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  • Obama Highway Plan Paves Way For New Tolls Nationwide

    04/11/2015 10:06:44 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 69 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | April 1, 2015 | Peter Fricke
    A little-noted provision of President Obama’s highway funding proposal would lift the federal prohibition against states imposing new tolls on existing interstate highways. The GROW AMERICA Act would eliminate restrictions held in place since the creation of the Federal Interstate System, according to a summary of the plan’s provisions, allowing states that receive permission from the Secretary of Transportation to toll existing Interstate highways “in order to make improvements or to manage congestion.” Since its creation in 1956, interstates have been funded primarily through fuel taxes, with tolls banned on all sections of highway built after that date, according to...
  • Global Warming: Michael Mann defamation lawsuit against CEI, Mark Steyn, NR, argued today, 11/25/14

    11/25/2014 4:02:06 PM PST · by steelyourfaith · 14 replies
    Competitive Enterptise Institute | 11/25/14 | Sam Katzman, CEI general counsel
    Background (from Sam Katzman, Competitive Enterprise Institute general counsel) going into the hearing of 11/25/14: “Regardless of where one stands on global warming, this case is about the First Amendment. Michael Mann’s defamation lawsuit is an unfounded attempt to chill speech on a major issue of public concern. Professor Mann is a high-profile figure in the global warming debate, and he himself is responsible for much of the overheated rhetoric in that debate. His complaint about CEI’s criticism of his statistical methods belongs in the arena of public discussion and scientific inquiry, not in the courts. “This is precisely the...
  • King, Halbig, Et Al. Head To The Supreme Court

    11/11/2014 9:05:01 PM PST · by Ray76 · 5 replies
    Forbes ^ | Nov 7, 2014 | Michael F. Cannon
    I applaud the Supreme Court’s decision to grant certiorari in King v. Burwell. Since January, the Obama administration has been spending billions of unauthorized federal dollars, and subjecting nearly 60 million Americans to unauthorized taxes, all to hide the full cost of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or ObamaCare. The administration’s actions have not only violated the law and caused massive economic disruption, they have also subverted the democratic process.
  • Federal Government targets politically uncooperative FedEx (Indicts for second time)

    08/19/2014 2:58:34 AM PDT · by markomalley · 8 replies
    Against Crony Capitalism ^ | 8/19/2014 | Nick Sorrentino
    Fed Ex was just indicted on charges that it helps facilitate the transport of illegal drugs, especially from Canadian pharmacies. (Where drugs are much less expensive.) That the CEO of FedEx, Fred Smith, is an ardent supporter of free enterprise, who has supported free market political groups such as the Competitive Enterprise Institute, and runs a non-union shop is a coincidence of course. That FedEx’s main competitor, is pro-union UPS (UPS got away with a $40 million fine, FedEx is looking at potentially over $1 billion) is also a coincidence. That pharma, which has close ties to this White House...
  • Groups rally around think tank, publication being sued for global warming views

    08/14/2014 9:13:19 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 24 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 14, 2014 | Barnini Chakraborty
    WASHINGTON – News outlets, advocacy groups and fellow think tanks are jumping to the defense of a conservative-leaning D.C. policy center and publication being sued for libel by a scientist who didn't like what they had to say about his work on global warming. Michael Mann, a prominent professor of meteorology at Pennsylvania State University, has long been a target of climate change skeptics for his work claiming temperatures have risen dramatically in recent decades, and has sued before when groups tried to debunk his data. But this time, Mann is being accused of going too far with his case...
  • Schlafly: Stunning Setback to Obamacare

    07/29/2014 9:22:13 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 10 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | July 29, 2014 | Phyllis Schlafly
    Obamacare has proven again to be the biggest legislative failure in history, with last week's ruling that its subsidies are illegal. These subsidies induced some 5 million Americans to sign up for Obamacare but are prohibited by law as held by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in Halbig v. Burwell. This humiliation to the Obama administration was a devastating setback to legislation already disfavored by a 59-40 percent margin among the public, according to the latest CNN poll. Twice as many Americans say they are being hurt rather than helped by Obamacare. Officially known as the...
  • Just Who is Waging the ‘War on Science’?

