CEI Weekly: Safety Board Proposes Cell Phone Ban for Drivers

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CEI Weekly

December 16, 2011

>>Featured Story

The National Transportation Safety Board is pushing for a nationwide ban on all “nonemergency” use of cell phones by automobile drivers. CEI experts released a joint statement explaining why the ban would be ineffective at best. Read the statement here.

>> Shaping the Debate

Climategate Proves Scientists Are – Gasp! – Human
Matt Patterson’s op-ed in The Washington Examiner

Exactly What Is Crony Capitalism, Anyway?
Bill Frezza’s op-ed on RealClearMarkets

Don’t Drill for Roads
Marc Scribner’s op-ed in National Review

Nipping Jobs in the Bud
Brian McGraw’s op-ed in The American Spectator

Occupy Wall Street Movement Ignites the Nation
Bill Frezza’s column in Forbes

How Federal Aid Drives Up College Tuitions
Hans Bader’s op-ed in Minding the Campus

A Cautionary Tale on Government Spying
Iain Murray and David Bier’s op-ed in The Washington Examiner

Oil & Gas: The Gifts That Keep on Giving

Robert L. Bradley’s op-ed in Forbes

Boeing Double-Teamed by Union, NLRB
Vincent Vernuccio’s citation in The Orange County Register

SOPA Foes Marshall Opposition Before House Panel Vote
Ryan Radia’s citation in CNET

Cell Phone Ban Critic: NTSB Has ‘No Business Telling Me How to Drive My Car’
Ryan Radia’s citation in YahooNews

>> Best of the Blogs

California Air Board Plans to Eliminate Gasoline Vehicle Sales
By Marlo Lewis

Immigration is Good for Natives
By Daniel Rivera

Obama’s Transparency War Targets Climate Skeptics
By David Bier

Time to Tell the Alternative Energy Industry to Grow Up
By Jackie Moreau

>> CEI Podcast

December 15, 2011: Drilling for Roads

Land-use and Transportation Policy Analyst Marc Scribner looks at House Republicans’ “drilling for roads” proposal and finds it wanting. Under this proposal, the federal government would allow more fossil fuel extraction from federally owned lands, as well as offshore. Some of the revenues would go into the federal Highway Trust Fund. This would politicize transportation even more than it already is, and would lead to adverse consequences.