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  • Four Takeaways from the COP-21 Paris Climate Treaty

    December 3, 2015

    As we near the end of the first week of the COP-21 negotiations in Paris, the focal points of the expected climate treaty have begun to come into focus. Because it could have a massive effect on America and the world, we decided to break down the four key takeaways from the upcoming Paris Climate Treaty:

  • Senate EPW White Paper: Essential Background on the Obama Administration’s Climate Treaty Agenda

    December 2, 2015

    A new white paper from the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee is the first comprehensive report by Congress on international climate negotiations, encompassing the United Nations Framework Convention, Kyoto, Bali, Copenhagen, Durban, and more. It is intended to inject a dose of reality into the Obama administration’s puffery on the current negotiations in Paris—officially the 21st Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 21).

    The White Paper expects the Paris COP meeting to fail for several reasons:

    1. The EPA power plant rules that underpin the U.S. emission reduction pledge are unlawful;
    2. The deal on offer commits the United States to reduce...
  • Official Time and Criminal Misconduct by Federal Employees

    December 2, 2015

    With under two weeks until Congress must pass an omnibus spending bill to avoid a government shutdown, one policy that should be on the chopping block is union official time, a practice that allows federal employees to conduct union business, instead of their public duties, on the taxpayers’ dime. Not only is official time an obvious waste, it also may breed corruption.

    Recent analysis at FedSmith.com found that the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), a federal government union, led all American federal unions in criminal misconduct from January 2014 to June 2015, with 13 union officials found guilty and three indicted at the time the article was published.

    While it is unknown why AFGE leads the pack in criminal misconduct...

  • Five Facts on COP-21

    December 1, 2015

    As global leaders converge on Paris for the 2015 Climate Conference (COP-21), the goals of the meeting remain unclear to millions of Americans. To help remedy this situation, CEI has put together a list of the five things you should know about the Paris Climate Conference.

     For a broader overview of what to expect from COP-21 in the coming weeks, check out our "FAQ on COP-21" here.

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