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Thursday
Sep182014

CEI Today: EPA Progressives, a carbon tax in the US?, Scottish secession, railroad re-regulation, and more 

In the News Today

EPA ADMITS "PROGRESSIVE" AGENDA - CHRISTOPHER HORNER

 

The Daily Caller & Fox News: Internal emails: EPA rules part of 'progressive' agenda

Emails between top Environmental Protection Agency officials reveal they saw their fight against global warming as putting them at “forefront of progressive national policy.”

These emails, which were part of a batch obtained by the Competitive Enterprise Institute, show what top EPA officials were thinking as the agency prepared to release its greenhouse gas endangerment finding, which would give the agency the power to regulate carbon dioxide emissions from tailpipes and, eventually, from power plants.

“This is not about climate,” CEI senior fellow Chris Horner told The Daily Caller News Foundation. “This is the progressive agenda.” 
> Read the Daily Caller report


>View Chris Horner on Fox News Special Report

> Interview Chris Horner


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


CARBON TAX - MARLO LEWIS

Report: British Columbia Carbon Tax, a Bad Fit for the U.S.


Rebutting claims that the United States should adopt a carbon tax, the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) released a new report on Tuesday explaining how the go-to example of carbon tax success – British Columbia – falls short of its hype. > View Why British Columbia’s Carbon Tax Is not Applicable to America.


> Interview Marlo Lewis
 

RAILROAD RE-REGULATION - MARC SCRIBNER

Rail Investment
Threatened by Surface Transportation Board (STB) Reauthorization Reauthorization Bill

A bill that would threaten much needed investment in railroad infrastructure and reverse three decades of progress on railroad regulation is scheduled for markup today in the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. > Read more

> Interview Marc Scribner

 

SCOTTISH SECESSION - IAIN MURRAY

The Freeman: Freedom and Whisky Go Together

 

On Thursday, Scottish voters will decide whether to dissolve the 300-year-old union with England and Wales or remain in it. The result is now too close to call. As the world watches, it seems Scottish secession could be a step toward global liberalization and decentralization. But will an independent Scotland be a freer Scotland? > Read more

> Interview Iain Murray

 

More in the news...

EPA to Regulate CO2 Emissions from Aircraft

Secretary of State John Kerry Explains the Greenhouse Effect

Regulator: True Ridesharing Illegal in California
 

New Mexico Workers and Industry Would Benefit from Right to Work - See more at: http://workplacechoice.org/#sthash.04F3Iq2B.dpuf
 

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Wednesday
Aug132014

CEI Today: Regulations & fines, Employee Freedom Week, and Ex-Im Bank problems

Tuesday, August 12, 2014
In the News Today

 

REGULATORS & FINES - HANS BADER

CEI.org: Due Process Eroded by Bills like CASA That Let Agencies Keep Fines They Impose


Due process is being eroded by recent bills that would authorize agencies to impose massive fines on regulated industries, and then keep those fines for themselves, giving them an incentive to find regulated entities guilty based on weak or equivocal evidence. To protect due process, such fines should be payable to the U.S. Treasury, not the prosecuting agency. 
> Read more

> Interview Hans Bader
 

NATIONAL EMPLOYEE FREEDOM WEEK -  TREY KOVACS

Workplacechoice.org: Celebrate National Employee Freedom Week

 

National Employee Freedom Week, which started August 10 and runs until August 16, is a countrywide effort by 70 groups in 41 states that’s goal is to educate workers of their rights they have to opt out of union membership. This worker education is necessary because many workers are unaware of this freedom and unions do as little as possible to inform workers of their right to end their union membership. > Read more

> Interview Trey Kovacs

 


EX-IM BANK - RYAN YOUNG


American Banker: The Case for Closing the Export-Import Bank

Another serious problem with Ex-Im and programs like it is corruption, which has gotten so bad that the House has launched an investigation. When government has a lot of money and power, it is natural for people to curry its favor.  > Read more

> Interview Ryan Young


 

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CEI's Warren T. Brookes Journalism Fellowship is a one-year fellowship that aims to provide journalists the opportunity to improve their knowledge of free markets principles and limited government through interaction with CEI policy experts. > cei.org/warrenbrookes

 

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Thursday
Aug072014

CEI Today: Regulation over-load, plus transportation and Internet taxes 

Thursday, August 7, 2014
In the News Today

 

RECORD LEVELS OF REGULATIONS - WAYNE CREWS

Red Tapeworm 2014: Completed Economically Significant Rules at Record Levels


The fact that policy makers and analysts pay the most attention to economically significant rules should not seduce them into ignoring the remaining bulk of rules in the yearly pipeline, yet it does. A rule can cost up to $99 million and escape the official “economically significant” designation.
> Read more

> Interview Wayne Crews

 

TRANSPORTATION TAXES - MARC SCRIBNER


CEI.org: Public Still Favors Transportation User Fees over Tax Increases

Voters in Missouri Tuesday rejected a proposed constitutional amendment that would have imposed a 0.75 percent sales tax to fund transportation, with nearly 60 percent opposing a plan that would have increased annual state road funding by approximately $500 million.
> Read more


> Interview Marc Scribner

 


INTERNET SALES TAX - JESSICA MELUGIN

Austin-American Statesman: Beware of Internet sales tax

 

Texas is one of the nation’s best states for doing business, according to a recent CNBC survey. Lone Star lawmakers deserve credit for the pro-growth environment they’ve helped foster. But a bill now before the U.S. House of Representatives threatens this happy progress.

The Marketplace Fairness Act (MFA) would expose Texas to businesses taxation without representation from other, potentially less business-friendly states. > Read more


> Interview Jessica Melugin

 

Apply for CEI's Journalism Fellowship!
 

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CEI President Lawson Bader

@libertynkilts
 

 

Operation Choke Point
the govt’s helicopter parent

 
I thought we frowned upon using physical force and intimidation to get our way?
 

Saturday, 10am ET
Realclearradio.org

General Counsel of @ceidotorg, Sam Kazman on the latest Obamacare court decisions.
 





 

Monday
Aug042014

CEI Today: GMOs + Pompeo/Tiahrt, IMF carbon taxes, Operation Choke Point, and more 

Monday, August 4, 2014
In the News Today

 

GMOs, POMPEO, AND TIAHRT - GREG CONKO

CEI.org: GMO Row Comes to Kansas Congressional Race


The Kansas Republican primary race pitting incumbent Rep. Mike Pompeo against his 4th congressional district predecessor Todd Tiahrt has become heated lately. The generally reliable conservative Tiahrt is hammering Pompeo for sponsoring a bill the former says is a sellout of free market conservative principles. In truth, the bill to limit state power over genetically modified (GM) foods is something conservatives and other free market advocates should get behind. 
> Read more

> Interview Greg Conko

 

IMF CALLS FOR CARBON TAXES - MARLO LEWIS

Globalwarming.org: IMF Calls for $1.60/Gal. Hike in Motor Fuel Taxes


The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has just published a 277-page report advocating carbon taxes. The only attraction carbon taxes have for Washington’s big spenders is as a source of new revenue. This is especially the case in an era of half-trillion dollar deficits. As Heritage Foundation economist David Kreutzer quipped, “It is a delusion to believe that $200 billion in new revenues could walk across town [in Washington, D.C.] without getting molested.”
> Read more

> Interview Marlo Lewis

 

OPERATION CHOKE POINT - IAIN MURRAY


CEI.org: "Operation Choke Point" Targets Legal Businesses, Harms American Consumers

A new Competitive Enterprise Institute report digs into a campaign by federal regulatory agencies to shut down businesses that are politically disfavored but perfectly legal, under the pretext of preventing fraud. “Operation Choke Point targets perfectly legal industries by designating them high-risk, which in turn has a chilling effect on the willingness of banks to do business with them,” said Iain Murray, author of “Operation Choke Point: What It Is and Why It Matters.

> Interview an expert

 

High Cost of Big Labor

The Unintended Consequences of Collective Bargaining

With high levels of unionization and no right-to-work laws, union presence has cost individuals more than $10,000 in income over the last 50 years. > Read more


 

See also:

An Interstate Analysis of Right to Work Laws
 
Understanding Public Pension Debt


 

Apply for CEI's Journalism Fellowship!
 

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Saturday, 10am ET
Realclearradio.org

General Counsel of @ceidotorg, Sam Kazman on the latest Obamacare court decisions.
 


 

CEI President Lawson Bader

@libertynkilts
 

Big government
ripple effect





 

Saturday
Aug022014

Cooler Heads Digest 01 August 2014 

1 August 2014

Announcements

On Monday, the Competitive Enterprise Institute published a study by CEI senior fellow William Yeatman on “EPA’s Illegitimate Climate Rule.” The report demonstrates that the agency’s recently proposed Clean Power Plan contravenes congressional intent, lacks an electoral mandate, and was written by special interests.

In the News

Former Employees Allege Widespread Illegality at Taxpayer-Backed Solar Company
Lachlan Markay, Washington Free Beacon, 31 July 2014

Solar Power: Is There a Business Case?
Philip Dowd, WattsUpWithThat, 31 July 2014

Is EPA Really Interested in Your Criticism?
Nicolas Loris, The Daily Signal, 30 July 2014

In Search of Real Environmentalism
Ben Acheson, Master Resource, 30 July 2014

Senate Report Details “Billionaire’s Club” Behind Special Interests Holding Reins at EPA
Chris Prandoni, Forbes, 30 July 2014

EPA Regulations a Dark, Costly Chapter in Our History
Paul Driessen, Investor’s Business Daily, 30 July 2014

Heritage Foundation Panel Addresses EPA’s Unprecedented Climate Change Regulations
William Yeatman, GlobalWarming.org, 29 July 2014

College Professor Uses English Class To Push Global Warming
Samantha Reinis, Campus Reform, 29 July 2014

Average Price of Electricity Climbs to All-Time Record
Terence Jeffrey, CNSNews, 29 July 2014

News You Can Use
Study: Ozone Regulation Would Cost $2.2 Trillion

EPA’s impending ozone regulation could cost $2.2 trillion, reduce the gross domestic product by $3.4 trillion, and eliminate 2.9 million jobs between 2017 and 2014, according to a study published this week by the National Association of Manufacturers.

