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Friday, February 26, 2010

One Man's "Talking Points" Might be Another Man's Point

At yesterday's "Health Care Summit," President Obama frequently expressed opposition to the use of talking points during the conversation.

In our biz, that is to say, the non-political public policy arena of the think-tank world, "talking points" are simply a succinct version of one's remarks, distilled in such a way as to present information in an orderly an efficient manner. I assume the same goes for the use of the term in business settings.

As it is likely President Obama is not opposed to succinct presentations, his definition of "talking point" must be something else.

Might that "something else" be "speech uttered for political gain"?

My sense in watching the summit was that that President continuously assumed speakers who disagreed with him were engaging in political rather than policy-oriented speech. He could not, or would not, not see that disagreement with his proposed methods could be based on principle.

This says something, I think, about the insular world he inhabits.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 6:26 PM

"We Don't Think the Government Should Be in Control of All This"

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) on the differences between conservatives and the White House on the way to improve our health care system:

Hat tip: RealClearPolitics.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 6:25 PM

No Climate Bill In 2010

InvestorsBusinessDailyLogo.jpgIn an article by Ed Carson that includes embedded video of our Tom Borelli, Investors Business Daily's "Capital Hill" Politics and markets blog is reporting that President Obama will fail to get his climate legislation adopted by the Senate this year.

This failure could turn out to be the best thing the Obama Administration ever does to reduce unemployment.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 4:30 PM

More Project 21 Criticism of NAACP Image Award for Van Jones

Project 21 chairman Mychal Massie criticized the NAACP for giving an Image Award to Van Jones — the former Obama Administration “green jobs czar” who was thrown under the bus by the White House last September. Massie gave a stern rebuttal to a commentary written by NAACP president Benjamin Todd Jealous that was posted on CNN.com in which Jealous sought to justify the award to Jones.

Mychal’s comments about the award can be found here.

But Mychal is not the only Project 21 member speaking out about this dubious selection made by the NAACP. Here is what other Project 21 members are saying:

R. Dozier Gray:
The NAACP, through president Ben Jealous, christened Van Jones a “American treasure.” Really? Why?

If he were such a treasure, why would the Obama Administration no longer have a place for him? It was certainly not because the White House disagrees with his bent on green jobs. It was because, through his past radicalism and current demeanor, he became a political liability.

So the question is, how is it that Van Jones is not too caustic for the NAACP?

It seems that regardless of the baggage that Jones carries with him, the NAACP thinks it worthwhile —even beneficial — to associate with him.

The NAACP says Jones is qualified for one of its special Image Awards because of his work in helping develop a “green collar” economy. We only need to look to Spain to see how silly this is. Every one Spanish green job cost 2.2 regular jobs in its creation, and one-in-ten of those green jobs might actually last. So, what is the value of this treasure? Anti-capitalism? Anti-jobs?
Deneen Borelli:
After Van Jones effectively slit his own throat by not being able to keep his radicalism in check — and was forced out of the White House as a result — it would appear the NAACP is helping Jones rebuild his image. I don’t think this is what the Image Awards was originally intended to do.

In bestowing an Image Award on this once self-proclaimed communist and 911-truther, the NAACP is again showing its real aim these days is to promote and defend the left-wing agenda. With so many blacks making legitimate achievements in American society today, it’s outrageous that the NAACP is picking from the bottom of the barrel with Jones.

The main beneficiaries of this award are Jones and the shamed Obama Administration that hired him. With their flawed cap-and-trade energy tax on the ropes, they are likely hoping a rehabilitated Jones will be an asset in touting the false benefits of a “green economy.”
This post was written by David Almasi, executive director of the National Center for Public Policy Research. Write the author at [email protected].

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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 5:00 AM

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Obama's Health Care Strategy in Under 25 Words

Writing in the Examiner, National Center for Public Policy Research policy analyst Matt Patterson nails the White House strategy on health care in 23 succinct words: "The President's strategy is clear: First turn the insurance companies into government utilities. Then run them out of business. Then fill the void."


