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Cooler Heads Digest 24 October 2014 


24 October 2014

In the News

U.S. Oil Seen as Buffer for Global Prices and Supply
Lynn Doan, Bloomberg, 24 October 2014

Why the World Will Not Agree to Pricing Carbon
Peter Lang, Master Resource, 23 October 2014

Weather Channel Co-Founder: “There Is No Climate Crisis”
Ellie Zolfagharifard, Daily Mail, 23 October 2014

Not Just a Fracking Ban
Jillian Kay Melchior, National Review, 23 October 2014

Energy Cost Rise: A Pledge Obama (Unfortunately) Kept
Investor’s Business Daily editorial, 22 October 2014

Lame-Duck Congress May Lay Golden Eggs for Crony Capitalists
Ernest Istook, Washington Times, 22 October 2014

Tom Steyer: A Fool and His Money
Washington Examiner editorial, 21 October 2014

GOP Demands EPA Ditch Economic Studies That Are “Divorced from Reality”
Michael Bastasch, Daily Caller, 21 October 2014

No, BP Didn’t Ruin the Gulf
Geoff Morrell, Politico, 21 October 2014

Which Is the Bigger Threat to People in Developing Countries: Climate Change or Energy Poverty?
Marlo Lewis,, 20 October 2014

Oil: The Real Economic Stimulus
Stephen Moore, Washington Times, 18 October 2014

News You Can Use
Poll: Plurality of Americans Oppose EPA’s Climate Regulations

According to a poll conducted earlier this month by Paragon Insights, a plurality of U.S. voters oppose EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan, with 47 percent opposing, 44 percent supporting and 9 percent undecided. We’re sure the 9 percent undecided would oppose the rule if they got to know it.

Inside the Beltway
Myron Ebell

Methane Leakage Is the Next Target in Obama’s Climate Agenda

After delaying indefinitely plans to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from oil refineries, the Environmental Protection Agency is now preparing to follow the lead of environmental pressure groups and the State of California and crack down on methane leakage from natural gas production and delivery.  California Governor Jerry Brown last week signed a bill into law that requires the state’s Air Resources Board to develop a comprehensive strategy to reduce methane emissions, including those from livestock.

Methane, the principal component of natural gas, is a potent but short-lived trace greenhouse gas.  Gas leaks from production sites at highly varying levels and is sometimes flared at wells producing both oil and gas because it is uneconomic to capture and pipe it to market.  More leakage occurs from the pipelines.

Earlier this month, researchers analyzing data from a European satellite announced that methane leakage between 2006 and 2012 from two shale gas fields in the United States ranged from 3 to 17 percent of production and averaged roughly 10%.  Their results were published in an American Geophysical Union open access journal, Earth’s Future.

The two fields were the Eagle Ford in Texas and the Bakken in North Dakota.  The satellite stopped functioning in 2012 as a result of power failure.  The EPA has estimated that methane leakage from gas production averages 1.2%.  Other studies have found lower leakage rates. The regulators at EPA will no doubt rely on the 10% figure, as they write their new regulations.

EPA Delays Revised 2014 RFS until after the Election and 2015 RFS until September 2015

The Environmental Protection Agency is required by law to announce its mandatory blending target for the Renewable Fuels Standard for the year before that year begins.  In November 2013, the EPA complied with the law  and announced the 2014 RFS would total 15.21 billion gallons. That was a considerable drop of almost 17% from the 18.15 billion gallons target set in the 2007 anti-energy law and an 8% decrease from EPA’s 2013 target of 16.55 billion gallons.  It seemed in January that even the EPA realized  that the ethanol mandate is on the verge of imploding. 

After furious political blowback from Big Corn, the EPA in early 2014 announced that it would revise the 2014 figure upwards later in the year.  The EPA finally sent its proposed revised 2014 RFS to the White House Office of Management and Budget for review in late August. In late September, it became known that the rule would not become final until after the election. 

Now, it has been reported that the EPA will not announce the 2015 RFS until September 2015 at the earliest.  It is a curious fact that the Environmental Protection Agency cannot comply with the law, but requires people to comply with its rules many months before they are published.

Across the States
William Yeatman

New York Governor Changes Tune on Fracking

During a gubernatorial candidate debate this week, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) was asked when, if reelected, he would decide whether to lift the Empire State’s ongoing moratorium on fracking. He responded by saying that he would “let the scientists decide.” This represents a notable shift from Governor Cuomo’s previous practice, which was to defer not to scientists, but rather to deranged environmentalist Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. In March, 2013, the Associated Press reported that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo was set to partially lift a statewide moratorium, but he was persuaded to hold off on doing so by Kennedy, who is not a scientist and who has been described by the liberal media outlet Slate as being “obsessive and dangerous.”

