Broadcast Update on Issues in the News

Broadcast Update on Issues in the News

Experts Available on Obesity, Internet, Global Warming, Corporate Outsourcing, Gas Prices
March 29, 2004

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Why We Shouldn’t Demonize Fast Food

Educator and TV Host to Document 30 Healthy Days of McDonald’s Meals

With public health activists continually citing national obesity statistics, the debate over what we eat has never been more contentious, highlighted by such recent efforts as “Super Size Me,” a documentary film in which the director ate three meals a day at McDonald’s for 30 days.  He claimed severe health effects from his experiment, but Soso Whaley, an educator and TV host, has promised to show the opposite with the same 30-day plan but better menu choices, starting April 1st.  She will show that not only are fast food chains not responsible for overweight Americans, it is possible to eat healthy even under the Golden Arches. 

Expert: Soso Whaley, Adjunct Fellow



Should the UN Control the Internet?

ICANN Meets with Kofi Annan

The ruling elites in a number of foreign countries believe that the <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />United States exerts too much control over the Internet and that it would be better if a United Nations agency was in charge.  Representatives of the California-based Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), which runs things now, met with UN secretary general Kofi Annan this week, sparking concern that the UN is contemplating a move to take over global Internet governance.  Given the influence this would give anti-democratic nations, some of which are already censoring their own citizens’ access to the free flow of information, this is a worrisome possibility. 

Expert: Neil Hrab, Warren Brookes Journalism Fellow

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Global Warming Back in Congress

Resurrecting a Failed Strategy at Home Just as Europe Displays Its Weakness

Members of the House of Representatives are introducing a bill today, similar to one offered in the Senate by Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Joseph Lieberman (D-CT), which would requires U.S. industry to curtail emissions of carbon dioxide and other gases in the name of combating global warming.  Unfortunately, such restrictions would be a massive drag on the economy while creating no meaningful effects on the climate.  The same strategy of energy suppression, which most European nations have endorsed in the form of the Kyoto Protocol, is also running into significant problems as several nations have announced that they will miss their targets amid fears of economic slowdown.

Experts: Myron Ebell, Director of Global Warming and International Environmental Policy; Iain Murray, Senior Fellow

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Economic Growth and Overseas Jobs

Why Corporate Outsourcing is Good for the Economy

American corporations that move production facilities outside of the United States have been taking heat from some politicians and commentators, but much of the criticism is unjustified.  With recent comments from Council of Economic Advisors chairman Gregory Mankiw and yesterday from Treasury Secretary John Snow showing the overall economic advantages of outsourcing, a strong case is being made against proposed restrictions both on the national level and in as many as 30 different states.

Experts: Fred L. Smith, Jr., President; Christopher C. Horner, Senior Fellow

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Another Record High for Gas Prices

Government Adds to the Bill

With gas prices hitting a sixth straight record high today, the debate over what’s behind the increase and how best to respond to it is hotter than ever.  Unbeknownst to most Americans, the federal government’s web of rules regulating “boutique” gasoline blends has made it much more difficult to produce the affordable gas and diesel consumers have come to expect.  Special blends of “reformulated” gasoline, new low sulfur requirements, and many other regulations have made refining an increasingly expensive business, especially in the summer months when the rules are even tighter.

Expert: Ben Lieberman, Director of Air Quality Policy

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