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 7:20 PM

Bloomberg Covers National Center Questions for John Deere Management

JohnDeereLogo.jpgBloomberg News is covering Tom and Deneen Borelli's appearance at the John Deere stockholder meeting today:
...[John Deere CEO Samuel] Allen defended Deere's membership in the U.S. Climate Action Partnership amid questions from Tom and Deneen Borelli, with the conservative think tank National Center for Public Policy Research, who say proposed cap-and-trade legislation will push up fuel prices and hurt job growth. U.S. CAP is a coalition of companies and environmental groups seeking legislation to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions.

Cap and Trade

Allen said Deere wants to be part of the debate and is evaluating all proposals, and that cap and trade can succeed if done the right way.

'The best opportunity to help is to be at the table,' Allen said in response to public questions at the meeting.

Tom Borelli said cap and trade will be a tax on fossil fuels and hurt customers ability to buy Deere products. He noted the decision by Caterpillar Inc. not to renew its membership.

'Sitting at the table is not good enough,' Tom Borelli said.

Allen said he would evaluate cap-and-trade policy with the interests of Deere, its customers and shareholders in mind...
Read Bloomberg's entire article here.

Tom and Deneen attended the meeting as representatives of the National Center, which is a John Deere stockholder. Tom directs our Free Enterprise Project, and Deneen is a full-time fellow with the African-American leadership group we sponsor, Project 21.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 7:02 PM

Why is John Deere Lobbying for Cap-and-Trade?

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Tom Borelli, director of the National Center for Public Policy Research's Free Enterprise Project, and his wife Deneen Borelli, Project 21's full-time fellow, are spending the day at the John Deere headquarters, attending the stockholder meeting and asking company executives: Why are you members of the U.S. Climate Action Partnership? Why are you part of an organization that exists to lobby for cap-and-trade, which will hurt your customers and the American people?

In an article published today by FoxNews.com, Tom sets out the issues in more detail:
Big business support of President Obama's health care and energy policy has put CEOs on the front lines of the nation's biggest political battles. Big PhRMA - the drug industry trade group - is credited with bringing Obama's health care plan to the precipice of passage and the United States Climate Action Partnership (USCAP) - a coalition of business and environmental special interest groups - played a key role in passing the Waxman-Markey cap-and-trade bill in the House of Representatives last year.

Clearly, CEOs see big bucks in big government.

Beyond dreams of fortune, chief executives also proved to be a national risk when their mismanagement drove our nation into greater debt through taxpayer-funded bailouts.

While liberty-minded citizens can seek to elect politicians that support limited government, big government CEOs (or, perhaps, progressive CEOs) remain largely beyond our reach.

Because CEOs can represent as much of a risk to liberty as elected officials, limited government advocates need a voice in the boardroom.

For this reason, my wife Deneen and I are attending the John Deere annual shareholder meeting today in Moline, Illinois on behalf of the National Center for Public Policy Research, a free-market think-tank that owns shares in John Deere.

Our goal is to press management to justify why John Deere remains a member of USCAP and why these executives believe a cap-and-trade scheme is in the company's best interest. These questions are especially timely, as BP, Caterpillar and ConocoPhillips made national news this month, after they abandoned USCAP...
You can read the rest of the FoxNews.com article here.

We'll have more updates later.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 12:41 PM

What's the Rush?

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The Navy has announced it will allow females to serve on submarines, but these ladies don't look old enough to drive.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 1:45 AM

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Harry Reid Proves Deficit Commission is a Joke

What a joke President Obama's "deficit commission" (deficit of leadership, I'd say) is. Majority Leader Harry Reid has announced that one of the three big-spending liberals* he's appointing to a commission intended to convince us the left isn't spending us into perdition is Montana Senator Max Baucus.

Baucus has since 2007 held the chairmanship of the Senate Finance Committee, which has oversight over the fiscal fortunes of Social Security and Medicare, both of which are insolvent. Does Baucus do anything about this? Does he even hold hearings to seriously discuss what to do?

