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CEI Weekly: CEI's Third Annual Human Achievement Hour is a Success 

Friday, April 1, 2011





Feature: Last weekend, CEI hosted the third annual Human Achievement Hour at our offices.

FEATURED STORY: CEI's Third Annual Human Achievement Hour is a Success


Every year in March, environmentalists ask cities and private citizens to turn off their lights for Earth Hour. A few years ago, CEI Policy Analyst Michelle Minton decided to celebrate great human achievements during Earth Hour in order to demonstrate to Earth Hour advocates how humans have made this world a far better---not worse---place to live in. This year, CEI hosted the Third Annual Human Achievement Hour on March 26th. The event was a success: for the first time, CEI analysts celebrated the holiday by web-chatting with our allies around the world. For more on Human Achievement Hour, read Michelle Minton's Human Events op-ed and National Geographic's write-up of the event. Also, listen to Ryan Young interview Michelle in the post-Human Achievement Hour podcast, right.





Genetically-Modified v. Organic Crops

Greg Conko's radio interview on Southern California Public Radio


Antitrust in the Airwaves?

Wayne Crews' column in Forbes


Innovation Arrested by the Law of Unintended Consequences

Henry I. Miller's op-ed in Forbes


Unionization by Regulation

Ivan Osorio and Russ Brown's op-ed in The American Spectator


Senators Seek to Censor Mobile Applications, Disrespecting Public Safety and the Constitution

Ryan Radia's blog post on Tech Liberation


Fee Change Won't Help Consumers, Banks

John Berlau's letter to the editor in The St. Louis Post-Dispatch


Ban Bulb Lunacy

Myron Ebell's citation in Forbes


Judge Orders More Money For New Jersey's Education-Industrial Complex

Hans Bader's blog post in The Washington Examiner






March 28, 2011: Human Achievement Hour


Human Achievement Hour founder Michelle Minton talks about the annual celebration of human creativity and innovation that happens at the same time every year as Earth Hour. Ecology and economy are quite compatible. One definition of progress, after all, is doing more with less. When people are left free to achieve and innovate, that is exactly what happens, to the environment’s benefit — and mankind’s.


WFI - NLRB Continues Big Labor Bailout 

Regulatory Agency Pursuing Job-Killing Agenda

Washington, D.C. (March 29, 2011) – The Workforce Fairness Institute (WFI) today issued the following statement in response to the most recent decision by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) stating third party contractors have a right to access private property to organize workers and distribute materials to the general public:

“The NLRB continues to prove they are nothing more than an advocacy arm of Big Labor and their actions call into question why our tax dollars should be directed toward a regulatory agency committed to job-killing policies.  The board’s finding in New York New York will result in more costs and work disruptions for businesses, which equals less jobs and opportunities,” said Katie Gage, executive director of the Workforce Fairness Institute (WFI).  “Instead of giving labor bosses access to private property to coerce workers and intimidate customers, maybe the NLRB should encourage their friends at Big Labor to step into the 21st Century and consider other ways of communicating that don’t involve access to property they don’t own.”   

The Workforce Fairness Institute is an organization committed to educating voters, employers, employees and citizens about issues affecting the workplace. To learn more, please visit:


Cooler Heads Digest 25 March 2011 


Join the Competitive Enterprise for Human Achievement Hour, an annual celebration of individual freedom and appreciation of the achievements and innovations that people have used to improve their lives throughout history, this Saturday March 26th 2011, 8:00 PM. Click here to learn more.  Human Achievement Hour is the pro-human, pro-energy alternative to Earth Hour, the Green's celebration of a darker world, also scheduled from 8-9 PM on March 26th.

The Cooler Heads Coalition will hold a congressional staff and media briefing by Professor Larry Bell of the University of Houston speaking on his recently published book, Climate of Corruption.  The briefing will be held in Room 1334 of the House Longworth Office Building from 12 noon to 1:30 PM on Friday, 8th April.