    07/26/2014 5:40:29 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 26, 2014 | Paul Driessen
    Left-leaning environmentalists, media and academics have long railed against the alleged conservative “war on science.” They augment this vitriol with substantial money, books, documentaries and conference sessions devoted to “protecting” global warming alarmists from supposed “harassment” by climate chaos skeptics, whom they accuse of wanting to conduct “fishing expeditions” of alarmist emails and “rifle” their file cabinets in search of juicy material (which might expose collusion or manipulated science). A primary target of this “unjustified harassment” has been Penn State University professor Dr. Michael Mann, creator of the infamous “hockey stick” temperature graph that purported to show a sudden spike...
  • Court decision looms in subsidy challenge that could unravel ObamaCare

    07/10/2014 3:42:56 PM PDT · by PJBankard · 6 replies
    FoxNews ^ | Barnini Chakraborty
    WASHINGTON – A few blocks down the street from where the U.S. Supreme Court recently issued its ruling in the Hobby Lobby case, a powerful federal appeals court is preparing its own decision in a case that could cause serious complications for ObamaCare. The case, Halbig v Sebelius, is a major legal challenge that cuts to the heart of the Affordable Care Act by going after the legality of massive federal subsidies and those who benefit from them. A ruling could come as early as Friday. In the case, the plaintiff claims the Obama administration – in particular, the Internal...
  • Bombshell: Federal judge suddenly green-lights lawsuit that could stop Obamacare in its tracks

    10/22/2013 1:08:14 PM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 125 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | DAVID MARTOSKO
    A federal judge on Tuesday refused to dismiss a case that could fatally cripple the Obamacare health insurance law. The Affordable Care Act forbids the federal government from enforcing the law in any state that opted out of setting up its own health care exchange, according to a group of small businesses whose lawsuit got a key hearing Monday in federal court. The Obama administration, according to their lawsuit, has ignored that language in the law, enforcing all of its provisions even in states where the federal government is operating the insurance marketplaces on the error-plagued Healthcare.gov website. Thirty-six states...
  • Federal Regulations Cut Standard of Living by 75 Percent Over 56 Years

    06/27/2013 5:00:41 PM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 9 replies
    The New American ^ | 27 June 2013 | Bob Adelmann
    The 75 percent reduction in Americans' standard of living shows just how costly the regulatory state has been for the country over the last 56 years. Federal Regulations Cut Standard of Living by 75 Percent Over 56 Years The New American 27 June 2013 The 20th annual snapshot of the federal regulatory state published by the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) last month announced the arrival of an unhappy milestone: Regulatory costs now equal more than half of all federal spending. Put another way, the real cost of government in the United States is half-again as much as the federal...
  • Lawmakers to investigate EPA FOIA scandal

    05/17/2013 11:21:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | May 18, 2013 | Michael Bastasch
    Republican lawmakers are launching an investigation into claims that the Environmental Protection Agency, while giving preferential treatment to environmental groups, made it harder for conservative groups to obtain government records. “According to documents obtained by the Committees, EPA readily granted FOIA fee waivers for environmental allies, effectively subsidizing them, while denying fee waivers and making the FOIA process more difficult for states and conservative groups,” wrote Republican lawmakers, including Rep. Darrell Issa and Sens. David Vitter, Chuck Grassley and Jim Inhofe in a letter to the EPA. Citing a report by The Daily Caller News Foundation, Republicans are asking the...
  • EPA waives fee requests for friendly groups, denies conservative groups

    05/17/2013 10:18:15 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 94 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 5/14/13 | Michal Conger
    For 92 percent of requests from green groups, the EPA cooperated by waiving fees for the information. Those requests came from the Natural Resources Defense Council, EarthJustice, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, The Waterkeeper Alliance, Greenpeace, Southern Environmental Law Center and the Center for Biological Diversity. Of the requests that were denied, the EPA said the group either didn’t respond to requests for justification of a waiver, or didn’t express intent to disseminate the information to the general public, according to documents obtained by The Washington Examiner. CEI, on the other hand, had its requests denied 93 percent of the...
  • New Obamacare Challenge: Lawsuit Says IRS Is Flouting the Law As Written by Congress