No, except for spending much of the last couple of years working to expand the burden under which these systems operate (when he wasn't taking his girlfriend, who was on his taxpayer-financed staff payroll, on taxpayer-financed tours of exotic locales), Baucus has been doing nothing about the insolvent Social Security and Medicare systems.

And now we're supposed to believe he cares enough about the federal deficit to help make the hard decisions that can get the country out of this mess? Ha!

P.S. I hope the GOP gives one of its slots to Texas Rep. Ron Paul, who is likely to sit at all the meetings -- these meetings all will be on C-SPAN, right Mrs. President? -- and say "where in the Constitution does it give us the authority to spend this? Where in the Constitution does it give us the authority to spend that?" The leftists will ignore him but the public would love the fact that they can't give him an answer.

* The other two are Senators Dick Durbin and Kent Conrad, whose big-spending ways are legendary.



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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 10:01 PM

Why is Lindsay Graham Helping Obama and GE?

Why is Senator Lindsay Graham seeking to bail out GE and Obama's failing [anti-]energy plan?


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 8:05 AM

Monday, February 22, 2010

Obamacare = Socialism

Obamacare, says National Center policy analyst Matt Patterson, is socialism by any other name.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 5:45 PM

Friday, February 19, 2010

Thoughts on Tiger Woods

FoxNews.com has published Deneen Borelli's reflections on what Tiger Woods said in his press statement today.

Deneen begins:
The silver lining in Friday's dark cloud was Tiger's frank discussion of how fame and fortune lead to an entitlement power trip. His assessment could serve as a warning to anyone who thinks they are above the earthly constraints of normal human relations...
Read it all here.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 2:29 PM

Global Warming Strikes Again

Go here for details.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 12:55 AM

Thursday, February 18, 2010

National Center's Tom Borelli Discusses Corporate Retreat from Cap-and-Trade on Fox Business Network's "Cavuto" This Friday

IMPORTANT UPDATE: This interview has now been cancelled.

Tom Borelli, director of the National Center's Free Enterprise Project, is scheduled to appear on the Fox Business Network's "Cavuto" program on Friday, February 19 at 6:00 PM eastern.

Tom has been asked to talk about the recent defection of several corporations from the business-special interest USCAP lobby coalition. A key player in the push for the Obama Administration's cap-and-trade energy tax agenda, five businesses were reported to have abandoned their USCAP memberships this week.

Tom personally took on the leaders of many of these same corporations for their USCAP membership at past shareholder meetings.

National Center press releases on this major development in global warming politics can be found here and here.

Check your local listings for Fox Business Network on cable. Fox Business Network is available on channel 117 on Fios, channel 206 on Dish Network and channel 359 on DirecTV.

This post was written by David Almasi, executive director of the National Center for Public Policy Research. Write the author at [email protected].


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Posted by David W. Almasi at 4:29 PM

Deneen Borelli on Fox Today

Project 21's full-time fellow, Deneen Borelli, will be a guest today on the Fox New Channel's America Live with Megyn Kelly at 2:15 PM Eastern.

The topic is to be issues related to Tiger Woods.

IMPORTANT UPDATE: Deneen has just been informed that the segment must be cancelled due to breaking news.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 12:28 PM

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Global Warming Strikes Again

Global warming is so snowy in Britain, it's turning some lawns pink.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 9:25 PM

Here's How Big Business Benefits from Cap-and-Trade

Tom Borelli explains how General Electric plans to benefit from President Obama's cap-and-trade plan on a recent edition of Stuart Varney's Varney and Co. show:


Unfortunately for the American public, GE's gain would be our loss.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 12:48 PM

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Casualties of the Candy Wars

CarbonCreditGumMany.jpgBarbara Hollingsworth -- and Deneen Borelli -- believe Democrats will be first casualties of the White House war on candy and soda.

