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Wednesday
Sep172014

CEI Today: ExIm Bank fix, UN global warming summit, labor score card for Congress, and more 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014
In the News Today

 


EXPORT-IMPORT BANK - RYAN YOUNG

Investor's Business Daily: Ex-Im Bank Fight Shows How We Can Sunset More Useless Agencies


The biggest lesson from the Ex-Im fight is that automatic agency sunsets are a good thing, and more agencies should have them.

Yes, Ex-Im survived this reauthorization fight, but it lost some of its swagger. Whether it's this round of reauthorization or the next, Ex-Im will see significant reforms to reduce its pervasive corruption and cronyism, from increased disclosure requirements for employees to term limits for executives
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> Interview Ryan Young

 

UN CLIMATE CHANGE ACCORD - CHRISTOPHER HORNER

 

CNSNews: Plans to Turn ‘Politically Binding’ UN Climate Change Accord Into Federal Law

Obama administration officials who say they intend to sign a “politically binding” agreement to drastically reduce U.S. greenhouse gas emissions at the UnitedNations’ (UN) climate change conference in Paris next year already have a legal strategy to turn any non-binding accord into federal law, warns Christopher Horner, senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI).
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> Interview Chris Horner


 

CEI’s Battered Business Bureau: The Week in Regulation

The number of new regulations topped 2,500 on the year, while the Federal Register added 1,853 pages to end the week just shy of the 55,000 mark.

Last week, 64 new final regs were published in the Federal Register. That’s the equivalent of a new regulation every 2 hours, 38 minutes.

CEI SCORES LABOR VOTES IN CONGRESS

CEI Honors 29 House Lawmakers with “Champion of the Worker” Awards


Thursday, the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) announced 29 current House lawmakers earned its distinguished “Champion of the Worker” award for perfect voting records on key employment and workforce issues during the 113th Congress. > Read more

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Regulator: True Ridesharing Illegal in California

New Mexico Workers and Industry Would Benefit from Right to Work - See more at: http://workplacechoice.org/#sthash.04F3Iq2B.dpuf

Will the NLRB’s McDonald’s Decision Destroy Franchise System or Make Companies More Accountable?

Emails show ‘collusion’ between EPA, environmental lobby: watchdog

 

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Top-rated economies of the world are not by coincidence

The “ultimate resource” is not physical, but the capacity for humans to invent and adapt, despite government encroachment in their lives and livelihoods.





 

Thursday
Sep042014

ALG's Daily Grind - SEIU to protest fast food with illegal acts today 

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Sept. 4, 2014

Permission to republish original opeds and cartoons granted. 

SEIU to protest fast food with illegal acts today
Service Employees International Union backed Fast Food Forward and SEIU's Fight for 15 plan a protest strike/walkout, illegal acts today.

Cartoon: The Obama Doctrine

Ice, ice, baby
Whatever punishment might be meted out for Al Gore, the Oscar winning climate advocate has more than a few problems with his faltering theory — the most glaring being that the climate isn't doing what he warned us it would do.

Gross: Where's the new debt?
"If credit needs to expand at 4.5 percent per year, then the private and public sectors in combination must create approximately $2.5 trillion of additional debt per year to pay for outstanding interest. They are underachieving that target in the U.S., which is the reason why GDP growth struggles at 2 percent real or lower and nominal GDP growth seems capped at 4.5 percent or lower. Credit creation is essential for economic growth in a finance-based economy such as ours. Without it, growth stagnates or withers." 

  

Sept. 4, 2014

Permission to republish original opeds and cartoons granted.

SEIU to protest fast food with illegal acts today
Service Employees International Union backed Fast Food Forward and SEIU's Fight for 15 plan a protest strike/walkout, illegal acts today.

Cartoon: The Obama Doctrine

Ice, ice, baby
Whatever punishment might be meted out for Al Gore, the Oscar winning climate advocate has more than a few problems with his faltering theory — the most glaring being that the climate isn't doing what he warned us it would do.

Gross: Where's the new debt?
"If credit needs to expand at 4.5 percent per year, then the private and public sectors in combination must create approximately $2.5 trillion of additional debt per year to pay for outstanding interest. They are underachieving that target in the U.S., which is the reason why GDP growth struggles at 2 percent real or lower and nominal GDP growth seems capped at 4.5 percent or lower. Credit creation is essential for economic growth in a finance-based economy such as ours. Without it, growth stagnates or withers."

 

Wednesday
Sep032014

ALG's Daily Grind - Happy days are here again? Not so fast my friend 

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Sept. 3, 2014

Permission to republish original opeds and cartoons granted.

