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  • Is Beer Next?

    November 19, 2008
    In my prior post on bottled water bans on campus I asked: If greens can get water banned, what next? Students over 21 might be upset to learn that some people are even going after beer! One news story says beer containers are also suspect! It suggests that trace levels of the chemical Bisphenol A (BPA) can leach out of the container and make you sick (beyond the possible hangover for over indulging!).

    In reality, the...
  • Academic Nanny State

    November 19, 2008
    Both universities and elementary schools are going after bottled water, as if that were the greatest threat facing students today! At the grade and high school levels, officials are removing bottled water from vending machines and cafeterias, leading students toward drinks with calories. Of course these are fine in moderation, but why deny a healthy option like water? Students supposedly would drink from water fountains, which as I point out on are not always sanitary or appetizing.

    A school in Madison, Connecticut is learning the...
  • Pure Hype about Bottled Water

    November 17, 2008
    The company producing Pur Filters is touting the fact that its filters can remove trace pharmaceuticals and even some (but they don't guarantee it will get all) of the cryptosporidium parasite sometimes found in  tap water. Similarly, a company called Freshwaters is promoting the Watergeeks Filtered Sports Bottle.  Both ad campaigns capitalize on the green's campaign against bottled water, which as CEI points out on...
  • Green Spin and Bottled Water

    October 15, 2008
    Americans are well aware of the power of political "spin" during election years. But political spin is nothing compared to "green spin," perpetrated by environmental activists at the Environmental Working Group (EWG). They issued a report with data showing that bottled water is a safe option for consumers, but the group's hype suggests the opposite.

    The EWG-produced data demonstrate only trace levels of certain chemicals, all of which fall below very stringent levels that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Food and Drug Administration have found  safe.  Environmentalists, basically condemn the water by demanding absolute purity, something that simply does not exist in the physical world. The real issue should be whether our food and water pose more than negligible risks. This study shows that bottled water risks are...
  • Bloomberg's Assault on Wild Birds

    August 20, 2008
    According to news reports, New York City's Mayor Bloomberg wants to build a wind farm to meet 10 percent of New York City's energy needs.  In addition to the fact that the assumption that he could meet that goal may be more foolish than Don Quixote's battle, the impact of Bloomberg's quest could prove devastating for migratory birds.  Windmills can basically make minced meat out of birds that migrate along the same coastal, windy routes that are suitable for wind farms.

    Energy expert Robert Bradley Jr. notes that the country's largest wind farm in Contra Costa California, called Altamont Pass, kills hundreds of birds every year.  He notes:  “On a percentage basis, the mortality rate per year at Altamont...
  • Bottled Water--Not the Same as Tap

    August 19, 2008

    We keep hearing in the news these days that bottled water and tap water are basically the same thing or that that bottled water may not be as good because it is regulated less.  In today's Wall Street Journal, one reporter says “experts say tap water is held to more stringent standards by the EPA [the Environmental Protection Agency],” than is bottled water, which is regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).  If those individuals who keep publishing such claims bothered to check the facts, they'd learn that the unidentified “experts” they cite are simply wrong. 

  • The Importance of Bottled Water

    August 13, 2008

    Bottled water is supposedly so "wasteful" that the U.S. Conference of Mayors had to issue a resolution calling on governments to stop buying it.  But what do they say when government tap water fails to meet safety standards?  Drink bottled water!  That is one of the recommendations offered by public officials in Pembroke, Massachusetts, which discovered E. coli bacteria in its water supply.  Governments often buy, or seek donations of, large amounts of bottled water to use in such emergencies.  And they seek bottled water not only during major weather events.  Tap water systems periodically have water quality problems for a...

  • "Green" Agenda?

    May 27, 2008

    The Washington Examiner has an editorial today titled "Environmentalism is not about the Environment."  Indeed.  The title says it all.  When most Americans say they are environmentalists, they express the simple desire for clean air, clean water, and an appreciation for wildlife.  But today's environmental movement is much more focused on expanding government controls and bureaucracy than anything else.  Much of what they advocate unnecessary and needlessly expensive.  The impact on freedom and the economy is far greater than most people realize....

  • “Right-to-Know or Right-to-Confuse?

    May 9, 2008

    Andrew Grossman of the Heritage Foundation recently released an important paper on a Senate bill to create what some might call a product blacklist of allegedly unsafe products.  Currently, Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reports on product recalls based on some level of validated data.  This new legislation would mandate that the CPSC develop and maintain what promises to become a sloppy, inaccurate, and confusing list of complaints about products.  Essentially, anyone could add to the list— including product competitors—products...

  • We Told You So

    April 30, 2008
    If you ever thought that governmental economic planning or market manipulation is a useful tool, take a look at this article in today's Washington Post on the impact of ethanol subsidies and mandates.   It underscores the fact that governments are much better at making mistakes and serving political interests than they are at solving problems!  CEI's energy analysts warned (see here, here and here, for example) about such folly, but politicians apparently are not prone to reason. 


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