Barbara's thoughts are here; Deneen's here.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 3:16 PM

Alarmist Climate Scientists of Two Minds About Snow

Snow020610.jpgClimategate scientists: Global warming theory proved. It's a travesty that we can't say why (except we do).


Writing in the Examiner today, Senior Fellow Dana Joel Gattuso says: "It's too bad we can't read climate scientist Kevin Trenberth's emails anymore."

He's the climate scientist and lead IPCC report author, Dana reminds readers, who wrote in what are now called the Climategate emails, "we can't account for the lack of warming at the moment and it is a travesty that we can't."

(I'm guessing Dr. Trenberth and the other scientists caught up in Climategate write only very, very careful emails these days. Like, "I'll be home at 5 o'clock.")

Dana also quotes others in the climate community explaining that recent snowstorms could be caused by global warming:
"In the context of global warming, extreme atmospheric flows are causing extreme climate incidents to appear more frequently."

"It's not hard at all to get temperatures cold enough for snow in a world experiencing global warming."

"There is some evidence that climate change could in fact make such massive snowstorms more common, even as the world continues to warm."
(Ever notice that skeptics are not supposed to use snowstorms as reason to be skeptical of the global warming theory [see Keith Olbermann, here, for instance], but the global warming alarmists use them to claim support for their theory?)

To find out who Dana was quoting and what else she had to say, read her op-ed here.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 1:00 PM

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Deneen Borelli Debates Al Sharpton on Jobs

In case you missed it -- video of Project 21's Deneen Borelli debating Al Sharpton about the President Obama/Majority Leader Harry Reid jobs bill.


The debate was on the Fox News Channel's Fox and Friends on February 12, 2010.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 12:18 AM

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Project 21's Robin Martin on PBS "To the Contrary" This Weekend

Project 21 member Robin Martin is scheduled to appear on the PBS public affairs television program "To the Contrary" airing this weekend on public television stations nationwide.

Currently in its 18th year, "To the Contrary" seeks to provide a "timely forum for women to discuss national and international issues and policies. It presents news and views that are rarely, if ever, available elsewhere on television."

Among the topics scheduled to be discussed this week are childhood obesity and environmental justice.

"To the Contrary" is aired at various times around the country. To find out where and when it is broadcast in your area, click here.

This post was written by David Almasi, executive director of the National Center for Public Policy Research. Write the author at [email protected]. As we occasionally reprint letters on the blog, please note if you prefer that your correspondence be kept private, or only published anonymously.


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Posted by David W. Almasi at 7:26 AM

Keith Olbermann Lists Children As Worst Persons in World for Making Innocent Snow Joke About Al Gore


Keith Olbermann Tuesday night named among his "worst persons in the world" four minor grandchildren of Senator James Inhofe of Oklahoma, along with their parents. Their "crime"? They built an igloo out of snow and posted near it a sign with a very innocent Al Gore joke ("Al Gore's new home. Honk if you [heart] global warming.").

Olbermann claims it was wrong for the family to make a snow joke, because the snowstorm killed people (though not, he should have noted, in or because of the Inhofe family's igloo). Up to now, weather-related jokes have not been considered beyond the pale, even for children.

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Olbermann then put on his best "you're an idiot" voice to claim that "global warming" is really called "climate change" (implying strongly the children are dumb because they called the theory by the same name James Hansen uses), and, Olbermann says, "climate change" means it will be colder in winter.

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GE should be ashamed of itself for allowing its personnel to attack children on the air. These kids probably are sophisticated enough to realize that Olbermann's just doing it for attention, but it's still pathetic to see a giant corporation going after kids.

Hat tips to the FixedNewsChannel for uploading this to YouTube and to Senator James Inhofe for the pictures.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 1:04 AM

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Meghan McCain: "Revolutions Start with Young People"

The clever bunnies on ABC's "The View" went deep and asked Meghan McCain to comment on the National Tea Party Convention. Miss McCain's response, called "scathing" by FoxNews.com, included her observation that "revolutions start with young people."

