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Friday
Dec192014

CEI Today: People in need, gas tax hike, and EPA's haphazard regime 

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Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014
In the News Today

 

RESPONSIBILITY TO PEOPLE IN NEED - FRED L. SMITH, JR.


A Better Way To Help Our Fellow Man

 

As we enter the Christmas season, the question of our responsibility to our fellow man (and woman) arises. When we see people in need, how do we respond? How should traditional moral values apply in today’s impersonal, global economy?

 

For most of history and in many nations today, the path up from poverty has been hindered by an array of cultural and political barriers – licensing requirements, cultural prejudices that bar women and minorities from various occupations, discriminatory tax policies, and good old fashioned corruption. Reformers who fight to remove these barriers are truly charitable. > Read more

> Interview Fred L. Smith, Jr.

 

FEDERAL GAS TAX - MARC SCRIBNER

Poll: Two-Thirds of Americans Oppose Federal Gas Tax Increase


new poll from Benson Strategy Group and SKDKnickerbocker found that 67 percent of Americans oppose increasing the federal gasoline tax by 15 cents, or an 80 percent increase from the current 18.4 cents per gallon tax. Proponents argue that the fuel tax has not been raised since 1993 and that inflation has eroded much of its buying power. This is true, but it also assumes the federal government has and will continue to be a positive force in surface transportation. It has not, is not, and will not be. > View more

> Interview Marc Scribner
 

CLEAN WATER ACT - WILLIAM YEATMAN

The Absurd Reach of EPA’s/USACE’s Clean Water Act Jurisdictional Rule
 

Instead of clearly defining the limits of federal authority, the EPA's  proposal would establish a haphazard regime whereby a regulator would determine, on a case-by-case basis, whether a given body of water possessed a “significant nexus” to navigable waters and were therefore subject to federal jurisdiction. In practice, the test is so amorphous that every ditch, vernal pond, playa lake, mudflat, sandflat, and slough could easily fall under the EPA’s jurisdiction. > Read more

> Interview William Yeatman
 

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Friday
Dec122014

CEI Today: China, Gore and Kerry at the climate conference, plus a White House fail on regulatory disclosure 

Friday, Dec. 12, 2014
In the News Today

 


CHINA AT THE CLIMATE CONFERENCE- CHRISTOPHER HORNER


The Blaze: China Recoils on Transparency at Climate Conference, but Obama Administration Still Confident in Deal

Despite China’s refusal this week to accept international scrutiny of its pledged reductions in carbon emissions, President Barack Obama said Thursday that China will abide by “higher standards and in a verifiable way.”

Asserting the bilateral agreement is entirely separate from the Lima conference makes little sense, “unless their spin is the Chinese will allow inspection of the Beijing deal but not a multilateral deal,” said Chris Horner, a senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute.

“We’ve known all along this was trust but don’t verify,” Horner told TheBlaze. “Politically, this was meant to get ahead of multilateral talks to take away the argument that China is not doing anything. All this [China’s action this week] does is expose the Beijing’s bilateral.”
> Read The Blaze report


> Interview Chris Horner
 

REPORTS FROM COP-20 IN LIMA - MYRON EBELL

It was Climate Action Day at the UN climate conference in Lima, Peru.  A three-hour “high level” session featured a number of prominent elected leaders, UN officials, and climate activists. It gave me a chance to hear former star of stage and screen Al Gore twice more.  Gore said that, “We are designing the future of humankind here in Lima and then Paris” next year.  If that isn’t scary enough, U. S. Secretary of State John Kerry flew in a few hours later to give a speech in the main press conference room.  It wasn’t an official speech to the COP, but was meant to show the delegates and the world that the Obama Administration is determined to make the negotiations succeed.
> Secretary of State John Kerry Tries To Out-Gore Al Gore

> Al Gore Preaches Hellfire And Redemption

> United States Makes Impressive But Misleading Presentation

> 350.org Protests Allowing Fossil Fuel Lobbyists To Attend


WHITE HOUSE REGULATORY DISCLOSURE - WAYNE CREWS
 

Deteriorating White House Regulatory Disclosure Needs Active Congressional Review

 

Among many regulatory reforms needed in the new 114th Congress, here is yet one more way that regulatory disclosure needs a shot in the arm.