Happy days are here again?  Not so fast my friend
The U.S. Commerce Department's Bureau of Economic Analysis reported on the Friday before Labor Day that consumer spending dropped by 0.1 percent in July, confirming earlier reports that show retail spending's steep slide since its peak in February.

Putin's strategy
Putin brings a gun to the fight, but what does Obama bring?

Beware the lame duck budget
If Senate Democrats do not wish to face voters with a clear record on fiscal issues, and refuse to pass a budget before November's elections, then they simply shouldn't be allowed to pass one afterward.

Watts: Inconvenient new paper finds the last interglacial was warmer than today — not simulated by climate models
"Temperatures during the last interglacial period ~120,000 years ago were higher than during the present interglacial period."

Saturday
Aug232014

Cooler Heads Digest 22 August 2014

22 August 2014

In the News

Exposing Big Bad Green
E. Calvin Beisner, Master Resource, 21 August 2014

Oil-Export Ban: Holding America Back
Robert Bradley, Jr., Forbes, 20 August 2014

Fracking Earthquakes Are Less Intense
Bebe Raupe, Bloomberg, 20 August 2014

Are Fossil Fuels the Past, Renewables the Future?
Marlo Lewis, GlobalWarming.org, 19 August 2014

Workers Suffer When Militarized Police and Big Green Get Together
Ron Arnold, Washington Examiner, 19 August 2014

Republicans’ Lukewarm Climate Warrior
Christopher Flavelle, Bloomberg, 18 August 2014

My New Best Friends
Mark Steyn, Steyn Online, 14 August 2014

News You Can Use
Good News: Air Pollution Is Down

The Environmental Protection Agency on 21st August sent its Second Integrated Air Toxics Report to Congress, which concludes that air pollution has been reduced dramatically since the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990 were enacted.  Benzene levels have been reduced by 66%, mercury by 60%, and lead by 84%.    (Nonetheless, the incidence of childhood asthma continues to rise.) 

Inside the Beltway
William Yeatman

Senate Minority Leader Indicates a Republican Majority Would Rein in EPA

In an interview this week with Politico, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell indicated that, if Republicans won the Senate in November, they likely would use the appropriations process to rein in the EPA. Speaking of a hypothetical Republican majority, he said, “We’re going to pass spending bills, and they’re going to have a lot of restrictions on the activities of the bureaucracy.” He singled out the EPA as a “good example” of a bureaucracy that would become subject to such restrictions. By attaching policy amendments, or “riders,” to high-priority legislation like spending bills, the likelihood of passing the Senate increases.

Across the States
Myron Ebell

Oregon Regulators Deny Permit for Coal Export Terminal

The Oregon Department of State Lands on 18th August denied a permit for Ambre Energy’s proposed coal export terminal on the Columbia River at Port of Morrow, 160 miles east of Portland.  After two years of review, the agency found that the Australian company had not proposed adequate protections for tribal salmon fisheries on the Columbia.   

Ambre Energy can appeal the decision administratively within 21 days.  If the appeal is denied, then the company can file suit in state court. 

The proposed $242 million facility could handle 8.8 million tons of coal per year.  Coal from Wyoming and Montana would be sent by rail to the Port of Morrow, where it would be loaded onto barges which would then be unloaded onto ocean-going ships at Port of Saint Helens, 30 miles downriver from Portland and 75 miles from the mouth of the Columbia.

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber (D) is a vocal opponent of the project.  Permits for two larger coal export terminals are still being considered in Washington state, where Governor Jay Inslee (D) is also strongly opposed.      

Around the World
Myron Ebell

UN Plans New York Climate Change Summit

The Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, is preparing to host over a hundred of the world’s presidents and prime ministers at a Climate Change Summit at UN headquarters in New York City on 23rd September.  U. S. President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping are expected to attend, but new Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott have already announced that they will not attend.   

The summit is by invitation only, but can be viewed on the UN’s web television site.  The UN on 8th August sent out a press release announcing that it was “casting a wide net to find dozens of people from around the world who feel passionately about the impact of climate change, have translated that passion into action and would like to attend next month’s Climate Summit at the UN.”  According to Susan Alzner, a UN official in charge of UN-NGO relations, “Anyone can nominate a civil society representative into this process.”  Four of the 38 will be invited to speak to the heads of state.  The selection process will strive for gender balance, invite more attendees from developing than from developed countries, and seek out young people and indigenous people to share their stories on “the frontlines of climate change.”  The deadline for applying for the 38 “civil society” invitations was 15th August.   

The UN Climate Change Summit is “intended to mobilize international political will needed to achieve an ambitious climate change agreement” at the twenty-first Conference of the Parties (COP-21) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, which is scheduled to meet in Paris in December 2015.  Secretary-General Ban has asked world leaders to come to the summit ready “to announce bold actions that they will take in their countries.”