The average age of a signer of the Declaration of Independence was 45. Vladimir Lenin was 47 at the time of the Bolshevik Revolution. Mao Zedong was 57 when the People's Republic of China was established. Ruhollah Khomeini was 77 at the time of the Iranian Revolution. Mahatma Gandhi was 76 when Britain signaled it would quit India. Nelson Mandela was 76 when black South Africans were fully enfranchised and he was elected president.

It is true that Fidel Castro was 33 when he seized power in Cuba, and Maximilien Robespierre in his mid-thirties during key events of the French Revolution.

Maybe Miss McCain was thinking of the exceptions.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 8:02 PM

Massie Article in Freedom's Journal Magazine Cites Economic Harm of Abortion

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An article by Project 21 Chairman Mychal Massie appears in the January/February issue of Freedom's Journal magazine from the Wallace Multimedia Group.

The article, "Economic Genocide", deals with the negative economic factors related to abortion in America - particularly in the black community.

In his article, Massie writes:
When Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton demand justice for some cause, it's been noted their particular form of justice often seems to come with a special cut set aside for just for them and their friends.

What about abortion?

With abortion, there is a real economic toll - but it's not something you hear Jackson, Sharpton or the Congressional Black Caucus complaining about. In fact, they all support abortion.

Yet abortion does have negative consequences for the American economy, and for the economic well-being of the black community in particular.

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Black Americans were brought to this continent in chains. After emancipation, we were subject to unfair laws that restricted the freedoms we were promised. Discrimination has robbed us of opportunity.

Now, with the playing field as level as it has ever been, blacks are still being pushed into a corner by abortion.

While the economy of the entire United States teeters on the brink, blacks - who, as a community, are making their way up the socioeconomic ladder - stand to lose the most.
This post was written by David Almasi, executive director of the National Center for Public Policy Research. Write the author at [email protected]. As we occasionally reprint letters on the blog, please note if you prefer that your correspondence be kept private, or only published anonymously.

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Posted by David W. Almasi at 5:23 PM

Sunday, February 07, 2010

Video: Deneen Borelli on Jobs, Tea Parties on Fox


For those who missed it, here's the video of Deneen Borelli on Fox and Friends this morning, discussing President Obama's jobs agenda, tea parties and more.

Hat tip: Thanks to WebsurferguyMN for uploading it to YouTube.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 10:33 PM

Saturday, February 06, 2010

Deneen Borelli to Discuss Jobs Bill on Fox Sunday

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Project 21 Fellow Deneen Borelli will be a guest on the Fox News Channel's Fox and Friends morning show at 7:15 AM Eastern on Sunday, February 7.

Deneen will discuss President Obama's proposed jobs bill.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 11:42 PM

Global Warming at the Ridenour Compound

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Yes, I know one snowstorm (or seven) in one location doesn't mean the planet isn't warming, but really, how could I resist posting this shot?


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 3:04 PM

Thursday, February 04, 2010

Video: Stuart Varney Interviews Tom Borelli on New SEC Climate Guidelines


More about the SEC's new climate change regulations here.

Hat tip: Thanks to CEOMonitor for uploading it to YouTube.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 11:52 PM

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Tom Borelli Talks with Gordon Liddy about New SEC Climate Regulations

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Our Free Enterprise Project Director Tom Borelli visited with G. Gordon Liddy the other day to discuss the Securities and Exchange Commission's new rule requiring publicly-held corporations to disclose the risks of global warming -- including the risks to their corporation of stupid laws and regulations Congress and/or the Administration adopt in a futile attempt to control the climate.

The SEC did not use the word "stupid" -- that's mine -- but really, even the backers of this stuff agree it won't change the climate, so what's the point?

Enough editorializing from me. You can listen to Gordon interview Tom here, or go here. (Note: Tom's interview is during the last quarter-hour of the linked podcast file.)

