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OpenMarket: March 2007

  • Capitol Hill Briefing on Global Warming

    March 16, 2007
    In preparation for Al Gore's congressional testimony promoting his climate alarmist agenda, CEI Senior Fellow Marlo Lewis presented a rebuttal to many of the exaggerated, misleading, and erroneous claims in Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth. Following are some photos from the event, which just concluded. (Photos by Richard Morrison) Marlo Lewis addresses the Capitol Hill crowd on Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth A crowd shot...
  • CEI Briefing live online and on C-Span 2 now

    March 16, 2007
    CEI's Capitol Hill global warming briefing for Congressional staff is now being broadcast live on C-Span 2, responding to Al Gore's alarmist agenda. Watch the event online. (Click on video links for C-Span 2.) For Senior Fellow Marlo Lewis's response to Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth, see here.
  • A stroll through the New York Times Archives

    March 16, 2007
    What were climatologists (or climate specialists as they used to be called) saying publicly in the 1970s and before? A quick stroll through the New York Times archives, conveyed to us by Chris Horner, reveals some illuminating stories. This is a long post, so please unfold if you want the full details. Lets start off in 1979...
  • Cookie Scalping

    March 16, 2007
    A gas station in Parma, Ohio has taken to reselling girl scout cookies at a profit. The media, of course, is having a field day attacking the "evil" gas station owner who buys the cookies for $3.00 and resells them for $4.00. It goes without saying that I think this "cookie scalping" is smart business. . . even if the gas station owner is kind of creepy. (Although, in seeking to preserve their "not sold in stores" brand, the Girl Scouts would do well to limit his supplies.) What I find interesting is that the Scouts themselves engage in the same sort of "profiteering." Two big commercial bakers produce all the cookies and I assume that they're shipped all over the place and have the same wholesale price....
  • On stock listings, U.K. has even more lessons to teach

    March 15, 2007
    Iain, in addition to Eli, here's another CEI Yank putting in a good word for your home country. They do it right on stock listings too, and we could learn a lot from them. The London Stock Exchange has plenty of governance regulations for its main venue. Some of these rules are of dubious value. But British regulators allow investors and entrepreneurs to be the ultimate judge of these rules, by allowing the existence of an alternative venue, the Alternative Investment Market (AIM). The existence of this lightly regulated venue has rankled those across the Atlantic aghast at the notion of allowing investors to choose to buy into a company covered by anything less than the burdensome mandates of Sarbanes-Oxley....
  • The Great Global Warming Round-up

    March 15, 2007
    Some stories for your delectation:
    • Two papers from the Director of the International Arctic Research Center at the University of Alaska
    • NASA is studying how airborne particles affect climate (we actually know very little about this and it's of central importance)
    • Has global warming reduced mortality?
    • New paper from the IEA in London on "Global warming false alarms"
    • What do the...
  • Green AND Market Oriented

    March 15, 2007
    To me, the best green invention in the world is the compact fluorescent light bulb: these bulbs cost more up front but they last about ten years, give good light, and cut energy bills in a big way. Since they don't give off heat of their own, they even reduce summer AC bills. My own home electricity bill has declined about 25 percent since I finished swapping out all of my frequently used incandescent bulbs. They paid for themselves within a year. And, as greenie-pinkos rightly point out, we could reduce our need for new power plants a lot if more Americans used them. As conservatives and libertarians, we like power plants (particularly those that pollute a lot) but we should favor efforts like this because they would leave us with more energy to power seal-clubbing machines, build evil robots to steal candy from children, and blow up levees near poor neighborhoods. Perhaps because of...
  • Slacker May Bust Anti-Trust

    March 15, 2007
    Sirius and XM are both losing cash, fast. So, they've proposed a merger to cut costs, but that has to be endorsed by regulators. That's because the FCC, among others, view the idea of the nation's only two satellite radio companies merging as potentially anti-competitive. Of course this would be true if Sirius and XM only competed with one another, but clearly consumers have many other options—iPods, MP3 players, terrestrial radio, CDs, live concerts, and streaming internet radio—so Sirius and XM represent just another delivery method in the larger market of music distribution. If that wasn't argument enough for you, yet another competitor is entering into the fray. Boing-Boing reports on Slacker, a Wi-Fi/Satellite hybrid that will combine streaming radio features from the internet, including skipping tracks,...
  • Dying Woman Denied Right to Take Medical Marijuana

    March 15, 2007
    In Raich v. Gonzales, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco held yesterday that there is no fundamental right to take medical marijuana, even when it is recommended by a physician to save life, and even when other drugs have failed. The case involved Angel McClary Raich, who uses marijuana on doctors' advice to treat an inoperable brain tumor and several other serious and excruciatingly painful ailments. Ms. Raich explains that the drug keeps her alive by relieving unbearable pain and stimulating appetite in a way that prescription drugs do not. California state law permits the use of medical marijuana on a doctor's advice, but federal law does not. The court's decision was wrong. Recognizing a fundamental right to obtain a...
  • Operation Amtrak

    March 15, 2007
    Eli is, of course, correct. Amtrak is in no state to be privatized yet, and the botched BR privatization demonstrated that privatizing a railroad with deteriorated assets is asking for trouble. The infrastructure needs considerable investment to make up for the degradation it has suffered during the years of public ownership. The catch-22, of course, is that it is Amtrak managers who presided over the collapse of the infrastructure while ordering shiny new trains (a common problem in public railroads around the world; London Underground once ordered a new fleet of fabulous-looking trains that suffered from just one problem - they couldn't fit in the tunnels). The obvious solution, of creating an infrastructure body separate from Amtrak, suffers all the separation problems I talked about in...


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