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AFP - Tell the Senate to stop the EPA global warming power grab! 

Senator Mitch McConnell, along with 43 co-sponsors (including Democratic Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia), is forcing a vote on S. 482 (the Energy Tax Hike Prevention Act) as an amendment to the Small Business Innovation Research Act re-authorization bill. The vote could come as soon as today but it will probably come some time this week.

Unelected regulators are usurping the legislative power that the people, in the Constitution, granted to Congress. We must demand our senators step in and stop this regulatory tyranny.

President Obama is now pursuing his entire failed global warming agenda – decisively rejected as the cap-and-tax energy tax and in the 2010 election. In Obama’s words: “Cap-and-Trade was just one way of skinning the cat; it was not the only way.”

Indeed, the EPA is actively pursuing a bizarre legal theory that the 1970 Clean Air Act was designed as a global warming law, and that pursuant to it they can regulate just about everything that moves, as well as most industrial facilities. When it’s fully phased in, their plans include over 18,000 pages of appendices that would regulate every industry in the U.S., cause electricity prices to skyrocket, and greatly diminish our freedom and prosperity.

Please call your senators NOW and tell them to vote YES on the McConnell Amendment to stop the EPA's global warming power grab.

Your senator and their phone number is: Sen. Jeanne Shaheen
Phone: (202) 224-2841

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This is one of the first big Senate opportunities to stopping Obama's outrageous regulatory agenda (see for more). Please take action and pass this important message along.


AFP - Call Congress to Stand up to Obama’s Regulators 

This week the new Congress has its first chance to stand up to President Obama’s regulators.  Even though citizens rejected Obama’s regulatory power grabs at the ballot box this past November, he is trying to go around Congress and implement his failed agenda through regulation (see Congress must stand up and assert its proper role. 

The House Energy and Commerce Committee is taking two huge votes this week to remind the president that Congress makes the laws in this country, not unelected bureaucrats.  The committee will vote on a resolution of disapproval (H.J. Res. 37) to overturn the FCC’s Internet regulations. They will also vote to block the EPA from regulating greenhouse gases (H.R. 910) using the Clean Air Act, something it was never intended to do.

Your representative is on the committee, and today is a great opportunity for you to call in and tell your representative to stand up for the Constitution by voting YES on stopping the EPA and the FCC.

Your representative and their phone number are: Rep. Charles Bass
Phone: (202) 225-5206

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Call today and then click here to give us feedback on how the call.



Phil Kerpen
Vice President for Policy


Cooler Heads Digest 11 March 2011 

In the News

Science's Role Is To Inform, Not Dictate Policy
Marlo Lewis,, 11 March 2011

The Drumming of an Army
Clive James, Standpoint, March 2011

Australia's Carbon Warning for Obama
Tom Switzer, Wall Street Journal, 11 March 2011

55 Positive Externalities: Hail to Atmospheric CO2 Enrichment!
Chip Knappenberger,, 10 March 2011

Does Obama Want Higher Gas Prices?
Vincent Carroll, Denver Post, 9 March 2011

A Modest Proposal To Fix Global Warming
Jeb Babbin, American Spectator, 8 March 2011

Wind Energy's Overblown Prospects
Larry Bell, Forbes, 8 March 2011

The Silent Killer of the American Economy
Marita Noon, Energy Tribune, 8 March 2011

The Wages of Green Spin
Chris Horner, Daily Caller, 7 March 2011

The High Cost of Renewables
Paul Chesser, Santa Fe New Mexican, 7 March 2011

News You Can Use
Oil in the Obama Era: 67% More Expensive

According to a recent analysis by the Heritage Foundation, oil prices have increased 67 percent since President Barack Obama took office.

Inside the Beltway
Myron Ebell

H.R. 910 Clears the First Hurdle, More Action Next Week

The House of Representatives took the first step on Thursday toward reclaiming its authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions.  The Energy and Power (yes, that really is its name) Subcommittee of the Energy and Commerce Committee marked up and passed H. R. 910, the Energy Tax Prevention Act, which is sponsored by Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) and Subcommittee Chairman Ed Whitfield (R-Ky.).  H. R. 910 would pre-empt EPA from regulating greenhouse gas emissions using the Clean Air Act unless and until explicitly authorized to do so by Congress.   

Actually, there was no marking up.  The Democrats opposed to the bill offered no amendments, and the bill was passed on a voice vote.  The full Committee has scheduled a mark-up of the bill next Monday and Tuesday. That means H. R. 910 could come to the House floor by early April.  There is no doubt that it will pass the House by a wide margin.  The only question is how many Democrats will end up voting for it.  My guess is that quite a few Democrats are worried about getting re-elected and will therefore vote for it.

The subcommittee meeting was one long whine by minority Democrats.  Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Beverly Hills), the ranking Democrat on the full committee and chief sponsor of the Waxman-Markey cap-and-trade bill that failed in the last Congress, said that H. R. 910 would codify science denial.  Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) chimed in that he was worried the Republicans would try to repeal the law of gravity.  Rep. Jay Inslee (D-Wash.) instead thought that Republicans were trying to repeal the first law of thermodynamics and cause children all over the world to get asthma. 

Preventing asthma is now the principal reason brought forward by the global warming alarmists in Congress to cripple the U. S. economy with energy-rationing regulations.  Here is what I learned from a ninety-second internet search: \223The majority of people with asthma notice that cold, dry air causes more symptoms than mild-temperature or hot, humid air.\224 Of course, some of the world's most eminent climate scientists have recently found that global warming is causing a lot of cold weather.  

Inslee always plays the obnoxious buffoon, but he was outdone at the subcommittee meeting by Rep. Michael Doyle (D-Penna.).  Doyle claimed that EPA's regulation of greenhouse gas emissions would not send any jobs overseas because existing manufacturing plants would not have to apply for permits under the rules already proposed.  Only new or expanded plants have to apply for permits.  Thus only new jobs are being destroyed by EPA regulations, and no one in an existing job has anything to worry about.  I know this sounds unbelievably stupid, but this is an accurate summary of the point Doyle was making.  As the committee counsel tried to explain to Doyle, even that point is true only until EPA finishes implementing emissions rules for existing facilities.

Senate Committee Takes Up Light Bulb Ban
Firuze Demir

The Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee on Thursday held a hearing on S. 398, a bill to set higher energy efficiency standards for a wide variety of products, and on S. 395, the Better Use of Light Bulbs (or BULB) Act, a bill introduced by Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) to repeal the ban on standard incandescent light bulbs.  Sen. Rand Paul made an impassioned contribution to the debate, arguing that restricting consumer choice, so that bureaucrats choose which toilets and light bulbs people can buy, is simply insulting.  Howard Brandston, a leading lighting designer, testified in favor of the BULB Act.  Brandston told Freedom Action, which has launched a grassroots petition drive to repeal the ban: \223In my travels through 60 countries working on almost 3000 lighting projects, most knowledgeable people I know do not like Compact Fluorescent Lamps and are stockpiling a lifetime supply of incandescent lamps to protect the habitability of their homes.\224

Across the States


In 2007, then-Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty (R) championed and ultimately signed the Next Generation Act, which effectively imposed a moratorium on coal-fired power plants in the State. Evidently, the legislature is having second thoughts about a future without coal, because this week both the House and the Senate moved legislation that would overturn the coal ban. By a 15 to 6 vote, the House Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Policy and Finance committee passed H.F. 72, \223A bill for an act relating to energy; removing ban on increased carbon dioxide emissions by utilities.\224 The Senate Committee on Energy, Utilities, and Telecommunications passed a companion bill, by a 9 to 3 vote.