    05/02/2013 11:20:12 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 6 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | 5/2/13 | Susan Jones
    (CNSNews.com) - Here comes another legal challenge to Obamacare: On Thursday, a group of small business owners and individuals in six states sued the federal government over an IRS regulation that they say goes beyond the "plain language" of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). In a nutshell, the plaintiffs argue that federal subsidies intended to help lower-income people afford insurance are going to states that should not get them. The way the Affordable Care Act is written, states that refuse to set up their own health care exchanges are not eligible for the federal premium subsidies. But the IRS rule...
  • Coal Industry Regulations Were A Laughing Matter to the EPA

    02/22/2013 4:51:40 AM PST · by IbJensen · 9 replies
    CNS News ^ | 2/20/2013 | Susan Jones
    (CNSNews.com) - Lisa Jackson recently left her job as EPA administrator amid an investigation into her use of alias email accounts. She apparently used those secret accounts to shield official agency business from Freedom of Information Act requests. In one of those emails, recently obtained by a free-market think tank, an EPA employee mocked proposed coal ash regulations, joking that Jackson "knows which landfill's leaching, She knows which pond might break, She knows they all lack liners, Close 'em down, for goodness sake!" The Competitive Enterprise Institute says it has now received thousands of heavily redacted emails sent by or...
  • The Mysterious Case Of Richard Windsor

    01/18/2013 12:57:51 PM PST · by Nachum · 8 replies
    Power Line ^ | 1/18/13 | Scott Johnson
    All is not as it appears in the case of Richard Windsor, the alias used by outgoing EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, apparently to shield email messages from discovery and disclosure. Under court order to cough up the email messages to Chris Horner of the Competitive Enterprise Institute, and having turned over a first installment of 2,100 such email messages earlier this week, the Obama administration is making this a case that might challenge the ingenuity of Sherlock Holmes. With Horner’s assistance, my daughter Eliana tries to pierce the fog of administrative war in her NRO column “Lisa Jackson’s gadfly.”
  • Let there be light: 'Human Achievement Hour' to coincide with Earth Hour

    03/30/2012 4:47:37 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 22 replies
    Let there be light: 'Human Achievement Hour' to coincide with Earth Hour Published March 30, 2012 | FoxNews.com As millions of people sit in the dark during Earth Hour to call for action against climate change this weekend, a libertarian think tank wants you to fight the power by keeping the lights on. The Competitive Enterprise Institute plans to commemorate Earth Hour 2012 with its "Human Achievement Hour," 60 minutes to gather with friends in a heated home, watch television and surf the Internet instead of dimming or shutting off the lights altogether to draw attention to climate change. "HAH...
  • Drip, Drip, Drip: Yet Another Green Energy Stimulus Recipient Hits the Skids (the third this week!)

    01/29/2012 12:41:03 AM PST · by ApplegateRanch · 10 replies
    Global Warming.org ^ | JANUARY 27, 2012 | WILLIAM YEATMAN
    Earlier this week, Stimulus beneficiary Evergreen Energy bit the dust. Then, Ener1, a manufacturer of batteries for electric vehicles and recipient of Stimulus largesse, filed for bankruptcy. And today, the Las Vegas Sun reports that Amonix, Inc., a manufacturer of solar panels that received $5.9 million from the Porkulus, will cut two-thirds of its workforce, about 200 employees, only seven months after opening a factory in Nevada. I foresaw this spate of bad news last November. As I explained yesterday, In a previous post, I compared renewable energy spending in the 2009 Stimulus to a green albatross burdening the President....
  • Obama Admin Hides Official IPCC Correspondence from FOIA Using Former Romney Adviser John Holdren

    10/17/2011 11:34:02 AM PDT · by Nachum · 5 replies
    Big Government ^ | 10/17/11 | Christopher C. Horner
    The Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) has learned of a UN plan recently put in place to hide official correspondence on non-governmental communication accounts, which a federal inspector general has already confirmed are subject to FOIA requests. This “cloud” serves as a dead-drop of sorts for discussions by U.S. government employees over the next report being produced by the scandal-plagued IPCC, which is funded with millions of U.S. taxpayer dollars. Although this is seedy and unlawful at any time, it also goes in the “bad timing” file, especially for the Obama Administration and the UN. Just as a brand new book...
  • Administration to Obstruct Climate FOIA Request

    10/18/2011 10:02:51 AM PDT · by Twotone · 3 replies · 1+ views
    The New American ^ | October 17, 2011 | Rebecca Terrell
    The Obama administration is conspiring with the scandal-ridden UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to cover up official correspondence and screen it from national transparency laws, according to breaking news from the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI). Writing for the climate website Watts Up With That?, CEI Senior Fellow Christopher Horner (left) announced his institute has today requested records from Obama's Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) that reveal a "backchannel 'cloud' established to hide IPCC deliberations from" Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests. He stated that a federal inspector general confirmed that the correspondence is subject to FOIA.
  • U.N and Obama protecting climate change (dis)information from Freedom of Information Act.

