<p><strong>Center Director: <a href="http://cei.org/expert/myron-ebell">Myron Ebell</a></strong></p><p>CEI’s Center for Energy and Environment makes the positive case for abundant energy and promotes environmental policies based on economic freedom, property rights, and limited government. We oppose policies based on the beliefs that prosperity threatens the environment, that the answer to every environmental challenge is more regulation, and that risks can be abolished by limiting human ingenuity.</p>
On behalf of the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI), a non-profit public policy group specializing in regulatory issues, I respectfully submit this comment letter on the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed “Carbon Pollution Standard.”
CEI recommends that the EPA withdraw the proposed rule for the following reasons:
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Utility MACT Rule establishes the first-ever maximum achievable control technology (MACT) standards for emissions of hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) fromcoal- and oil-fired power plants.
The ICREI will organize its 9th international conference on property rights and the environment, dedicated this time to agriculture and forestry June 21-23, Aix-en-Provence, France (3 avenue Robert Schuman, Aix-en-Provence).
CEI Senior Fellow Angela Logomasini will present at a workshop on Thursday, June 21, at 11:30 a.m. The title of the workshop is: Environmental Regulation and/or Property Rights and Trade.
See the full program here.
The International Center for Research on Environmental Issues (ICREI) was set up in Paris (1992) under the leadership of Alain Madelin and Henri Lepage by a group of French economists and lawyers who, in conjunction with foreign colleagues, aimed to spread publications and conduct research on new resource economics i.e. using property rights and market transactions, assessing the net impact of social regulations, using the principle of responsibility and promoting institutional arrangements for a free society. Accordingly, several meetings were set up in the premises of Assemblée Nationale from 1992 to 1995 inviting top speakers to discuss the pros and cons of such an approach. Most conferences have been recorded and transcripts are available.
In 1996, under the chairmanship of Michel Massenet, Conseiller d’Etat, Dean Jean-Pierre Centi at the University Paul Cézanne (Aix en Provence) and Max Falque, International Consultant and Deputy manager of ICREI, it was decided to organize every two years an international conference dealing with each environmental resource with the perspective of non-regulatory tools i.e. property rights and markets. In 1996, the conference discussed general concepts and ethics ; in 1998, it dealt with Water ; in 2000 the theme was Marine Resources, in 2002, Coastal Zone , in 2004 Wastes, in 2006 Land Ressources and in 2008 Climate change and air pollution.
Efforts are underway on Capitol Hill, at federal agencies, and within state governments to reform a number of chemical laws and regulations—including the Toxic Substances Control Act and federal cosmetics regulation—to make the laws more precautionary in nature. These efforts are bolstered by government programs that classify chemicals as “carcinogenic.” But will these programs and policies improve public health and well-being or might they prove counterproductive? Come find out as our panelists address these important issues.
Date: April 30, 2012
Time: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: 2322 Rayburn House Office Building
Angela Logomasini, Ph.D.: The Competitive Enterprise Institute’s Angela Logomasini will address the Toxic Substances Control Act, highlighting her recent paper: The Real Meaning of TSCA Modernization: The Shift from Science-Based Standards to Over-Precaution.
Richard Belzer, Ph.D.: President of Regulatory Checkbook, a Virginia-based nonprofit corporation, Dr. Belzer will discuss the process for carcinogen classifications at the National Toxicology Panel and his recent study: The Report on Carcinogens: What Went Wrong and What Can Be Done to Fix It.
Dana Joel Gattuso: The National Center for Public Policy Research’s Dana Joel Gattuso will focus on recent congressional interest in increased regulation of cosmetics and other personal care products, highlighting findings of her report The True Story of Cosmetics: Exposing the Risks of the Smear Campaign.
Snacks and refreshments will be provided
Please RSVP to Angela at firstname.lastname@example.org or (202) 331-2269
Separation of State and Water
Water availability is a core infrastructure concern; today, that specific legislative concern is over what a federal role in water desalination should be. CEI’s view is that policymakers should strive to increasingly subject water policy decisions and investment to the pressures of the marketplace.