Press Releases

 

Entries in Newsletter (1269)

Thursday
Apr162015

CEI Today: Suing Google, green cronyism, Obama fiduciary rule, the SEIU, and more

Thursday, April 16, 2015
In the News Today

 

EUROPEAN COMMISSION SUING GOOGLE - WAYNE CREWS

 

Forbes: European Commission Still Searching For Google Monopoly

Antitrust is one of America’s worst exports, but one adopted with relish by the European Commission (EC) as exemplified in newly announced formal charges against Google Inc. Antitrust is predatory corporate welfare policy. Firms do get large and powerful, but never as large and powerful as governments that collude with rent-seeking firms to forcibly channel customers to the latter.  > Read more
 

GREEN CRONYISM - WILLIAM YEATMAN

 

Washington Free Beacon: Steyer Nonprofit Owns Stake in Green Energy Investment Firm
 

“It’s like a closed loop of cronyism,” said William Yeatman, a senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute specializing in energy and environmental policy.
 
“Steyer’s political giving fuels policies that enrich his friends, while at the same time it also bolsters the resources used by advocacy groups that lobby for these same policies,” Yeatman said. > Read more

OBAMA FIDUCIARY RULE - JOHN BERLAU


Fiduciary rule elicits mixed reactions
 

The new Department of Labor fiduciary rule, which Obama officials have said will mandate that brokers and others only give investment guidance that serves savers’ “best interest,” will likely resemble Obamacare for your IRA and 401(k). Though the full regulation still has not been publicly released, there are troubling indications of paternalism from the previous Department of Labor rule withdrawn in 2011 and the Obama administration’s own talking points. > Read more

 

> Interview John Berlau 
 






Realclearradio.org


Bloomberg Boston 1pm & 7pm ET
Bloomberg San Francisco at 10am & 4pm PT

 


 

 

    

 

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.

 



White House Petition Asks President to Veto Online Gambling Ban
 

In order to receive a response from the White House the petition must receive 100,000 signatures by May 2. > Read more


 

The Man Who Brought Obamacare Back to the Supreme Court

 
 


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

Sign Up for the Weekly Cooler Heads Digest!

A Friday afternoon e-newsletter on the latest energy and environment happenings. Sign up today!
 





 

Wednesday
Apr152015

CEI Today: African-American banks, honeybee extinction?, EPA Clean Power Plan, and more 

Tuesday, April 14, 2015
In the News Today

 

AFRICAN-AMERICAN BANKS - CARRIE SHEFFIELD

 

Forbes: How 'Progressive' Policy Weakens African-American Banks
 
The Washington Post and other outlets have highlighted the decline of banks owned by African-Americans, however coverage hasn’t connected that trend with post-recession Dodd-Frank regulations that accelerate the decline of community banks. > Read more
 

HONEYBEES & EXTINCTION? - ANGELA LOGOMASINI


Honeybees are Not Headed for Extinction

In my recently released paper, I point out many misconceptions circulating regarding recent challenges to honeybee hive health. Today, I came across another example of the confusion about this issue in a letter to the editor in a Canadian newspaper. The title says it all:  “Honeybees Headed for Extinction.” I agree with the author’s conclusion that planting certain flowers around farms to give the bees a more diverse diet is a good idea—and I do that myself.  However, honeybees are not going extinct.
 > Read more 

 

> Interview Angela Logomasini
 

EPA'S CLEAN POWER PLAN - WILLIAM YEATMAN

 

Investigating the Constitutionality of EPA’s Clean Power Plan
 

In a new working paper, energy policy expert William Yeatman explores "the constitutionality of the Clean Power Plan against a backdrop of how the rule would be implemented in the real world. Specifically, I address the constitutionality of EPA’s range of statutory options to effectuate the Clean Power Plan in a State that refuses to comply with the rule." > Read more






Realclearradio.org


Bloomberg Boston 1pm & 7pm ET
Bloomberg San Francisco at 10am & 4pm PT

 


 

 

    

 

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.

 



White House Petition Asks President to Veto Online Gambling Ban
 

In order to receive a response from the White House the petition must receive 100,000 signatures by May 2. > Read more


 

The Man Who Brought Obamacare Back to the Supreme Court

 
 


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

Sign Up for the Weekly Cooler Heads Digest!

