March 5, 2020Today, 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.
October 29, 2019Sharing 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.
December 20, 2018The 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.
November 20, 2018The 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.”
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
February 13, 2018
CEI experts react to provisions in President Trump’s fiscal year 2019 budget proposal released on February 12, 2018.