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Trust Names 'Cooler Heads' Chairman The Clean Air 'Villain Of The Month'
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Trust Names 'Cooler Heads' Chairman The Clean Air 'Villain Of The Month'

The non-profit Clean Air Trust today awarded its clean air "Villain of the Month" award for March to Myron Ebell, Director of Global Warming and International Environmental Policy for the reactionary Competitive Enterprise Institute and chairman of the radical anti-clean air "Cooler Heads Coalition." Ebell earned this dubious distinction by leading a ferocious lobbying charge to persuade President Bush to reverse his campaign pledge to control electric utility emissions of carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas linked to global warming. "We have won a famous victory, and everyone should congratulate themselves on the work they did to achieve this end," Ebell said in a March 14 e-mail to anti-clean air allies. "This, after all, could be a turning point in the war to save industrial civilization from itself." (The full e-mail is available from the Clean Air Trust.) Ebell urged his cohorts to step up opposition against environmentally friendly candidates for appointments in the Bush administration, including the post of assistant administrator for air pollution control at the Environmental Protection Agency. This lobbying blitz was nothing new for the Cooler Heads Coalition, a motley array of radical anti-clean air groups, mostly funded by business, with ties to the extreme right wing of the Republican party. (Note the list of "Cooler Head" members at the end of this report.) Ebell himself and other members of the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) have never been shy about injecting partisan rhetoric into any debate. "President Clinton's statements about the threat of global warming are little more than hot air," said Ebell, in reaction to Clinton's last State of the Union Address in January 2000. The "Clinton-Gore administration" has "a very clear energy policy... It is to reduce the production of fossil fuels, construct supplies of fossil fuels, and raise energy prices," he said in a commentary published last September in the arch-conservative Washington Times newspaper. Added his CEI colleague Christopher Horner (counsel to the Cooler Heads Coalition) in a separate letter to the Washington Times: "The Clinton-Gore administration is concerned about higher energy costs? That concern is nothing a victory in November can't solve." (Let's digress for one second to point out that, thankfully, Ebell and his ilk don't speak for all elected Republicans. For example, today Rep. Sherwood Boehlert (R-NY) and Senators James Jeffords (R-VT) and Susan Collins (R-ME) are joining in a bipartisan effort to reduce greenhouse gases and other pollutants from coal-fired electric power plants. Contrary to the assertions of Ebell and President Bush that proposed greenhouse gas controls threaten energy supplies, this very progressive piece of legislation would have absolutely no impact on the current energy situation. It wouldn't even require emission reductions until 2007!) Ebell also apparently has close ties to former Rep. David McIntosh of Indiana, a longtime opponent of clean-air controls. Ebell praised McIntosh during the latter's failed campaign last year to become Indiana's governor, and he touted him again in the March 14 e-mail. That's because McIntosh, before leaving Congress, had requested that the Energy Information Administration (EIA) study the impacts pollution cleanup. As our colleagues at the Natural Resources Defense Council have noted, the resulting study was full of flaws that exaggerated the cost of carbon dioxide emission reductions. (Please contact us if you want the NRDC analysis.) At least Ebell's Competitive Enterprise Institute is consistent in its shrill anti-clean air propaganda. The reactionary think tank announced its "disappointment" with the February 27 unanimous Supreme Court decision upholding the bedrock principle of the Clean Air Act that national health standards should be based solely on science and the impacts of pollution on public health. CEI even blasted the 1999 decision by EPA to require cleaner cars and sport utility vehicles and low-sulfur gasoline. Clean air advocates should be very alert that Ebell has spoken favorably of the so-called "National Energy Security Act" recently introduced by Sen. Frank Murkowski (R-Alaska). Most infamous for its proposal to allow drilling in Alaska, this legislation also directly attacks the Clean Air Act by exempting alleged "clean coal" projects from clean air standards. ------ THE COOLER HEADS COALITION Alexis de Tocqueville Institution Americans for Tax Reform American Legislative Exchange Council American Policy Center Association of Concerned Taxpayers Center for Security Policy Citizens for a Sound Economy Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow Competitive Enterprise Institute Consumer Alert Defenders of Property Rights Frontiers of Freedom George C. Marshall Institute Heartland Institute Independent Institute Junkscience.com National Center for Policy Analysis National Center for Public Policy Research Pacific Research Institute Seniors Coalition 60 Plus Small Business Survival Committee The Advancement of Sound Science Coalition

