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Free Trade, Chemical Safety and Internet Gambling

A bipartisan letter urges President Obama to pass our stalled free trade agreement with South Korea.

Fenton Communications is warning consumers to stay away from products containing bisphenol A (BPA).

Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act mandates go into effect on June 1.

1. TRADE

A bipartisan letter urges President Obama to pass our stalled free trade agreement with South Korea.

CEI Expert Available to Comment: Adjunct Scholar Fran Smith on why this free trade agreement is important.

“In their letter, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) and Ranking Member Dick Lugar (R-IN) said that the FTA would be an economic boon to the U.S. and would show solidarity with a close U.S. ally. [. . .] CEI has long argued for ratification of the agreement.  Here’s a CEI issue analysis that sets out more detailed arguments for the Korea FTA and here’s a short piece on why the three pending FTAs should be ratified.”

 

2. SAFETY

Fenton Communications is warning consumers to stay away from products containing bisphenol A (BPA).

CEI Expert Available to Comment: Vice President Iain Murray on why consumers shouldn’t listen.

“BPA is an important ingredient in many of the plastic products that have made modern life inexpensive and convenient. BPA is used to make shatterproof water bottles, CDs, food and beverage cans, sporting equipment, eyeglass lenses, and countless medical supplies. Environmentalists argue that it is a toxic substance that should be banned. But there is little scientific evidence that suggests BPA is harmful, and much that suggests it is not.”

 

3. LEGAL

Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act mandates go into effect on June 1.

CEI Expert Available to Comment: Policy Analyst Michelle Minton on the consequences of UGIEA.

“UIGEA does not make the act of gambling online illegal, it simply makes it illegal for any credit processing service to deal with funds associated with ‘unlawful’ internet gambling. Because the UIGEA neglects to define which online gambling activities are unlawful, most legitimate credit processing companies will choose to deny any and all transactions having anything to do with gambling (for example MasterCard has already begun blocking gambling-related transactions).”