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  • Obama's Call for Light Bulb Regulation Not a New or Bright Idea

    June 30, 2009
    Eager to sustain his regulatory whirlwind, President Obama is now calling for efficiency standards for household and business lighting.  As if the climate-themed energy rationing bill that just blew through the House wasn't enough, the White House now wants to force lamp and light bulb manufacturers to make their products use less energy.  This plan appears modeled after the ambitious fuel efficiency standards applied to the now decimated auto industry and Obama's order to the Department of Energy to mandate...
  • Obama Silences Science: Is This the Change We Were Promised?

    June 30, 2009
    Last week, the Competitive Enterprise Institute released a 98 page report written by Alan Carlin, a 38 year veteran of the EPA, on the shaky science employed by global warming alarmists.
  • Obama Backs Dictatorship in Honduras

    June 30, 2009
    Honduras removed its bullying, autocratic President after he began behaving as a dictator, and its Congress replaced him with a less power-hungry member of his own political party. Now Obama is joining the Cuban dictator Castro and Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez in demanding the Honduran ruler's return. This is simply outrageous. As Investors Business Daily notes, Honduras had ample reason to remove its dangerous, out-of-control President, who had repeatedly violated his country's constitution and laws:
  • Regulation of the Day: Cap and Trade

    June 30, 2009
    The Waxman-Markey cap and trade bill that passed the House last week contains 397 new regulations.
  • Goodbye, Mary Lou: Tribute to a great journalist and editor

    June 30, 2009
    CEI President Fred Smith yesterday expressed all of our condolences on the death of Washington Times Commentary editor and veteran Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Mary Lou Forbes. I was a colleague of Mary Lou's when I worked at the Washington Times' magazine Insight. She could always tell a great remembrance of her 50 years in Washington journalism. She mentored Carl Bernstein and others at the now-defunct Washington Star. In a future post, I will relate her explanation about how FCC rules banning the ownership of a newspaper and TV station in the same city -- aimed at prventing monopolies -- actually  killed the Star by denying the newspaper the TV station's revenue -- making Washington a one-newspaper town until the Times came along. It was after I came to CEI in 2004, however, that I got to work with her as an editor when I submitted op-eds to the Times. She was the best kind of...
  • LibertyWeek 49: Censoring Science at the EPA

    June 29, 2009
    Welcome to Episode 49 of the LibertyWeek podcast, in which your host Richard Morrison is joined by recurring guest co-hosts Jeremy Lott and William Yeatman and special guest interviewee Hans Bader. We begin with discussion of the abominable Waxman-Markey cap-and-trade bill, the scandal of suppressed science at the EPA and some liberating technology news. We then move on to some heartening beer news, regime change in Honduras and up-to-the minute analysis of the Supreme Court’s verdict in Ricci v. DeStefano with CEI Senior Attorney Hans Bader. As always, we wrap the program up with a little forward-looking Olympic News.
  • Strange Bedfellows? Maybe Not

    June 29, 2009
    Many lawmakers support policies that provide concentrated benefits to their constituents while dispersing the costs among the populace, and insurance policy is no exception. When the benefits of legislation help one group, the adverse effects are spread across many others. Often this creates seemingly strange bedfellows in opposition to such legislation. Case in point: CEI teaming up with environmentalist groups to fight the Homeowner's Defense Act.
  • "Treason on the House floor," says Krugman

    June 29, 2009

    Noted atmospheric scientist and Nobel Prize winner in Physics, Paul Krugman, has a rant in the New York Times today saying that House members -- the "deniers" who voted against the pork-filled energy bill -- were guilty of “treason against the planet.”

    As Krugman wrote:

    And as I watched the deniers make their arguments, I couldn’t help thinking that I was watching a form of treason — treason against the planet.

    He must have been watching a different debate. I was most taken with the fact that...

  • "Saving the world?"

    June 29, 2009
    So many people declare that they want to “save the world!” A candidate for Miss Universe declared that to be the main purpose of her life, a candidate for the presidency announced that to be his top priority goal after the election, et cetera. Recently, 219 congressmen who voted in favor of the Waxman-Markey energy bill H.R. 2454 on Friday seemed to be driven by the best intentions of making this planet a better place to be as well. Ambitions to save the world are always dominant for big political figures. However, politicians generally represent their constituents—or at least make an attempt—and their interests locally may be at odds with what is best for the world as a whole. The Obama administration announced that Waxman-Markey will make the world cleaner and better by reducing pollution and the risk of global warming. But if their intention is to protect the world, then why is the...
  • Obama Blunders in Honduras and Afghanistan

    June 29, 2009
    The U.S. is meddling in Honduras to prop up an anti-American ruler backed by Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez. After Honduran president Manuel Zelaya attempted to expand and perpetuate his rule by holding a referendum declared illegal by his country's supreme court, and ignored objections by his country's Congress (and even members of his own party), he was removed by his country's military and replaced by the Congress. Now, Obama and Secretary of State Clinton are seeking his reinstatement. This makes no sense at all. How would we in the United States feel if foreigners attacked us for removing our President (as Congress came close to doing with Presidents Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton, who were both impeached...

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