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Saturday
Jun132015

Cooler Heads Digest 12 June 2015 

12 June 2015

In the News

Scared Witless: Prophets and Profits of Climate Doom
Robert Bradley, Jr., Master Resource, 12 June 2015

Inhofe: “We’re Winning” the Global Warming Debate
Michael Bastasch, Daily Caller, 11 June 2015

Attacks on Skeptics Do a Disservice to Scientists and Their Profession
Anthony J. Sadar, Washington Times, 10 June 2015

Why the Left Needs Climate Change
Steven Hayward, Forbes, 9 June 2015

Ex-Im Is Not the Key to Nuclear Industry’s Competitiveness
Jack Spencer & Katie Tubb, The Daily Signal, 9 June 2015

A Climate Campaigner (Bill McKibben) and Climate Change Critic (Anthony Watts) Meet in a Bar…
Andrew Revkin, Dot Earth, 8 June 2015

Global Warming: The Theory That Predicts Nothing and Explains Everything
Robert Tracinski, The Federalist, 8 June 2015

NOAA Plays “Hide the Pause”
James Delingpole, Big Government, 5 June 2015

Harvard Researchers Caught Lying To Boost EPA Climate Rule
Steve Milloy, Breitbart, 4 June 2015

News You Can Use
Study: EPA’s Clean Power Plan's Disparate Impact on Minorities

According to a study published this week by the National Black Chamber of Commerce, EPA’s Clean Power Plan would cause cumulative job losses for blacks and Hispanics of roughly 7 million and 12 million, respectively, over the next 20 years. Over the same time period, black families can expect their annual incomes to fall by $455, while Hispanics will take home $515 less per year.

Inside the Beltway
William Yeatman

AEI Carbon Tax Event: Niskanen Center Puts Its Cards on the Table (and it’s a terrible hand)

On Wednesday afternoon, the American Enterprise Institute hosted a debate on the merits of a carbon tax between Niskanen Center’s Jerry Taylor and AEI’s Benjamin Zycher. Video is available here.

For some time now, Taylor has been trying to convince conservatives to embrace a carbon tax. Originally, his case for the carbon tax was based on a hypothetical political compromise. That is, he urged conservatives to embrace a carbon tax as a bargaining chip that could be traded for a relaxation of EPA’s climate regulations. There are a lot of holes in this thesis, and Taylor’s line of reasoning has proved unsteady, as has been expertly explained by Robert Murphy at the Institute for Energy Research.

Evidently, Taylor’s original thesis (i.e., trading a carbon tax to stop EPA rules) does not withstand scrutiny well, because he ditched that argument during his presentation on Wednesday. Instead, he focused on the conservative appeal of a carbon tax implemented as the centerpiece of a prudent risk mitigation strategy.

Implausibly, Taylor claimed to have divined the precise odds of “catastrophic climate change.” According to Taylor, there is a 10 percent chance of climate change causing temperature increases of 11 degrees Fahrenheit by 2100 on a business-as-usual trajectory. To be fair, he conceded some uncertainty: He said that the chance of an “unimaginable disaster” may be “8 percent or 12 percent.”

Wednesday’s debate was the first I’d heard that there’s a 10 percent chance of climate catastrophe by 2100, and I’m skeptical of its worth as a “fact” on which public policy should be rendered. Moreover, it strikes me as being alarmist even by the hyperbolic standards shared by Joe Romm and his ilk on the eco-freak fringe.

There are other problems with Taylor's argument. For example, he couches his risk management proposal in the familiar terms of hedging and insurance in the financial sector. Such a comparison is, however, inapposite. Given our near total reliance on fossil fuels, the only way to fight global warming is to completely transform the global economy. Anything short of that won't save us. So we’re not talking about insuring our position within the current market; rather, we’re talking about completely remaking the current market. Those are markedly difference risk management strategies.

Another problem with his reasoning is that the putative danger undercuts the impetus for his grand political bargain. If we face a certain 10 percent chance of catastrophe, wouldn’t that warrant EPA regulations, in addition to a carbon tax? There are other problems with his argument, foremost among them being his unwillingness to proffer a price, which is no small component of his plan.