For a quick look at what Tom's talking about, below is our press release on the matter:
Another Blow to Obama's Agenda: New SEC Guidance on Climate Change Disclosure Will Force CEOs Who Lobby for Cap-and-Trade to Expose the Business Risk of Cap-and-Trade Legislation to Shareholders

Washington D.C. - Corporate CEOs who have been actively lobbying for cap-and-trade climate legislation may soon find themselves in an embarrassing position thanks to a new Securities and Exchange Commission regulation, says Tom Borelli, Ph.D., director of the National Center for Public Policy Research's Free Enterprise Project.

The SEC voted January 27 to provide public companies with interpretive guidance that encourages corporations to disclose the possible business and legal impact of climate change to shareholders. Full disclosure will require companies to assess and describe how cap-and-trade legislation can harm company earnings.

"Fully disclosing the business risk of cap-and-trade will embarrass many CEOs who are lobbying for emissions regulations. Shareholders will discover that these CEOs are pursuing legislation that will negatively impact their company," said Borelli.

By issuing interpretive guidance on climate change, the SEC is encouraging companies to fully describe a wide range of business and legal risks posed by climate change on business operations. In these communications with shareholders about business risk, the SEC wants companies to address the following areas: Impact of Legislation and Regulation, Impact of International Accords, Indirect Consequences of Regulation or Business Trends, and Physical Impacts of Climate Change.

"Finally, the SEC is taking a position on the business risk of climate change regulation. Through Congressional testimony and participation at shareholder meetings over the past few years, I've been calling on CEOs to assess and disclose the regulatory impact of cap-and-trade to shareholders. While CEOs find it easy to ignore an individual shareholder, they can't ignore the SEC," said Borelli.

"Shareholders are going to discover that many CEOs have not been forthcoming about the business risk posed by cap-and-trade legislation and that they have failed to exercise their fiduciary responsibility by not assessing and communicating the impact of emissions regulations on their businesses."

Borelli cites Caterpillar CEO Jim Owens as an executive who has arrogantly disregarded the business risk of cap-and-trade. At a shareholder meeting, Owens admitted he did not conduct a cost benefit analysis of cap-and-trade on his business before he joined the United States Climate Action Partnership – a lobbying organization pursuing these carbon dioxide emission limits.

In a subsequent Caterpillar shareholder meeting, when challenged by Borelli, Owens agreed that carbon caps could hurt heavy industry in the U.S., including Caterpillar. When Borelli asked how Owens could be held accountable if his lobbying course backfired on Caterpillar shareholders, Owens told Borelli to sell his stock.

Economic studies on the impact of cap-and-trade consistently report that capping emissions will lead to job losses and slower economic growth -- developments that would negatively impact earnings of large cap corporations.

"Caterpillar currently identifies general economic conditions and the amount of mining and manufacturing activity as key risk factors for its business, yet the company fails to warn investors that cap-and-trade will lead to a reduction in economic growth and a significant decrease in coal mining. Disclosure on climate change regulation will expose the conflict between cap-and-trade and shareholder interests," added Borelli.

"Armed with this information, Caterpillar shareholders will demand to know why Owens is lobbying for a law that will harm their investment. With the new disclosure detailing how cap-and-trade will harm Caterpillar, perhaps shareholders will follow Owens' advice and sell the stock," said Borelli.

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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 10:56 PM

Bizarre Climategate Update #5: Perhaps Our Children's Fourth Grade Class Should Help the IPCC

ALT TAGMaybe the IPCC used a primary school geography book that wasn't peer-reviewed?


Steve McIntyre reports that the last IPCC report (AR4) claimed 55 percent of land on which 60 percent of the Dutch live is below sea level. The true figure is 20 percent.

Over the last few days there has been a dustup between climate scientist Michael Tobis and a number of bloggers and commentators after Tobis questioned whether a woman who had raised nine kids is qualified to question climate scientists (because, as he put it, she hadn't had the time "to think about complicated grownup stuff").

By the time a mom has helped nine kids through their primary school science homework, she might have a pretty good idea about the geography of the Netherlands.