Around the World
William Yeatman

European Union Reaches Agreement on Meaningless Climate Goals

The European Council this week reached an agreement to reduce greenhouse gases at least 40 percent by 2030. According to French President Francois Hollande, the agreement is “conclusive and definitive,” but this is malarkey. In fact, EU leaders rendered the agreement worthless by including a “flexibility clause,” which allows them to revisit the targets at any time. As such, the agreement is “conclusively” and “definitively” non-binding, and therefore meaningless. Environmental special interests were appropriately depressed. In a press statement, Greenpeace said that, “The global fight against climate change needs radical shock treatment, but what the EU is offering is at best a whiff of smelling salts... .Europe can and should do more to stop the most devastating impacts of climate change.”

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Daily Signal - Is Next Step in War on Religious Liberty Inspection of Religious Schools?

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October 24, 2014

Morning Bell

Is Next Step in War on Religious Liberty Inspection of Religious Schools? That’s Happening in the UK

There is no doubt that the rights the First Amendment protects—freedom of speech and freedom of religion—are increasingly the most attacked.

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Judge Sides With IRS, Dismisses Lawsuits by Conservative Groups Over Targeting Scandal

A federal judge in Washington, D.C., sided with the Internal Revenue Service and dismissed lawsuits by tea party organizations.

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Bioterrorism Should Be a Bigger Concern Than Ebola

Daily Policy Focus: America could face an even greater medical threat in the future: bioterrorism.

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ALG' Daily Grind - New Hampshire's Shaheen no friend to Press Freedom 


Oct. 24, 2014

Permission to republish original opeds granted.

New Hampshire's Shaheen no friend to Press Freedom
Senator Jeanne Shaheen's campaign is keeping conservative reporters from attending their "open to the media" events.

'Let them have cash'
Mark Blyth and Eric Lonergan boldly propose to do what no central bank has done before: Just print money and give it to people.

A.F. Branco's 2015 Comically Incorrect wall calendar
The perfect gift this Christmas season.

Why is Obama fighting a war on carbon energy?
First came coal. Why oil and natural gas need to watch out.


AFP - Grassroots Activists in Action is Truly Inspiring 

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I'm on the road, so I'll make this quick.

I just wanted to reach out and thank you for being a part of Americans for Prosperity's efforts to build a better future for our country.

I've been out in the states knocking on doors and making phone calls, and every day I'm blown away by our activists' work ethic, their passion, and their dedication to the cause of freedom. Seeing our grassroots activists in action is truly inspiring and gives me so much hope for the future!


This year our field staff and volunteers have knocked on more than 1 million doors and have made more than 5 million phone calls -- that means we've reached millions of people across the country with the message that economic freedom is the key to lifting people out of poverty and getting Americans back on the road to prosperity.


I know it's been a long year, and at this point you might be feeling worn out, but let's finish strong with this last big push to get out the vote!

So if you haven't already, will you remind your friends to get to the polls on Election Day? >>

That's it for now -- thank you so much for all your hard work,


CEI Today: Sports gambling, student loans, paperwork costs, and more 

Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014
In the News Today



New Republic: Let Chris Christie Legalize Sports Gambling. It Won't Ruin the Game.

Last Friday, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed into law a bill legalizing sports gambling in his state. Casinos and racetracks began preparing to take bets as soon as this weekend. But the four major sports leagues and the NCAA, who say the law violates a federal ban on sports gambling, filed a motion Tuesday to stop the law from taking effect. Now it's up to a federal judge to decide.

It's a legal matter, but earlier this month Mark Varga argued in The New Republic that central issue is the integrity of the game: that legalizing sports gambling in America would lead to scandals like match fixing. There's no evidence to support his argument. In fact, legalizing gambling would make the game even cleaner and more transparent. > Read more

> Interview Michelle Minton


Forbes: CFPB's Loan Report Attacks Lenders Rather Than Empowering Students

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) recent annual student loan ombudsman report aims to help those falling behind with private lenders. However, its reactive approach would simply stifle flames rather than prevent their initial burst by proposing shortsighted policies that could lead vulnerable students to take on more debt. > Read more



The 2014 Federal Paperwork and Red Tape Roundup, Part 4: Independent Agency Paperwork Costs

Independent agency paperwork burdens do not get accounted for in OMB’s annual benefits and costs roundup of executive agency rules, and include bureaus like the Securities and Exchange Commission with its 234 million reported hours of paperwork, and the Federal Communications Commission’s 82 million.

Be that as it may, as the link at Independent Agency Paperwork Burdens and the chart nearby shows, these hours add up to 610 million for agencies not headed by a cabinet secretary. At $35/hour, add an additional $21.3 billion in annual costs for independent agencies.
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> Interview Wayne Crews



EPA’s Clean Power Plan Targets for Virginia: Unlawful Six Ways

The Virginia State Corporation Counsel’s staff identify six main reasons EPA’s proposed CO2 reduction targets for Virginia are not valid performance standards. > Read more


> Interview Marlo Lewis

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