CEI Today: EPA secret emails, renewable fuel mandate, and the Basel cliff
EPA SCANDAL - CHRISTOPHER HORNER
A House committee has launched an investigation into whether EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson used an email alias to try to hide correspondence from open-government requests and her agency’s own internal watchdog — something that Republican lawmakers said could run afoul of the law.
The researcher who uncovered the “Richard Windsor” alias email, Christopher Horner, has repeatedly battled the administration over its global warming efforts.
Earlier this year he his colleagues at the Competitive Enterprise Institute sued to demand the release of emails from “secondary” accounts from EPA, and cited a memo saying the practice began during the Clinton administration under then-administrator Carol Browner. >
EPA'S RENEWABLE FUEL MANDATE - MARLO LEWIS
EPA administrator Lisa Jackson denied petitions from seven governors today to waive the biofuel blending requirements established by the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program. The petitions asked Jackson to suspend all or part of the 13.8-billion-gallon biofuel blending target for 2013.
“Jackson’s rejection of the waiver petitions exposes the RFS as an arbitrary, inflexible system that provides corporate welfare to corn farmers at the expense of livestock producers, consumers and hungry people in developing countries, said CEI Senior Fellow Marlo Lewis.. The EPA’s decision should build support for RFS reform – or repeal.”
FISCAL CLIFF - JOHN BERLAU
As if the “fiscal cliff,” with its prospects of looming tax hikes, were not enough, big and small banks—and in turn consumers and businesses who rely on their credit—also face the “Basel cliff.”
The Basel cliff is not a mountain in Switzerland. It refers to meetings in Basel and elsewhere by international banking bureaucrats to develop the Basel III agreement for harmonizing international capital requirements. And if implemented as planned, it will dramatically increase the costs of mortgage and small business loans while, according to many experts, actually making the banking system less stable.