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Tuesday
Mar312015

CEI Today: Suing McDonald's, King v Burwell, greenhouse gas emissons, and more 

Monday, March 30, 2015
In the News Today

 

KING V. BURWELL - LAWSON BADER
 

Reason TV: The Man Who Brought Obamacare Back to the Supreme Court
 
Lawson Bader, president of the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI), the organization behind the latest Supreme Court challenge to President Obama's signature health care law, sat down with Reason TV's Nick Gillespie to discuss King v. Burwell, how Obamacare could "implode" if the court agrees with CEI's interpretation of the law, and his prediction on how the justices will rule. > View the Reason TV interview

> Interview Lawson Bader

 

JOINT EMPLOYER PROBLEMS - ALOYSIUS HOGAN

 

Suing McDonald's
 
Today, the National Labor Relations Board commences over sixty consolidated lawsuits by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and union front groups such as the Fast Food Workers Committee against McDonald’s. The suits claim franchisor McDonald’s USA and certain franchisees jointly employed and retaliated against protesting workers. If the government forces this new "joint employer" status on employers, it would have a huge impact not just on employers but consumers, small business entrepreneurs, labor union power, and litigation, says CEI labor policy expert Aloysius Hogan.
 
 
 

GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS 

 

Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Climate Change Effects
 

The Competitive Enterprise Institute, on behalf of 14 other pro-market organizations, last week submitted a joint comment letter critiquing on the Counsel for Environmental Quality’s proposal to require a National Environmental Policy Act analysis of project-related greenhouse gas emissions and climate change effects. > Read the letter


ARESENIC IN WINE - ANGELA LOGOMASINI

Arsenic in Wine: Dangerous or Beneficial?

Arsenic levels in wine are still too low to have any significant adverse impacts, and ironically, such small amounts might even have health benefits.
 > Read more


> Interview Angela Logomasini 
 

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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.  Follow CEI on Twitter! Twitter.com/ceidotorg.

 


KING v BURWELL

3 Things 
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Tuesday
Mar312015

CEI Today: Labor union lawsuits, Obama's GROW AMERICA Act, credit card interchange fees, and more 

Tuesday, March 31, 2015
In the News Today

 

LABOR UNION LAWSUITS - ALOYSIUS HOGAN

 

Suing McDonald's
 
Today, the National Labor Relations Board commences over sixty consolidated lawsuits by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and union front groups such as the Fast Food Workers Committee against McDonald’s. The suits claim franchisor McDonald’s USA and certain franchisees jointly employed and retaliated against protesting workers. If the government forces this new "joint employer" status on employers, it would have a huge impact not just on employers but consumers, small business entrepreneurs, labor union power, and litigation, says CEI labor policy expert Aloysius Hogan.
 
 


OBAMA'S GROW AMERICA ACT - MARC SCRIBNER

Administration's GROW AMERICA Act 2.0 Mixes Bad with Good

 

The administration’s GROW AMERICA 2.0 proposal isn’t all bad. In fact, it contains two very smart elements that Congress should attach to their own reauthorization package.
 

First, the administration proposal would repeal the current prohibition on states tolling their own Interstate segments. Second, the current cap on tax-exempt private activity bonds, which bring financing parity to infrastructure development by allowing the private sector to take advantage of similar debt instruments as the public sector, would be raised from $15 billion to $19 billion. > Read more


> Interview Marc Scribner
 


CREDIT CARD 'INTERCHANGE' FEES - IAIN MURRAY 

 

International Panel Outlines Problems with EU Interchange Fee Regulation
 

Interchange fees are the fees levied by banks and payments card networks from merchants and vendors when a consumer uses a payment card to purchase a good or service. The proposed EU regulation will cap these fees. ​The experience from the US suggests that these rules will be costly to the people of Europe, and especially to people on minimum wage who find it hard to afford bank fees already. > Read more

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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.  Follow CEI on Twitter! Twitter.com/ceidotorg.

Saturday
Mar282015

Cooler Heads Digest 27 March 2015 

27 March 2015

Announcements

  • 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.
  • Competitive Enterprise Institute, on behalf of 14 other pro-market organizations, this week submitted a joint comment letter critiquing on the Counsel for Environmental Quality’s proposal to require a National Environmental Policy Act analysis of project-related greenhouse gas emissions and climate change effects.

