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Saturday
Sep192015

Cooler Heads Digest 18 September 2015 

 

18 September 2015

In the News

Dear House: Say NO to the Wind Subsidy
Robert Bradley, Jr., Master Resource, 18 September 2015

20 Climate Scientists Ask Justice Department To Conduct RICO Investigation into Deniers
Judith Curry, Climate Etc., 17 September 2015

Why Democrats Are Wrong To Use the Crude Oil Export Ban as a Bargaining Tactic
Nicolas Loris, The Daily Signal, 17 September 2015

Obama’s Not-So-Grand Energy Strategy: Aimless Authoritarianism
William Yeatman, GlobalWarming.org, 16 September 2015

The President’s Decarbonization Fantasy
Luke Popovich, Washington Examiner, 16 September 2015

Naomi Klein’s Great Leap Backwards
Peter Foster, Financial Post, 15 September 2015

German Energiewende vs. American Fracking: A Tale of Two Energy Revolutions
Isaac Orr, Townhall, 15 September 2015

Is It Time To Stop the Insanity of Wasting Time and Money on More Climate Models
Tim Ball, Watts Up With That? 14 September 2015

News You Can Use
Malaria Deaths Down 60% from 2000, Despite Accelerating AGW

Despite runaway and accelerating anthropogenic global warming, the United Nations this week announced that malaria cases worldwide have been reduced 60% since 2000.

Inside the Beltway
William Yeatman

Historical Perspective on 11 House Republicans Who Support “Doing Something” on Climate Change

On Thursday, 10 republicans in the House of Representatives announced their support for a Sense of Congress Resolution on “conservative environmental stewardship" authored by Rep. Chris Gibson (R-N.Y.). The nonbinding resolution calls for action on climate change that doesn’t hurt the economy, which is a policy contradiction (see Around the World: Decoupling Belied, below). Rep. Gibson’s resolution sidesteps this incongruity and, in fact, provides no specifics at all. Over at Globalwarming.org, my colleague Marlo Lewis expertly dismantles the ultra-weak logic underlying this latest Constructive Republican Alternative Proposal for “doing something” on climate change.

To Marlo's post, I’d add only an historical perspective. The number of republicans who support Rep. Gibson’s shallow resolution is one-fourth the number of House democrats (43) who voted against a cap-and-trade (the American Clean Energy and Security Act) during Obama’s first term. Eight republicans voted for that bill.

Wind & Solar Industries: They're Mature, and They Can't Cut It as Adults

Last week, the American Wind Energy Association, which serves as wind power’s top lobbying shop, released a report warning that the industry would face a “sharp decline” in 2016, if the Congress does not extend a single subsidy by the end of 2015.

This week, Bloomberg New Energy Finance released a report stating that the solar industry in the U.S. will “nosedive” in 2017, if the Congress fails to extend the industry’s primary subsidy by the end of 2016. The sector’s chief lobbying outfit, the Solar Energy Industries Association, issued a press release supporting the report’s conclusions, and urging the Congress to act.

These reports are impossible to square with the claims, often made by green energy proponents and lobbyists, that solar or wind energy has achieved parity with fossil fuels. (Consider this New York Times headline: “Solar and Wind Energy Start to Win on Price vs. Conventional Fuels.”). If an industry’s existence would come to an end with the expiration of a single tax break, then it cannot be competitive.

Will wind or solar power be competitive, ever? When their tax breaks are secure, the wind and solar lobbies claim they’re vibrant industries; but every time their tax breaks are set to expire, they claim that market maturity is just around the corner, and that they need just one more extension of handouts.

But government support for wind and solar power is not new. Its roots reach back to the Carter administration. Way back then, wind and solar power’s primary problem was their intermittent production of energy. That remains true today. In this fashion, the success of the wind and solar industries is less a function of the wind and solar industries, and more so of the energy storage industry.

In this light, wind and solar energy has matured. It has progressed as far as it can go, and its best effort was to fall well short of market viability. So they’re doomed to perpetual market unreadiness, for as long as the government props them up. This should come as no surprise to anyone who doubts the government’s ability to pick winners in any market.

By extending taxpayer handouts (again) to wind and solar power industries, the Congress would compound (again) its initial mistake by throwing good money after bad (again). For more, see Robert Bradley, Jr.’s excellent post today on Master Resource, “Dear House: Say NO to Wind PTC (10th extension crucial for Obama’s energy/climate agenda).”

Around the World
Decoupling Belied

In 2014, the International Energy Agency reported that global greenhouse gas emissions had stalled, despite positive economic growth. Proponents of “doing something” about climate change seized on this announcement to claim that economic growth had become “decoupled” from increasing greenhouse gas emissions. If true, it suggested that climate change mitigation could be achieved without harming economic growth.

It turns out it wasn’t true. According to an exclusive Reuters report this week, China’s emissions were almost certainly underestimated, and, when more accurate data is used, global emissions actually increased in 2014, in lockstep with economic growth.

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
Sep102015

CEI Today: Regulators vs your IRA and your workplace, and a delay in the Obama anti-energy plan 

Thursday, September 10, 2015
In the News Today

 

GOVT DECIDING YOUR IRA - JOHN BERLAU

'Fiduciary Rule' Puts Regulators in Charge

 

As the House Financial Services Committee hearing convenes Thursday on the Department of Labor’s “fiduciary rule,” CEI senior fellow John Berlau hopes committee members ask one simple question: “What makes Department of Labor bureaucrats so innately smarter than average American investors at making investment choices?” > Read more 


> Interview John Berlau

 

DELAY IN OBAMA'S ANTI-ENERGY PLAN? - WILLIAM YEATMAN

 

What’s Going on with the Publication of the Clean Power Plan?
 
