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Wednesday
Jan152014

CEI Today: Net neutrality, China's global warming, and Obama's recess appointments 

Wednesday, January 15, 2014
In the News Today

NET NEUTRALITY - WAYNE CREWS


Forbes: Court Rules Against Net Neutrality In Verizon V. FCC

 

Today the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled against Internet at the Speed of Government.

Or more precisely, the court ruled against so-called “net neutrality” in Verizon v. FCC .
Net Neutrality. Proponents of the concept seek to prohibit what they see as preferential treatment and differential pricing on the Internet.

Alas, the Agency may, according to the court, still “promulgate rules governing broadband providers’ treatment of Internet traffic.” The court agrees with FCC’s stance that oversight “will preserve and facilitate the ‘virtuous circle’ of innovation that has driven the explosive growth of the Internet.” So FCC is not likely to give up without fighting for itself.
> Read more


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CHINA'S GLOBAL WARMING  - WILLIAM YEATMAN

Globalwarming.org: UN’s Top Climate Diplomat: Communism Is Key to “Doing It Right” on Global Warming

The People’s Republic of China is the #1 greenhouse gas emitter (having only recently raced past the U.S. to the top of this list), and last week the country’s government ordered a huge increase in coal production. Nonetheless, the Middle Kingdom is “doing it right” when it comes to climate change, according to Christiana Figueres, the top climate diplomat at the United Nations.


You might think to yourself: “What’s China’s secret for ‘doing it right’ (despite all those emissions)?” The answer, according to Figueres, is the absence of civil liberties. > Read more

> Interview William Yeatman

OBAMA RECESS APPOINTMENTS - TREY KOVACS

Workplacechoice.org: U.S. Supreme Court Justices Seem Skeptical of Obama’s NLRB Recess Appointments

 

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in National Labor Relations Board v. Noel Canning. Their ruling will determine whether the president may bypass the Senate to make recess appointments when the Senate is still in session.

Thankfully, after the oral argument, a consensus emerged among the Supreme Court Justices that seems to infer that Obama’s imperial presidency does have some limits. And hopefully this means that the Supreme Court will decide that the president does not have the power to determine when the Senate is and is not in session.
> Read more

> Interview Trey Kovacs

 

 

    

 

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, and blogs, Globalwarming.org and OpenMarket.org.  Follow CEI on Twitter! Twitter.com/ceidotorg.

 

 

CEI President Lawson Bader on the "Groundhog Day" of unemployment benefit extensions.

CEI’s Battered Business Bureau: The Week in Regulation

The first full week of 2014 was a light one, despite more than 1,500 Federal Register pages. The number of new regulations was about half the usual number, and none of them meet the $100 million per year “economically significant” threshold.

 




Tuesday
Jan142014

CEI Today: Obama recess appointments, EPA carbon pollution standard, and net neutrality

Tuesday, January 14, 2014
In the News Today

OBAMA RECESS APPOINTMENTS - HANS BADER

Court Skepticism on Obama Recess Appointments?

 

The US Supreme Court on Monday heard oral arguments on the limits of presidential power in appointing government officials while the Senate is in recess. As CEI constitutional attorney Hans Bader has noted, "Obama’s appointments of the NLRB members would be valid only under a still broader, radically expansive interpretation of the Recess Appointments Clause that would gut the Senate’s power to review Presidential appointments." > Read more

> Interview Hans Bader

 

EPA CARBON POLLUTION STANDARD - WILLIAM YEATMAN

Globalwarming.org: Does the 2005 Energy Policy Act Undercut EPA’s Carbon Pollution Standard?

EPA finally published in the Federal Register the proposed Carbon Pollution Standard, a regulation that would effectively ban the construction of new coal-fired power plants. The $64,000 question is: Does the 2005 Energy Policy Act undercut the Carbon Pollution Standard? The answer, alas, is to be determined by the courts, and it could go either way.

> Read more

> Interview William Yeatman

NET NEUTRALITY - WAYNE CREWS


Openmarket.org: Is FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler for or against Net Neutrality? Yes

 

In what the Washington Post referred to as Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler’s strongest endorsement yet of net neutrality, he said, in part, that "public policy should protect the great driving force of the open Internet."

 

I see matters opposite from the proponents of net neutrality; I think variations in pricing and service are essential, as is the creation of future generations of networks, which can’t happen optimally without such fundamental property rights. (Yes, property rights.)  > Read more

> Interview Wayne Crews

> Follow Wayne Crews on Twitter

 

 

    

 

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, and blogs, Globalwarming.org and OpenMarket.org.  Follow CEI on Twitter! Twitter.com/ceidotorg.

 

 

CEI President Lawson Bader on the "Groundhog Day" of unemployment benefit extensions.

CEI’s Battered Business Bureau: The Week in Regulation

The first full week of 2014 was a light one, despite more than 1,500 Federal Register pages. The number of new regulations was about half the usual number, and none of them meet the $100 million per year “economically significant” threshold.

