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Wednesday
Feb032016

CEI Today: Chipotle's problem, Operation Choke Point, abusive lawsuits, and more 

 

Wednesday, February 3, 2016
In the News Today

CHIPOTLE'S MARKETING HYPE - FRED L. SMITH, JR.


The Chipotle Effect: When Companies Believe Their Own Hype


It's about what happens when corporate marketing becomes more important that the product itself, and it can only be fixed by understanding what a company like Chipotle exists to accomplish in the first place. > Read more 

OPERATION CHOKE POINT

Bill Aims to Stop Operation Choke Point Happening Again


Choke Point is an attempt to use federal supervisory powers to intimidate providers of financial services to businesses that are deemed unacceptable by bureaucrats, even though they are perfectly legal. Rep. Leutkemeyer has introduced a bill to prevent federal banking agencies from using the tactics involved. > Read more

> Interview Iain Murray

ABUSIVE LAWSUITS - RYAN RADIA

CEI Joins Coalition Supporting Bill to Curb Abusive Lawsuits Targeting Free Speech


The SPEAK FREE Act would curtail frivolous lawsuits brought to chill protected speech and stifle criticism about matters of public concern. These lawsuits, known as “strategic lawsuits against public participation”—or SLAPPs—are brought by plaintiffs to punish speakers they dislike, even though the speech is protected by the First Amendment. > Read more

> Interview Ryan Radia

RIGHT TO WORK VOTE - IVAN OSORIO

West Virginia: Prospect for a Right to Work Majority


West Virginia may soon become the nation’s 26th right to work state—making the number of right to work states a majority for the first time. For workers, it will mean greater protection of their First Amendment rights of freedom of speech and association.> Read more


> Interview Ivan Osorio

 

    

 

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Tuesday
Feb022016

Daily Signal - How West Virginia Is Leading the Charge Against Obama's Environmental 'Power Grab'

The Daily Signal

Feb. 2, 2016
Good morning from Washington, where West Virginia is fired up and ready to go against President Obama's "clean energy" rules. Philip Wegmann interviews the state's top lawyer. Just outside D.C., Kelsey Harkness reports, a mom has words for the sexually explicit language in her son's mandatory reading. Melissa Quinn tells who's questioning police for fighting reform of "seized property" laws. Plus: Christian parents sue over their daughter's homework on Islam. A congressman wants terrorists off welfare. A senator sums up conservatism lickety-split.
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How West Virginia Is Leading the Charge Against Obama's Environmental 'Power Grab'

Leading a coalition of more than two dozen coal states, West Virginia is asking the Supreme Court for an emergency stay of President Obama's new regulations governing the coal industry.

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In Under 90 Seconds, Sen. Ben Sasse Defines Conservatism

"What makes America great is not some guy in Washington who says, 'If I had more power, I could fix it all unilaterally,'" Sen. Ben Sasse told MSNBC.

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Virginia Mom Takes Fight Against Sexually Explicit Books to State Lawmakers

Laura Murphy, a mom of four, said the content was so explicit that when she tried to email "verbatim quotations" to the Virginia Board of Education, the government’s firewall blocked her email from being delivered because they were obscene and potentially harmful to children.

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Oklahoma Law Enforcement Fights Effort to Make It Harder to Take People's Cash, Property

"I think that the opposition … comes from a desire on the part of law enforcement in Oklahoma to defend their cash cow," Jason Snead, a policy expert at The Heritage Foundation, told The Daily Signal.

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Terrorists Won't Be Eligible for Welfare Under This Congressman's Plan

"I am shocked that our current law does not prevent the criminals who have been convicted of plotting and carrying out acts of terrorism against innocent Americans from getting welfare benefits," Rep. Bruce Poliquin, R-Maine, said.

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Christian Family Sues Over 'Islamic Indoctrination' Homework

The Woods say their daughter was forced to write out and say the Shahada, the Islamic profession of faith: "There is no god but Allah, and Muhammad is the messenger of Allah."

