CEI Today: Suing the EPA, fighting the wind tax credit, and good men versus the presidency
THE PRESIDENCY - RYAN YOUNG
To hear President Barack Obama’s supporters tell it, his challenger in this year’s presidential contest, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, is an out-of-touch plutocrat mainly concerned with becoming president. According to Governor Romney’s supporters, the president is an out-of-touch elitist whose main concern is staying in the White House. They’re both right.
After all, what sane person would want a job that destroys your privacy, makes it impossible for you to go out on the street, subjects your family to intrusive media scrutiny, forces you to watch everything you say, and drives some people to want to take a shot at you? Apparently someone who feels that the power that comes with the office is worth the attendant indignities.
WIND ENERGY TAX CREDIT - MYRON EBELL
Forty-seven Republican Members of the House of Representatives sent a joint letter to Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) this week announcing that they oppose including a provision to renew the wind production tax credit for another year in any broader legislation. The letter concludes, “We believe that the Solyndra scandal has demonstrated that it is time for the federal government to stop picking winners and losers in the energy marketplace. Twenty years of subsidizing wind is more than enough. Our nation can simply no longer afford to pick winners and losers in the energy marketplace. The PTC should expire at the end of the year under current law.”
SUING THE EPA - CHRISTOPHER C. HORNER
The Competitive Enterprise Institute sued the Environmental Protection Agency, challenging its refusal to disclose information discussing the creation and use of “secondary” email accounts created for top level officials by EPA’s Office of Electronic Information. CEI also seeks certain emails from current Administrator Lisa Jackson's account addressing the administration's well-known 'War on Coal'.
CHRISTOPHER C. HORNER
In his new book, Christopher Horner reveals a near-obsession of modern day liberals -- political appointees, sympathetic career activists in government and academics and administrations at public universities -- to avoid creating or allowing access to the record of what they'’re up to at taxpayer expense.