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Monday
Sep152014

CEI Today: UN climate change accord, CDC sodium study, Ex-Im Bank, and CEI's newest labor score card 

Monday, September 15, 2014
In the News Today

 

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 United Nations’ (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).
> Read more

> Interview Chris Horner


 

SODIUM SCARE - MICHELLE MINTON

CDC Study: Kids Eat Same Amount of Sodium as Worldwide Average


It’s not exactly a blood-pressure raising headline, which is probably why the new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is actually bears the alarming titled, High Sodium Intake in Children and Adolescents: Cause for Concern.

However, the report’s findings, when put into context of 50 years’ worth of research on global salt consumption aren’t alarming at all.The global rate of sodium is consistent—eerily consistent—across cultures and time, something the CDC doesn’t like to talk about.
  > Read more


> Interview Michelle Minton
 


EXPORT-IMPORT BANK - RYAN YOUNG

Ex-Im Bank is pro-business, but not pro-markets


A vote on the Continuing Resolution, which includes the controversial Export-Import Bank reauthorization was originally scheduled for last week but was pushed back to this week. > Read more

 

> Interview Ryan Young

 

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

> Interview an expert

 

 

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Sunday
Sep142014

Citizens For A Strong NH - E-Newsletter: Less in Your Wallet and Amending the 1st Amendment 

 

Grassroots: "Less in Your Wallet" campaign

 

On Tuesday, we were busy with our "Less in Your Wallet" campaign. Outside polling locations throughout the state, Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire's volunteers were busy leaving wallets on the ground with messages inside.  The purpose was to remind Granite Staters that because of Governor Maggie Hassan's and Jeanne Shaheen's liberal tax and spend policies, they have less in their wallets and pocketbooks. 

The response has been great and many New Hampshire residents emailed us and posted photos of the wallets on Twitter and Facebook. 
 
 
First Amendment: Shaheen wants to amend it
The Senate advanced a controversial Democratic bill this week to amend the Constitution so Congress would have the authority to regulate political speech by corporations and other groups, an idea many have called a dangerous plan to weaken the First Amendment.  Senator Jeanne Shaheen not only voted for it, but she actually co-sponsored the legislation. 


Once again, we were incredibly disappointed in Senator Shaheen's actions to try and pass a bill simply to protect her career and limit one of the cornerstones of the vision our Founding Fathers had for this nation. 

The New Hampshire Union Leader was also critical of our senator's actions in their editorial page. On Tuesday, they said,
"Jeanne Shaheen wants you to shut up already. She believes passionately that the First Amendment is too broad. It has to be rewritten to give government the authority to limit the speech of citizens." We couldn't agree more with the Union Leader's comments.

You can read their full editorial by clicking HERE.

 
 
Letters: Granite Staters being critical of their representatives in their newspapers
 
Letters to the editor of your local newspapers can be a very effective way of amplifying your thoughts about your elected officials' records. The following are just a few quotes from the many letters that have been published in papers around the state lately. If you are interested in submitting a letter to the editor, please contact Matt@StrongNH.com and he will be happy to help you through the process.

 

"Jeanne Shaheen "knows this disaster of a law is hurting millions of families. It is time for her to do her job, join with a majority of her constituents and finally work to repeal it immediately." - Kimberly, Brentwood
 

"I, a taxpayer, have not received a single invitation to attend a town-hall meeting with Congresswoman Shea-Porter to discuss problems and concerns I have. Not one." - Randy, East Wakefield

 

"The truth is that Washington special interests and party leaders have changed Carol. She's become an extremist liberal elite who refuses to meet with her constituents at a New Hampshire town hall, but will go to Napa Valley California to wine and dine at fund-raisers with Nancy Pelosi and billionaires." - Lino, Sanbornton

"Sorry Congresswoman Kuster, but you can't fool us. We know you have voted lock step with President Obama and Nancy Pelosi, which is exactly why you refuse to hold a single Town Hall meeting with your constituents." - Bill, New Ipswich
 
 
Editorial Cartoon of the Week    
 
 
Sunday
Sep142014

Cooler Heads Digest 12 September 2014 

12 September 2014

Announcements

On Tuesday, September 16, Noon-1:30 PM, at the National Press Club, the George C. Marshall Institute will host a discussion by climatologist Dr. Judith Curry. Email info@marshall.org to RSVP.

