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CEI Today: Bloomberg's soda ban, Chicago teachers strike, and a dubious global warming poll

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CEI Today: Bloomberg's soda ban, Chicago teachers strike, and a dubious global warming poll

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BLOOMBERG SODA BAN - MICHELLE MINTON Sugary drinks ban begs the question -- who has the right to decide what you consume?

Consuming too much sugar can lead to obesity; few people would argue to the contrary. Yet not everyone agrees, as New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has repeatedly affirmed, that solving nutrition issues is the right and responsibility of the government. Unfortunately his latest proposal, approved Thursday by the New York Board of Health, will do nothing to solve obesity in New York. Worse, it will further entrench the idea that New York is bad for business.


CHICAGO TEACHERS STRIKE - RUSS POHL Chicago Teachers Strike: A Lesson Of “Excessive Zeal And No Brains”

On September 10, 2012, the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) walked out of the city’s public schools after negotiations fell through with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the school district. The issues surrounding the negotiations between the city and the teachers involved reforms to pay increases and teacher evaluations. As of now, no contract agreement has been finalized, but recent developments have showed signs of an impending end to the strike.

If lessons can be learned from history, then the 1987 Chicago Teachers Strike provides a good example as what to expect from the aftermath of the strike.


GREEN POLL - MARLO LEWIS Another Skewed Poll ‘Finds’ Voters Support Green Agenda

An opinion survey commissioned by the Sierra Club supposedly shows that Oklahoma voters overwhelmingly favor the expansion of wind and solar power and the phase out of coal-fired power plants. An obvious implication is that Oklahoma Sen. James Inhofe, the Senate’s leading critic of the Obama administration’s anti-coal policies, is out of step with his constituents.

This is an old trick (see my post on a similar, NRDC-sponsored poll of Michigan voters in House Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton’s district). When a pollster asks leading questions, he can usually elicit the answers his client is paying for.