A Friday afternoon e-newsletter on the latest energy and environment happenings. Sign up today!
 





 

Saturday
Apr112015

Cooler Heads Digest 10 April 2015 

10 April 2015

In the News

Harry Reid Secured Subsidies for Aides’ Donors
Lachlan Markay, Washington Free Beacon, 10 April 2015

Summer Gasoline Prices Lowest Since 2009
Institute for Energy Research, 10 April 2015

Michael Bloomberg Pledges $30 Million to Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal Campaign
Andrew Restuccia, Politico, 9 April 2015

Craig Idso Reviews Two New Studies of Rising CO2 Effects on Forests
Marlo Lewis, GlobalWarming.org, 9 April 2015

Japan Defies Obama—Plans To Build 43 New Coal Plants
Michael Bastasch, Daily Caller, 9 April 2015

California Drought: the Rest of the Story
Patrick Michaels and Paul C. “Chip” Knappenberger, Cato at Liberty, 9 April 2015

Wind, Sun Free; Wind, Solar Power Expensive
Marita Noon, Breitbart Big Government, 6 April 2015

The Mask Slips on the Climate Scam
Steven Hayward, PowerLine, 5 April 2015

News You Can Use

Christopher Monckton provides an extensive critique of Reason science correspondent Ronald Bailey’s recent column on what it would take to convince skeptics that man-made climate change is “real.” Monckton’s rebuttal, posted April 9 on Watts Up With That, starts by pointing out that: “The true scientific question ... is not the fatuous question whether ‘Man-Made Climate Change Is Real’ but how much global warming our sins of emission may cause, and whether that warming might be more a bad thing than a good thing.

Inside the Beltway
Myron Ebell

EPA Agrees to Set 2014 Ethanol Mandate by End of November 2015

It was announced on Friday, April 10, that the Environmental Protection Agency has agreed to settle a case brought by the American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers association and the American Petroleum Institute by agreeing to deadlines for finalizing the 2014, 2015, and 2016 ethanol mandates by November 30th of this year. The Renewable Fuel Standard of 2007 requires the EPA to set the annual ethanol blending requirement by November 30th for the forthcoming year. The settlement therefore means that the EPA will be no more than two years late for setting the 2014 mandate and one year late for 2015.

It is interesting that the EPA thinks it is acceptable to require oil refiners to obey its regulations retroactively, while the agency itself can ignore the law passed by Congress.   

House Committees Will Hold Hearings on U. S. Commitment to Paris Accord and “Clean Power” Plan

Two House committees will hold noteworthy hearings next week when the House and the Senate both return from their two-week recess. The House Energy and Commerce Committee on Tuesday, April 14th, will hold a hearing on the EPA’s proposed Clean Air Act section 111d rule, the so-called “Clean Power” Plan. The House Science, Space, and Technology Committee on Wednesday, April 15th, will hold a hearing on the Obama Administration’s submission to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change of the U.S.’s intended nationally-determined commitment (INDC) to the forthcoming Paris Accord on climate change.

The Science Committee’s hearing is the first on the INDC, which was submitted to the UN on March 31st. The three witnesses called by the majority Republicans are: Professor Judith Curry, a climate scientist at Georgia Tech; Karen Harbert, president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for 21st Century Energy; and Dr. Margo Thorning, chief economist of the American Council for Capital Formation. The committee’s minority Democrats have called Jake Schmidt, director of international programs at the Natural Resources Defense Council. The hearing is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. on Wednesday in 2318 Rayburn House Office Building.  Written testimony and Internet broadcast of the live hearing should be available here.  

The Energy Subcommittee of the Energy and Commerce Committee will take testimony from Janet McCabe, Acting Assistant Administrator for Air and Radiation at the EPA, and six other witnesses on the proposed 111d rule. These include Eugene Trisko, testifying on behalf of the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity. The hearing is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. on Tuesday in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building. Written testimony and internet broadcast of the live hearing should be available on the committee’s web site. Subcommittee Chairman Ed Whitfield (R-Ky.) is developing legislation, the Ratepayer Protection Act, to delay state compliance with the so-called “Clean Power” Plan until it has undergone judicial review. 

