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  • Marlo to appear on climate change panel

    April 30, 2007
    If you're in DC this evening, CEI's own Marlo Lewis will be a panelist at a climate change discussion sponsored by the World Affairs Council of Washington, DC. Other participants are Michael McCracken, chief scientist from the Climate Institute, Fred Pearce, New Scientist environmental and development consultant, Reason magazine's Ron Bailey, and S. Fred Singer, president of the Science and Environmental Policy Project. Here's the info. MONDAY, APRIL 30, 2007 6:00 - 8:00PM National Association of Home Builders - Conference Center 1201 15th St., NW, Washington, DC 20005 Students: $5 WACDC Members: $10 Non-Members: $15 PLEASE CALL OUR OFFICE AT (202) 293-1051 TO REGISTER

     

  • Carbon Offsets and Snake Oil

    April 30, 2007
    EasyJet, one of Europe's biggest budget airlines, has taken a look at the carbon offset business and doesn't like what it found:
    Toby Nicol, easyJet's communications director, said the company had been shocked by how much money carbon offsetting firms wanted for their service. "We have been quite surprised at the percentage that the offsetting companies would like to take out of the scheme for administration costs. Between 25% and 30% of every pound put in by consumers would go into administrating the company and that was simply too expensive," he said."There are a lot of people who have dived into the market who are desperate to make a margin from it. There are too many snake oil salesmen in the business."
    The Guardian is running an (unscientific) online poll asking the question, "Do you...
  • A Blow to Privatization and Interstate Commerce

    April 30, 2007
    Once again, Justices Roberts and Alito have split over whether federal law preempts a state regulation. In United Haulers Association v. Oneida-Herkimer Solid Waste Management Authority, Chief Justice Roberts issued a decision in favor of a local government's taking over waste disposal from out-of-state businesses against a dormant Commerce Clause challenge, while Justice Alito wrote a dissent urging that it be struck down. The Constitution's dormant Commerce Clause prohibits regulations that discriminate against, or are unduly burdensome to, interstate commerce. In its absence, a business engaged in interstate commerce could be subjected to a suffocating patchwork of regulations imposed by dozens of distant states and hundreds of obscure municipal governments. In the United Haulers case,...
  • Incandescent Damsels in Distress

    April 30, 2007

    The front page of today's Washington Post breaks the dramatic story I've been waiting to see reported on for some time: U.S. consumers don't care about compact fluorescent light bulbs. Sorry if that revelation caused you to faint or go into a stroke-like state of shock.

    Despite endless cheerleading by environmentalists, the intensity of which tends to verge on the hysterical, most folks in this country have declined to purchase CFLs. Even the most aggressive talking points, repeated threats and browbeating from the activist industrial complex have been impotent to change the minds of the light-purchasing public. This causes severe frustration to the self-appointed arbiters of environmental correctness. Worse yet, this frustration has begun manifesting itself in more...

  • Global Warming Round-up

    April 30, 2007
    It's a while since I've done one of these, but here are some global warming-related stories you may have missed.
  • Free Kareem Roundup

    April 27, 2007
    Today's Free Kareem rally went off well: we had people from Bureaucrash/CEI as well as Cato and the American Islamic Congress in attendance. We held up our signs, handed out flyers and engaged the public. Special thanks to Knud Berthelsen of Cato and CEI's own Holly Jackson for all of their hark work organizing today's event. And yes, since you ask, there are photos. Free Kareem rallyFree Kareem rally AICFree Kareem crowd Full photo series here.
  • Lewis Black on Eco-celebs

    April 27, 2007
  • Enviro kids need counseling?

    April 27, 2007
    Richard, your post on angry kids used by enviros reminded me that I showed the Greenpeace ad to a friend who deals with disturbed children—her assessment: This kid needs psychological counseling right away! (He also looks a bit sick, too, maybe he needs a pediatrician—where are his parents?)
  • Getting rid of the sugar program -- buyouts looking sweeter

    April 27, 2007
    Yesterday, the Cato Institute hosted a forum on the proposals for a new farm bill detailed in its new monograph, "Freeing the Farm: A Farm Bill for All Americans," by Sallie James and Dan Griswold. The paper focuses on buyouts of dairy and sugar farmers—not necessarily the “first best solution” but one that may work politically:
    Because the first-best solution of completely ending farm programs as of September 30, 2007—with no compensation or transition payments—is politically infeasible, we advocate that the government buy out the damaging and expensive support for farmers by paying them a fixed amount of money, which they would be free to spend as they wish. Although it would require large up-front outlays, a politically expedient buyout of...
  • Supporting Online Gaming Is No Gamble

    April 27, 2007
    House Financial Services Chairman Barney Frank has proposed repealing last Fall's ban on Internet gambling, though according to the punsters at the Associated Press, the bill could be facing "long odds":
    Supporters of the U.S. ban maintain that Internet betting can be addictive and potentially drain people's savings, a risk they say is especially acute for young people who are frequently online. Frank acknowledged that the Democratic leadership of the House likely would not support it. The Bush administration also could be expected to oppose the legislation. The vote for the ban in the House, for example, was 317-93 last year. Lobbying for it were the horse racing industry and professional sports leagues, which argued that Web wagering could hurt the...

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