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CEI Today: Wind energy vote today, a consumer guide to chemical risk, and EPA's forced retirement of coal plants

Thursday, April 3, 2014
In the News Today


Wind Energy Boondoggle Gets Another Shot at Tax Subsidy

Today, the Senate Finance Committee scheduled a mark-up of legislation to extend tax credits for certain special interests, which will include the wind energy production tax credit (PTC). Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) announced he will offer an amendment to add the wind PTC, which expired at the end of 2013. The tax credit amounts to a subsidy for well-connected government cronies to produce a product that cannot compete in the energy marketplace on either price or reliability.  > Read more

> Interview Myron Ebell


Consumer’s Guide to Chemical Risk

Will these chemicals make me fat? That sounds like a weird question, but some consumers may actually have such worries, thanks to a constant barrage of news headlines suggesting that synthetic chemicals—an even some naturally occurring ones—are responsible for nearly every public health problem imaginable.

CEI‘s recently released booklet, A Consumer’s Guide to Chemical Risk: Deciphering the “Science” Behind Chemical Scares,” are tools designed reduce both the confusion and fear about chemicals.  > Read more

> Interview Angela Logomasini

OBAMACARE - WILLIAM YEATMAN EPA’s Shocking Justification for Retiring up to 25% of U.S. Coal Fleet

Last week, the EIA published a little-noticed analysis estimating that up to 25 percent of the nation’s coal-fired power plant fleet could be forced to retire due to the EPA’s 2012 Mercury and Air Toxics Standards rule, also known as the “Utility MACT.” Needless to say, these are significant retirements. > Read more

> Interview William Yeatman




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ALG urges passage of JOBS Act 


March 26, 2014, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Nathan Mehrens today issued the following statement urging passage of the JOBS Act being introduced in the House of Representatives:

"Americans for Limited Government strongly urges passage of the Republican Study Committee's JOBS Act.  The JOBS Act is comprehensive legislation that unleashes private job creators through overturning the Obama Administration's regulatory assault on the American workforce.

"The JOBS Act stifles Obama's War on Coal creating a low cost energy future that is needed to build a robust U.S. manufacturing sector which isn't dependent upon government subsidies for success.  The Act also strips away the rogue National Labor Relation's Boards capacity to serve as prosecutor, judge and jury on employment law cases, a power that has created profound workforce uncertainty for employers who seek to follow the law.  The House of Representatives should pass the JOBS Act without delay."

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NRSC - Senator Shaheen Joins "Women on the Road" toward anti-energy agenda 

Jeanne Shaheen has had a rough few months and this week is no different.

After taking to the Senate floor in defense of liberal extremists and opposing American energy development and the job creation/economic benefits that come with it, Jeanne Shaheen is now set to be the beneficiary of San Francisco, Los Angeles and Seattle fundraisers this weekend. One of these ritzy fundraisers will be hosted by Susie Tompkins Buell, who also hosted the infamous Tom Steyer fundraiser last month.

It was Buell who said “OFA has helped put climate deniers on defense and it has played a role in securing EPA regulations of coal, but it has not provided the kind of inspired leadership we need to tackle climate change,” she wrote. “We want to make it perfectly clear to Democratic candidates that we expect them to lead on this issue.”

Buell’s point seems to be “perfectly clear” to Jeanne Shaheen, who votes with President Obama 99% of the time and is one of the most radical members of the United States Senate. As a staunch advocate for radical legislation like cap-and-trade, it’s clear that Shaheen has been an enemy of American energy. Shaheen’s support for this radical agenda would mean harmful red tape regulation, higher taxes, and higher costs that would cripple entire industries and destroy local jobs in New Hampshire.

"Energy development at home is key to creating jobs, helping working families, and growing our economy, yet Jeanne Shaheen continues to put radical liberal special interests ahead of what's best for Granite Staters," said NRSC Press Secretary Brook Hougesen. "Jeanne Shaheen is one of President Obama's most important soldiers in the War on American Energy, voting with him an eye-opening 99% - even when those policies hurt families and workers in New Hampshire. Jeanne Shaheen's extreme views are far outside the mainstream which is why Granite Staters are excited about the possibility of supporting someone new that they can trust and rely on."