Inside the Beltway
William Yeatman

EPA’s Climate Regulations Take Center Stage in House of Representatives

This week there were two House hearings given to EPA’s proposed Clean Air Act regulations for greenhouse gases from existing power plants, known as the Clean Power Plan.

On Tuesday morning, House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power heard from all five members of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on how EPA’s rule would affect the nation’s electricity grid. My colleague Marlo Lewis reported on the hearing at globalwarming.org; his take-away is the rule would fundamentally overhaul the electric system. Regarding electric reliability in particular, it bears noting that EPA’s analysis—which has proven to be unrealistically optimisticconcedes that implementation of the Clean Power Plan would threaten reliability in New England, Florida, and Gulf States. The reality would likely prove to be much worse.

The following morning, I attended a House Science, Space, and Technology Committee held a hearing on “EPA’s Carbon Plan: Failure by Design.” Panelists were Jeffrey Holmstead (partner, Bracewell & Giuliani), Charles McConnell (executive director, Energy & Environment Initiative), David Cash (Commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Environmental Quality), and Gregory Sopkin (partner, Wilkinson, Barker, Knauer LLP).

McConnell delivered the best exchanges. During his opening statement, for example, he held up a dime, and notedthat EPA’s Clean Power Plan would limit sea level rise by an amount commensurate with 1/3rd the thickness of the coin. His dramatics aptly demonstrated the fact that EPA's climate rule is all pain and no gain.

However, his most impactful testimony pertained to EPA’s inability to work with other agencies. Before resigning in early 2013, McConnell was assistant secretary for fossil energy at the Energy Department. This is the office responsible for facilitating federal assistance in the development of carbon capture and sequester (CCS) technology. In fact, EPA required CCS technology in its controversial carbon rule for new coal-fired power plants, so you’d think that EPA would’ve welcomed collaboration with McConnell’s office. Alas, you’d be wrong. McConnell told the committee that “a true collaborative effort would have been far different from what I observed." According to Mr. McConnell, EPA viewed the interagency process as a “box-checking exercise” and he called the agency’s attitude “disingenuous.”

McConnell’s account raises troubling issues. For starters, EPA has no functional expertise in CCS technology. It is, therefore, strange that the agency would spurn input from a federal office that does possess such expertise. EPA’s failure to do so suggests incompetence, and it perhaps explains why the regulation is rife with legal flaws.  

Taking a step back, his testimony makes me wonder if there’s anyone with whom EPA works well, other than environmental special interests (of course). After all, the Department of Energy is a fellow federal agency. They’re peers, yet EPA refused to get along. Moreover, we know that Obama’s EPA has had an terrible relationship with States, which are supposed to be the agency’s partners under the cooperative federalism framework established by the Clean Air Act. And it goes without saying that this EPA treats “dirty” industry with contempt. Thus, EPA has rejected collaboration with both the public and private sectors. Unfortunately, so long as Congress refuses to act and the judiciary defers evermore to agency action, EPA can go it alone.

Across the States
William Yeatman

EPA Holds Public Hearings on Clean Power Plan

EPA this week held public hearings on its proposed Clean Power Plan in Washington, D.C., Denver, Atlanta, and Pittsburgh. The fact that EPA scheduled these hearings in metropolitan areas, rather than the areas of the country that will be most affected by the rule, raised the ire of prominent critics, including Sen. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who called the hearings a “sham.”

On a personal note, I signed up to speak at the one in Washington, but EPA denied me the opportunity. The Daily Caller’s Michael Bastasch reported that my experience was not unique, and that opponents of the rule seem to have been disproportionately shut out of the D.C. hearing.

Notably, the hearings were bookended by ominous signs. At the last minute, the hearing in Atlanta was moved to a new location, due to power outage. And on the final day of hearings, Alpha Natural Resources announced it would eliminate 1,100 coal mining jobs in Appalachia; the company attributed the decision in part to EPA regulations. These two phenomena—power scarcity and job losses—are likely manifestations of EPA’s Clean Power Plan, if it is finalized in anything resembling its proposed form.

Around the World
William Yeatman

International Monetary Fund Proposes $1.60 U.S. Gas Tax

National Journal’s Jason Plautz yesterday reported on a new book published by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), whose thesis is that “energy prices in many countries are wrong” because they don’t account for global warming. For the U.S., the IMF recommends a $1.60 per gallon gas tax. Thankfully, IMF has no power over U.S. domestic policy. Nonetheless, the Fund’s evident mission creep is eyebrow-raising. Why is the IMF, whose original purpose was to ensure exchange-rate stability, writing white papers about implausible American domestic policies?

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