In the News

Rising CO2 Concentrations: No Measurable Impact on Floods, Droughts, and Storms
Marlo Lewis, GlobalWarming.org, 11 September 2014

Climate Skeptics Push Back over New Rise in Carbon Dioxide Emissions
Valerie Richardson, Washington Times, 11 September 2014

EPA Proposed Regulation Would Significantly Hurt Access to Electricity
John Eick, Red State, 10 September 2014

“Extinct” Snail Killed by Climate Change Crawls Back from the Dead
James Delingpole, Breitbart London, 10 September 2014

Media Coverage of the Corrupt Chevron Trial Was Corrupt, Too
Jack Fowler, National Review Online, 10 September 2014

Wind Power Granted 30-Year Eagle Kill Permits
Sherri Lange, Master Resource, 10 September 2014

Climate of Corruption
James Taranto, Wall Street Journal, 9 September 2014

Report: No Global Warming for 215 Months
Michael Bastasch, Daily Caller, 8 September 2014

Response to Critics of My Wall Street Journal Op-ed on the “Pause”
Matt Ridley, Rational Optimist, 7 September 2014

News You Can Use
Hurricane Milestone

For the 1st time since 1992, there was not a named hurricane in the Atlantic Ocean during the statistical peak of the hurricane season, which falls on September 10.

Inside the Beltway
Myron Ebell

15 Governors Tell EPA To Drop Power Plant Rule

Fifteen Republican governors sent a letter on 9th September to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy that points out that the EPA’s proposed regulation of greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants “not only exceeds the scope of federal law, but also, in some cases, directly conflicts with established state law.”

Fifteen of the nation’s 29 Republican governors signed the letter.  They are: Robert Bentley of Alabama, Sean Parnell of Alaska, Janice Brewer of Arizona, Butch Otter of Idaho, Mike Pence of Indiana, Phil Bryant of Mississippi, Susana Martinez of New Mexico, Pat McCrory of North Carolina, Jack Dalrymple of North Dakota, Mary Fallin of Oklahoma, Tom Corbett of Pennsylvania, Nikki Haley of South Carolina, Gary Herbert of Utah, Scott Walker of Wisconsin, and Matt Mead of Wyoming.

The letter states: “The unambiguous language of the CAA [Clean Air Act] expressly prohibits EPA from using Section 111(d) to regulate power plants  because EPA already regulates these sources under another section of the Act.  Moreover, even if the Agency did have legal authority to regulate power plants under 111(d), it overstepped this hypothetical authority when it acted to coerce states to adopt compliance measures that do not reduce emissions at the entities EPA has set out to regulate.  Under federal law, EPA has the authority to regulate emissions from specific sources, but that authority does not extend outside the physical boundaries of such sources (i.e., “outside the fence”).”

The governors go on to spell out some of “the more urgent and vexing compliance issues” in the proposed rule.  They then ask EPA to provide “informed plans to address these significant obstacles to state compliance” well in advance of the 16th October deadline for comments on the rule.  If EPA cannot do so, then they demand that the rule be withdrawn until it does.

One of these compliance issues relates to federal versus state authority.  The governors ask what would happen if a State enacts a renewable electricity standard or efficiency standard as part of its compliance with the rule and then later softens or repeals that standard.  Would EPA assert authority to enforce the original standard against state legislation?

Writing in the New Republic, Rebecca Leber identified the governors’ point that the rule is actually illegal as “the GOP’s best shot at derailing Obama’s climate plan.”  But David Doniger of the Natural Resources Defense Council, which wrote the original draft of the EPA rule, assured Leber that the legal arguments “border on laughable.”