Susie Tompkins Buell Co-Hosted Tom Steyer’s San Francisco Fundraiser In February. “‘That’s like comparing Harry Potter to Voldemort,’ said Susie Tompkins Buell, a San Francisco-based climate donor who co-hosted a Democratic fundraiser Wednesday night at Steyer’s San Francisco home.” (Andrew Restuccia, “Steyer Vs. Koch Cage Fight,” Politico, 2/21/14)

Buell, An OFA Supporter, Said “OFA Has Helped Put Climate Deniers On Defense And It Has Played A Role In Securing EPA Regulations Of Coal.” “Esprit co-founder Susie Tompkins Buell, who attended the San Francisco event, has supported the pro-Obama Organizing For Action (OFA) group and is also a close ally of Hillary Clinton. She wrote in an e-mail that she has lost patience with some in her party. ‘OFA has helped put climate deniers on defense and it has played a role in securing EPA regulations of coal, but it has not provided the kind of inspired leadership we need to tackle climate change,’ she wrote.” (Juliet Eilperin, “Environmental Advocates Target Climate Change As Democratic Election Issue,” The Washington Post, 2/23/14)

  • ·         (Juliet Eilperin, “Environmental Advocates Target Climate Change As Democratic Election Issue,” The Washington Post, 2/23/14)


In 2011, Buell Led A Protest In San Francisco Of The Keystone Pipeline. “Buell made headlines last fall after she led a protest in San Francisco of the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline by Democrats including Michael Kieschnick, co-founder of CREDO Mobile and Working Assets, which has donated $75 million to progressive causes, IT executive David desJardins, and Anna Hawken McKay, wife of Rob McKay, a wealthy philanthropist whose father founded the Taco Bell empire.” (Carla Marinucci and Joe Garofoli, “Major Democratic Campaign Donor Sours On Obama,” San Francisco Chronicle, 1/16/12)


In 2013, Buell Organized An Effort To Press President Obama To Make “Bold” Appointments To Advance The Issue Of Climate Change. “San Francisco philanthropist and businesswoman Susie Tompkins Buell — one of a crowd of big Democratic donors expressing sharp opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline — is organizing a new effort to press President Barack Obama for ‘bold’ appointments to advance the issue of climate change. … This week, Tompkins Buell organizing a signature drive to reach Obama with a strong message to stick to his principles on climate change and carefully consider his appointments in that arena.” (Carla Marinucci, “Big Dem Donor Susie Buell Organizing To Press Obama For ‘Bold’ Appointments On Climate Change,” San Francisco Chronicle, 1/28/13)

·         The Letter To President Obama Praised The Stimulus And The “Positive Regulatory Agenda At EPA.” “Your Administration has achieved some key gains, including vehicle efficiency standards, stimulus investments in clean energy, and a positive regulatory agenda at EPA.” (Carla Marinucci, “Big Dem Donor Susie Buell Organizing To Press Obama For ‘Bold’ Appointments On Climate Change,” San Francisco Chronicle, 1/28/13)


Cooler Heads Digest 10 January 2014 

10 January 2014

In the News

Cold Comfort on Global Warming
Myron Ebell, Standpoint, January/February 2014

Oil Export Ban and Capitalists against Capitalism: When Will They Ever Learn?
Marlo Lewis,, 11 January 2013

Global Warming’s Glorious Ship of Fools
Mark Steyn, The Spectator, 10 January 2014

Video: Incandescent Light Bulbs, the Dumbest New Ban in 2014
Reason TV, 9 January 2014

Lavish Energy Lifestyles
Lawrence Solomon, Financial Post, 9 January 2014

House Looks at Sue and Settle
William Yeatman, The Hill, 8 January 2014

Speaking Truth to Wind Power
Robert Bradley, Jr., Master Resource, 7 January 2014

Good Riddance to the Wind Energy Subsidy
Washington Post editorial, 6 January 2013

News You Can Use
Alarmist Scientists Try Having It Both Ways on Extreme Weather

On the cold weather parts of the country have been experiencing, Seth Borenstein of the AP quotes Professor Andrew Dessler to good effect: “I think that people's memory about climate is really terrible. So I think this cold event feels more extreme than it actually is because we're just not used to really cold winters anymore.”  Similarly, Penn State climatologist Michael Mann explained to MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell Reports, “The fact is we have a technical term for this in climate science. We call it winter. You’re going to have cold weather in winter.”

The Cooler Heads Digest hopes that Dessler and Mann will remember that weather is not climate the next time there is a heat wave, drought, hurricane, typhoon, tornado, or flood. 