West Virginia

On Tuesday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued a section 404 Clean Water Act permit to a Massey Coal subsidiary for the Reylas Surface Mine in Logan County, West Virginia. The permit was originally issued in 2007, but it became ensnared in the Obama Administration's war on Appalachian coal (click here or here for more information on that subject). In 2009, the Environmental Protection Agency recommended against granting the permit, so there is a good chance that the EPA will veto this permit. In January, the EPA exercised this authority for the first time in the history of the Clean Water Act in order to veto the Spruce No. 1 mine, which is also in Logan County. Notably, the EPA objects to these mines because they allegedly harm an insect that isn't an endangered species. But before the EPA could act, environmentalist lawyers won an injunction in a West Virginia federal court.

Around the World
Brian McGraw


Warming seas in Greenland have opened a vast portion of previously inaccessible areas for oil and natural gas exploration. Previously frozen land will also be mined for lead, zinc, and gold. Greenland's oil minister, Ove Karl Berthelsen, heralded this as a ticket out of poverty for many and an opportunity for their economy to become less reliant on Denmark.


In Germany, biofuel skepticism is causing problems at the pump. Fuel stresses have been reported as Germans have been refusing to buy 10% ethanol blends instead opting for standard fuel (which contains up to 5% ethanol). It is reported that over 4 million vehicles in Germany aren't designed to run on E10. Now refiners are struggling to produce a fuel consumers don't want while they risk facing heavy fines for failing to meet strict mandates.

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CEI Daily - Small Business, REINS, and Energy Efficiency 

Small Business


Politicians claim to want to help small businesses; but are they actually helping?


Fellow in Regulatory Studies Ryan Young says regulations are killing small businesses.


"Given how much taxpayer money politicians lavish on small businesses, most of elected officials are confident that they are helping, not hurting. They should listen more closely to the consituency they claim to love so much. The Bush-Obama era has been one of ever-increasing spending and regulation. And those hurt small businesses. Paychex, Inc., a payroll service provider that works with many small businesses, recently commissioned a survey. They asked small business owners their thoughts on the economy, and what the biggest obstacles are to growing their businesses. The most common gripe? Regulation. 47 percent of small business owners say that regulations have 'slowed or prevented' their business from growing."






Today, the House will hold a second hearing on the REINS Act, which proposes to institute congressional review for federal agencies' major rules.


Senior Fellow Marlo Lewis talks about passing the REINS Act could curb the EPA's power.


"It’s time to un-stack the decks. Administrative agencies should not be able to make the big policy decisions that 'We, the People' elect Congress and the President to make. Under the REINS Act, EPA would have to pursue its Kyoto-inspired agenda the old fashioned, small 'r,' republican way: through public discourse and persuasion, not regulatory fiat."



Energy Efficiency


New models of top-loader washing machines are less effective than old models, thanks to several energy efficiency mandates.


General Counsel Sam Kazman is quoted in The New York Times.


“Efficiency mandates have become feel-good mantras that politicians invoke. The results of these mandates have ranged from costly fiascos, such as once-dependable top-loading washers that no longer wash, to higher fatalities in cars downsized by fuel-efficiency rules. If the technologies were so good, they wouldn’t need to be imposed on us by law.”



AFP - Prosperity Alert: March 2011 

Stand with Scott Walker


Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is making a stand, and AFP is with him! Union dues should be voluntary, and the state should not be collecting them. Union certification should require a secret ballot. Collective bargaining should not be used to force extravagant pension and health benefits at the expense of the taxpayer.

So far, over 100,000 citizen activists joined with AFP and signed the petition declaring that they stand with Scott Walker. Click here to sign the petition now!

Click here to see AFP's "Stand with Walker" Television Ad.

Click here to see AFP President Tim Phillips on CNN discussing the importance of the Union debate in Wisconsin.

Click here to see Tim Phillips giving an update on the situation in Wisconsin on Fox Business.

Take Action


Check out, and help stop Obama's Democracy Denied Agenda!
The below chart shows how it has become standard procedure in the Obama administration not to take no for an answer. When Obama's radical agenda is rejected by Congress and the American people, he goes around the democratic process to do what he wants anyway.


