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  • DDT to the Rescue

    September 18, 2006
    In an extraordinarily good development, the World Health Organization has officially called for greater use of DDT around the world in order to combat malaria, potentially saving hundreds of thousands of lives. CEI people and our friends have written widely on the issue of DDT and malaria over the past several years, and it's a relief to finally see some movement in the right direction. It's never too late to exorcise the ghost of Rachel Carson from...
  • Here He Is, Your Komodo Dragon...

    September 13, 2006
    There's a new book for anyone ever frustrated by the bureaucratic enforcement of the Endangered Species Act: The Hunter's Guide to Endangered Species by "The Old Biologist" (Xlibris, 2005). The pseudononymous author takes a light-hearted approach to the world's biological rarities, including recipes for such delicacies as California Condor Soup.

    Of course, not everyone will be amused by this extended jest. The publisher's press release opens with the question "Do environmentalists have a sense of humor?" I think we know the answer to that one.
  • Take Your Dirty Economic Development Elsewhere

    September 12, 2006
    It's only been a couple weeks since the state of California decided to
    create a cap on greenhouse gas emissions, and some businesses are already
    looking for an exit
    , according to the Las
    Vegas Review-Journal

    The cap, designed to cut greenhouse gas output 25
    percent by 2020, evoked stern responses from business advocates such as the
    California Chamber of Commerce, which said in a statement that the act would
    drive companies and jobs out of California and
    jack up power and fuel prices for residents of the GoldenState.

    Gino DiCaro, a spokesman for the California
    Manufacturers and Technology Association, said the limit will weigh heavily on
    emissions-producing cement makers, power companies, steel manufacturers and oil
    refiners. The Milken Institute reported that doing business in...
  • Trading Up to Free Global Markets

    September 12, 2006
    It looks as though the Doha round of WTO negotiations might
    finally be back on
    . So far, the U.S. team has been unwilling to cut
    farm subsidies and tariffs to a point the developing nations have been willing
    to accept. One of the worse offenders, of course, is sugar policy, which got a thorough treatment recently from
    Ivan, Barbara and Fran.
  • Meet the New Change, Same as the Old Change?

    September 11, 2006
    One of the most important questions in the global warming
    debate is how modern changes in observed average temperatures compare to previous,
    documented changes in global climate. Next week, that question will be at the
    center of a congressional staff briefing to be hosted by the Center for Science & Public Policy
    at Frontiers of Freedom:

    Climate has naturally changed for
    over 4 billion years, warmer and colder, over many time scales. It continues to
    change. The question is whether or not humans have significant effect on the
    rates and amplitude of change. The null hypothesis is that current changes do
    not exceed those of the recent or geological past. Dr. Lee C. Gerhard will
    examine past climate change history, human effects, and natural process
    effects, and propose an experiment that may resolve the debate.

  • Beyond Accountability

    September 11, 2006
    Our friend Steve Milloy is
    back on the shareholder activist battleground, with a petition before the SEC to change
    the rules for U.S. shareholders in foreign-based corporations:

    “The purpose of the petition is to ensure that U.S.
    investors in certain foreign companies have the same opportunities to
    participate in corporate governance as the shareholders of domestic companies
    already enjoy under SEC rules,” said Action Fund Management's Steve Milloy. “U.S. investors
    should not be relegated by their government to second-class status.”

    Although this rule is long past due given the increasing
    involvement of foreign corporations in U.S. domestic affairs, we call this
    the ‘BP rule,'” said AFM's Tom Borelli. “Given BP's current legal problems that
    have caused adverse economic...
  • E Pluribus Equine

    September 11, 2006
    Having solved all other problems on their agenda, the House
    voted bravely last week (263-146) to ban the slaughter of horses for
    meat. It was not immediately clear why horses exist on a more exalted plane
    than, say, cows and pigs, or why the assumed preferences of U.S. consumers
    should keep farmers from exporting meat to Europe and
    , where it's very much in demand.
  • IPN to UNFPA: Drop Dead

    September 7, 2006
    It's a thankless task keeping up with the Ozymandian
    agglomeration of bureaucracy that is the United Nations, so it's merciful that
    our friends at the International Policy Network are following the most recent
    developments in UN “programme” development for us. This week the UN Fund for
    Population Activities released a report on “Women and International Migration.”
    IPN naturally responded with a simple and direct policy recommendation:
    eliminate the agency.

    From the press release:

    When the UNFPA was established in 1979, it was charged
    with reducing population growth in order to prevent the spectre of
    ‘overpopulation'. In the pursuit of this mission, it actively promoted...
  • A Backyard Texas Tea Party

    September 7, 2006
    Despite recent good news on the oil front, some people are still upset with current energy prices. Louisiana oilman Steve Jordan has even decided to open a new field under his swimming pool. Like we at CEI, Mr. Jordan thinks the U.S. government should open up more domestic locations to energy exploration. We wish him the best of luck recouping his $2 million investment in equipment.
  • Don't Fence Me In

    June 6, 2006
    Joseph Farah over at WorldNetDaily makes the case against the Hank Paulson nomination for Treasury secretary, including a nice quote from R.J. on The Nature Conservancy and how it threatens property rights.


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