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  • A Taxing Question

    September 18, 2006
    The UK Conservatives, currently mulling over the idea of raising "green taxes" while
    lowering other tax rates, will be paying careful attention to reaction to the
    Liberal Democrat Party's similar announcement. The Liberal Democrats, a
    center-left group with some libertarian inclinations, have decided to increase
    taxes on SUVs and other vehicles that emit comparably large amounts of carbon
    dioxide per gallon of gas used. This has prompted the understandable objection
    that this may lead to a situation where an owner of a large vehicle* who drives
    it only a small amount around a city may pay more taxes than someone who owns a
    smaller vehicle but emits more because he uses it more.
    The Sun, arguably
    the most influential daily newspaper, read by around 4 million people, reacted
    to the...
  • 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...

  • Department of Public Remarks

    September 18, 2006

    The pope is under attack for pointing out that there is an a-religious element in traditional Islam. The pope was condemned and Islamic radicals responded by burning churches and (possibly) killing a nun in Somalia, well that will show the Pope he's wrong!

  • Senators on 9/11 movie – “Public interest” is what makes us look good

    September 14, 2006

    No matter what anyone thought of the ABC's “The Path to
    9/11,” the actions of certain senators who objected to the miniseries should
    give everyone who values the First Amendment a big chill.

    A letter
    signed by Democratic Senators Harry Reid, Dick Durbin, Chuck Schumer, Debbie
    Stabenow, and Byron Dorgan not-so-implicitly threatened ABC's broadcast license
    if it aired the drama that was deemed to be critical of the Clinton

    The letter they sent to Robert Iger, CEO of ABC parent
    Disney, stated bluntly that “[p]resenting such deeply flawed and factually
    inaccurate misinformation to the American public and to children would be a
    gross miscarriage of your corporate and civic responsibility to the law, to
    your shareholders, and...

  • Liberty stands up to Spitzer

    September 14, 2006

    Sometimes — but not often -- some companies hang in there if
    they're convinced they are right. That seems
    to be the case with Liberty Mutual Insurance, which is standing
    to — can it be — New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer. Spitzer, as we
    know, has brought CEOs and boards of Fortune 100 companies to their knees to
    grovel. They have begged to sign huge
    settlements, thrown respected company executives to the jackals at Justice, and
    whispered non-“mea culpas” to the media, only to see their stock prices plummet
    or their companies left in threads.


  • A typology for risk assessment?

    September 14, 2006

    New research
    may help to explain why the term “risk” shouldn't automatically be applied to
    new technologies, such as biotechnology. According to a University of Sussex research study, new technologies
    should be evaluated on a continuum of categories — including risk, uncertainty,
    ambiguity, and ignorance.

    The article in Food Navigator about the new study also
    quotes extensively from a
    I gave this summer to the Institute of Food Technologists attacking
    the use of the precautionary principle applied to biotechnology.

    Greg Conko has written extensively on this topic here and...

  • 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.

  • Time to “Give Back” the EEZ?

    September 12, 2006

    Some decades ago, America having (correctly in my view)
    decided to reject the Law of the Seas Treaty -- in part because it would lock
    two-thirds of the world's resources away forever mired in the UN bureaucracy --
    elected to expand its territorial limits 200 miles into the open ocean. Other nations followed suits and the tragedy
    of the commons became a bit less serious in these regions.

    America's goal was to ensure that these areas would be used
    for more productivitly, yield far more value for the peoples of the world, if
    owned by someone rather than if “owned” by everyone. But that was then — America has now abandoned
    that wealth creation goal, in effect, creating the domestic equivalent of LOST. Environmental elites now seem to have the
    power to lock up the Earth's legacy of natural resources forever — to ensure

  • 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...

  • Is Hugo Boss?

    September 12, 2006

    Tonight in D.C., I will be moderating an America's Future Foundation panel on Latin America in the age of Chavez. At issue: For the region's far Left, does Hugo Chavez's rise signal the start of a new wave, or its crest? The event will be at 6:30 pm, at The Fund for American Studies, 1706 New Hampshire Ave, NW. To RSVP or for more information, go here.


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