In the News

Endangered? CDC: \223U.S. Death Rate Falls for 10th Consecutive Year\224
Marlo Lewis,, 25 March 2011

This Is Your Nation's Economic Policy on Democratic Leadership
Chris Horner, AmSpecBlog, 25 March 2011

EPA Provides the Cash, American Lung Association Hits Upton and the Energy Tax Prevention Act
Myron Ebell,, 24 March 2011

How the President Killed My Company
Randy Stilley, Washington Post, 24 March 2011

Whose Clean Energy Standards?
Paul Chesser, American Spectator, 24 March 2011

The Real Problem with High Speed Rail
Michael Rosen, The American, 24 March 2011

Obama's Greens Turn Yellow
Washington Times editorial, 23 March 2011

Van Jones: Fracking Is Polluting Our Water
Myron Ebell,, 22 March 2011

EPA's Greenhouse Power Grab
Marlo Lewis, Pajamas Media, 21 March 2011

Google To Fight Global Warming \223Ignorance\224
Russell Cook, American Thinker, 21 March 2011

Recent Weather Extremes: Global Warming Fingerprint Not
Chip Knappenberger, Master Resource, 21 March 2011

Trains, Greens, and Gasoline: What a Wild Week
Mark Steyn, Investor's Business Daily, 18 March 2011

News You Can Use
North Dakota's Lessons for America

Not every State is suffering economically.  According to a recent Wall Street Journal op-ed by Joel Kotkin,  unemployment in North Dakota is 3.8 percent (nation-wide, it's about 9 percent), due primarily to increasing production of oil and gas. And, as noted by Bonner Cohen in a letter to the Journal, North Dakota's energy boom was made possible primarily because almost all of North Dakota's rich deposits of oil and natural gas lie beneath privately-owned land. Otherwise, it would have been locked up by the Obama administration.

Inside the Beltway
Myron Ebell

President Obama Endorses More Oil Production-in Brazil

The most astonishing event this week was President Barack Obama's endorsement of more oil production-in Brazil.  In a speech to a CEO Business Summit in Brasilia, the President said of the recently discovered oil and gas deposits off Brazil's eastern coast:

\223We want to be one of your best customers.  At a time when we've been reminded how easily instability in other parts of the world can affect the price of oil, the United States could not be happier with the potential for a new, stable source of energy.\224

This is the same President who has spent the last two years doing everything he can to reduce oil production in the United States. I'm all for more oil production in Brazil, but what's good for Brazil would also be good for the United States. 

Click here to read the entire post.

Senate Looks Ready to Vote on EPA Pre-Emption Amendment

The Senate now appears headed for a floor vote next week on S. 482, which Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell introduced on 15th March as an amendment to the Small Business Innovation Research and Technology Transfer Programs Re-Authorization Act, S. 493.  S. 482, the Energy Tax Prevention Act, was introduced by Senator James M. Inhofe (R-Okla.) and is identical to H. R. 910, which the House plans to vote on as a free-standing bill next month.  McConnell's amendment would block EPA from using the Clean Air Act to regulate greenhouse gas emissions until authorized by Congress.

Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) postponed a vote on the amendment last week when it became clear that it might come close to the 60 votes required for passage.  First, Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) introduced his bill to delay EPA regulations for two years as an amendment.  When that seemed to gain little support, Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) introduced an amendment that would codify EPA regulations into law but permanently exempt from regulation smaller stationary sources that emit less than 75,000 tons per year. 

The idea behind the Baucus amendment is that it peels off opposition from small businesses, farmers, and ranchers.  The American Farm Bureau Federation sent a strong letter to the Senate supporting Inhofe's bill and McConnell's amendment and opposing Baucus's amendment.  The Farm Bureau points out that farmers and ranchers will still have to pay more for energy and fertilizer even if they are not directly regulated.

It looks like Reid is now thinking about having votes on all three amendments.  McConnell appears to have more than 50 votes for his amendment, but not the 60 required for passage, since the amendment is not germane to the bill and is thus subject to a point of order.  On the other hand, Reid may succeed in getting nearly all the Democrats to vote for the Baucus amendment.  So it could end up with close to 50 votes as well.

House Vote on EPA Pre-Emption Bill Put Off until Early April

The House of Representatives has tentatively scheduled floor debate on H. R. 910, the Energy Tax Prevention Act, for the week of 4th April.  Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton's (R-Mich.) bill would block EPA from using the Clean Air Act to regulate greenhouse gas emissions until authorized by Congress to do so.  I think that the schedule could easily slip so that the bill doesn't come to the floor until the week of 11th April, but the House's Republican majority leadership still seems committed to getting final passage before leaving for the Holy Week and Easter recess, which begins on the 18th.

Environmental pressure groups are running radio and television ads in some districts, most notably in Chairman Upton's district.  I discuss the American Lung Association's shameless billboards in a post on here

Two former EPA Administrators in Republican administrations, William D. Ruckelshaus and Christie Todd Whitman, published an embarrassingly inane and self-serving op-ed in the Washington Post today, headlined \223Undoing 40 years of green gains?\224  Ruckelshaus and Whitman write, \223Today the agency Richard Nixon created \205 is under siege.\224  They have that backwards.  Americans are under siege by EPA.

