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  • CEI Scholars Warn EARN IT Act Will Weaken Online Protections

    March 5, 2020
    Today, a bipartisan group of senators introduced the EARN IT Act, a bill that ties critical intermediary liability protections for online platforms, known as Section 230, to meeting yet-to-be-determined regulations regarding the spread of child sexual abuse material online. While the bill's goal is critically important, there are reasons to believe this legislation would backfire and is designed to accomplish other goals beyond its stated purpose, such as weakening online privacy protections powered by encryption.
  • Just in Time for Halloween: Climate Scares Debunked

    October 29, 2019
    Sharing scary stories is Halloween tradition and this time of the year reminds us of some folks who try to strike fear in the hearts of people: climate alarmists.
  • Kent Lassman's Christmas Wish List

    December 20, 2018
    The holiday season is a good time to reflect on what we’ve accomplished and what we can look forward to in the next year. That’s why Competitive Enterprise Institute President Kent Lassman has put together this Christmas wish list. As you can tell, we take our work (but not ourselves) very seriously.
  • Reason's John Stossel Interviews Michelle Minton on the E-Cigarette Scare

    November 20, 2018
    The FDA recently announced new regulations restricting the sale of e-cigarettes, supposedly to protect young people from harms associated with nicotine. However, as CEI Senior Fellow Michelle Minton, author of an upcoming CEI study on the topic, notes, “Rather than keeping adolescents away from nicotine, the FDA’s new rules will likely push adolescents to acquire e-cigarettes through illicit channels or simply use combustible cigarettes.”
  • 5 Facts about Vapes that Media and Activists Don’t Want You to Know

    July 16, 2018

    The news media and activists like to hype e-cigarettes and flavored tobacco products as a health hazard, but the reality is that e-cigarettes could help save smokers’ lives. This summer, San Francisco voters went so far as approving a new ban on the sale of flavored tobacco products. 

  • Five Reasons Banning Plastics May Harm the Environment and Consumers

    July 13, 2018

    Consumers beware: In response to plastic waste collecting in the oceans, states, businesses, and even the European Union have proposed absurd bans on the use of everyday plastic straws, cups, and other items in an attempt to solve ocean pollution.

    This week, Starbucks pledged to remove plastic straws from its nearly 30,000 stores worldwide by 2020. Starbucks joins a going list of companies supporting this effort to decrease or ban the use of plastics: IKEA, Royal Caribbean, McDonald’s, Hyatt, American and Alaska Airlines, and more.

    Recently, the city of Seattle became the first U.S. city to ban plastic straws and utensils...

  • Hope for Reforming Obama-Era Fuel Economy Mandates at EPA

    March 29, 2018

    The Environmental Protection Agency is approaching the April 1st deadline to complete its Midterm Evaluation of the Obama administration’s fuel economy and motor vehicle greenhouse gas emission standards for model years 2022-2025.

  • Melugin: Keep Online Sales Taxes out of Omnibus Budget Bill

    March 13, 2018

    Today Jessica Melugin, associate director of CEI’s Center for Technology & Innovation, joined U.S. Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) and a number of other free-market organizations at a press conference to oppose efforts by members of Congress to include an Internet sales tax in the upcoming omnibus spending bill.

  • The Dues and Don'ts of Government Union Life

    February 20, 2018

    This year, the U.S. Supreme Court will rule on the issue of whether state and local government employees can be forced to pay union dues in exchange for a job. The case is Janus v. AFSCME Council 31, and the outcome will have a huge impact on public workers’ rights to free speech and association. 

    CEI released a video explaining how government unions impact workers. No worker should be forced to financially support a union to speak and bargain on their behalf with the government. All hard-working men and women should be able to determine how to spend their earnings, not forced to pay a union they may not want to join. Learn more about Janus v. AFSCME here.


  • CEI Reacts to Trump's FY19 Budget Proposals for CFPB, EPA, and Regulatory Reform

    February 13, 2018

    CEI experts react to provisions in President Trump’s fiscal year 2019 budget proposal released on February 12, 2018.


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