    10/18/2011 3:51:28 AM PDT · by Watchdog85 · 1 replies
    Watts Up With That? ^ | 17 October, 2011 | Anthony Watts
    CEI has learned of a UN plan recently put in place to hide official correspondence on non-governmental accounts, which correspondence a federal inspector general has already confirmed are subject to FOIA. This ‘cloud’ serves as a dead-drop of sorts for discussions by U.S. government employees over the next report being produced by the scandal-plagued IPCC, which is funded with millions of U.S. taxpayer dollars. By Christopher Horner, CEI.org for WUWT Although this is seedy and unlawful at any time, it also goes in the ‘bad timing’ file. Or it’s good timing, depending on one’s perspective. Just as a brand new...
  • BREAKING: An IPCC backchannel ‘cloud’/dead drop/ funded by US Tax Payers (another scandle)

    10/17/2011 6:25:51 PM PDT · by Oiao · 15 replies
    Watts Up With That? WUWT / CEI.org ^ | October 17, 2011 | Christopher Horner, CEI.org for WUWT
    CEI has learned of a UN plan recently put in place to hide official correspondence on non-governmental accounts, which correspondence a federal inspector general has already confirmed are subject to FOIA. This ‘cloud’ serves as a dead-drop of sorts ...... scandal-plagued IPCC, which is funded with millions of U.S. taxpayer dollars.
  • FLASHBACK: Obama’s green initiatives lobbied for by the same people who profit from them

    09/17/2011 9:30:26 AM PDT · by maggief · 15 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 08/26/2010 | Amanda Carey
    EXCERPT Enter John Doerr, a billionaire venture capitalist at the Silicon Valley firm Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield and Byers (KPCB). There, Doerr has been responsible for the firm’s successful investments in companies like Compaq, Intuit, AOL, Amazon, Netscape and Google. No one would argue that Doerr hasn’t earned his spot on Forbes magazine’s annual richest people in the world list. However, in recent years, Doerr has redirected his talent from picking out successful start-up companies to successfully lobbying the Obama administration into supporting “green” initiatives. While Doerr considers himself “a raging capitalist,” what he has been doing the last few years...
  • New York State Geologist Rebuts Fracking Alarmism

    03/21/2011 7:13:42 AM PDT · by steelyourfaith · 15 replies
    GlobalWarming.org ^ | March 21, 2011 | William Yeatman
    In an interview last week with the Albany Times Union, New York’s state geologist, Dr. Taury Smith, a self-described liberal Democrat, called the state’s natural gas deposits “a huge gift.” Over the last decade, the natural gas industry has been revolutionized by the rapid development of a drilling process known as hydraulic fracturing. In that time, economically recoverable reserves in the U.S. roughly doubled. New York could be among the biggest beneficiaries, as it sits upon huge deposits of gas, known as Marcellus Shale, that are now recoverable. Environmentalists, however, oppose hydraulic fracturing because they oppose all fossil fuels, and...
  • All Aboard the Climate Gravy Train - There was a time when climate scientists were not...

    03/12/2011 3:25:20 PM PST · by neverdem · 2 replies
    NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE ^ | March 11, 2011 4:00 A.M. | Iain Murray
    All Aboard the Climate Gravy TrainThere was a time when climate scientists were not extremely well paid, but that is no longer the case. Global-warming alarmists often portray climate scientists as poorly paid academics whose judgment is impervious to the influence of money. This seems strange given the billions of taxpayer dollars that have been invested in climate science over the past few years. And as the public-choice school of economics has clearly shown, the opportunity for reward affects even supposedly disinterested professionals. Therefore, it is fair to ask: Just how well rewarded are climate scientists? As it turns out, by...
  • Some respond to Japan earthquake by pointing to global warming

