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Wednesday
Aug052015

CEI Responds to EPA Rules: Clean Power Plan and Beyond 

Yesterday, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released two final rules regulating carbon emissions for new and existing power plants that will have a devastating effect on the cost of energy for Americans, our electricity market, and state economies across the country. The agency also issued a new proposed rule for a federal plan to regulate greenhouse gas emissions. The administration’s new carbon rules will make obtaining affordable energy nearly impossible for many American families. See below for commentary by CEI energy experts on the economic effects of these new regulations.

CEI’s Myron Ebell offered this initial response to the EPA’s release of the final rule in its so-called Clean Power Plan

“The EPA’s so-called ‘Clean Power’ Plan to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants is colossally expensive, blatantly illegal, and totally pointless. It will fulfill President Obama’s promise he made when running for president in 2008 to “necessarily skyrocket” people’s electric rates. Consumers, particularly in the heartland states that have affordable electricity from coal-fired plants, are going to see their rates skyrocket, just as the President promised. Workers are going to lose their jobs as energy-intensive manufacturing is forced out of the country. Congress must act quickly and decisively to block the President’s disastrous climate policies.”   

CEI’s Marlo Lewis responded to the EPA’s release of rules for new electric utility sources:

“Because the EPA does not anticipate anyone building new coal-fired power plants, evidently, the new source performance standards rule’s value is purely instrumental – to provide the regulatory springboard for the so-called Clean Power Plan (CPP) for existing power plants.

“EPA’s modification of the new source rule makes one of the CPP’s legal vulnerabilities more conspicuous. The CO2 performance standards in the CPP were already more stringent than those in the proposed new source rule. Now the CPP standards are much more stringent. Never before in the history of the Clean Air Act have Section 111 existing source performance standards been more stringent than the corresponding new source standards.”

CEI’s William Yeatman offered this initial response to the EPA’s proposed rule for a federal plan for greenhouse gas emissions from electric utility:

“As we predicted, EPA’s proposed federal implementation plan (FIP) entails two emissions trading schemes. Of course, Congress has expressly and repeatedly rejected such ‘cap and trade’ schemes, which raises an obvious question: Why is it appropriate for EPA to impose major policies that were refused by Congress? In practice, emissions are virtually synonymous with energy use, and, as a result, EPA’s FIP is not inaccurately labeled an energy-rationing program. Talk about mission creep!”

More from CEI on the so-called "Clean Power Plan" and the EPA's climate agenda: 

 


The Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) is a non-profit, non-partisan public policy group in Washington, D.C. CEI promotes the institutions of liberty and works to remove government-created barriers to economic freedom, innovation, and prosperity through timely analysis, effective advocacy, inclusive coalition-building, and strategic litigation.

Wednesday
May272015

CEI Today: EPA ditching coal mandate?, EU climate policy, and reining in regulation 

Tuesday, May 26, 2015
In the News Today

 

EPA DITCHING COAL MANDATE?

 
Daily Caller: Sources: EPA Ditches Mandate That Coal Plants Install Non-Existent Coal Technology
 
The EPA may be trying to avoid a political disaster before the rollout of major regulations limiting carbon dioxide emissions from coal plants. Sources say the agency has dropped a key requirement that coal plants install carbon capture technology. > Read the Daily Caller article
 

EU CLIMATE POLICY - MARLO LEWIS

 

EU Climate Policy: Unsustainability Update

 

Under current climate and energy policies, global emissions are projected to increase by 67% between 2010 and 2050. To reduce emissions 60% below 2010 levels, emissions must decline a whopping 76% below the baseline projection. What must industrial and developing countries do, respectively, to meet the 60-by-50 target?  > Read more

PLAN TO REIN IN REGS - WAYNE CREWS

 

The Hill: GOP senator wants to create panel to rein in regs
 
Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) is planning to introduce a resolution Wednesday to create a committee to review rules enacted by federal agencies.
 
The Regulation Sensibility Through Oversight Restoration, or RESTORE, Resolution would establish a Joint Select Committee to review new rules, hold hearings on the effects of those already in place and recommend ways to reduce regulatory overreach. According to the Competitive Enterprise Institute, federal regulation and intervention cost American consumers and businesses an estimated $1.88 trillion in 2014.   > Read The Hill article 

MORE IN THE NEWS
 

Saving the Bees vs. Pork Barrel Spending

 

 

Tuesday, June 2, 2015
Washington, DC

 

The Constitutional Limits of the
Endangered Species Act

What limits does the Constitution place on federal regulations under the ESA? Should Congress resolve that issue instead of the courts? Would endangered species be better protected or worse off if PETPO prevails in court or S. 1142 is enacted?
> RSVP & more info: KAP@pacificlegal.org
 

https://cei.org/ceidinner
2015 Dinner and Reception

JUNE 11

 

Join us for CEI’s Bourbon and BBQ Bash: Liberty served smooth and smokin’

 

    

 

CEI is a non-profit, non-partisan public policy group dedicated to the principles of free enterprise and limited government.  For more information about CEI, please visit our website, cei.org.  Follow CEI on Twitter! Twitter.com/ceidotorg.