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Tuesday
Feb022016

CEI Today: Right to work vote, new labor regulations, and Al Gore's hurricane prediction 

Tuesday, February 2, 2016
In the News Today

LABOR REPORT - TREY KOVACS


Joint Employer Labor Regulations Put Jobs, Opportunity at Risk

Obama administration labor regulators are vastly expanding employer liability by imposing new “joint employer” standards – and the negative impact on entrepreneurs and job opportunities could be huge.  > Read more

> Interview Trey Kovacs

RIGHT TO WORK VOTE - IVAN OSORIO

West Virginia: Prospect for a Right to Work Majority


West Virginia may soon become the nation’s 26th right to work state—making the number of right to work states a majority for the first time. For workers, it will mean greater protection of their First Amendment rights of freedom of speech and association.> Read more


> Interview Ivan Osorio

AL GORE'S HURRICANE PREDICTION - MARLO LEWIS


Revisiting Gore’s Hurricane Prediction


In An Inconvenient Truth, Al Gore blamed global warming for Hurricane Katrina and the devastation of New Orleans. Not in so many words but through heavy-handed insinuation no movie goer could miss. But there has been a large decrease in the overall destructive power of hurricanes based on an assessment of the number, strength, and duration of all individual hurricanes worldwide. > Read more

 

    

 

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Monday
Feb012016

CEI Today: Al Gore's hurricane prediction, EPA greenhouse gas rule, Lyft test case, and more

 

Monday, February 1, 2016
In the News Today

STATES APPEAL EPA GREENHOUSE GAS RULE - MYRON EBELL

Twenty-Six States Appeal to Supreme Court To Stay EPA’s Greenhouse Gas Rule for New Power Plants


The AGs’ 63-page petition makes an impressive case that the so-called “Clean Power” Plan is so legally flawed that it will eventually be overturned in court, but that so much economic damage will be done before the litigation is completed that the rule must be suspended as soon as possible. > Read more 


> Interview Myron Ebell

AL GORE'S HURRICANE PREDICTION - MARLO LEWIS


Revisiting Gore’s Hurricane Prediction


In An Inconvenient Truth (pp. 94-95), Al Gore blamed global warming for Hurricane Katrina and the devastation of New Orleans. Not in so many words but through heavy-handed insinuation no movie goer could miss. But there has been a large decrease in the overall destructive power of hurricanes based on an assessment of the number, strength, and duration of all individual hurricanes worldwide. > Read more 

LYFT TEST CASE - IAIN MURRAY


Lyft Drivers Remain Independent Contractors

This was an important test case for the sharing economy. Classifying the contractors as employees presents an existential threat to the model as all of a sudden the technology companies that make the apps will be liable for all sorts of supervisory requirements. > Read more

> Interview Iain Murray

 

    

 

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Saturday
Jan302016

Cooler Heads Digest 29 January 2016 

29 January 2016

In the News

Cherry Picking by D’Arrigo
Steve McIntyre, Climate Audit, 29 January 2016

Revenge Play at EPA
Jeffrey St. Clair, Counterpunch, 29 January 2016

Eco-Rapper Crowdfunds for “Peer Reviewed” Hip Hop Album
James Delingpole, Breitbart, 29 January 2016

Doomsday Clockamamie
Marlo Lewis, Open Market, 28 January 2016

If All Presidents Had Made Energy Policy Like Obama…
Peter Grossman, Washington Examiner, 28 January 2016

State Attorney General Climate Change Investigations Are Unconstitutional
Hans Bader, Open Market, 27 January 2016

Apocalypse Delayed
David French, National Review, 27 January 2016

Emails Show Steyer-EPA Coordination To Undermine Agency Critics
Lachlan Markay, Washington Free Beacon, 27 January 2016

Columbia Journalism School’s Exxon Hit Undermines Virtues of Journalism
Richard Osborne, Crain’s, 26 January 2016

Is Any Component of Obama’s Energy Policy Not Shrouded in Obfuscation?
William Yeatman, Open Market, 26 January 2016

Spain Installed Not a Single Wind Turbine in 2015
Alex Morales, Bloomberg Business, 26 January 2016

News You Can Use
More Than 300 Scientists Announce Support for House Science Committee’s NOAA Investigation

The Daily Caller’s Andrew Follett reports that more than 300 scientists sent a letter to House Science Committee Chairman Lamar Smith, expressing their support for the Committee’s efforts to ensure that NOAA’s climate science publications comply with the Data Quality Act.

Inside the Beltway
Myron Ebell

Twenty-Six States Appeal to Supreme Court To Stay EPA’s Greenhouse Gas Rule for New Power Plants

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on 26th January filed on behalf of twenty-six States an appeal of the DC Circuit Court’s refusal to grant an immediate stay of the EPA’s final greenhouse gas rule for new power plants. The U. S. Chamber, National Association of Manufacturers, American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers, National Federation of Independent Business, and twelve other industry associations filed a similar appeal on 27th January. Murray Energy announced last week that they would also file an appeal.

