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CEI Weekly
January 8, 2010

>>CEI’s Fred Smith Reminds us of Constitutional Restraints
Fred Smith, President of CEI, in his recent op-ed in the Washington Times, looked back at 2009 and from that year, gave recommendations on what needed to be done in 2010. Read the article here.

>>Shaping the Debate
Let Them In: A Pro-Growth Case for High Skilled Immigration
Alex Nowrasteh’s article in the Washington Examiner’s Opinion Zone

Reforms Bode Ill for Tax-Free Health Accounts
John Berlau’s quote in the Washington Times

Time to Re-Examine that ‘Settled’ Science
CEI’s mention in the Orange County Register

>>Best of the Blogs
Waxman-Markey’s Impact on Housing Prices — More than Your Average Postage Stamp
by Marlo Lewis
Proponents of the Waxman-Markey (W-M) cap-and-trade bill assure us it will cost the average household less than a postage stamp a day. . . Some postage stamps, of course, cost more than most people’s homes. Now, nobody is saying that Waxman-Markey will cost the average household what it costs to buy a mansion, but the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) estimates that W-M could increase the purchase price of a new home by $1,371 to $6,387

An Authoritarian Climate
by Iain Murray
Certain influential forces in the environmental movement – most notably James Hansen of NASA – have expressed disquiet with the inability of democracies to deal with their imagined “climate crisis,” leading to sentiments like this one from Australian authors David Shearman and Joseph Wayne Smith:
We need an authoritarian form of government in order to implement the scientific consensus on greenhouse gas emissions.

Regulation of the Day 94: Plastic Shopping Bags
by Ryan Young
Retailers have traditionally provided free shopping bags to their customers as a courtesy. Washington, DC’s city government – known for being less than courteous – is now requiring stores to charge customers five cents for each plastic bag they use at checkout. The tax is environmentally motivated. Since the city is acting so urgently on shopping bags, that implies that they must be the most urgent environmental threat facing DC.

>>LibertyWeek Podcast
Episode 75: Credit Cards, Government-Style
We take on Ben Bernanke’s recession theories, Canada’s struggle to provide affordable energy, the high cost of government-regulated credit cards, bringing booze to Salt Lake City and the FDA’s critics on the left.

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