    03/11/2011 3:04:10 PM PST · by RightGeek · 57 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 3/11/2011 | Amanda Carey
    Hours after a massive earthquake rattled Japan, environmental advocates connected the natural disaster to global warming. The president of the European Economic and Social Committee, Staffan Nilsson, issued a statement calling for solidarity in tackling the global warming problem. “Some islands affected by climate change have been hit,” said Nilsson. “Has not the time come to demonstrate on solidarity – not least solidarity in combating and adapting to climate change and global warming?” “Mother Nature has again given us a sign that that is what we need to do,” he added. Global Warming enthusiasts have also taken to Twitter to...
  • The Environmental Protection Agency’s End-Run Around Democracy

    01/02/2011 5:56:55 AM PST · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | January 1, 2010 | Marlo Lewis
    The intent of the Clean Air Act needs to be manipulated beyond logic to believe the EPA has any authority to regulate CO2. In a recent issue of the Daily Caller, reporter Jonathan Strong asserts that EPA’s global warming regulations are “no end-run around Congress,” because “This time Congress is being held hostage by its own laws.” That’s exactly what EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson and just about every environmental advocacy group in America says. They are mistaken.Interestingly, much of Strong’s argument leads to conclusion that EPA is engaged in an end-run. His column leaves little doubt that the Clean Air...
  • Obama Urges Court to Vacate AGW Decision. I Smell a Rat (or Two!)

    08/31/2010 3:43:54 AM PDT · by Rashputin · 5 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | Aug 30, 2010 | Marlo Lewis
    Okay, you get the point. The Obama brief does everything except point out the final absurdity: Because everybody directly or indirectly consumes fossil energy, everybody is both victim and perpetrator. The implicit message of the plaintiffs’ suit is not merely sue thy neighbor, but sue yourself! Why then doesn’t Team Obama draw the obvious conclusion of its own argument and urge the Court to reinstate Judge Preska’s ruling? Why stop at the inherently provisional conclusion that the court of appeals should reassess its decision in light of prudential considerations? Maybe the calculation is simply that the Supreme Court would be...
  • UK Facing Blackouts from Obama Energy, Environment Policies

    07/19/2010 2:34:07 PM PDT · by opentalk · 18 replies · 2+ views
    Big Government ^ | July 19, 2010 | Christopher C. Horner
    Today’s Daily Express (London) opens with a stark reminder that there are consequences to the foolishness being crammed down on you now — and which will be voted upon in the Senate, we are told, at the end of this month. BRITAIN faces years of blackouts and soaring electricity bills because of the drive toward green power, a leading energy expert warned last night. A growing obsession with global warming and “renewable” sources threatens the stability of our supply. Derek Birkett, a former Grid Control Engineer who has a lifetime’s experience in electricity supply throughout Britain, warned that the cost...
  • Obama-Dodd Financial Bill Would Further Enrich Goldman Sachs (Creditors Get Better Than Normal Deal

    04/18/2010 7:07:31 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 6 replies · 492+ views
    OpenMarket.org ^ | 4/16/2010 | John Berlau of the Competitive Enterprise Institute
    Today, the SEC charged giant investment bank Goldman Sachs with more than $1 billion worth of securities fraud for its dealings in the subprime mortgage market. Ironically at the same time the SEC is seeking justice for Goldman's alleged vitims, President Obama and Senate Banking Committee Chairman Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) are pushing a bill that would reward the firm with potentially billions of dollars by instituting a so-called "resolution authority" that would in practice be a permanent bailout fund. Supporters of Dodd's bill maintain that it does not create bailouts because the failing firm's shareholders would be wiped out and...
  • Kerry-(Graham)-Lieberman: a monstrous collection of payoffs to big business

    05/13/2010 6:15:35 AM PDT · by yoe · 5 replies · 217+ views
    Watts Up With That? ^ | May 11, 2010 | Myron Ebell
    The chance that the Senate will pass a comprehensive energy-rationing (a k a climate) bill this year remains close to zero. BP’s big oil spill in the Gulf changes very little. The global warming movement peaked last June 26 when the House passed the Waxman-Markey bill. When members went home for the Fourth of July, many who voted for it discovered that their constituents were angry and mobilized. Seeing the public reaction, Senator Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) dropped plans to move a cap-and-trade bill before the August recess and turned to health care reform. It’s been all downhill since...
  • How The U.S. Can Become Greece

