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CEI Daily - The Durbin Amendment, the Government Shutdown, and Alcohol Regulations


The Durbin Amendment


In The New York Times this week, economist Simon Johnson defends The Durbin Amendment, which places price controls on what credit unions and banks can charge retailers for debit card transactions.


Director of the Center for Investors and Entrepreneurs John Berlau explains why Johnson is essentially promoting the interests of big retailers over the interests of consumers.


"It’s unfortunate that — in contrast to prominent liberals in Congress such as House Financial Services Committee Ranking Member Barney Frank and incoming Democratic National Committee Chairman Debbie Wasserman Schultz — Simon is allowing his dislike of the big banks to drive him into bed with giant retail chains such as Wal-Mart and Home Depot who are demanding corporate welfare at the expense of consumers, community banks, and credit unions."




Government Shutdown


The Washington Post has recently tried to drum up public concern about the threat of a government shutdown.


Director of Communications Christine Hall criticizes the Post's take on the shutdown.


"The paper is freaking out over the prospects of, wait for it, a  shutdown of the Washington Monument, the Cherry Blossom Parade, and national parks. Oh, and there’s the Blackberry conundrum and the possible closing of the historic Ford’s Theater.  Now, I am not thrilled about the prospect of these inconveniences. I’m sure loads of tourists have travel plans to D.C. this month and will not be pleased, either. But, two sections over, over on the the WaPo Style section, there’s a helpful article about “10 Things Tourists Can Do — Without Their Uncle Sam.” Whew!  Before reading the Style section, one might have thought life as we know it would come to an end.  It turns out there are alternatives to ogling pandas at the zoo. [...]

    It’d be nice if the WaPo seemed nearly as concerned about the very real fiscal need for spending cuts (a la Paul Ryan’s budget) or at least understanding about why some Americans might be, finally, really peeved at Congress for its profligate taxing, spending and regulating."




Alcohol Regulations


In the most recent "Alcohol Regulation Roundup," Policy Analyst Michelle Minton outlines what lawmakers around the country are doing to increase or cut back on alcohol regulations.


Read "Alcohol Regulation Roundup: April 6, 2011" here.


US Rep Bass Votes to Restore Legislative Powers to Congress

Authority to set policy on greenhouse gas emissions rests with Congress, not EPA

WASHINGTON – Congressman Charles F. Bass (NH-02) supported legislation on the floor of the House of Representatives this afternoon that will prevent the Environmental Protection Agency from overstepping its authority and restore legislative policymaking on greenhouse gas emissions to Congress.  The Energy Tax Prevention Act (H.R. 910) passed this afternoon by a vote of 255 to 172.

Bass said:

“Climate change is real and a problem that needs to be addressed with practical solutions that have attainable goals to reduce emissions and provide certainty in our economy.  But the power to set those policies rests with Congress, not the Environmental Protection Agency.  Agencies must not be able to regulate what has not been regulated. 

“Today, I voted to restore those legislative powers back to their rightful owner – Congress – and start a serious discussion about ways we can reduce greenhouse gas emissions, promote energy efficiency programs, and focus on obtaining energy from cleaner sources like nuclear, hydro, wind, solar, and others.  That’s a debate that should occur in the people’s House, not behind the closed doors of a bureaucratic agency.”

During Energy and Commerce Committee markup of the bill last month, the Committee unanimously accepted an amendment offered by Rep. Jim Matheson (UT-02), further amended by Bass, that states there is an established scientific concern over the warming of the climate system and that Congress should develop a policy that addresses climate change matters while taking into consideration the impact on the economy.

For video of Bass’ floor speech from yesterday afternoon, please visit


NH DHHS - New Federal Child Car Seat Recommendations

New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services Celebrates National Public Health Week

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is highlighting the revised guidelines of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for selecting and using a car seat. One of the biggest changes is the recommendation for parents is to keep their child in a rear-facing car seat for as long as possible, but at least until age two or when he or she reaches the maximum height or weight for the seat. Rear-facing seats do an excellent job of supporting the head, neck, and spine of very young children because it distributes the force of a crash over the entire body.

“After a child outgrows a rear-facing seat they should be transitioned to a forward-facing seat with a harness, again until they reach the maximum weight or height for the particular seat,” said Dr. José Montero, Director of the Division of Public Health Services. “It’s also very important for parents to read the car seat manufacturer’s instructions and to install car seats correctly in their vehicle using the seat belt or LATCH system.”

A booster seat comes next, which positions the seat belt so that it fits properly over the strongest parts of the child’s body. Most children will need a booster seat until they have reached 4 feet 9 inches tall and are between 8 and 12 years of age, which is another change in the guidelines. Also very child 12 and younger should ride in the back seat, every time.

“Many parents are unknowingly switching their children over to just wearing a seatbelt too soon,” said Dr. Montero. “In order to wear a seatbelt properly, the lap portion of the belt must lay snuggly across the upper thighs, not the stomach. The shoulder belt should be positioned across the shoulder and chest and not cross the neck or face. Too many children are being moved to a seatbelt before it fits them correctly.”

These recommendations are one of the topics DHHS is focusing on this week in recognition of National Public Health Week; for more information go to .

For more information, about child car seat safety, go to the American Academy of Pediatrics website at and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at . The New Hampshire Child Passenger Safety (NH CPS) Program provides technical assistance regarding child passenger safety to professionals and the public. Contact them toll-free at 1-877-783-0432. NH CPS can also guide you to a trained technician in your area of the State who can help you to install a seat properly.


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: