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  • Please Don't Eat the Roses

    February 13, 2007
    An Associated Press story today warns that the roses you get for Valentines Day could be lethal.  In places like Columbia, they are “sprayed, rinsed and dipped in a battery of potentially lethal chemicals” and “unlike edible fruits and vegetables they are not tested for chemical residues." But there is an easy answer to that:  Don't eat the roses!  As for trace level contamination from a few sniffs a day, fear not.  Such low level exposures pose negligible risks.  Chemically caused cancers largely result from long-term chronic exposures to certain chemicals.  There is no evidence—or even a good reason to even believe—that people are getting cancer from ornamental flowers!  In fact, despite the fact that we are regularly exposed to trace levels of an increasing number of man-made chemicals, people have been living longer and healthier lives, and cancer rates have been...
  • Detroit's corporate welfare

    February 13, 2007
    Socialist Senator Bernie Sanders lamented how, despite the corporate welfare Detroit has received over the decades, it is lagging behind Toyota in technological development. Hmmm. Wonder why that can be?
  • Take That, James Patterson

    February 13, 2007
    It has been brought to my attention that Open Market's own Chris Horner is currently bounding up the Amazon bestseller list with his new book, The Politically Incorrect Guide to Global Warming (and Environmentalism). As of 12:13pm, it was the 12th most popular title on Amazon.com. Bravo, Chris. But we still need your help, dedicated readers. Go to Amazon yourselves, and buy the book. We can't make it to #1 without your vital help.
  • Enron and cap-and-trade

    February 13, 2007
    Senator Bond is making the connection between Enron and cap and trade quite explicitly.
  • Chairman Boxer's fuzzy memory

    February 13, 2007
    There is considerable confusion among the Democratic Senators as to whether or not the U.S. has signed Kyoto. Senator Lautenberg stated the U.S. has not signed Kyoto. Chairman Boxer -the Chairman of the US Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, mind you - thought that President Clinton had signed it, but President Bush had rescinded the signature. The U.S. signature remains on Kyoto. The U.S. Senate could ratify Kyoto if it wanted to.
  • Where are the small businesses?

    February 13, 2007
    In answer to a point by Senator Warner, Fred just pointed out that there are no representatives of small business here today. Senator Warner agreed this was a good point and asked Chairman Boxer perhaps to hold a hearing on the effects of these policies on such businesses, who are less able to absorb the regulatory costs.
  • If it walks like a duck...

    February 13, 2007
    Bill Lash admitted in answer to a question from Sentor Klobuchar that an upstream cap and trade system is just like a cap. He did not admit, as Resources for the Future found, that cap and trade is much less efficient than a tax.
  • Senator Klobuchar on getting the "truth" out of scientists

    February 13, 2007
    Senator Klobuchar has just suggested that we might not be getting "the truth" out of Government scientists. If she is so concerned about politicization of those scientists, perhaps she should consider privatization of federal science, or, perhaps, a system of prizes that would "decouple" (to coin a phrase) science from political patronage.
  • PG&E CEO on His "Motivations"

    February 13, 2007
    Senator Carper asked the PG&E spokesman what his motivation was. He replied that because PG&E's business model "decouples" its revenues from its sales, cap and trade will not affect them. Yet this decoupling depends on regulators fixing revenues. In no way is this a market system. PG&E is already hobbled, why shouldn't its competitors be?
  • CEI's President Warns Against Carbon Cartel

    February 13, 2007
    Fred is speaking now, underlining that CEI is pro-market, not pro-business necessarily. He is warning against the carbon cartel, the creation of a rationing sytem masquerading as a market and the illusion of regulatory certainty.

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