CEI Weekly: Senate Committee Holds Hearing on Green Jobs

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CEI Weekly
February 18, 2011

>>Featured Story

On February 15th, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee held a hearing on the value of government subsidies and mandates for fostering “green” industries. CEI Senior Fellow Chris Horner submitted written testimony for the record. Horner argued that Congress should be wary of bankrolling green jobs, since politically-attractive industries today may soon be rendered obsolete by the inventions of tomorrow. Read Horner’s full testimony here.

>>Shaping the Debate

TSA Union Power Grab
Iain Murray and Dennis Grabowski’s op-ed in The Washington Times

Memo to Col. West: Beware of Glass-Steagall
John Berlau’s post in The National Review Online

Deceptive Obama Budget Still Bloated
Iain Murray’s citation in The Orange County Register

Gingrich’s Energy Polices Rile Conservative Critics
Myron Ebell’s citation in The New York Times Blogs

Alcohol Industry Balks at Counting Calories
Michelle Minton’s citation in The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Obama, Climate Crank
Chris Horner’s op-ed in The Daily Caller

S&M Brands v. Caldwell

CEI’s citation in Point of Law

>>Best of the Blogs

US Continues to Ignore Staunch Trade Partner and Ally Comubia—and Possible Consequences
By Fran Smith

Michigan May Fire Salvo Against Regressive Debit Card Price Controls
By John Berlau

Mubarak’s Exit Lifts U.S. Stocks
By Kat Ciano

Florida Governor Rick Scott Wisely Rejects High-Speed Rail
By Marc Scribner

>> CEI Podcast

February 17, 2011: May the Best Bulb Win

Brian McGraw, a Policy Analyst for CEI’s Center for Energy & Environment, talks about the coming incandescent light bulb ban, who it benefits (bulb manufacturers), and who it hurts (consumers who no longer have a choice). Brian also touches on the important distinction between pro-business and pro-market thought. Pro-business thinkers would tend to support an incandescent ban, given what it could do for bulb manufacturer’s bottom lines. Pro-market thinkers prefer an open, competitive market process where consumers decide which type of bulb is best, not lobbyists and politicians.