Obviously, the racy-novel-writing economist and engineer who runs the IPCC, Rajendra Pachauri, doesn't.

Maybe he should have helped his kids with their homework more often.

Put a mom in charge, I say. Or my kids. At least when fourth graders do a job, someone checks their work.

Addendum, 2/6/10: Michael Tobis ended the conversation about parenthood on a gracious note (here and here).


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 1:59 PM

Bizarre Climategate Update #4: IPCC Chairman Wishes Painful Death Upon Critics

ALT TAGQuestion this report, and a top UN official will wish you dead


Under fire for the Glaciergate, Amazongate and Please-Fund-My-Institute-Gate sectors, among others, of the ever-broadening Climategate scandal, Rajendra Pachauri, chairman of the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (and a man who cares so much about global warming, he doesn't use his free electric car because it isn't big enough for his chauffeur), has now all but wished a slow and painful death upon his critics.

In an interview with the Financial Times, Pachauri said:
I don't want to get down to a personal level, but all you need to do is look at [my critics'] backgrounds. They are people who deny the link between smoking and cancer; they are people who say that asbestos is as good as talcum powder - I hope that they apply it to their faces every day - and people who say that the only way to deal with HIV/Aids is to screen the population on a regular basis and isolate those who are infected.
Typical of IPCC research, everything here except, presumably, Pachauri's wish that we would put a carcinogen on our faces daily is an invention, and a strikingly obvious one at that.

The man doesn't even lie well.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 1:05 PM

Monday, February 01, 2010

More on James O'Keefe Case

As I mentioned the other day, James O'Keefe has been charged under Title 18, Section 1036 of the U.S. Code, which prohibits persons from entering "any real property belonging in whole or in part to, or leased by, the United States... by any fraud or false pretense."

A thing that strikes me about the James O'Keefe case is that people enter Congressional offices all the time under false pretenses. They say they want to talk to the staff or the Congressman in the District office, but once there, they stage a sit-in to stop logging, to demand climate change action, to demand an end to the Iraq War, or to demand sanctions against one country or another.

Yet, the media greets them as heroes and O'Keefe as a criminal.

ACORN, by the way, has a long history of orchestrating sit-ins. I'm sure its members don't always come in and say, "Hi, I'm Jane Doe, I represent ACORN and I'm here to stage a sit-in. Would you mind terribly if I brought a few hundred of my friends in, too?" Obviously, Code-Pink has done it, too.

If at the end of the day the charges against O'Keefe are merely that he entered a federal office under false pretenses and all these lefties have denounced him for doing so, they'll have denounced him for doing essentially the same thing they do all the time.

Written by David A. Ridenour, vice president of the National Center for Public Policy Research. Write the author at [email protected]. As we occasionally reprint letters on the blog, please note if you prefer that your correspondence be kept private, or only published anonymously.

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Posted by David A. Ridenour at 9:09 PM

Populism & the Tea Party Movement: Deneen Borelli on Fox & Friends

For all the Deneen Borelli fans out there, here's the video from her appearance on Fox and Friends this morning, where she discussed populism and the rise of the Tea Party movement:


Hat tip: Thanks to CEOMonitor for uploading it to YouTube.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 6:27 PM

Obama Using Fear to Sell Health Care Plan

ALT TAGMatt Patterson

Policy Analyst Matt Patterson has an op-ed in today's Washington Examiner and San Francisco Examiner on President Obama's use of fear to help him increase weak public support for his health care proposal.

An excerpt:
In his efforts to reorganize the nation's health care system by giving the federal government power to compel and subsidize insurance, Obama has faced one bleak obstacle: The vast majority of Americans, while concerned about rising costs, nonetheless consistently report satisfaction with their existing health coverage.

So how do you convince people who are happy with what they have to go along with radical change? Convince them that what they are happy with can be lost at any time, and through no fault of their own.

In other words, scare them...
Read the whole thing here.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 11:08 AM

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