The AGs’ 63-page petition makes an impressive case that the so-called “Clean Power” Plan is so legally flawed that it will eventually be overturned in court, but that so much economic damage will be done before the litigation is completed that the rule must be suspended as soon as possible.

The States’ petition begins by reminding the Justices what happened with the Utility Mercury Air Toxics Standards rule:

“This Court’s decision last Term in Michigan v. EPA starkly illustrates the need for a stay in this case.  The day after this Court ruled in Michigan that EPA had violated the Clean Air Act in enacting its rule regulating fossil fuel-fired power plants under Section 112 of the CAA, EPA boasted in an official blog post that the Court’s decision was effectively a nullity.  Because the rule had not been stayed during the years of litigation, EPA assured its supporters that ‘the majority of power plants are already in compliance or well on their way to compliance.’ … In short EPA extracted ‘nearly $10 billion a year’ in compliance before this Court could even review the rule, and then successfully used that unlawfully-mandated compliance to keep the rule in place even after this Court declared that the agency had violated the law.  In the present case, EPA is seeking to similarly circumvent judicial review, but on an even larger scale and this time directly targeting the States.”

In addition to West Virginia and Texas, the following States signed the petition: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Carolina (counsel for the Council on Environmental Quality rather than the AG), New Jersey, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Utah, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

Chief Justice Roberts asked the EPA to respond to the petition by 4th February.  The federal Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit has scheduled oral arguments in the underlying case challenging the power plant rule for 2nd June.  Written briefs by the petitioners are due by 19th February, and by the respondents by 28th March.      

Around the World
Myron Ebell

UN Framework Convention on Climate Change Secretariat Announces Steps for Signing and Ratifying the Paris Climate Treaty.  The Next Step Is Up To the Senate.

The Secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) released on 29th January a statement and a technical document that leave no doubt that the Paris Agreement is a treaty according to all international criteria that requires depositing “instruments of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession” by the parties.  President Barack Obama, Secretary of State John Kerry, Special Envoy for Climate Change Todd Stern, and their legal allies in environmental pressure groups may quibble all they want that, although it may be considered a treaty by the United Nations and the entire international community, it’s still just a piece of paper that doesn’t rise to the level of a treaty requiring ratification by the Senate; but they cannot hide the reality that it is a treaty and according to the U. S. Constitution cannot go into force in the U. S. until it has been ratified by the U. S. Senate.

Read the rest at GlobalWarming.org.

Science Update
Marlo Lewis

Revisiting Gore’s Hurricane Prediction

In An Inconvenient Truth (pp. 94-95), Al Gore blamed global warming for Hurricane Katrina and the devastation of New Orleans. Not in so many words but through heavy-handed insinuation no movie goer could miss.

It seemed plausible because Gore invoked an “emerging consensus linking global warming to the increasing destructive power of hurricanes . . . based in part on research showing a significant increase in the number of category 4 and 5 hurricanes.”

The research to which Gore alluded was Webster et al. (2005), a study which found a significant increase in the number and percentage of category 4 and 5 hurricanes during 1970-2004. The study was hotly debated at the time. For example, on the same day Science magazine published the Webster study, climatologist Patrick Michaels published a critique. Michaels showed that, in the Atlantic basin—the hurricane formation area with the best data over the longest period—the “trends” observed by Webster et al. disappeared once data going back to 1940 were included. Roughly the same number and percentage of intense hurricanes occurred during 1940-1970 as occurred during 1970-2004.

This week’s edition of CO2Science.Org reviews “Extremely Intense Hurricanes: Revisiting Webster et al. (2005) after 10 Years,” a study by Phil Klotzbach of Colorado State University and Christopher Landsea of NOAA/NWS/National Hurricane Center.

Klotzbach and Landsea examine whether the “trends” found by Webster et al. continue after an additional 10 years of data. The two researchers find that “the global frequency of category 4 and 5 hurricanes has shown a small, insignificant downward trend while the percentage of category 4 and 5 hurricanes has shown a small, insignificant upward trend between 1990 and 2014.” They further report that “Accumulated cyclone energy globally has experienced a large and significant downward trend during the same period.” In other words, there has been a large decrease in the overall destructive power of hurricanes based on an assessment of the number, strength, and duration of all individual hurricanes worldwide.

Klotzbach and Landsea conclude that the intense-hurricane trends observed by Webster et al. were primarily due to “observational improvements at the various global tropical cyclone warning centers, primarily in the first two decades of that study.”

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