EPA Administrator McCarthy Says Changes Will Be Made to “Clean Power” Plan

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said in a speech at the University of Chicago on April 10 that they will make changes in the so-called “Clean Power” Plan to address the problems that have been brought to their attention by electric utilities and state regulatory authorities. She said that interim compliance targets were essential, but that they might need to be re-jiggered to diminish the possibility that States will be forced to meet the interim target by increasing natural gas use rather than by making longer-term investments in renewable energy and efficiency alternatives.       

According to an article by Jean Chemnick in Greenwire (subscription required), McCarthy said, “If there is legitimate concern here, and we’re hearing it a lot, changes are going to happen. What I do not want to do is to design this in a way that is limiting choices of States.” 

This “regulatory flexibility” nonsense is probably just what many major investor-owned utilities want to hear. They are willing to do whatever the EPA commands as long as they have sufficient time to do it and as long as they can pass all rate increases along to their customers.

McCarthy also said that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-Ky.) call to the States to just say no to the EPA was merely a political stunt. In fact, McConnell’s argument is that state resistance will allow Congress time to act to block the regulations. She then made the extraordinary claim that there is broad public support for the EPA’s regulations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from existing and new coal and gas power plants, but that it was not reflected in Congress. Apparently, McCarthy is still in denial about the results of the 2014 elections. 

DC Circuit Will Hear Oral Arguments in Murray Energy Suit Against EPA’s “Clean Power” Plan

A three-judge panel of the DC Circuit Court of Appeals will listen to oral arguments in the Murray Energy v. EPA case on Thursday, April 16, beginning at 9:30 a.m. The suit seeks to block the so-called “Clean Power” Plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from existing coal and gas power plants before the rule is finalized. The court has allowed the State of Wisconsin to become the 15th State to join the suit. 

The DC Bar Association will present a panel discussion on the case that afternoon from 2 to 4 p.m.  Panelists include Mark DeLaquil from Baker and Hostetler and lawyers from NRDC and EPA. You may register here to attend in person or by teleconference. Here is my CEI colleague William Yeatman’s analysis of the written brief from the Natural Resources Defense Council.

Steve Hayward on the Power Line blog summarizes the significance of Harvard Professor Laurence Tribe’s opposition to the EPA’s proposed rule on constitutional grounds. Tribe, one of the nation’s leading liberal constitutional law professors for decades, testified before Congress that, “Burning the Constitution should not become part of our national energy policy.” The New York Times actually published a fairly balanced article on Tribe’s advocacy for Peabody Energy, an intervenor in the Murray suit. 

President Obama Plays the Asthma Card
Marlo Lewis

“President Obama says that climate change became a personal issue for him when his older daughter Malia, now 16, was rushed to the emergency room with an asthma attack when she was just a toddler,” ABC News reports.

The President explained in a one-on-one interview with ABC News health editor, Dr. Richard Besser: “Well you know Malia had asthma when she was 4 and because we had good health insurance, we were able to knock it out early... And if we can make sure that our responses to the environment are reducing those incidents, that's something that I think every parent would wish for...”

Is there any sillier justification for pricing low-income families out of affordable power, or for EPA to seize control of State electricity markets, than the one the President just gave?

Carbon dioxide, the substance targeted by EPA’s Clean Power Plan, is not a lung irritant and does not contribute to respiratory problems. At most, the CPP would reduce atmospheric CO2 concentrations a few parts per million by century’s end. What biological difference could that make to children, when their exhaled breath contains about 40,000 parts CO2 per million?

Obama argues that CO2 emissions cause global warming, which in turn increases ozone smog, which then causes asthma. But how can that be so when, despite global warming, smog-forming emissions and ozone levels have declined, decade-by-decade, since the 1970s? Besides, asthma-related hospital admissions are lower in summer than in winter, and childhood asthma rates have gone up as smog levels have gone down. Those facts indicate that air quality is an increasingly unimportant factor in childhood asthma.

Obama plays the asthma card because, as explained in a secret strategy memo, obtained via FOIA by my colleague Chris Horner, the public won’t care about climate change unless it is repackaged as a threat to children’s health.  