Inside the Beltway
Myron Ebell

EPA Finally Publishes Ban on New Coal-Fired Power Plants

The Environmental Protection Agency published in the Federal Register on Wednesday, 8th January, the text of its proposed New Source Performance Standards to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from new coal- and natural gas-fired power plants.  The first version of this rule was announced in April 2012 and then withdrawn in April 2013.  A revised version was announced on 20th September 2013, but it has taken another fourteen weeks to get the rule published. 

Publication in the Federal Register triggers a sixty-day public comment period.  The EPA will also hold a public hearing on 28th January from 9 AM to 8 PM in the Clinton Building East’s Map Room in Washington, DC.  President Barack Obama has been invited by the Congress to give his annual State of the Union speech later that evening. 

Erika Martinson reported in Politico Pro (subscription required) that among the documents released by the EPA as part of publishing the proposed rule were a number of comments from other unnamed administration officials.  According to Martinson: “In those documents, a thread emerged: Obama administration officials wanted EPA to be clear that this regulation is just the start, that the purpose is largely a legal set up for more expansive regulations that will cover the nation’s existing fleet of power plants, and that in the future, it won’t just be coal on the line, but natural gas, too.

If implemented, the rule will make it impossible to build new coal-fired power plants.  A further rule to regulate carbon dioxide emissions from existing coal and gas plants is due to be released by June, according to the schedule that President Obama announced last summer in his speech outlining his second-term energy-rationing and climate agenda.   

William Yeatman, my CEI colleague, submitted some initial comments, which can be found here.  Further early reaction from CEI can be found in our press release.        

API’s Gerard Doubles Down on Failed Strategy

Jack Gerard, the president of the American Petroleum Institute, laid out API’s agenda in a speech at the Newseum in Washington, DC on 7th January.  It was a well-attended event that attracted a lot of media attention.  By my count, there were eight television cameras.  Among many press reports, Michael Bastasch’s in the Daily Caller was especially good. Kate Sheppard in the Huffington Post naturally didn’t like what she heard, which was that the oil industry wants the Keystone XL Pipeline to be approved without any more delay. CNBC concentrated on Gerard’s announcement that API will be heavily involved in the 2014 elections to try to elect candidates who favor pro-oil and gas policies.

This year API is calling its public outreach effort “America’s Energy, America’s Choice.”  Gerard said that the United States was on the verge of becoming the world’s leading energy producer, but that “If we are to continue our nation’s current positive energy production trends, we must implement energy policies based on current reality and our potential as an energy leader, not the outdated political ideology of the professional environmental fringe or political dilettantes.”

That sounds positive, but Gerard and API seem to have learned nothing from their active and expensive engagement in the 2012 elections.  API and its member companies spent many millions of dollars in 2012 on their “Vote 4 Energy” campaign, which included thousands of “I’m an Energy Voter” television and print ads.  The effort had little impact because President Obama and many Democrats running for Congress announced that they supported pro-energy policies.  The President in particular went around the country taking credit for the dramatic increase in domestic oil and gas production during his first term.  The API campaign did nothing to identify which candidates really had pro-energy records and which did not.  Polling before the election showed that President Obama led challenger Mitt Romney on energy policy issues.

In reply to a question at his speech, Gerard confirmed that API will continue its failed 2012 approach in its 2014 “America’s Energy, America’s Choice” campaign by not rating congressional votes on energy issues.  They want to raise energy as an important issue with voters, but they do not want to help inform voters about where candidates really stand on energy issues.  This is quite different from the much more successful election efforts of the League of Conservation Voters and the Sierra Club. My guess is that a League of Energy Voters that spent a fraction of what API is planning to spend, but that named names, would have an immensely bigger impact. In this regard, Freedom Action published 2011-12 Affordable Energy Congressional Vote Ratings, but had no funding for promotion before the election.

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,


ALG's Daily Grind - Will Janet Yellen stop printing $900 billion a year in 2014?


Dec. 26, 2013

Will Janet Yellen stop printing $900 billion a year in 2014?
With credit slowing down in 2013 and rates already slightly rising, does incoming Fed head Janet Yellen have the fortitude to taper into the face fierce economic headwinds?

Cartoon: More Coal

Podesta to carry out the Obama Doctrine
With John Podesta's imminent return to the White House as an advisor specializing in energy policy, any optimism in a robust energy future for the U.S. may be misplaced. Be afraid. Be very afraid.

ALG Posts of the Year: Unemployment rate is meaningless
You liked, we saw. Counting down the final days before the new year, we are highlighting the top posts from 2013 as decided by what our followers liked, shared, re-tweeted, and talked about on social platforms such as Facebook and Twitter.