The Crazy Stuff I Saw In Copenhagen


EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson comes on strong in Denmark.

Updated December 11, 2009
By Phil Kerpen -

Visiting the UN climate conference in Copenhagen has been an eye-opening experience. On my way from the airport to the hotel I could tell from the gas station signs—over 10 kroner per liter, which is about $7.50 per gallon—that attitudes about energy prices were a little different here.

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EPA's Greenhouse Gases Declaration -- Putting America On the Road to Ruin


Today the EPA declared greenhouse gases a danger to public health. And here's the bottom line: The biggest threat to Americans, when it comes to huge new energy taxes and government controls, is not from legislation, it's from regulation.

Updated December 07, 2009

By Phil Kerpen -

President Obama, White House Climate Czar Carol Browner, and their Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are not waiting for Congress to pass cap-and-trade. Shrugging off the Climate-gate scandal, today EPA administration Lisa Jackson issues a so-called "endangerment finding," paving the way for onerous greenhouse gas regulations to be shoehorned into the 1970 Clean Air Act.

Next week President Obama will go to Copenhagen to make what he has termed a “politically binding” commitment to reduce greenhouse gases 17 percent by 2020 and 83 percent by 2050, the same levels in the now-stalled cap-and-trade bill. He is able to make this commitment, we can tell from today’s EPA announcement, because he intends to use EPA regulation to short-circuit the democratic process, boycott the Congress, and put us all under a sweeping regulatory regime.

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The Apollo Alliance: Unifying Activists on the Left

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By Phil Kerpen | Oct 2009

The radical environmentalists of the Apollo Alliance have tremendous clout with the Obama administration and Congress. The shadowy group is home to self-described communists and left-wing terrorists from the 1960s yet it somehow maintains a squeaky clean public image. In February lawmakers inserted into stimulus legislation its “green jobs” program, a government make-work project based on the fantasy that America could painlessly transition to an oil-free economy.

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Response to Judith Lewis about Van Jones


Letters from our readers
Posted: 09/28/2009 12:01:00 AM PDT

Jones policies

IN HER Sept. 20 commentary, "Meet the real Van Jones," writer Judith Lewis is right that my interest in Van Jones relates directly to the public policies he is promoting, which in my view, would be economically ruinous.

In "The Green Collar Economy," Jones proposed eliminating all coal-fired power plants in the U.S. by 2018, along with many other heavy-handed government policies that would cause widespread economic misery.

The relevance of his earlier advocacy of communist revolution and subsequent clarification that he has changed his means but not his radical ends is important because it informs us where extreme environmental policies may take us — the cul-de-sac of failed central economic planning, tried so often with tragic consequences in the 20th century.

If Jones and others have a compelling vision of green jobs that provide value for society and their customers, then they should be able to succeed without expensive federal mandates, regulations, taxes and other tools of economic control.

If they can, then they have my support. But if they turn to coercive federal policies to redesign society by force in accordance with their utopian vision, I'll continue to ring an alarm bell.

Phil Kerpen
Director of Policy
Americans for Prosperity
Washington D.C.

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A Secret White House Power Grab Is In Full Swing


It’s one thing for President Obama to surround himself with the advisers he’d like to have, but it’s another to bestow on them sweeping powers to broker secret negotiations and push forward vast new regulations that could cost American families thousands of dollars.

Phil Kerpen - - September 23, 2009

Cap-and-trade energy tax legislation appears stalled, at least for now, in the U.S. Senate. But that doesn’t mean the cap-and-trade energy tax isn’t imminent.

The Obama administration is unfazed. They are moving full steam ahead with an even more costly regulatory scheme in the name of global warming—shoehorning the regulation of greenhouse gases into the 1970 Clean Air Act, a bill passed before anyone had ever thought of global warming and that couldn’t be less suited to the task.

Driving the push for this massive power grab and circumvention of the elected branches is a key White House official who avoided Senate confirmation by being installed not as EPA director, but instead as White House Climate Czar: Carol Browner.

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