EPA sets nation-wide standards, and the States are responsible for implementing the standards. However, if a State decides that it would prefer to spend its limited resources on a policy area other than air quality improvement, it has a constitutional right to do nothing, and instead allow the federal government to implement the standards.

On March 4th, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.)published an op-ed urging States to “Just Say No” to implementing EPA’s “Clean Power Plan.”  And in an open letter to governors published this week, Sen. McConnell elaborated on his strategy. He reasoned that the rule is an illegal power grab, and that a do-nothing strategy by the States would give Congress and the courts time to stop the regulation. To this end, it is notable that the rule is subject to a pending challenge before the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, and also that the Energy and Commerce Committee this week published a draft of a bill that would effectively veto the “Clean Power” Plan.

I agree with McConnell and would add a second reason to “Just Say No”: Compliance with the “Clean Power” Plan entails a tremendous waste of resources. The rule is so expansive that it threatens to monopolize virtually all of state energy and environmental regulators’ time. They’ve much better things to do than spend all their energy trying to figure out how to build the President’s legacy.

Around the World
William Yeatman

Swiss Reject a Carbon Tax; Japan Turns to Coal

  • Ninety-two percent of Swiss voters rejected replacing the value-added tax with a carbon tax on energy, according to the Daily Caller’s PG Veer.
  • As predicted on, Japanese utilities are continuing a sharp turn to coal in the wake of the Fukushima Daitchi disaster. While government officials initially planned on replacing nuclear energy with green energy, this proved too expensive and technologically difficult.

The Cooler Heads Digest is the weekly e-mail publication of the Cooler Heads Coalition. For the latest news and commentary, check out the Coalition’s website,


CEI Today: GOP budget, Obama & global warming, union ambush election rule, and more 

Wednesday, March 18, 2015
In the News Today



Forbes: House Republicans Release Balanced Budget Proposal

House Republicans released their “Balanced Budget for a Stronger America” fiscal year 2016 budget proposal today. It seeks to balance the budget in 10 years without new taxes, and to repeal Obamacare besides.

I want to see these cuts and more, but remain concerned that Congress will bog down deeply in a balanced budget fight that won’t pass while simultaneously making a show over spending more on defense than the president. 
> Read more

> Interview Wayne Crews



The President doesn’t give a hoot about global warming, aside from its legacy-building potential or value in terms of partisan positioning. 
> Read more


> Interview William Yeatman



The Congressional Review Act Resolution of Disapproval
to Cancel the National Labor Relations Board’s “Ambush Elections” Rule
CEI will score the upcoming House vote on S. J. Res. 8, a Congressional Review Act Resolution of Disapproval to void the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) “ambush elections” rule, which threatens American workers’ freedom of association and privacy. CEI supports the resolution.  

> Interview Aloysius Hogan


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