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Daily Signal - Skeptical Climate Change Is Real? These 20 Academics Think You Should Be Prosecuted 

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Oct. 12, 2015

Skeptical Climate Change Is Real? These 20 Academics Think You Should Be Prosecuted

These academics are trying to foster the exact opposite of a "free exchange of facts, theories, and ideas." They want to end all scientific debate.

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Senate Democrats Scheme How to Force Gun Control Vote

Rallying around three "principles of action," a group of senators proposed laws to close background check loopholes, expand background databases, and crack down on illegal gun sales.

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Could Conservatives Support Paul Ryan for Speaker?

The Daily Signal talked to Republican lawmakers about whether Rep. Paul Ryan could win enough support to become House speaker.

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House Republicans Team Up With Democrats to Force Vote on Export-Import Bank Reauthorization

Forty-two Republicans joined with Democrats to force the House to fast-track legislation reauthorizing the Export-Import Bank for five years.

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Disability Rights Advocates Fight Back After California Passes Assisted Suicide

"Oregon data shows that people are getting lethal prescriptions who are not terminally ill."

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'Building Up Skills': How St. Coletta's Shops Fill a Gap for Adults With Disabilities

The nonprofit St. Coletta's Shops gainfully employs disabled adults in beading, weaving, and other crafts to prepare them for workplaces elsewhere.

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CEI Today: Obama overtime regulations, junk science, and Reagan & entrepreneurs 

Monday, July 6, 2015
In the News Today



New Overtime Regulations an Attempt to Turn Back the Clock


The Department of Labor has announced that it is going to update overtime regulations that were last revised in the 1970s. The unseen effect...will be to abolish an entire level of junior management in America. > Read the National Review commentary 

> Interview Iain Murray


Yes, Reagan Loved Entrepreneurs — and Today’s Conservatives Should, Too

Reagan actually used the phrase “entrepreneur” a whopping 186 times during his presidency.  > Read more 

> Interview John Berlau


Junk science = garbage policy

Junk science is "much more prevalent today than it was 20 years ago. There are more media outlets and there are more people putting out content." > Read more 

> Interview Greg Conko



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CEI Today: Income inequality, commercial space flight, enviro $, junk science on soda

Monday, Nov. 3, 2014
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The Freeman: The “Smaug Fallacy”?

Among the most troubling rhetoric in the debate over income inequality in the United States is the notion that the rich “take in” or “control” wealth. These types of arguments are fallacious for several reasons. Far from regressing to the Middle Ages, as leftist economists like Paul Krugman and Thomas Piketty claim, modern capitalism is not only making more people wealthier; it is on the verge of a vast explosion in its wealth-creating capacity — as long as regulators don’t get in the way. > Read more


What Will the SpaceShipTwo Crash Mean for Commercial Space Flight Regulation?

The crash of a test flight of billionaire Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo, which cost the life of one, riveted many around the globe on Friday afternoon.Today was a reminder that when innovators and the aspirational among us raise the bar, danger is often nearby. We should be careful that governmental responses do not aggravate risks in the future, however. > Read more

> Interview Wayne Crews


ENVIRONMENTALISTS & THE 2014 ELECTION - MYRON EBELL Environmentalists Spend Like Koch Brothers To Influence Senate

The mainstream media have begun to take notice that the environmental movement is spending a lot of money to elect candidates in the 4th November elections.

There are multiple hypocrisies in the environmentalists’ campaign spending.  The first is that they continue to attack conservatives for being funded by the billionaire Koch brothers, while they are largely funded by Tom Steyer and other billionaires.
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> Interview Myron Ebell



Soda Makes You Old and Other "Data Mined" Myths

“Data torturing” is responsible for a recent junk science study that claims drinking soda will age your cells, which makes it as dangerous as smoking. But these findings reflect clever manipulation of data—and nothing more. > Read more

> Interview Angela Logomasini

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CEI’s Battered Business Bureau: The Week in Regulation

It was business as usual, with new rules hitting the books on everything from political speech restrictions to butterflies to football broadcasts.



Cooler Heads Digest 15 August 2014 

15 August 2014


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,, 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?” 

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Guinta For Congress - Shea-Porter’s Refusal to Accept Science Will Cost NH’s Middle-Class  

Shea-Porter’s Ideology Causing her to Ignore Science and Neglect the Middle Class

This morning, EPA Regional Administrator Curt Spalding hosted an event in Manchester to discuss environmental priorities for the region and the impact this will have on New Hampshire residents and businesses alike.

This is an opportunity to discuss a topic of great importance to the Seacoast region. When Frank Guinta represented this District, he was approached by several towns and cities within the Great Bay Estuary who were concerned about unfunded EPA mandates that would cost hundreds of millions of dollars to upgrade wastewater treatment equipment.

They argued that the science used by EPA to formulate this policy was incomplete and incorrect in its initial findings. In order to help the affected communities, Guinta wrote legislation to delay the issuance of permits and required a peer review study of the science. A study was recently released which validated the concerns of then Congressman Guinta and the communities. The science was proven inaccurate.

However, the EPA is still pushing this agenda against the people of Rochester, Dover, Portsmouth, Exeter and Newmarket.

Frank Guinta released the following statement:

“Shea-Porter has refused time and again to protect the middle-class Granite Staters who will be crushed by this EPA mandate. An example of how devastating this mandate will be to taxpayers comes from the Congresswoman's home city of Rochester, where average homeowners can expect to see their annual wastewater bills double to more than $1200 by 2016. Should they have to foot the bill for a program based on faulty science? I say no. I will continue to fight every single day for taxpayers of this District, not only because it is the right thing to do, but because Carol Shea-Porter refuses to lead."