Tuesday, October 11, 2016


1. Hillary Clinton's Solar Energy Baloney - by FreedomWorks Senior Economic Contributor Stephen Moore via The Washington Times
One of Hillary Clinton’s wackier ideas is to build half a million solar panels — at taxpayer expense. It would be one of the largest corporate welfare giveaways in American history. The Institute for Energy Research (IER) estimates that the cost of the plan will reach $205 billion. That’s a lot of money to throw at Elon Musk and all of Hillary’s high-powered green energy friends. By the way, there are only 320 million people in the country so her plan would mean more solar panels than people. If Hillary has her way, the entire landscape in America will be blighted by windmills and solar panels. How is this green?

The economics here are even worse. Back in the 1970s Washington made a big bet on green energy with synthetic fuels and renewable fuels. The programs crashed and were all mercifully killed off during the Reagan years. Billions of dollars went down the drain. George W. Bush made a big bet on switch grass and wood chips to produce energy. President Obama has spent more than $100 billion on wind and solar subsidies. Instead of energy independence, we got bankruptcies like Solyndra. Read more here...
2. The Pentagon Accounts for More Than Half of the Federal Government's $1 Billion PR Budget - via Reason
Selling foreign interventions and stoking the fires of patriotism isn't always easy work, but the federal government thinks someone has to do it. That someone—or, rather, those someones—are the employees and contractors of the Department of Defense's public relations machine, easily the largest and most expensive PR operation within the United States government.
A new report from the Government Accountability Office reveals that the federal government spends more than $1 billion annually on public relations and advertising—that includes everything from press releases and safety bulletins to television ads for Obamacare, direct mailers about the importance of getting flu shots and endless streams of tweets and Facebook posts intended to connect the average American with their government. Read more here...
3. FreedomWorks Opposes Proposed House Rule Change
FreedomWorks today voiced strong opposition to a change to the rules of the House of Representatives proposed by Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.). The proposed rule change would dissolve the privileged status of the “motion to vacate the chair,” by which an individual member could make the motion from the floor and force a vote to vacate the office of the Speaker of the House, and require a majority of a party’s conference to introduce the motion. “The motion to vacate the chair is the most powerful tool members of the House have to ensure that the speaker is kept in check. It’s the sword of Damocles that hangs over the head of whomever happens to hold the office,” said FreedomWorks CEO Adam Brandon. “This tool, which is part of the House rules written by Thomas Jefferson, should not be altered under any circumstances.”
“Sadly, Rep. Nunes has been working to limit the democratic prerogatives of the members of the House of Representatives. He has introduced a proposal that would limit the ability of House members to choose a new Speaker of the House,” Brandon said. “Rep. Nunes proposed a roadblock: before the motion can be brought up in the House, that member’s party conference in the House would have to sign off on moving ahead. And since these entities are controlled by either the speaker or the minority leader, approval just won’t happen. That is exactly what Rep. Nunes wants.” Read more here...
4. Legal Vulnerabilities of EPA Power Plan's Prerequisite Regulation - via Competitive Enterprise Institute
Washington is still abuzz about the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals oral argument last week on the Environmental Protection Agency’s carbon dioxide (CO2) emission standards for existing fossil-fuel power plants, the so-called Clean Power Plan. Almost forgotten in the hubbub is the fact that the Power Plan depends upon a prerequisite rulemaking, the agency’s CO2 standards for new fossil-fuel power plants, which has legal vulnerabilities of its own. The new source rule’s standard for coal power plants—1,400 lbs. CO2/MWh—is based on EPA’s determination that “partial” carbon capture and storage (CCS) is the “adequately demonstrated” “best system of emission reduction” (BSER). That is highly dubious. CCS is not economical and, in actual commercial practice, increases rather than reduces emissions. Read more here...
5. Pence's Support Gives Criminal Justice Reform Supporters Hope - via Newsweek
Jason Pye was on an airplane during Tuesday’s vice presidential debate, but he was following the reaction via Twitter. When he heard that Republican Mike Pence had called for criminal justice reform, it made his evening. “I was smiling from ear to ear,” says the spokesman for the conservative advocacy group FreedomWorks, one of the leading voices for reform on the conservative end of the spectrum. Pye noted that not only did Pence say “we need to adopt criminal justice reform nationally” but he reinforced his support with examples of his own role in enacting changes in Indiana and Congress.
Holly Harris, executive director of the U.S. Justice Action Network, a coalition of groups from across the political spectrum that support justice reforms, called Pence’s comments “an absolute bombshell” and predicted it will “breathe new life into criminal justice reform at the federal level.” Read more here...

Jason Pye
Communications Director, FreedomWorks

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