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
Apr102015

CEI Today: Operation Choke Point, traffic fatalities, honeybees and more 

Friday, April 10, 2015
In the News Today

 

OPERATION CHOKE POINT - IAIN MURRAY

 

Operation Choke Point: The CFPB Is Now in Charge
 
I suggested at TheBlaze some weeks ago that even as the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation was stepping back from its involvement in Operation Choke Point, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau was entering the fray. This now appears to be confirmed, as American Banker reports. > Read more
 

ALCOHOL TAX IMPACT ON FATALITIES - MICHELLE MINTON


Could Alcohol Taxes Reduce Fatal Car Crashes?

A new study from the University of Florida asserts that because Illinois instituted an alcohol tax increase in 2009 and the rate of alcohol-related traffic fatalities have declined 26 percent since 2009, the tax must certainly be responsible for the decline in deaths. But did an alcohol tax increase lead to the state's declining alcohol related traffic deaths?  It becomes clear that the rate of alcohol related traffic fatalities was declining faster in the year before the tax increase went into effect.
> Read more

 

> Interview Michelle Minton
 

HONEYBEES AND PESTICIDES - ANGELA LOGOMASINI 

 

A Voluntary Approach to Helping the Honeybee
 

As long as I have owned a piece of land, I’ve poured my heart and soul into my wildlife garden. While other people complain and look for regulations and government intrusions, I’d rather be part of the solution. And when it comes to public policy, we won’t help pollinators unless we use science and reason rather than alarmism-driven, anti-technology agendas. > Read more


More in the news...
 

Carbon Pollution Strikes Again!

 

 

 






Realclearradio.org


Bloomberg Boston 1pm & 7pm ET
Bloomberg San Francisco at 10am & 4pm PT

 


 

 

    

 

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.

 



White House Petition Asks President to Veto Online Gambling Ban
 

In order to receive a response from the White House the petition must receive 100,000 signatures by May 2. > Read more


 

The Man Who Brought Obamacare Back to the Supreme Court

 
 


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

Sign Up for the Weekly Cooler Heads Digest!

A Friday afternoon e-newsletter on the latest energy and environment happenings. Sign up today!
 





 

Wednesday
Apr082015

CEI Today: Retirement reform & Obamacare, White House petition, union subsidies 

Wednesday, April 8, 2015
In the News Today

 

OBAMACARE + RETIREMENT REFORM? - JOHN BERLAU

 

IBD: ObamaCare Is Worst Possible Model For Retirement System Reform
 
Given the political fallout from ObamaCare — with stories of patients losing access to their doctors and choices of medical services — one would think the Obama administration would be wary of using medical analogies to sell another industry overhaul.
Yet in recently unveiling the Department of Labor's revised "fiduciary rule" governing 401(k)s and individual retirement accounts, top administration officials repeatedly invoked the doctor-patient relationship. > Read more
 


PETITION THE WHITE HOUSE - MICHELLE MINTON


White House Petition Asks President to Veto of Online Gambling Ban
 

A week after members of Congress debated a bill that would forbid states from legalizing online gambling, the Poker Players Alliance have issued a petition asking the White House to veto the measure. In order to receive a response from the White House the petition must receive 100,000 signatures by May 2. 
 
Despite having legal and effectively regulated online gambling in America for more than two years, some in Congress insist that allowing states to legalize and regulate the activity is too dangerous for America. > Read more


> Interview Michelle Minton 


UNION SUBSIDIES - TREY KOVACS 

 

Washington Teachers’ Union Boss Compensation Not Unusual
 

A recent article in the Yakima Herald-Republic describes a union subsidy, which pays 75 percent of the teachers’ union president’s salary, as “unusual.” Unfortunately, that is far from the case, and similar compensation packages are common across the country at every level of government. > Read more


More in the news...
 

Has Greece Already Decided on Grexit?

 

 






Realclearradio.org


Bloomberg Boston 1pm & 7pm ET
Bloomberg San Francisco at 10am & 4pm PT

 


 

 

    

 

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.

 

The Man Who Brought Obamacare Back to the Supreme Court

 
 


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

Sign Up for the Weekly Cooler Heads Digest!

A Friday afternoon e-newsletter on the latest energy and environment happenings. Sign up today!