Across the States


A California Superior Court ruling this week is likely to delay the start of the State's cap-and-trade energy-rationing scheme. The lawsuit, which was brought by environmental groups, alleged that the California Air Resources Board violated the Environmental Quality Act because it failed to consider other, more environmentally stringent climate policies than cap-and-trade. As a result of the ruling, CARB will have to consider other options, which is likely to push back the starting date of California's energy-rationing scheme, which was supposed to start on January 1 2012.

The lawsuit is further evidence that it is impossible to placate environmental special interests. For them, even energy rationing is insufficient to fight the supposed problem of global warming. This litigation is similar to environmentalist opposition to solar power, due to the fact that it might harm a tortoise, or opposition to hydropower, because it might hurt fish. In fact, there is only one policy that would win over the environmentalist community: deindustrialization.

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,


CEI Daily - Property Rights Index, Brazil, and Labeling Mandates


Property Rights Index


Yesterday the Property Rights Alliance launched the 2011 International Property Rights Index.



Policy Analyst Marc Scribner explains why the U.S. has slipped to 18th place overall in the index.


"The biggest contributor to the U.S.’s reduced standing was in the Physical Property Rights category (real property), which accounted for nearly half of the year-over-year decline in points. The variables for this category are protection of physical property rights, property registration, and access to loans. It is here where one might be surprised by some of the countries who rank ahead of the U.S. (ranked 25th) in terms of real property rights: Bahrain (5th), Saudi Arabia (8th), Oman (9th-tie), Botswana (21st-tie), and Tunisia (21st-tie)."






President Obama was in Brazil over the weekend.


Policy Analyst Brian McGraw notes that the President could help Brazil by ending our domestic farm subsidy programs.


"Taxpayers are still sending Brazilian cotton farmers millions of dollars per year because the WTO ruled in favor of Brazil when they sued the United States over our farm subsidy program. Rather than try to support Brazil by ending this (which is, admittedly, likely impossible for President Obama at this time), meaningless speeches will be given and some silly inter-bureaucratic program will potentially be set up to focus on economic development."



Labeling Mandates


The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau is pushing a nutrition label mandate for alcohol products.


Policy Analyst Michelle Minton explains how such a mandate would hurt small producers.
"Because craft breweries produce fewer barrels and more varieties of beer, testing and labeling their many different beers could be cost-prohibitive, resulting in companies reducing the number of beers they make, reducing the states to which they distribute, or getting out of the brewing business entirely. According to the Brewers Association, a trade group representing small brewers, the estimated annual cost for compliance with a mandatory labeling requirement would be could be as high as $18,000 for brewers producing less than 1,000 barrels a year and more than $350,000 for brewers making more than 100,000 barrels a year."


CEI Weekly: How Washington Ruined Your Washing Machine 

Friday, March 18, 2011




Feature: Sam Kazman explains how energy efficiency mandates have lowered the quality of American washing machines.

FEATURED STORY: How Washington Ruined Your Washing Machine


Energy efficiency mandates are lowering Americans' quality of life by lowering the quality of our household appliances. In The Wall Street Journal this week, CEI General Counsel Sam Kazman explains how energy restrictions have ruined top-loader washing machines, which were once both inexpensive and effective. Read Kazman's op-ed here.





Labor Policy Congressional Scorecard

CEI's new-launched voting scorecard for pro-worker issues


Wasteful Transit Policy

Marc Scribner's interview on Fox Business


What's the Catch with NOAA's Catch-Shares Program?

Iain Murray and Dennis Grabowski's op-ed in The Washington Examiner


Cybersecurity Theater vs. the Real Thing

Wayne Crews' column in Forbes


Liquor Wholesalers’ Appalling Misuse of the Constitution

Angela Logomasini's op-ed in The Daily Caller


Japan’s Nuclear Crisis: Where Is Steven Chu?

Iain Murray's op-ed in National Review


Are Text Messages an Antitrust Issue?

Ryan Young's op-ed in The American Spectator


Happy Birthday, James Madison

Christine Hall's op-ed on


Japan Crisis Shouldn't Derail Nuclear Movement

Iain Murray's citation on



Iain Murray's citation in The Washington Times






March 17, 2011: Are Biotech Crops Coming to Kenya?


CEI Senior Fellow Greg Conko discusses his recent trip to Kenya where he met with members of Parliament and other officials about the best way to regulate the introduction of genetically modified crops to the country.