In the News

America’s Energy Scorecard (Let Freedom Ring!)
Robert Bradley, Jr., Master Resource, 27 March 2015

Is Global Warming a Moral Cause?
Joe Bast, Somewhat Reasonable, 27 March 2015

It’s Time To Reclaim the Planet from Environmentalists
Dan Ziegler, The Federalist, 27 March 2015

Subpoena Proper after EPA Chief Deletes Nearly 6,000 Text Messages, Experts Testify
S. A. Miller, Washington Times, 26 March 2015

House Democrat: Global Warming Will Force Women To Trade Sexual Favors for Food
Chad Merta, Sun Times, 26 March 2015

In New York State, Fracking Ban Fuels Secession Talk
Tina Susman, Los Angeles Times, 26 March 2015

“97% Consensus” Claim Does Not Stand Up to Scrutiny
Richard Tol, Occasional Thoughts, 25 March 2015

Climate Science Doubts: Not Because of Payment, But Because the Science Is Bad
Christopher Essex, Breitbart, 25 March 2015

Missing the Mark on Climate Change Skepticism
Scott Armstrong, Washington Times, 24 March 2015

Pump the Brakes on Fracking Regulations
Editorial, National Review, 23 March 2015

News You Can Use
Poll: Record Number of Americans Have Positive Views on Environment

According to a Gallup poll published this week, half of Americans rate the overall quality of the environment as “excellent” or “good,” the most positive views of the environment since Gallup began asking this question in 2001.

Inside the Beltway
Myron Ebell

Senate Vote-a-Rama Includes Climate Votes

The House of Representatives and the Senate both approved budget resolutions this week, but all the fun was on the Senate side.  There were floor votes on 57 amendments on a wide range of issues, including climate policy.  The fun peaked with the Thursday night “Vote-a-Rama” and finally ended with passage of S. Con. Res. 11 by a 52 to 46 vote at 3:19 AM on 27th March.

There were four key votes on climate policy.  First, by a 58 to 42 vote, the Senate approved Senator Roy Blunt’s (R-Mo.) amendment against a carbon tax.  All 54 Republicans were joined by four Democrats in opposing a carbon tax.  They were: Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.), and Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.).  We can now assume that all the other Democratic Senators support raising energy prices with a carbon tax.

Second, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) offered an amendment that would prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency from “withholding highway funds from States that refuse to submit State Implementation Plans required under the [so-called] Clean Power Plan of the Agency.”  It passed 57-43, with all 54 Republicans plus Democrats Manchin, Donnelly, and Heitkamp voting Yes.

Third, five Republicans voted for Senator Bernie Sanders’s amendment to recognize that climate change is real and the Senate should take action to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.  The Republicans voting Yes were: Senators Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Susan Collins (R-Me.), and Mark Kirk (R-Ill.).  Democratic Senators Manchin and Heitkamp voted No.  The Sanders amendment failed on a 49-50 vote

Fourth, the Senate approved by a 53-47 vote a somewhat similar amendment offered by Senator Michael Bennet (D-Colo.).  It calls on the Senate to listen to the advice of the Secretary of Defense, National Intelligence Director, NASA Administrator, and NOAA Administrator on the threats posed by human-caused climate change.  Seven Republicans voted for the Bennet amendment: Senators Portman, Kirk, Ayotte, Graham, Collins, Dean Heller (R-Nev.), and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska).  No Democrats voted against the amendment.

People often complain that all these Senate budget votes don’t mean anything.  That’s true, but they are often important test votes on important issues.  We now know where Senators stand on the EPA’s “Clean Power” Plan, which means that both sides now know who needs education and persuasion. 

We also now know that there is absolutely no support for a carbon tax among Senate Republicans, even despite a recent white paper by Jerry Taylor of the new Niskanen Center on “The Conservative Case for a Carbon Tax.” Perhaps, conservatives in the Senate haven't had time to read it.  But even if they do find time, I doubt that any will be persuaded.  I find it entirely unconvincing, and in fact now have a clearer understanding of how goofy both politically and as public policy a carbon tax would be.    

The House passed its budget resolution, H. Con. Res. 27, at 6:54 PM on 25th March by a vote of 228 to 199.   

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.

Friday
Mar272015

CEI Today: Federal gaming ban, greenhouse gas emissions, labor union give aways, and Human Achievement Hour 

Thursday, March 26, 2015
In the News Today

 


FEDERAL GAMING BAN - MICHELLE MINTON

 

Federal Gaming Bans Undermine Federalism
 
Since the early days of the Republic, the question of how gambling is regulated has largely been a right reserved for the states. However, this week members of Congress will discuss legislation that would overturn state laws pertaining to gambling within their borders and create a federal ban, preventing states from legalizing online gambling in the future. > View the Human Events commentary 

> Interview Michelle Minton 

 
 

OBAMA & GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS - MARLO LEWIS

Free Market Groups Take Aim at Obama Guidance on NEPA Review of Greenhouse Gas Emissions