But as William Yeatman, my CEI colleague, noted in a post on GlobalWarming.org, NRDC in 2005 argued that the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990 made it illegal to regulate source categories under section 111d that are already regulated under section 112, which is exactly what the governors’ letter states.   Impressive legal research conducted by the office of the Attorney General of West Virginia, Patrick Morrissey, supports the claim, as another post by William Yeatman explains

The energy subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee heard testimony on 9th September from six state utility commissioners on implementing the rule.   Four (from Texas, Montana, Arizona, and Indiana) oppose the rule and two (from Maryland and Washington) support it.    

Across the States
William Yeatman

Important Tenth Circuit Case to Watch

A two-judge panel on the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver granted a stay prohibiting EPA’s regulatory takeover of Wyoming’s visibility improvement program, known as Regional Haze, until a three-judge panel can decide the merits. A stay is granted only if the judges believe the plaintiffs have an excellent shot at winning, which bodes well for Wyoming’s challenge.

This is something to keep an eye on, because the same circuit last year delivered a 2-1 split decision that upheld EPA’s regulatory takeover of Oklahoma’s Regional Haze program. That case, Oklahoma v. EPA, established an unfortunate precedent whereby courts defer to EPA whenever the agency and States disagree over how to implement the Clean Air Act. The Tenth Circuit now appears poised to revisit the issue, which could prove very beneficial to the States. For more on the Tenth Circuit’s decision in Oklahoma v. EPA, see here and here.

Around the World
Myron Ebell

Oil Prices Decline Despite Mideast Turmoil

There is war, violence, and political turmoil across the Middle East, yet since June global prices for oil have gone down dramatically.  The price of West Texas Intermediate crude, the benchmark for U. S. oil, has declined $15 since June to $91.67 per barrel.  Brent crude, the main international benchmark, has declined by $18 to $98 per barrel. 

One of the reasons is that economies continue to struggle around the world.  Another is the oil production boom in North America.  The U. S. Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration this week raised its forecast of 2015 domestic oil production to 9.53 million barrels per day.  That would make next year the third consecutive year in which domestic oil production has increased by more than one million barrels per day.

Science Update
Marlo Lewis

Rising CO2 Concentrations: No Measurable Impact on Extreme Weather

The Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change released a new report this week, Extreme Weather Events: Are They Influenced by Rising CO2 Concentrations? The 97-page report reviews hundreds of empirical studies on floods, droughts, and storms in numerous countries on several continents.

The author, Craig D. Idso, examines the empirical evidence regarding possible trends in extreme weather during the past 70 years, when three-fourths of all anthropogenic CO2 was emitted into the atmosphere. He also compares extreme weather events in recent decades to floods, droughts, and storms in previous centuries and even millennia, as reconstructed from proxy data.

Idso finds no long-term global increase in the frequency and intensity of floods, droughts, and storms over the past 70 years (although there is considerable regional and inter-decadal variation). He also finds “many historic analogs” of modern floods, droughts, and storms that “occurred during times when the atmosphere’s CO2 concentration was much lower than it is currently.”

Taken together, the instrumental and proxy data “suggest that the ongoing rise in atmospheric CO2 is having no measurable impact” on modern extreme weather events. 

 

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.

Sunday
Sep142014

Watchdog - Transparently bad: U.S. whistleblowers feel blowback  

Friday
Sep122014

ALG's Daily Grind - Can the Export Import Bank be Sunk? 

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Sept. 11, 2014

Permission to republish original opeds and cartoons granted.

The unsinkable Export Import Bank
House Republicans are unwilling to shut down the government over the fate of Ex-Im, and Harry Reid knows it. So why tie it to the continuing resolution?

Cartoon: Never Forget

The states of irrelevance: A case for the original United States Senate
How the 17th Amendment destroyed federalism.

Legal Insurrection: How prosecutors targeted Scott Walker and conservatives exposed
"Wisconsin prosecutors seized a wide-range of records from numerous conservative activists on the theory that it was a crime for such activists to coordinate issue advocacy with the campaign of Governor Scott Walker."