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EPA's Gangster Style, LibertyWeek Turns 100 and Comparing BP to Enron

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EPA's Gangster Style, LibertyWeek Turns 100 and Comparing BP to Enron

The Environmental Protection Agency and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gain the auto industry’s support for new fuel economy standards.

The LibertyWeek podcast records its 100th episode.

Energy analyst Robert Bradley likens the corporate culture of Enron to that of BP.

 

1. ENVIRONMENT

The Environmental Protection Agency and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gain the auto industry’s support for new fuel economy standards.

CEI Expert Available to Comment: Senior Fellow Marlo Lewis on how climate policy has come to resemble old-time mobster films.

“‘Are you gonna come along quietly, or do I have let the California Air Resources Board (CARB) muss ya up?’ That was pretty much the line White House Environment Czarina Carol Browner took to obtain the auto industry’s support for the joint EPA/National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NTSHA) greenhouse gas emission/fuel economy standards rule. EPA is now in a position both to determine the stringency of fuel economy standards for the auto industry and to set climate policy for the nation. Yet the Clean Air Act provides no authority to regulate fuel economy and says nothing about greenhouse gases or global climate change. ‘Badges? We don’t need no stinking badges.”’ 

 

2. POLITICS

The LibertyWeek podcast records its 100th episode.

CEI Expert Available to Comment: President Fred L. Smith Jr. on the greatest emerging threats to freedom.

“The things we should be worrying about are the threats and opportunities that America faces at this time…statism is an inherently flawed way of organizing humanity. It misses the dispersed knowledge and dispersed incentives and energies of the populace—and therefore it always fails. And I think you’re beginning to see it fail now.”

 

3. ENERGY

Energy analyst Robert Bradley likens the corporate culture of Enron to that of BP.

CEI Expert Available to Comment: Senior Fellow Marlo Lewis on the shocking similarities between the two energy giants.

“Both companies aggressively sought rents (politically-contrived profits) via global warming policies. Both aggressively marketed themselves as green. Both were highly regarded as progressive corporations within the environmental community. Both became disasters."