The rule can be litigated, or subject to a legislative veto, only after it is published in the Federal Register. In order to avoid having either the courts or Congress cut down his rule—and, therefore, his Paris negotiating position—the administration intends to delay publication of the rule until it’s too late for either branch of government to act before Paris. Or so the theorists claim. > Read more

> Interview William Yeatman
 

HOW TO STOP THE REGULATORS - TREY KOVACS


Bill to Protect Traditional Joint-Employer Standard

 

Senator Lamar Alexander today took urgently needed action towards stopping regulators at the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) from unilaterally upending the American workplace. > Read more

> Interview Trey Kovacs

 

 




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Wednesday
Sep092015

CEI Today: UN climate conference, freedom of association, business fighting regulation, and more 

Wednesday, September 9, 2015
In the News Today

 

UN CLIMATE CONFERENCE - MYRON EBELL

 

Ten Major Energy Companies Support Paris Accord, But 18 Don’t
 
The ten top energy companies that support a strong Paris Accord to reduce greenhouse gas emissions are: Anglo American, BG Group, BHP Billiton, Eni SpA, Gazprom, Repsol, Royal Dutch Shell, Sasol, Statoil, and Total. None of these is an American company. > Read more

Related: 
UN Climate Negotiators Make Slow Progress in BonnPresident Obama Uses Alaska as a Backdrop for Climate Agenda

> Interview Myron Ebell

 

FREEDOM OF ASSOCIATION - HANS BADER

Cato, CEI File Amicus Brief to Protect Donor Confidentiality and Freedom of Association

 

The Cato Institute and CEI recently filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court, urging it to stop California Attorney General Kamala Harris from making intrusive demands for the donor lists of non-profit groups. > Read more 


> Interview Hans Bader

 

BUSINESS FIGHTING GOV'T - FRED L. SMITH, JR.


A New History Of American Business

 

Business resistance to regulatory overreach is possible. But the history of such resistance is thin. > Read more

> Interview Fred Smith


 




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Business & Gov't
Energy & Environment
Finance & Entrepreneurship
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Human Achievement Hour
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Friday
Sep042015

CEI Today: Regulation without representation, Labor Day, Russia & climate change, and more 

Thursday, September 3, 2015
In the News Today

 

REGULATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION - WAYNE CREWS & RYAN YOUNG

How to fix regulation without representation

 

If agencies know that Congress has the ability to check rogue rulemaking, they may be less likely to issue unilateral rules in the first place, further reducing the potential burden on both Congress and the public. > Read the Hill commentary


> Interview an expert
 

LABOR DAY

 

This Labor Day, which marks an historical recognition of American workers dating back to the late 19th Century, is a time to take stock of the state of labor and the modern day role of labor unions.

A set of three CEI studies - “The High Cost of Big Labor” - examines the economic impact of labor policies on U.S. states, including right to work and collective bargaining laws.

The Unintended Consequences of Collective Bargaining

 

An Interstate Analysis of Right to Work Laws

 

Understanding Public Pension Debt

CLIMATE PROBLEM OR RUSSIA PROBLEM? - MARLO LEWIS

Obama’s Alaska Trip: Do We Have a Climate Change Problem or a Russia Problem?


The Obama administration, it seems, is worried about Russia’s expanding presence in the Arctic, but wants the public to think we have a climate change problem rather than a Russia problem.> Read more

> Interview Marlo Lewis

 

STATE ATTORNEYS GENERAL - HANS BADER
 

America's Six Worst Attorneys General

State attorneys general (AGs) are their state’s chief lawyer, tasked with representing state agencies in court, defending state laws, and giving legal advice to state officials. But in recent years, many AGs have taken on a role as self-serving politicians who neglect these duties and instead seek to expand their own power — from using their office to enrich themselves or their trial lawyer friends to filing lawsuits attacking political opponents or law-abiding businesses. > Read more

> Interview Hans Bader

 




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Business & Gov't
Energy & Environment
Finance & Entrepreneurship
Health & Safety
Human Achievement Hour
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Labor & Employment
Nanny State
Regulatory Reform
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Wednesday
Jul292015

US Rep Guinta statement on passage of REINS Act 

 

WASHINGTON. D.C. – Today, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 427, the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act, to rein in Washington’s out-of-control regulatory machine by requiring a congressional vote before any regulation or rule costing more than $100 million goes into effect.  

 

“Right now, American job creators and households are being buried under an avalanche of federal regulations – costing small businesses over a trillion dollars per year and countless hours to ensure its compliance with these rules and regulations.  Small businesses are the backbone of New Hampshire’s economy; and, Congress must do everything in its power to eliminate hurdles preventing business growth, new jobs and competition. 

 

The REINS Act prevents the Obama Administration from issuing further harmful and expensive regulations by requiring Congressional approval in a fast, efficient and accountable manner.”

 

According to a 2014 report from the Competitive Enterprise Institute, businesses pay around $1.86 trillion each year.  The National Association of Manufacturers estimates that compliance with federal regulation costs manufacturers with fewer than 50 employees $34,671 a year. 

 

The REINS Act guarantees that no major regulation over $100 million becomes effective until Congress approves it.  Furthermore, it guarantees a fast up or down vote within 70 legislative days.

 

To read H.R. 427, please click here.