The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) enacted in 1970 requires federal agencies to consider the environmental effects of “any major project that involves federal funding, work performed by the federal government, or permits issued by a federal agency”. NEPA also established the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), which issues guidelines to federal agencies for proper preparation of environmental impact analyses. On behalf of the Competitive Enterprise Institute, 14 other pro-market organizations, and one university professor, I submitted a joint comment letter critiquing CEQ’s proposal.
> Read more

> Interview Marlo Lewis

 

TAXPAYER GIVE AWAYS TO LABOR UNIONS - TREY KOVACS

 

Cost of Labor Union Subsidy in Missouri Unknown Due to Lack of Government Record Keeping
 

A new report by the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) reveals an appalling lack of transparency in how Missouri’s government agencies account for taxpayer dollars going to labor union coffers. > Read more
 

HUMAN ACHIEVEMENT HOUR
 

Human Achievement of the Day: Bitcoin

 

Not only has it made possible such things as micropayments that were impossible just a few years ago, but it is being used for such disparate ends as energy spot markets and “smart contracts.”

Human Achievement of the Day: Guitars

 

When Human Achievement Hour rolls around each year, I make sure to do two things. One is to play an electric guitar. The other is to play an acoustic guitar. 

 

Human Achievement of the Day: Higher Education

 

As the world continues to lift billions of people from starvation-level poverty through capitalistic enterprise, we need to extend this nimble, technologically savvy approach toward educating billions of people who can then better invest in their own self-interest.


> Interview an expert on Human Achievement Hour

 

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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.  Follow CEI on Twitter! Twitter.com/ceidotorg.

 


HUMAN
ACHIEVEMENT HOUR



SATURDAY,
MARCH 28, 2015


cei.org/hah



 


KING v BURWELL

3 Things 
You Should Know

 


 


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Business & Gov't
Energy & Environment
Finance & Entrepreneurship
Health & Safety
Human Achievement Hour
Law & Constitution
Labor & Employment
Nanny State
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Friday
Mar272015

CEI Today: Human Achievement Hour, federal highway funding, arsenic in wine, and more 

Friday, March 27, 2015
In the News Today

 

SATURDAY!

HUMAN ACHIEVEMENT HOUR

 

The Washington Times: TURN IT ON
 
Environmentalists call for humanity to turn off their lights on Saturday and renounce technology, all in the name of Earth Hour.
 
The Competitive Enterprise Institute counters with Human Achievement Hour, otherwise known as HAH. The nonprofit public policy group advises the public to turn on the lights, play music, go online, be happy. And maybe grateful. Organizers advise that their comfy hour pays tribute to human innovations that allow people around the globe to live better, fuller lives. > Inside the Beltway 

> Interview an expert on Human Achievement Hour

 

TODAY!


HIGHWAY $ EXPIRING - MARC SCRIBNER

 

New Incentives from Federal Transportation Funding
 
The law authorizing federal highway and transit programs expires on May 31, and Congress is currently debating where the money will come from for a new transportation bill and where it should be spent. But what are the incentives created by federal transportation spending and how can they be improved to provide Americans with faster, cleaner, and safer transportation? 
 


ARESENIC IN WINE - ANGELA LOGOMASINI

Arsenic in Wine: Dangerous or Beneficial?

Arsenic levels in wine are still too low to have any significant adverse impacts, and ironically, such small amounts might even have health benefits.
 > Read more


> Interview Angela Logomasini 
 

TAXPAYER GIVE AWAYS TO LABOR UNIONS - TREY KOVACS

 

Cost of Labor Union Subsidy in Missouri Unknown Due to Lack of Government Record Keeping
 

A new report by the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) reveals an appalling lack of transparency in how Missouri’s government agencies account for taxpayer dollars going to labor union coffers. > Read more

Saturday, 10am ET
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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.  Follow CEI on Twitter! Twitter.com/ceidotorg.

 


HUMAN
ACHIEVEMENT HOUR



SATURDAY,
MARCH 28, 2015


cei.org/hah



 


KING v BURWELL

3 Things 
You Should Know

 


 


Media Contacts: 202-331-2277
Annie Dwyer

Christine Hall
Mary Beth Hutchins

Keara Vickers

CEI Issues:

Advancing Capitalism
Business & Gov't
Energy & Environment
Finance & Entrepreneurship
Health & Safety
Human Achievement Hour
Law & Constitution
Labor & Employment
Nanny State
Regulatory Reform
Risk & Consumer Freedom
Tech and Telecom
Trade and International
Transportation & Infrastructure

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