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  • Rosia Montana update

    September 13, 2007
    For several years now, environmental activists have been fighting to keep a gold mine from reopening in Romania: a mine that would bring much needed development to a poverty stricken area. A few documentaries have been made about the controversy, including Mine Your Own Business: The Dark Side of Environmentalism. Today, while CEI was holding an event in Bucharest on the issue, the country's Environment Minister held a news conference to announce that the government is not allowing Gabriel Resources to move forward with its gold mine project because the company supposedly "lacks necessary documentation."

    Gheorghe Lucian, an unemployed miner featured in Mine Your Own Business, had this...
  • Lemonade Stands and the Free Market

    July 6, 2007
    It's a rite of passage for any kid, to set up a lemonade stand on your street corner and hawk cups of the cold, sweet drink during the long, hot summer months. It's also a symbol of our free market system, something Trader Joe's recognizes in a new commercial it's airing. The grocery store, which has been called the "Grateful Dead of supermarkets," touts our free market system in the commercial for allowing kids to run lemonade stands and explains how Trader Joe's can help them accomplish their summer dream (by offering the lemonade kids can sell of course). Unfortunately, I can't link to the commercial here because the company, known for its secrecy, has a "no blog" policy. Whatever that means. But hey, it's nice to hear the benefits of a free market talked about once in awhile.
  • Lawyers Ready to Cash in on Climate Change

    June 25, 2007
    We knew the trial lawyers were ready to pounce, and are they ever. In today's Dallas Morning News, there's an article about a major Dallas law firm creating a "climate change practice" to cash in on the global warming hysteria. It joins another Dallas firm and a dozen others around the country that are "getting ready for a predicted explosion of climate-related work tied to government regulation, lawsuits against energy companies and new markets that will trade the rights to emit carbon." Isn't it great how government regulation can create so much wealth for trial lawyers and potentially wreck our economy while hitting the poor of the world the hardest, all in the name of something that we don't even know for sure will be a problem? Unfortunately, it's become the...
  • Britain to be the World's First "Green" Economy?

    March 14, 2007
    The British government's "green" vision may force homeowners to pay penalties if they don't make their homes energy efficient. A story in today's Daily Mail reports on this "warning to homeowners."
  • Cool reception to Australian Global Warming Program

    March 12, 2007
    An amusing story out of Australia: Execs at a television network are scratching their heads over why their fellow Australians didn't watch a show about how they can save the planet. Research showed viewers would be interested in watching a two-and-a-half hour long special on ways to save the planet, but ratings for the program were dismal. What were viewers actually watching that night? Grey's Anatomy and CSI.
  • No Such Thing as Bad Publicity for Wal-Mart?

    March 12, 2007
    A poll commissioned by Wal-Mart (third item down) found that the negative publicity surrounding the world's largest retail chain has had hardly any effect on shoppers. Maybe groups like Wal-Mart Watch need to stop and think whether they're actually driving customers to the store. Maybe not. And I'm sure Wal-Mart would rather not have all the bad publicity. But it's interesting how the efforts against the chain have not done more damage. Could it be that people really do prefer to pay lower prices for the things they want to buy?
  • Evangelical Leader Asked to Resign Over Global Warming Activism

    March 7, 2007
    The split among Christians over global warming is growing wider. While it appeared liberal environmentalists had pretty much convinced evangelicals that catastrophic global warming is looming, some Christian leaders are now saying 'not so fast.' Focus on the Family leader James Dobson and other Christian leaders are calling for the resignation of Richard Cizik, a vice president with the National Association of Evangelicals, for his global warming activism. In a letter to the NAE board, Dobson and the others write:

    "The issue that is dividing and demoralizing the NAE and its leaders is related to global warming, resulting from a relentless campaign orchestrated by a single individual in the Washington office, Richard Cizik, vice president of government relations. While many of us consider Richard to be a...
  • The President, the Pope, and the Prime Minister

    March 6, 2007
    A few of us from CEI attended an event today featuring John O'Sullivan, author of The President, the Pope, and the Prime Minister. O'Sullivan is well-qualified to comment on the triumvirate (President Reagan, Pope John Paul II, and Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher) that brought down the Soviet Union--he covered the Reagan administration and was a special adviser to Thatcher. I haven't read the book yet, but if it's even half as interesting as John's talk today, it will be well worth the read. The reviews on Amazon are stellar.
  • CEI's President Testifies on Climate Action Partnership

    February 13, 2007
    CEI President Fred Smith is testifying before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee this morning on the Climate Action Partnership and the effects the companies' cap and trade plan will have on the American economy. Stay tuned for updates from CEI Senior Fellow Iain Murray throughout the hearing.

  • New Survey: Americans Say No to Energy Diet

    February 7, 2007
    Pollster Michael McKenna just released his latest survey on what Americans think about enviro issues, particularly global warming. Some interesting findings:

    1.  Environmental issues as a whole, not just global warming, still rank almost dead last among issues voters are most concerned about. Only 3% of the 1,000 respondents said the environment was the most pressing issue facing the U.S. right now. (The top issues, btw, are Iraq and security. No surprise there.)

    2.  On just environmental issues, climate change is the top priority for the voters surveyed.

    3.  Despite that, a majority of the respondents do not want the government to intervene with mandated carbon reductions. Fifty-two percent believe advances in technology will solve any problems from global warming.

    4.  Unfortunately, the survey found "there may be some misunderstanding or overestimation of the...


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