 




Wednesday
Jun262013

CEI Today: Obama climate change agenda, Supreme Court takes NLRB case, and hope for wine consumers

OBAMA CLIMATE CHANGE AGENDA

Marlo Lewis:
In his address [Tuesday]at Georgetown University, President Obama is expected to lay out a climate change action plan featuring carbon dioxide (CO2) emission limits for existing power plants, tougher efficiency standards for homes and appliances, and more renewable energy development on public lands. There are strong reasons to oppose each element of this plan.  > Read more
 
Myron Ebell: We have major concerns these regulations will put people out of work, hurt the economy and drive up costs for consumers,” said Ebell. “That the president has chosen to avoid the legislative process shows he knows the American people and their representatives in Congress would not accept his jobs-killing, anti-technology, Washington-knows-best thinking.


> Interview an expert

SUPREME COURT & NLRB APPOINTMENTS

CEI Experts Welcome Court's Decision to Rule on NLRB Case


Case Also Could Affect CFPB's Richard Cordray, Whose Appointment CEI Is Challenging

 

Legal and labor policy experts at the Competitive Enterprise Institute said today they are pleased the Supreme Court has accepted a case that challenges President Obama’s recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board and expect a favorable outcome. "The Supreme Court should reject President Obama’s radical interpretation of the Constitution’s recess appointments clause,” said Hans Bader, senior attorney and counsel for special projects at CEI.

“Whatever the Supreme Court decides on the constitutionality of the NLRB appointments almost certainly will apply to the appointment of Cordray,” said
John Berlau, senior fellow for finance and access to capital at CEI.

Matt Patterson, who leads CEI’s labor policy team, said the case provides the court “an opportunity to preserve and protect the balance of power between the political branches” and that he hopes the ruling will “help bring some stability and predictability to our battered and bruised business community.” > Read more

> Interview an expert

> See also: The End? The Supreme Challenge to the NLRB

The End? The Supreme Challenge to the NLRB

 

WINE - ANGELA LOGOMASINI

 

Openmarket.org: Spread the Word: New Voice for Wine Consumers

 

With the launch of The American Wine Consumer Coalition, U.S. wine consumers now have a place in public policy debates for the first time ever.  Brainchild of award-winning wine blogger and wine industry public relations consultant Tom Wark, the new organization will focus on increasing consumer rights to access wine via direct shipping, supermarket sales, privatization, and more! > Read more

> Interview Angela Logomasini

 

 

   

 

 

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, and blogs, Globalwarming.org and OpenMarket.org.  Follow CEI on Twitter! Twitter.com/ceidotorg.

 

TODAY!

America's Future Foundation presents:

What’s Next for the Marketplace Fairness Act?


Featuring CEI's Jessica Melugin

In May, the Senate passed the Marketplace Fairness Act, a bill purporting to level the playing field between brick and mortar stores and online businesses by requiring Internet retailers to charge consumers state sales taxes across the 50 states. Some supporters say this will bring in “lost” revenue owed by out-of-state vendors and encourage growth of traditional retail, while opponents argue it’s an unconstitutional money grab by politicians that will hurt small businesses through high compliance costs.
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NO CARBON TAX

 

CEI and 19 other free market organizations sent a joint letter to Speaker Boehner and Majority Leader Cantor urging a floor vote on the concurrent resolution, H. Con Res. 24, expressing the sense of Congress that a carbon tax would be detrimental to the United States economy. > View the coalition letter

 

 





 

Tuesday
Jun252013

ALG - Supreme Court to rule on phony Obama 'recess' appointments

Constitutional separation of powers at issue.

June 24, 2013, Fairfax, VA—Americans for Limited Government President Nathan Mehrens today issued the following statement responding to the Supreme Court's decision to grant certiorari in the NLRB v. Noel Canning case:

"The fundamental checks and balances that our founders put into the U.S. Constitution are at the heart of this case, and the Supreme Court is commended for taking up this important issue.

"The case revolves around a decision by President Obama to place nominees onto the National Labor Relations Board without the advice and consent of the U.S. Senate.  The nominees had only been recently nominated and within a month, the President placed them on the National Labor Relations Board using the claim that they were being appointed in an official Senate recess.

"The President's action obliterated the foundational principle that the Senate has a responsibility to confirm or reject a nominee, a principle that has served as a means of protecting our nation from being ruled by the executive branch through administrative actions. 

"The U.S. Court of Appeals ruled that the President's recess appointments were unconstitutional due to the failure to follow the Senate confirmation process."

To view online: http://getliberty.org/supreme-court-to-rule-on-phony-obama-recess-appointments/ 

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Americans for Limited Government is a non-partisan, nationwide network committed to advancing free market reforms, private property rights and core American liberties. For more information on ALG please call us at 703-383-0880 or visit our website at www.GetLiberty.org.

Monday
May202013

ALG's Daily Grind - Arrogance is Obama's worst enemy 

May 20, 2013

Arrogance is Obama's worst enemy

Obama's breached relationship with the media is the greatest threat to his presidency and his legacy, but does he even realize it?

Greens oppose drilling, fracking, Keystone… and exports

Drilling opponents claim to be protecting the environment. In reality, they simply detest hydrocarbons, modern living standards, free enterprise and personal liberty.

IRS rules already clear on 501(c)(4) political activity

ALG's Mehrens: "Targeting organizations for special scrutiny on the belief that they might exercise their First Amendment protected rights to engage in political activity in is an egregious violation of the freedom of speech. If it had been done consistently for groups of all stripes would not have made it better."

Wall Street Journal: The Doubly Illegal NLRB

The Third Circuit Court of Appeals rules that another one of Obama's "recess" NLRB appointments violated the Constitution.