    05/11/2010 10:25:24 AM PDT · by CanGyrene · 5 replies · 261+ views
    Canada Free Press ^ | 11 May, 2010 | Allan Caruba
    I find it interesting that an entire nation like Greece can face bankruptcy. Greece will be loaned billions that it is not likely to ever repay. Meanwhile, Spain, Portugal, Italy, and Ireland are financially shaky as well. England is not much better off and the United States is printing money in the basement of the Federal Reserve while also borrowing it from China, Japan, and everyone else. Too much government intervention and too many regulations Our current miseries can be traced in part to too much government intervention and too many regulations. My hero, Wayne Crews of the Competitive Enterprise...
  • Great Video: A Day In The Life Of The Regulatory State

    05/05/2010 11:25:38 AM PDT · by careyb · 79+ views
    The Hope For America ^ | 5/5/10 | Competitive Enterprise Institute
    In response to the EPA's contest for supporting regulation.
  • EPA's Ginormous Power Grab

    04/07/2010 6:35:53 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 10 replies · 530+ views
    Washington Times ^ | April 7, 2010 | Iain Murray
    It's a sure sign that a government agency has become overmighty when it vastly increases its budget, grabs power unconstitutionally and treats Congress with contempt. All of this applies to the Environmental Protection Agency. Unless Congress acts quickly to curb the EPA's power, it will become a huge drag on the economy. Few bodies are more deserving of cutbacks now. This year, EPA's budget (which had hovered at $7 billion to $8 billion since 1997) increased by 34 percent, to more than $10 billion for the first time ever. The budget increase does not translate into an upsurge in staffing...
  • Cap And Trade Tax

    03/30/2010 5:35:55 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies · 423+ views
    Investors.com ^ | March 30, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Energy Policy: Watch out when sweeping new legislation comes with a "bipartisan" label. Usually it's a bad, repackaged measure undeserving of passage. Case in point: the new energy bill. Sens. John Kerry, D-Mass., Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., are working feverishly to craft a "tripartisan" approach for a new cap-and-trade bill. The goal reportedly is to slash carbon emissions 17% by 2020 and 80% by 2050. Unlike the past efforts, which relied on a one-size-fits-all approach, this one will have separate caps on carbon output for manufacturers and utilities. It also boosts offshore drilling and nuclear power. Even...
  • Force of Darkness “Earth Hour” Challenged by Power of Light “Human Achievement Hour”

    03/27/2010 9:00:50 AM PDT · by ProtectOurFreedom · 33 replies · 981+ views
    Competitive Enterprise Institute ^ | 3/19/10 | Richard Morrison
    he Competitive Enterprise Institute, a leading free-market think tank, will celebrate the Second Annual “Human Achievement Hour” between 8:30pm and 9:30pm on Saturday, March 27, 2010. The one-hour celebration coincides with “Earth Hour,” an hour in which governments, individuals, and corporations will dim or shut off lights to symbolically renounce the environmental impacts of modern technology. “Earth Hour’s creators suggest that human inventions and technology are a problem, but we see the ability to create and innovate as the ultimate resource,” says Human Achievement Hour founder and CEI Policy Analyst Michelle Minton. “Environmental challenges will not be solved by turning...
  • Cooler Heads Digest, free climate change e-mail newsletter

    03/28/2010 4:33:07 AM PDT · by steelyourfaith · 4 replies · 1,195+ views
    Competitive Enterprise Institute ^ | Competitive Enterprise Institute
    The Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) offers a free climate change e-mail newsletter "Cooler Heads Digest" which arrives weekly on Fridays.
  • Forget about 'Earth Hour', turn everything on

    03/27/2010 6:21:21 AM PDT · by paltz · 50 replies · 869+ views
    Washington Times - Water Cooler ^ | 3/27/10 | Kerry Picket
    While the World Wildlife Fund is encouraging everyone all over the planet to shut off their lights and anything else running on electricity at 8 P.M. tonight to celebrate "Earth Hour," the Competitive Enterprise Institute, a Washington D.C. based think tank, is telling everyone to turn everything on at that time instead and celebrate "Human Achievement Hour."
  • Climategate: Alarmist Scientists Plan a Snow Job