The Regulatory Plan and the Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions, which is supposed to appear twice a year, has undergone some internal reporting changes at the Office of Management and Budget that cause fewer long-term rules to be reported. Note that Obama’s economically significant rules are nearly 50 percent higher than Bush’s and his “significant” rules are way above. > Read more

> Interview Wayne Crews
 

 

    

 

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Tuesday
Dec092014

CEI Today: Gruber to testify, regs on small business, illegal volunteering, and more 

Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014
In the News Today

 


OBAMA'S MAJOR REGULATIONS - WAYNE CREWS

 


Small Business Regulations: Obama Red Tape Exceeds Bush Level

 

President Obama has issued nearly half again as many “major,” $100-million regulations during his six years as President as George Bush did in his final six. (Obama had 407 over the period, Bush had 277).  

However, when it comes to regulations impacting small business, Obama also comes out as the bigger regulator.  > Read more


> Interview Wayne Crews
 

GRUBER TO TESTIFY - SAM KAZMAN

Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber is set to testify today before Darrell Issa’s government oversight committee. He may get some uncomfortable grilling about numerous comments caught on video that undermine the government's claims about Obamacare subsidies and IRS implementation.


> USA Today: Pessimist's persistence could pay off against Obamacare


> Interview Sam Kazman

 

EPA WATER REGULATIONS & UBER WOES - CARRIE SHEFFIELD

Fox Business: What new EPA water regulations mean for business


Competitive Enterprise Institute Fellow Carrie Sheffield on new EPA water regulations and Uber getting a $41B valuation. > View the Fox Business interview

 

> Interview Carrie Sheffield
 

SENATE CONFIRMS NEW NLRB NOMINEE

11 Groups Urge Senators to Allow More Time to Consider NLRB Nominee McFerran

The Competitive Enterprise Institute and 10 allied organizations signed a coalition letter urging the Senate to delay the nomination of Lauren McFerran to the National Labor Relations Board. > Read more 

 

> Related: Senate ensures NLRB keeps Democratic majority

 

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Saturday
Oct252014

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, GlobalWarming.org, 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.”

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.

Tuesday
Oct142014

ALG's Daily Grind - The high cost of Obama's jobless recovery 

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Oct. 14, 2014

Permission to republish original opeds granted.

The high cost of Obama's jobless recovery
The economy has finally recovered the 8 million jobs it lost in the recession, but the problem is, the population aged 16-64 has grown by another 7.4 million since then.

Cartoon: Military Blockade

Regcession: Why Americans aren't feeling Obama's 'vigorous recovery'
New documentary boldly posits that regulations are actually causing more world-wide pollution, destroying American jobs, and even putting America itself at risk. 

Robinson: How far could UKIP go?
Nick Robinson analyzes the UK Independence Party's recent victories, gaining its first seat in the British Parliament and once again winning the European Parliamentary elections. 

  

Oct. 14, 2014

Permission to republish original opeds granted.

The high cost of Obama's jobless recovery
The economy has finally recovered the 8 million jobs it lost in the recession, but the problem is, the population aged 16-64 has grown by another 7.4 million since then.

Cartoon: Military Blockade

Regcession: Why Americans aren't feeling Obama's 'vigorous recovery'
New documentary boldly posits that regulations are actually causing more world-wide pollution, destroying American jobs, and even putting America itself at risk.

Robinson: How far could UKIP go?
Nick Robinson analyzes the UK Independence Party's recent victories, gaining its first seat in the British Parliament and once again winning the European Parliamentary elections.