CEI Weekly: Obama Launches Weak Deregulation Initiative

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CEI Weekly
August 26, 2011

>>Featured Story

This week, the Obama administration announced plans to reform government regulation on a scale that would save businesses a projected $10 billion over five years. CEI experts responded by commending the spirit of the initiative while pointing out that $2 billion per year in proposed deregulatory cuts barely touches the staggering $1.7 trillion regulatory burden. Read CEI’s statement on the initiative here.

>>Shaping the Debate

Bureaucrats Have Gone Rogue
Marlo Lewis’ blog post in The New York Times’ Room for Debate

MrFuddleSticks, the Renton Police Department, and Online Civil Liberties

Nicole Ciandella and Ryan Radia’s op-ed in The Seattle Times

Let’s Put a Stop to the War on Salt
Luke Pelican and Jacque Otto’s op-ed on FoxNews.com

Beware the Environmentalists’ Left-Wing Agenda
Marlo Lewis’ radio interview on One News Now

WaPo Gets its Pinocchio on For Dishonest ‘Warming’ Attack on Perry
Chris Horner’s op-ed on BigGovernment

Louisiana Saying No to Renewable Energy Mandates
William Yeatman’s citation in The Pelican Post

$500,000 of Green for the Greens, Red for the Rest of Us
Chris Horner’s citation on RedState

Is Business Choking on Red Tape?
Wayne Crews’ citation on Wall Street Pit

>>Best of the Blogs

Eminent Domain, Rick Perry, and the Trans-Texas Corridor
By Marc Scribner

NLRB to Businesses: Tell Employees They Can Unionize
By Ivan Osorio

Our Space Policy Chickens Have Come Home to Roost
By Rand Simberg

The EPA Cannot Be Trusted to Keep the Lights On
By William Yeatman

Changing the Discussion on Energy and the Environment
By Marita Noon

>> CEI Podcast

August 25, 2011: Mr. Fuddlesticks

Mr. Fuddlesticks is an anonymous YouTube user who posted embarrassing videos about the Renton, Washington police department. They convinced a judge to let them request Mr. Fuddlesticks’ personal information
from Google, YouTube’s parent company. While the charges were eventually dropped, Research Associate Nicole Ciandella thinks this highlights a major problem in applying telephone-era laws to the Internet era.