    03/21/2010 7:13:16 PM PDT · by Conservative Coulter Fan · 14 replies · 552+ views
    CEI ^ | March 05, 2010 | Myron Ebell
    According to recently disclosed e-mails from a National Academies of Science listserv, prominent climate scientists affiliated with the U.S. National Academies of Science have been planning a public campaign to paper over the damaged reputation of global warming alarmism. Their scheme would involve officials at the National Academies and other professional associations producing studies to endorse the researchers’ pre-existing assumptions and create confusion about the revelations of the rapidly expanding “Climategate” scandal.The e-mails were first reported in a front-page story by Stephen Dinan in the Washington Times today. The Competitive Enterprise Institute has independently obtained copies of the e-mails. A...
  • Climategate: The Global Warming Cover-up Spreads to NASA

    03/12/2010 12:03:51 PM PST · by KippLanham · 6 replies · 203+ views
    PJTV ^ | March 11, 2010 | PJTV
    Watch the entire PJTV interview with Christopher Horner of the Competitive Enterprise Institute Watch here: http://pajamasmedia.com/blog/climategate-the-global-warming-cover-up-spreads-to-nasa/
  • Climategate Stunner: NASA Heads Knew NASA Data Was Poor, Then Used Data from CRU

    03/11/2010 11:37:08 AM PST · by KippLanham · 2 replies · 343+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | March 10, 2010 | Charlie Martin
    Email messages obtained by the Competitive Enterprise Institute via a Freedom of Information Act request reveal that the climate dataset of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) was considered — by the top climate scientists within NASA itself — to be inferior to the data maintained by the University of East Anglia Climate Research Unit (CRU). Read more: http://pajamasmedia.com/blog/climategate-stunner-nasa-heads-knew-nasa-data-was-poor-then-used-data-from-cru/
  • Climate bombshell: NASA and the media knew of temperature data issues nearly three years ago

    03/11/2010 7:42:55 AM PST · by jpl · 61 replies · 3,225+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | Wednesday March 10, 2010 | Charlie Martin
    Email messages obtained by the Competitive Enterprise Institute via a Freedom of Information Act request reveal that the climate dataset of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) was considered — by the top climate scientists within NASA itself — to be inferior to the data maintained by the University of East Anglia Climate Research Unit (CRU). The NASA scientists also felt that NASA GISS data was inferior to the National Climate Data Center Global Historical Climate Network (NCDC GHCN) database. These emails, obtained by Christopher Horner, also show that the NASA GISS dataset was not independent of CRU data....
  • Climategate: This Time It's NASA (From the the gov't that wants to control your health care)

    03/02/2010 1:17:29 PM PST · by milwguy · 5 replies · 510+ views
    american spectator ^ | 3/2/2010 | ian murray and roger abbott
    Now a new "Climategate" scandal is emerging, this time based on documents released by NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in response to several Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) suits filed by the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI). The newly released emails further demonstrate the politicized nature of climate science, revealing a number of questionable practices that cast doubt on the credibility of scientific data provided by NASA. The emails reveal that GISS, like CRU, has done a poor job of preserving and managing its data. Although there is no evidence that GISS has destroyed its data, as CRU did...
  • Climategate: This Time It's NASA

    03/02/2010 9:54:32 AM PST · by raptor22 · 9 replies · 812+ views
    American Spectator ^ | March 2, 2010 | Iain Murray & Roger Abbott
    The "Climategate" scandal, which broke in November 2009, revealed what many skeptics had privately suspected. Prominent climate scientists at the University of East Anglia's Climate Research Unit (CRU) had collaborated to keep data out of skeptics' hands, subverted the peer review process, and used questionable methods to construct the temperature record on which the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel Climate Change (IPCC) based its recommendations. Now a new "Climategate" scandal is emerging, this time based on documents released by NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in response to several Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) suits filed by the Competitive Enterprise...
  • Big Business Jumps Ship from the S.S. Climate Change

    02/17/2010 2:01:14 PM PST · by AJKauf · 7 replies · 426+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | Feb. 17 | Myron Ebell
    he still-growing Climategate scientific fraud scandal has already started to move public opinion against global warming alarmism. And even people who believe in looming climate catastrophe aren’t too happy about cap-and-trade legislation that would force them to pay more (and in reality, much, much more) for energy. What has kept cap-and-trade legislation alive in Congress is strong support from big business. Many major corporations have figured out that they can make billions of dollars in windfall profits if a cap-and-trade scheme is enacted that will give them free ration coupons and force consumers to pick up the bill. Big business...
  • Texas, Skeptics Seek Court Review of EPA's 'Endangerment' Finding