In addition, “There will also be announcements from a number of coalition initiatives that have high potential to catalyze ambitious action on the ground. These coalitions, consisting of participants from Governments, the private sector and civil society, will address several high-impact areas, such as climate finance; energy efficiency; renewable energy; adaptation; disaster risk reduction and resilience; forests; agriculture; transportation; short-lived climate pollutants; and cities.”  The program can be seen here

The Climate Group, an NGO with offices in Beijing, London, New York City, and New Delhi, is sponsoring the sixth annual Climate Week in New York City to co-incide with the UN summit.  Approximately eighty events from 22nd to 28th September are on the Climate Week schedule. Sponsors include Swiss Re, Lockheed Martin, and HP. 

But that’s not all.  On Sunday, 21st September, over 750 organizations are sponsoring the People’s Climate March in Manhattan. It is being billed as, “The Largest Climate March in History.”  You can sign up here.

Science Update
Marlo Lewis

Do Climate Models and Long-Term Temperature Records Agree?

The unanticipated pause in global warming since 1998 has produced an accelerating divergence between IPCC climate model predictions and observed global temperatures. “Model failure” is now a recurring theme of skeptic blogs, and it’s not only skeptics who wonder how errant models can accurately assess climate risk or usefully inform climate policy.

Climate activists say the pause is temporary, warming will come roaring back, vindicating both models and their ‘worse than we thought’ narrative.

In more technical terms, the IPCC argues that although “internal decadal climate variability” may cause models to either underestimate or overestimate observed temperatures for periods “as short as 10 to 15 years,” models and observations “agree” over the 62-year period from 1951 to 2012 (AR5, Chapter 9, p. 769). The IPCC thus has “very high confidence” in the realism of the models.

To assess such claims, Cato Institute scientists Patrick Michaels and Paul C. (“Chip”) Knappenberger examine how well IPCC models would match observations over an 80-year period (1951-2030) in three scenarios of how global temperature might behave from now to 2030.

They find that even if warming resumes at the pre-pause (1977-1998) rate of 0.17°C/decade, by 2020 more than 95% of model simulations overshoot the 1951-2030 ‘observed’ trend, and by 2030 more than 97.5% of simulations overshoot it.

At my request, Mr. Knappenberger also compared models and observations in a more aggressive warming scenario in which warming resumes at 0.26°C/decade – the fastest rate during any recent 15-year period.

Result: By 2030, more than 95% of model simulations still overshoot the 1951-2030 ‘observed’ trend. For further discussion, see my blog post Can Natural Variability Save Climate Models?

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, www.GlobalWarming.org.

Saturday
Aug162014

Cooler Heads Digest 15 August 2014 

15 August 2014

Announcement

The National Center for Policy Analysis this week published Environmental Regulation through Litigation by NCPA Senior Research Fellow Ann Norman. 
 

In the News

Kimberley A. Strassel, Wall Street Journal, 15 August 2014
 
Marlo Lewis, GlobalWarming.org, 14 August 2014
 
A Clear Example of IPCC Ideology Trumping Fact 
Patrick J. Michaels and Paul C. Knappenberger, Cato Institute, 14 August 2014
 
Sean Higgins, Washington Examiner, 13 August 2014
 
Michael Bastasch, Daily Caller, 13 August 2014
 
Mary Hutzler, Institute for Energy Research, 13 August 2014
 
Amy Harder, Wall Street Journal, 12 August 2014
 
Katie Tubb, Daily Signal, 11 August 2014
 
Frank Clemente, Advanced Energy for Life, August 2014
 

News You Can Use

The U. S. Department of Agriculture this week forecast record corn and soybean harvests as a result of good rainfall and moderate temperatures in the Midwest this summer. 
 

Inside the Beltway

Fifty-four House Republicans Send Letter Opposing Renewal fo the Wind PTC
Patrick Hannaford

Representative Mike Pompeo (R-Ks.) on 13th August released an open letter to the House Republican leadership that opposes renewing the Wind Production Tax Credit (PTC), which expired at the end of 2013.  The letter highlights the stupidity of using taxpayer funds to increase the cost of electricity for all Americans.

According to the letter, since President Obama took office, federal subsidies for wind energy have increased from $476 million per year to $4.98 billion. This increase has provided incentives to expand the wind energy sector to levels far beyond natural market demand.  It has crowded out cheaper sources of electricity, such as coal and natural gas, and has increased the cost of electricity for all Americans. 

