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  • 1950s Sci-Fi Movies Were Right

    March 1, 2007
    It turns out that the Earth actually is being attacked by cosmic rays. New research is strongly suggesting that warming trends on this planet can be explained by a similar warming trend on our neighbor, Mars, and the theory that both are linked. National Geographic gives us the lowdown:
    Simultaneous warming on Earth and Mars suggests that our planet's recent climate changes have a natural—and not a human-induced—cause, according to one scientist's controversial theory. Earth is currently experiencing rapid warming, which the vast majority of climate scientists says is due to humans pumping huge amounts of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. Mars, too, appears to be enjoying more mild and balmy temperatures. In 2005 data from NASA's Mars Global Surveyor and Odyssey...
  • Buying Global Warming Indulgences

    March 1, 2007
    CEI's very own Fred Smith was on Tucker Carlson's MSNBC show yesterday talking about Al Gore and his notorious carbon footprint. Take it away, Fred: [youtube]RLAVluikalw[/youtube]
  • Free Choice for Whom?

    March 1, 2007
    The misleadingly named "Employee Free Choice Act" (H.R 800) reaches the House floor today. This bill would essentially do away with secret ballot elections in union organizing drives by requiring the National Labor Relations Board to recognize "card check," an organizing process whereby a union is automatically recognized as the monopoly bargaining agent for employes at a workplace if a majority of them sign union cards out in the open, exposing workers to high-pressure tactics that the secret ballot is designed to avoid. It also would mandate third-party arbitration if an employer and a union have not reached a cotract after 90 days of the union being recognized. In short, the bill would destroy workers' right to a secret ballot in deciding whether they want union representation, and undermine freedom of contract. The Democratic majority will likely push this through, but it faces a...
  • Step One: Crush and Zap. Step Three: Profit.

    March 1, 2007
    We've weighed in on the debate over "e-waste" - discarded electronics and computer parts - before, most notably via the work of our talented and chaming adjunct fellow, Dana Joel Gattuso. Now there's an interesting development out of China which suggests a new technology, amusingly tagged as "crush-and-zap," could help recover vastly greater amounts of metals from trashed mother boards while reducing pollution from PCBs. This new technology may not save the world, but it's a lot better than an e-recycling mandate.
    Waste no more!
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