    02/16/2010 11:15:18 AM PST · by ricks_place · 4 replies · 432+ views
    New York Times ^ | February 16, 2010 | ROBIN BRAVENDER
    The state of Texas and a coalition of free-market and global warming skeptic groups are asking a federal appeals court today to review U.S. EPA's finding that greenhouse gases threaten human health and welfare.Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R), Attorney General Greg Abbott (R) and Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples announced that the state is filing a petition (pdf) with the U.S. Court of Appeals challenging EPA's endangerment finding."Texas is aggressively seeking its future in alternative energy through incentives and innovation, not mandates and overreaching regulation," Perry said in a statement. "The EPA's misguided plan paints a big target on the backs...
  • Major questions over business deals of UN climate change guru Dr Rajendra Pachauri

    12/20/2009 4:14:11 PM PST · by ricks_place · 21 replies · 1,221+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 12/20/2009 | Christopher Booker and Richard North
    The head of the UN's climate change panel - Dr Rajendra Pachauri - is accused of making a fortune from his links with 'carbon trading' companies, Christopher Booker and Richard North write. No one in the world exercised more influence on the events leading up to the Copenhagen conference on global warming than Dr Rajendra Pachauri, chairman of the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and mastermind of its latest report in 2007. Although Dr Pachauri is often presented as a scientist (he was even once described by the BBC as “the world’s top climate scientist”), as a former...
  • ClimateGate Just Got Much, Much Bigger

    12/16/2009 5:22:00 PM PST · by pissant · 70 replies · 3,049+ views
    Big Government ^ | 12/16/09 | Chris Horner
    Over at ICECAP.us Meteorologist Joe D’Aleo has posted an item on a “Russian Bombshell” highly relevant to the ClimateGate scandal. The Russian media first posted the story and now some Brits are loving it. The long and the short of it is best summarized by the Telegraph’s James Dellingpole: “What the Russians are suggesting here, in other words, is that the entire global temperature record used by the IPCC to inform world government policy is a crock.” That is, we have yet further evidence that the data is being cooked to make the long-running claim of an increase in global...
  • ClimateGate Interviews - YouTube

    12/12/2009 8:24:25 AM PST · by InterceptPoint · 6 replies · 510+ views
    YouTube ^ | December 12, 2009 | How the World Works
    Lee Dorin and Myron Ebell of the Competitive Enterprise Institute do some "man on the street" type interviews of environmentalists on the subject of the Climategate e-mails.
  • NASA Stonewalling Stokes Fears Climategate Will Spread to U.S.

    12/11/2009 9:19:26 AM PST · by opentalk · 18 replies · 1,410+ views
    newsmax ^ | December 10, 2009 | David A. Patten
    Climategate may be just the tip of the global-warming iceberg according to the Washington, D.C.-based Competitive Enterprise Institute, which says the next weather-science scandal may erupt right here in the United States. For nearly three years CEI, a free-market, public-interest organization, has pursued a series of Freedom of Information Act Requests intended to force NASA's climate-science division to hand over e-mails it says could reflect the same sort of pro-warming bias seen in the recent e-mails from the Climatic Research Unit (CRU) of East Anglia University. One reason NASA's unresponsiveness is drawing attention: For years, the CRU stonewalled a request...
  • Job Killing At EPA

    12/09/2009 5:17:09 PM PST · by Kaslin · 14 replies · 591+ views
    Investors.com ^ | December 9, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY staff
    Junk Science: The Environmental Protection Agency's sneak attack on the U.S. economy and our freedoms, curiously timed for the opening day of the Copenhagen climate charade, won't go unchallenged. Nor should it. The EPA's finding that carbon dioxide is a dangerous pollutant explains why the administration wasn't too concerned over possible failure at Copenhagen. This was their Plan B. The finding is an environmental Sword of Damocles held over the head of the U.S. with a warning that if cap-and-trade legislation such as Waxman-Markey or Kerry-Boxer is not signed into law, the full regulatory fury of an unelected bureaucracy will...