September 18, 2006In 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...
September 13, 2006There'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.
September 12, 2006It'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
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...
September 12, 2006It 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.
September 11, 2006One 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.
September 11, 2006Our 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 â€˜BP rule,'” said AFM's Tom Borelli. “Given BP's current legal problems that
have caused adverse economic...
September 11, 2006Having 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
Japan, where it's very much in demand.
September 7, 2006It'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
â€˜overpopulation'. In the pursuit of this mission, it actively promoted...
September 7, 2006Despite 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.
June 6, 2006Joseph 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.