To recap: Jerry Taylor’s original argument for a carbon tax—that it could be traded for a rescission of EPA climate rules—seems to have gone by the wayside, likely due to the effectiveness of criticisms leveled by IER’s Robert Murphy. On Wednesday, at an AEI-sponsored debate, Taylor presented his new and improved argument—that it’s a “moral and ethical” imperative for conservatives to support a carbon tax as a mitigation strategy, because there is a 10 percent chance (maybe 8 percent, maybe 12 percent) that climate change will be catastrophic. For the reasons I set forth above, his new focus is no less unreasonable than the original.

Taylor’s opponent, Benjamin Zycher, did a great job, to no one’s surprise. Michael Bastasch penned an excellent write-up of the event, available here.

D.C. Circuit Court Disappoints (but there is a silver lining)

On Tuesday, a three judge panel on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected a challenge brought by industry and 15 States to check EPA’s Clean Power Plan. The court ruled that the challenge was premature, because the rule hasn’t yet been finalized. Because the judges ruled on jurisdictional grounds, the court did not tip its hand regarding the merits of the petitioners’ challenge to the rule, which was based on the argument that EPA lacks the authority to issue the Clean Power Plan. (For more on the merits of the case, see here and here.)

EPA is expected to publish the final rule in august. Thereafter, opponents of the Clean Power Plan will seek a stay of the regulation, the success of which would be based in part on the likelihood of their winning on the merits. The D.C. Circuit likely would render a decision whether or not to stay the regulation in late fall or early winter.

While Tuesday’s ruling was a disappointment, environmental lawyer Brian Potts points to a possible silver lining. In an excellent Forbes op-ed published on Thursday, Potts notes that under the D.C. Circuit Court’s rules, there’s a substantial likelihood that the same panel of judges that heard Tuesday’s case will adjudicate the next challenge. This bodes well for opponents of the rule, as the three judges are all known to be sensitive to EPA overreach.

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.

 

Thursday
Jun112015

CEI Today: Trade, Ex-Im Bank, climate change conference, USA Freedom Act, and more

Thursday, June 11, 2015
In the News Today

 

TRADE PROMOTION AUTHORITY - FRAN SMITH

The Value of Trade
 

House leaders expect to vote Friday on Trade Promotion Authority, which would give the President “fast-track” authority so that implementing legislation for trade agreements can be voted up or down without amendment. "It’s worth reminding policymakers about the value of free trade—both exports and imports," said CEI trade policy expert Fran Smith. "TPA will be critical in considering the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, still being negotiated." > View a Wednesday press conference about the TPA vote


> Interview Fran Smith
 

EX-IM BANK - RYAN YOUNG

 

Ex-Im Mission to Impoverish US
 

The U.S. Senate on Wednesday cast a vote in favor of keeping the Ex-Im Bank. CEI and other free market groups have put forward many reasons to let this cronyist, taxpayer-backed institute lapse on June 30. "Ex-Im’s very mission, intentionally or not, is to impoverish the U.S. to the greatest extent it can," said CEI policy analyst Ryan Young.  > Read more 


> Interview Ryan Young
 


USA FREEDOM ACT - RYAN RADIA

 

USA FREEDOM Act: A Win for Privacy
 

Last week, some two years after the public learned of this mass surveillance, a strong majority in Congress voted to end it, stripping the government of its authority under the 2001 PATRIOT Act to engage in indiscriminate domestic surveillance. President Obama immediately signed the legislation, called the USA FREEDOM Act. > Read the Real Clear Policy commentary

 

> Interview Ryan Radia
 

TODAY!


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Tuesday, June 16
 


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Wednesday
Jun102015

CEI Today: King v Burwell, regulation > spending, Save the Bees, and more 

Tuesday, June 9, 2015
In the News Today

 

KING v BURWELL - LAWSON BADER

 

President Obama Posits Himself as All Three Branches in One
 

Ignoring his agency’s abuse of the law and undermining Congress, Obama today claims Supreme Court should not have taken up Obamacare case. 

 

“While President Obama’s healthcare law and his legacy may be near and dear to his heart, in the United States our system of government does not give any President or administration the authority to re-write laws, as the IRS attempted to do in this instance with Obamacare," said Lawson Bader, president of the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI), which is coordinating the King v. Burwell case. > Read more


> Interview an expert
 

REGULATION > SPENDING - WAYNE CREWS

 

Memo To Presidential Campaigns -- Federal Regulation Matters More Than Spending
 

The federal government’s reach extends well beyond taxes, deficits, and borrowing. Federal environmental, safety and health, and economic regulations affect the economy by hundreds of billions—perhaps trillions—annually in addition to the official dollar outlays that dominate the federal policy debate.  > Read more

