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Daily Signal - How West Virginia Is Leading the Charge Against Obama's Environmental 'Power Grab'

The Daily Signal

Feb. 2, 2016
Good morning from Washington, where West Virginia is fired up and ready to go against President Obama's "clean energy" rules. Philip Wegmann interviews the state's top lawyer. Just outside D.C., Kelsey Harkness reports, a mom has words for the sexually explicit language in her son's mandatory reading. Melissa Quinn tells who's questioning police for fighting reform of "seized property" laws. Plus: Christian parents sue over their daughter's homework on Islam. A congressman wants terrorists off welfare. A senator sums up conservatism lickety-split.

How West Virginia Is Leading the Charge Against Obama's Environmental 'Power Grab'

Leading a coalition of more than two dozen coal states, West Virginia is asking the Supreme Court for an emergency stay of President Obama's new regulations governing the coal industry.

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In Under 90 Seconds, Sen. Ben Sasse Defines Conservatism

"What makes America great is not some guy in Washington who says, 'If I had more power, I could fix it all unilaterally,'" Sen. Ben Sasse told MSNBC.

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Virginia Mom Takes Fight Against Sexually Explicit Books to State Lawmakers

Laura Murphy, a mom of four, said the content was so explicit that when she tried to email "verbatim quotations" to the Virginia Board of Education, the government’s firewall blocked her email from being delivered because they were obscene and potentially harmful to children.

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Oklahoma Law Enforcement Fights Effort to Make It Harder to Take People's Cash, Property

"I think that the opposition … comes from a desire on the part of law enforcement in Oklahoma to defend their cash cow," Jason Snead, a policy expert at The Heritage Foundation, told The Daily Signal.

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Terrorists Won't Be Eligible for Welfare Under This Congressman's Plan

"I am shocked that our current law does not prevent the criminals who have been convicted of plotting and carrying out acts of terrorism against innocent Americans from getting welfare benefits," Rep. Bruce Poliquin, R-Maine, said.

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Christian Family Sues Over 'Islamic Indoctrination' Homework

The Woods say their daughter was forced to write out and say the Shahada, the Islamic profession of faith: "There is no god but Allah, and Muhammad is the messenger of Allah."

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Daily Signal - West Virginia's Unusual Strategy to Battle Obama's War on Coal 

The Daily Signal

Jan. 29, 2016
Good morning from Washington, where West Virginia's endangered coal industry hopes to win fossil-friendlier energy policies by appealing to higher authority. Philip Wegmann mines the subject. Tax dollars flow to a small-state giant that funds a green agenda. Kevin Mooney unearths the story. Heritage Foundation experts tell it like it is: Luke Coffey on how to beat ISIS and Jason Snead on how to curb police seizures. Plus: a project guarding your financial privacy and an idea that saved over 350,000 babies.

West Virginia's Unusual Strategy to Battle Obama's War on Coal

"When you get into those southern coal communities, when coal goes away, it's devastation and poverty in the worst form," says West Virginia Senate President Bill Cole.

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Oklahoma's Push to Make It Harder for Government to Seize Your Property

In most states, including Oklahoma, the government does not need to charge, much less convict, the owner of a crime in order to seize his property.

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This Tax Treaty Would Authorize the Automatic Sharing of Americans' Financial Information With Foreign Governments

"Promiscuous information sharing with corrupt governments is a recipe for all sorts of bad things," says Cato Institute's Dan Mitchell who, along with The Heritage Foundation's David Burton, is tracking the treaty's progress.

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The Consequences of Obama’s Inaction on ISIS

The next U.S. president will inherit a festering situation in the Middle East that is a result of Obama’s quixotic view of the world coupled with his incessant indecisiveness.

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Is the Rhode Island Foundation Pushing Progressive Agenda With Taxpayer Dollars?

Tax records show that the foundation concentrated its most recent donations on left-of-center organizations, with a particular emphasis on environmental causes.

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How This Ultrasound Program Brought Life to 358,000 Babies

The majority of women who start out leaning toward an abortion will carry a baby to term after receiving counseling and an ultrasound, according to Focus on the Family.

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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: 


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

Tuesday, May 26, 2015
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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: 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



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 


Saving the Bees vs. Pork Barrel Spending



Tuesday, June 2, 2015
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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?
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CEI Today: Democrats v gov't unions, green groups "beyond coal," CEI's Battered Business Bureau, and more 

Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014
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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

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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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