 

TEN THOUSAND COMMANDMENTS

Snapshot of the Federal Regulatory State

 

 

The State of
Freedom in the UK

 


A Cato Institute discussion on the outcome of the election and what it means for the state of freedom in the UK, featuring CEI's Iain Murray and other experts > View it on cato.org
 






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Tuesday
Dec302014

CEI Today: Democrats v gov't unions, green groups "beyond coal," CEI's Battered Business Bureau, and more 

Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014
In the News Today

 

DEMOCRATS vs GOVERNMENT UNIONS - IVAN OSORIO

If late House Speaker Tip O’Neill’s famous saying that all politics is local has a corollary, it may be that politics is at its most substantive at the local level. While the people’s elected representatives in Congress—many from safe districts—trade ideological barbs, state and local elected officials often have to deal in the language of dollars and cents, as they weigh policy decisions that directly affect their constituents.


That in turn creates different conflicts than those found on Capitol Hill. And nowhere is that more visible than in the growing conflict between state and local Democratic elected officials trying to put their governments’ finances in order. > View more

> Interview Ivan Osorio
 

GREEN GROUPS "BEYOND COAL" - WILLIAM YEATMAN

Green Groups Demonstrate Their Unreasonableness with Response to EPA’s Coal Ash Rule


Two Fridays ago, EPA promulgated a final regulation, pursuant to the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (“RCRA”), that establishes first ever federal limits on the disposal of “coal combustion residuals” (i.e., byproducts of burning coal for power). Coal combustion residuals also are known as “coal ash.”


Environmentalists aren’t happy with the rule, having deemed it too lenient. Their true motive is to make coal power cost prohibitive, and thereby move America “beyond coal.” > Read more

> Interview William Yeatman
 

CEI's Battered Business Bureau:
The Week in Regulation

The federal government took Thursday and Friday off to celebrate the holidays. Despite the rare three-day work week, agencies still published 25 proposed regulations, more than 40 final regulations, and an average of more than 500 Federal Register pages per day.
 

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Friday
Nov072014

ALG's Daily Grind - McConnell: 'We will use the power of the purse' 

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Nov. 6, 2014

Permission to republish original opeds and cartoons granted.

McConnell: 'We will use the power of the purse'
Incoming Senate Majority Leader: "It takes 60 votes to do a lot of things in the Senate, but there are some things we can do with 51 votes." 

Cartoon: Obama Reacts

Will Obama Regulation Shut Off the Lights?
The Obama Administration and his big money environmental extremist allies lost two Senate seats due to extreme environmentalist overregulation, and it is likely to get worse for the greenies in the next two years.

Stockman: Bill Gross' case for bigger deficits is ludicrous
Former Pimco bond king: ""The real economy needs money printing, yes, but money spending more so, and that must come from the fiscal side — from the dreaded government side — where deficits are anathema and balanced budgets are increasingly in vogue." 

 

 

Tuesday
Aug262014

ALG's Daily Grind - The dependency state grows to 175 million 

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August 25, 2014

Permission to republish original opeds granted. 

The dependency state grows to 175 million
109.6 million Americans were on some form of means-tested welfare, 43.7 million were on Social Security, Medicare, unemployment, and other government programs, plus 21.9 million government employees working at the federal, state, and local level. 

Eric Holder's great bank robbery
Extortion is an ugly word.  It is even uglier when it is the U.S. government holding the gun, even when the victims are some of the least sympathetic one's found in history — big banks.

Trampling on coal country families
For 21 states that still rely on coal to produce 40-96 percent of their electricity, it is a war on people's livelihoods and living standards — on the very survival of small businesses and entire communities.

Steyn: The punitive bureaucracy's day off
The U.S. Customs and Border Protection saw fit to confiscate two 17-year-olds' bag pipes because they were not "approved" by U.S. Fish and Wildlife.

  

August 25, 2014

Permission to republish original opeds granted.

The dependency state grows to 175 million
109.6 million Americans were on some form of means-tested welfare, 43.7 million were on Social Security, Medicare, unemployment, and other government programs, plus 21.9 million government employees working at the federal, state, and local level.

Eric Holder's great bank robbery
Extortion is an ugly word.  It is even uglier when it is the U.S. government holding the gun, even when the victims are some of the least sympathetic one's found in history — big banks.

Trampling on coal country families
For 21 states that still rely on coal to produce 40-96 percent of their electricity, it is a war on people's livelihoods and living standards — on the very survival of small businesses and entire communities.

Steyn: The punitive bureaucracy's day off
The U.S. Customs and Border Protection saw fit to confiscate two 17-year-olds' bag pipes because they were not "approved" by U.S. Fish and Wildlife.