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  • Andy Thompson, Rest in Peace

    May 21, 2020
    CEI lost a good friend and former colleague last week. Andrew M. Thompson, our very first fundraising director, died suddenly last Wednesday at his home in Marietta, Ohio. He was 57.
  • CEI Files New Challenge to the Administration's Fuel Economy Standards

    May 1, 2020
    CEI General Counsel Sam Kazman discusses the issue with Walter Kreucher, one of the petitioners in the case, Walter Kreucher, a retired automotive engineer who spent over three decades working on regulatory compliance programs.
  • Like the Sun Not Rising in the East?

    April 30, 2020
    The Federal Register, the official daily government publication of regulations, proposed rules, and similar items did not go online today. We were awaiting today’s Federal Register in order to file a lawsuit challenging the new federal auto fuel economy rules. Now we’ll have to wait a bit.
  • National Donut Day: Eat One for Yourself and One for Freedom

    June 6, 2019
    The Competitive Enterprise Institute first started its two-donut campaign back in 2010. There were some formidable issues back then, from childhood obesity to international tensions to the alleged terrors of atmospheric carbon dioxide. Those issues are still with us, but the volume of political debate over them has been ramped up way past Spinal Tap’s eleven mark.
  • CEI Calls on EPA to Reconsider More-Stringent Fuel Economy Standards

    October 6, 2017

    On Thursday, October 5, the Competitive Enterprise Institute submitted comments to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regarding its Final Mid-Term Evaluation (MTE) of greenhouse gas emission standards for model year 2022-2025 light duty vehicles Docket ID No. EPA–HQ–OAR–2015–0827).  



    In the comments, we address four topics on which the EPA and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) have requested public comment:




    • The impact of the greenhouse gas emission standards on the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards and a national harmonized program.

    • The impact of the standards on reduction of emissions, oil conservation, energy security, and fuel savings by consumers.

    • The extent to which consumers value fuel...
  • Fuel Economy Regulations Threaten Vehicle Safety

    September 7, 2017

    In 1992 a federal appeals court found that CAFE undercuts vehicle safety, by causing cars to be made smaller and light in order to meet government standards.


  • People's Climate March: Recycled Humor for a Sustainable Society

    April 28, 2017

    CEI doesn’t support recycling mandates, but there’s nothing wrong with voluntary recycling. And that’s what we’re doing here—recycling our March for Science jokes from last week for tomorrow’s People’s Climate March—with a few additions.



    --Why did the People’s Climate marchers feel such a sense of déjà vu?



                Because they were just here last week.



    --Why did so many marchers wear heavy make-up?



                To hide their decline



    --Why did the marcher walk smack into a tree that was right in front of him?



    Because he...

  • The Science March: No Laughing Matter? Says Who?

    April 19, 2017

    Back in February, Prof. David Gelernter of Yale—who may become the next White House science advisor—had this to say about the upcoming March for Science and its organizers: “It’s like this is some sort of Looney Tunes thing. I must be trapped in an alternate reality. They couldn’t possibly be serious.”



    But with science marches now scheduled in many cities for this Saturday, timed to coincide with Earth Day, the organizers obviously are serious. Too serious, in our view. Using street protests to handle scientific controversies...

  • For Virgin Islands Climate Subpoena, A Not-So-Happy Birthday

    April 5, 2017

    Approximately one year ago, on April 7, 2016, CEI received a memorable, hand-delivered envelope from U.S. Virgin Islands Attorney General Claude Walker. It wasn’t a note congratulating Kent Lassman on his very new (two days old, to be precise) position as CEI’s president. No, it was a...
  • Non-Profits and Litigation: When Ideas Get Judged

    April 3, 2017

    If you support nonprofit policy groups, you understand that ideas matter. They matter in education, in public discourse, and in the halls of government. But when it comes to discernible impact, there’s one place where ideas can matter a lot—in court. Court cases, after all, are intellectual battles—words on paper are pitted against one another, resulting in judicial rulings that affect the real world.



    These lawsuits can range from major constitutional challenges to less prominent, but sometimes equally important, cases involving statutes and regulations. Freedom of Information lawsuits, for example, which challenge agency refusals to publicly disclose internal documents, have grown increasingly important in recent years. Under the Obama administration, agency officials grew increasingly adept at concealing documents via email aliases, personal email accounts, and...

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