 

> Interview Wayne Crews
 

SAVE THE BEES - ANGELA LOGOMASINI

Save the Bees: Eliminate Biofuel Mandates
 

The Obama administration made a lofty promise with the launch of its National Strategy to Promote the Health of Honey Bees and other Pollinators. Over the next five years, the feds will implement an interagency campaign to restore and improve 7 million acres of “pollinator habitat.” That may be a laudable goal. But the strategy fails to address one of the biggest threats to pollinator habitat: federal biofuel mandates. > Read the Huffington Post commentary


> Interview Angela Logomasini
 

JUNE 11


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Thursday, June 11
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Wednesday
Jun102015

CEI Today: EPA power plant rule, trade, and the Ex-Im Bank 

Wednesday, June 10, 2015
In the News Today

 

EPA LAWSUIT DISMISSED 

 

CEI Responds to Dismissal of Murray Energy Lawsuit Against EPA
 

Senior Fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute Marlo Lewis responded today to a federal appeals court decision to dismiss a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed power plant rule:
 

“After reviewing the oral argument, it is disappointing, though no surprise, that the Court, purely for reasons of judicial restraint, declined to rule on the merits of the lawsuit against EPA." > Read more


> Interview an expert
 

TRADE PROMOTION AUTHORITY - FRAN SMITH

The Value of Trade
 

It’s worth reminding policymakers about the value of free trade—both exports and imports—as the House of Representatives ponders legislation on trade promotion authority (TPA), H.R. 1314, which would give the President “fast-track” authority so that implementing legislation for trade agreements can be voted up or down without amendment. TPA will be critical in considering the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, still being negotiated. > Read more


> Interview Fran Smith
 

EX-IM BANK - RYAN YOUNG

 

Bad Tradeoff: Ex-Im vs. a Weak Dollar
 

Atthis point, it looks like Congress will let the Export-Import Bank’s charter expire on June 30. This is not a big deal in grand scheme of things. Ex-Im would continue to service its existing loan guarantees and other financial products, and Ex-Im employees would also review applications for new loans and loan guarantees, though they would not be able to act on them. But suppose Ex-Im does have to shut down operations for good. What other options do export-oriented policymakers have?  > Read more

 

> Interview Ryan Young
 

JUNE 11


2015 Dinner and Reception
 
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PC Newsmaker:
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Tuesday, June 16
 


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Business & Gov't
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Monday
Jun082015

CEI Today: Ex-Im Bank, Obama's overtime rule, CEI gala feat. Carly Fiorina, and more 

Monday, June 8, 2015
In the News Today

 


EX-IM BANK & BOEING - RYAN YOUNG

 

Both Parties Should Oppose the Export-Import Bank
 

Opposing corporate welfare is something on which both parties should agree—and outside the Beltway, they often already do. People favoring a level economic playing field should put pressure on Republicans and Democrats alike to end their cronyist habits, not just the GOP.  > Read more

 

> Related: Henry Hazlitt and the Ex-Im Bank


> Interview Ryan Young

 

OBAMA'S NEW OVERTIME RULE - ALOYSIUS HOGAN

 

Politico: Barack Obama poised to hike wages for millions
 

Aloysius Hogan, a senior fellow at the conservative Competitive Enterprise Institute, said [Obama's new overtime mandate] will have a “job killing effect.” Hogan said businesses will be incentivized to lay off higher-paid executives and replace them with lower-paid workers. > Read more

> Interview Aloysius Hogan

 

BIG LABOR'S FOUL LANGUAGE - TREY KOVACS

NLRB Approves of Vulgar Union Gear at Workplace
 

now, in a recent case, has okayed vulgar union buttons that employees wear while serving customers. > Read more


> Interview Trey Kovacs
 


CROWDFUNDING - JOHN BERLAU

Regulation Bars Personal Investment Choice


We’ve come a long way, yet we have a long way to go. The SEC still hasn’t implemented Title III, so we still don’t have crowdfunded investment for ordinary investors. So ordinary folks can’t share in the dream quite yet. > Read more

> Interview John Berlau

 

JUNE 11


2015 Dinner and Reception
 
Join us for CEI’s
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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.

 

 
 
Thursday, June 11
8:30am – 10:30am
 

 

PC Newsmaker:
Are Streetcars Good For America?

Tuesday, June 16
 


Media Contacts: 202-331-2277
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Christine Hall
Mary Beth Gombita

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
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