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OpenMarket: February 2007

  • Much Toxic Ado About Nothing

    February 14, 2007
    Today, Reps. Frank Pallone (D-N.J.) and Hilda Solis (D-Calif.) and Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) reportedly will introduce the Toxic Right-to-Know Protection Act, which would reverse recent EPA reforms to the Toxics Release Inventory. The program mandates that industry report “chemical releases” to the EPA and to the public. These lawmakers seem to believe that the EPA changes deprive the public of useful information.
  • Valentine pesticides story -- Media sends sweethearts a bouquet of toxic hype

    February 14, 2007
    The news media is sending a scary Valentine to American couples. They're claiming that Valentine's Day roses imported from Colombia may have been "dipped in a battery of potentially lethal chemicals," according to the Associated Press. But the only thing toxic this Valentine's Day stems from the boquet of shoddy science sent by the media. No matter how many times pesticide scares are debunked -- from Alar on apples to "deadly" DDT -- the media can't resist stoking fears and diverting attention away from the real risks of insect-borne diseases that pesticides combat. No matter how many authoritative bodies discredit the pesticides-cancer link, the media will give credence to any activist with a scare story. When it comes to pesticides, for the media, everyday is Halloween. But sweethearts shouldn't let the doomsayers ruin...
  • Need. More. TV. sez PFF

    February 14, 2007
    The Progress and Freedom Foundation's Scott Wallsten notes the urgency of franchise reform as the path to greater broadband access and availability. The FCC's recent order on the issue, as well as nearly every commentary on the subject, recognizes the problems created by legacy franchise monopoly power granted in the telecommunications industry. But ultimately, all providers--cable, telco, satellite and whatever emerges (video over power lines?) in the future--are going to benefit from a regime in which they are busy building infrastructure rather than running around seeking permissions of every sort from bureaucrats. There is a very limited amount for governments to do in this regard: anything else is needless interference. As Wallsten summed it up: "While cities understandably want oversight over some aspects of installing this infrastructure, such as digging up neighborhood...
  • Conservative in Daily Show Success Shock!

    February 14, 2007
    CEI Senior Fellow Christopher Horner was on "The Daily Show" last night to promote his excellent new book, The Politically Incorrect Guide to Global Warming (and Environmentalism) (currently #30 on the Amazon best sellers list). I have never seen a conservative handle Jon Stewart so well, nor have I ever seen Jon Stewart seemingly give the conservative position such credit. Check it out at the Daily Show site (scroll down in the Last Night's Highlights window). (Also in NRO's The Corner.)
  • Mises on Labor

    February 13, 2007
    A relatively flexible labor market has long been one of America's great economic strengths -- as well as of Great Britain relative to Continental Europe. Indeed, to us savage unfettered capitalist denizens of the Anglosphere, France's persistent high unemployment provides the perfect illustration of the bad consequences that come from a too-tightly regulated labor market. Yet despite this obvious observation (at least it should be obvious), there are growing calls for greater political control of labor around the developed Western world -- and part of that trend has chronicled on this very blog. America is currently embroiled in fights over a proposed hike to the federal minimum wage -- despite the job...
  • Please Don't Eat the Roses

    February 13, 2007
    An Associated Press story today warns that the roses you get for Valentines Day could be lethal.  In places like Columbia, they are “sprayed, rinsed and dipped in a battery of potentially lethal chemicals” and “unlike edible fruits and vegetables they are not tested for chemical residues." But there is an easy answer to that:  Don't eat the roses!  As for trace level contamination from a few sniffs a day, fear not.  Such low level exposures pose negligible risks.  Chemically caused cancers largely result from long-term chronic exposures to certain chemicals.  There is no evidence—or even a good reason to even believe—that people are getting cancer from ornamental flowers!  In fact, despite the fact that we are regularly exposed to trace levels of an increasing number of man-made chemicals, people have been living longer and healthier lives, and cancer rates have been...
  • Detroit's corporate welfare

    February 13, 2007
    Socialist Senator Bernie Sanders lamented how, despite the corporate welfare Detroit has received over the decades, it is lagging behind Toyota in technological development. Hmmm. Wonder why that can be?
  • Take That, James Patterson

    February 13, 2007
    It has been brought to my attention that Open Market's own Chris Horner is currently bounding up the Amazon bestseller list with his new book, The Politically Incorrect Guide to Global Warming (and Environmentalism). As of 12:13pm, it was the 12th most popular title on Bravo, Chris. But we still need your help, dedicated readers. Go to Amazon yourselves, and buy the book. We can't make it to #1 without your vital help.
  • Enron and cap-and-trade

    February 13, 2007
    Senator Bond is making the connection between Enron and cap and trade quite explicitly.
  • Chairman Boxer's fuzzy memory

    February 13, 2007
    There is considerable confusion among the Democratic Senators as to whether or not the U.S. has signed Kyoto. Senator Lautenberg stated the U.S. has not signed Kyoto. Chairman Boxer -the Chairman of the US Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, mind you - thought that President Clinton had signed it, but President Bush had rescinded the signature. The U.S. signature remains on Kyoto. The U.S. Senate could ratify Kyoto if it wanted to.


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