The Joint Committee on Taxation has estimated that a one-year extension of the Wind Production Tax Credit will cost American taxpayers over $13.35 billion. There is no reasonable justification for these funds to be used to artificially inflate the cost of electricity, particularly at a time of skyrocketing US debt.  Even if the Wind PTC is not renewed, wind energy projects that began “construction” in 2013 could receive subsidies until 2026. This means that this policy will continue to cause harm long after it has ceased to exist.  If Congress wants to minimize this future harm, it should refuse to extend the credit beyond 2013.

Congressman Pompeo and the other 53 signers ought to be commended for their efforts to end this reckless government policy and restore market incentives to the energy sector. The full text of the joint letter can be found here.

IRS Extends Wind PTC by Retroactive Fiat
Myron Ebell

The Internal Revenue Service on 8th August released revised guidance on which facilities can qualify for the Wind Production Tax Credit.  This is odd because the Wind PTC expired on 31st December 2013.  The retroactive guidance makes it easier for projects that began in 2013 but have not yet been constructed to qualify for the ten years of taxpayer subsidies.  Lisa Linowes provides a full analysis on Master Resource

DC Circuit Court Rejects Multiple Challenges to Order 1000

A three-judge panel of the federal DC Circuit Court of Appeals on 15th August ruled unanimously to uphold the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Order 1000, a sweeping set of new requirements for regional electric transmission infrastructure planning.    The 97-page opinion rejected all of the many challenges to Order 1000 brought by over forty plaintiffs—state regulatory agencies, regional transmission organizations, utilities, and industry trade groups.

Among the many controversial requirements in Order 1000, perhaps the most objectionable is that the huge costs of new transmission lines and other infrastructure required to integrate renewable sources, such as wind and solar farms, into the grid must be shared by retail customers who will not receive electricity from those sources.  The court’s decision is available here.  

Even Slurpee Machines Impacted by Obama Global Warming Agenda

As part of the President’s Climate Action Plan, the Environmental Protection Agency has proposed new restrictions on the use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) as refrigerants and aerosols.  Ironically, HFCs came into widespread use as the alternative to chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), which were banned in the 1990s over fears about depletion of the ozone layer.   Now, EPA wants to crack down on HFCs because of their assumed contribution to global warming.

The proposal would ban HFCs in nearly all the types of commercial refrigeration systems used by restaurants, supermarkets, and convenience stores, such as refrigerated cases, freezers, ice-makers, and other specialty equipment like slurpee machines.  It would also apply to vending machines, car air-conditioners, aerosols, and several other products.   For refrigeration systems, the proposed ban would take effect as of January 1, 2016 and apply to all newly manufactured equipment.

Many manufacturers are concerned that substitutes will not be up to the task, especially given the extremely tight timeframe to make the change.  Among other drawbacks, most of the acceptable alternative refrigerants are inflammable, raising both safety and building-code concerns.  EPA did not include a cost-benefit analysis in its proposed rule.
 

Across the States

Wyoming Approves Huge New Wind Farm, Owned by Major GOP Donor

The Wyoming Industrial Siting Council voted unanimously last week to grant a final permit to build a 1,000 turbine wind farm in Carbon County.  If built, it would be the largest wind facility in the United States. The wind farm would be built by the Power Company of Wyoming (PCW), a subsidiary of the Anschutz Corporation, on a ranch also owned by the Anschutz Corporation. 

The Anschutz ranch includes some land owned by the federal Bureau of Land Management.  The BLM still has to complete two Environment Assessments required by the National Environmental Policy Act before construction can begin.  In addition, PCW has applied for an incidental take permit that will allow its windmills to kill eagles protected by federal legislation.  PCW reported that it is negotiating contracts with utilities in California, Arizona, and Nevada to purchase the electricity produced by the Wyoming wind farm. 

The Anschutz Corporation is based in Denver and owned by multi-billionaire Phil Anschutz.  He is a major donor to Republican candidates and owns a bewildering array of oil and gas, railroad, entertainment, and resort businesses.  Anschutz also owns the Weekly Standard, the Washington Examiner, the Oklahoman, and the Colorado Springs Gazette.      
 

Around the World

As Threats Multiply, Secretary Kerry Still Focused on Climate Change

What is the greatest foreign policy challenge facing the United States?  Russia invading Ukraine?  Iraq and Syria versus the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant?  Israel and Hamas?  The Ebola outbreak?  Guess again.  In a speech in Honolulu on 13th August, Secretary of State John Kerry continued to insist that it’s climate change.  “…[T]he biggest challenge of all that we face right now, which is climate change in terms of international global effect….”   As Investor’s Business Daily remarked in an editorial, “Can he be serious?” 

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, www.GlobalWarming.org.