03/15/2001
Citizens Group Applauds Presiden's Decision on CO2
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Citizens Group Applauds Presiden's Decision on CO2

Citizens for a Sound Economy (CSE) today praised President Bush for determining that carbon dioxide (CO2) should not be regulated as a pollutant under the Clean Air Act. "With this decision, President Bush has reaffirmed his commitment to common-sense environmental policies that are focused on addressing real threats to public health," Said Patrick Burns, CSE's Environmental Policy Director.

03/14/2001
Issue Analysis 116 - Oregon Plan Can Reignite the Flame of Internet Tax Freedom
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Issue Analysis 116 - Oregon Plan Can Reignite the Flame of Internet Tax Freedom

At the time of writing, 16 states are considering legislation to enlist in a “cooperating sovereignty” arrangement to force out-of-state businesses to collect their taxes. Two versions of the legislation exist: one proposed by the original cartel, the “Streamlined Sales and Use Tax Project,” (SSTP) and a slightly different version proposed by the National Conference of State Legislators (NCSL).

03/14/2001
Don't Give Up the Social Security Bully Pulpit!
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Don't Give Up the Social Security Bully Pulpit!

Copley News Service, 03/13/2001 President Bush's approach to tax cutting not too big, not too small puts his rising political capital on the line fending off both Democrats who would whittle it down and Republicans who would expand it. That turns the struggle to cut tax rates into a fight over the president's political future instead of a battle on behalf of American taxpayers. At the same time, the president appears willing to give up the bully pulpit on Social Security to a commission. But a hands-off approach to Social Security is destined to fail.

03/13/2001
Iowa CSE Activists Demand: "We Want Less," As They Storm the Capitol
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Iowa CSE Activists Demand: "We Want Less," As They Storm the Capitol

Des Moines, IA - Proclaiming the CSE mantra, "We Want Less," close to100 Iowa Citizens for a Sound Economy activists arrived at the Capitol steps to let their representatives know that price controls on prescription drugs is a bad remedy for the Medicare and prescription drug problem.

03/13/2001
SEC Letter to Senators Lott,
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SEC Letter to Senators Lott,

The following Senators received the letter printed below: Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott, Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle and Senator Judd Gregg March 13, 2001

03/13/2001
Florida CSE Foundation Hosts Antitrust Panel at High-Technology Conference
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Florida CSE Foundation Hosts Antitrust Panel at High-Technology Conference

Jacksonville, Florida - As the leading organization in the state dedicated to educating grassroots activists, media and policy makers on important public policy issues, Florida Citizens for a Sound Economy Foundation (CSEF) hosted a competition and antitrust panel at the Draughon Technology Conference in Jacksonville, Florida. Among the important topics discussed at the conference such as Internet taxes, privacy, the digital divide, and the broadband debate, CSEF’s panel delved into the U.S. Department of Justice’s enforcement of antitrust policy, using the Microsoft antitrust case as the focal point of discussion.

03/13/2001
Ask Dr. Brough: Three Questions Everyone is Asking About Ergonomics
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Ask Dr. Brough: Three Questions Everyone is Asking About Ergonomics

1. How will Ergonomics labor regulations impact workplace flexibility in the United States?

03/12/2001
Schools Seek More Funding to Meet Goal
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Schools Seek More Funding to Meet Goal

BY T. Keung Hui

RALEIGH -- Wake County school officials want taxpayers to come up with an additional $ 93.8 million over the next three years to help students reach ambitious performance goals.

03/12/2001
Public Periscope
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Public Periscope

BY Jim Camden

Pat on the back

03/12/2001

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