Tell Congress to Stop the FCC Internet Takeover!
President Obama and his FCC Chairman are trying to impose massive new regulations on the internet. A bill has been introduced in both the House and the Senate that would disallow these new regulations. Click here to tell your legislators to support the FCC Disapproval Resolution!

Health Care Bill Update

March 23rd marks the one year anniversary of the passage of ObamaCare. A major victory came out of Florida last month when a federal judge issued a ruling that several provisions of the bill, including the individual mandate, were unconstitutional. In his ruling, the judge also said that because federal officials usually adhere to the law as declared by the courts, no injunction against these provisions was necessary.

Now, the Obama Administration is questioning that ruling. AFP will keep you posted on this critical fight.


National RightOnline Conference - June 17-18 - Minneapolis, MN


National RightOnline Conference - June 17-18 - Minneapolis
Join AFP Foundation, thousands of grassroots activists, and the nation's top conservatives leaders for the national RightOnline conference in Minneapolis June 17-18 and learn how you can use the internet to promote limited government and fiscal responsibility.

RightOnline will include workshops and panels led by prominent free market leaders and keynote speeches from the nation’s most influential conservatives, including Michelle Malkin.

Click here to register now!

Click here for more information on RightOnline.

Activist of the Month - Mary Gilkison Wilson


A cattle rancher and business consultant from Centerville, Kansas, Mary began to take interest in her local government when she began covering City Council meetings for the local newspaper. Appalled at what the council was getting away with, and the lack of knowledge her community had of the council’s dealings, she formed the Linn County Citizens Council. The Citizen’s Council sought to inform people of the goings-on of their local government and how to create positive change by holding meetings with local officials and attending and video-taping city council meetings.

Mary would eventually bring her knowledge of local issues and skill for organizing to her local chapter of AFP-Kansas. She continues to organize meetings to discuss local and state issues, bringing in local politicians to help keep AFP activists up to date on what is going on with their government as well as to inform the politicians that their constituents are paying attention and care about the decisions being made with their tax dollars . Mary is a great example for all AFP activists who want to keep their local government accountable. She is helping to ensure that free market, limited government principles are advocated for on all levels of government.

Thank you, Mary, for all you do, and congratulations on being AFP's Activist of the Month!

AFP Upcoming Events and Local Highlights


A New Hampshire Presidential Summit - On Spending & Job Creation
AFPF will be hosting a presidential summit on April 29th at Executive Court in Manchester, NH. The summit will consist of a reception followed by dinner. Invited guests will include Hon. Mitt Romney, Hon. Tim Pawlenty, Hon. Rick Santorum, and Mr. Herman Cain. For more information, click here.

Click here to register now!

5th Annual Georgia Defending the American Dream Summit
AFPF-Georgia will be hosting its Defending the American Dream Summit on April 30th, 2011 at Chattahoochie Technical College Appalachian Campus. Don't miss the top gathering of grassroots conservative and Tea Party activists conveniently located less than two hours from AL, TN, SC and NC! Click here for more information, or for tickets!

Michigan Legislative Lobby Day & Taxpayer Tea Party Rally
AFP-Michigan will be sponsoring a legislative lobby day on April 14th at Central United Methodist Church in Lansing. Highlights will include lobbying training, a legislative and government updates session, and a rally at the Capitol. For more information, click here!

AFP has new state directors in Wisconsin, Maryland, Washington, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, and Virginia:

AFP-Oklahoma State Director Stuart Jolly addresses the fact that 16 school superintendents make more annually than the Governor of Oklahoma.

AFP-New Jersey State Director Steve Lonegan discusses the dangers of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.

AFP-Ohio State Director Rebecca Heimlich is noted as a key supporter of Senate Bill 5.

AFPF-Arkansas Hosted it's Defending the American Dream Summit on Thursday, February 24th!

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