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  • Myron Debates Carbon Offsets and 'Green' Power on CNBC

    May 1, 2007

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  • NY Gov. Spitzer joins ranks of corn ethanol doubters

    May 1, 2007
    CEI is not the habit of praising Elliott Spitzer. Indeed, Spitzer won the number three spot in CEI's report on the Top Ten Worst State Attorneys General. Nonetheless, I propose a toast to Gov. Spitzer for his sober doubts about the wisdom of government diverting massive quantities of grain stocks from food to auto fuel. According to SmartBrief, a biotech industry newsletter, “New York Gov. Elliot Spitzer's aides say his administration does not plan to push corn-based ethanol with the same enthusiasm as his predecessor. His aides say the administration questions the use of vast resources for corn-based ethanol, saying it drives up food prices, may not be as energy efficient as other sources and poses air-quality concerns." An...
  • Buy out the sugar growers, says the LA Times

    May 1, 2007

    “Stop sugar subsidies” read the editorial in the Los Angeles Times yesterday. Right on. What's encouraging is that the editorial writer dug a little deeper, not only into the U.S. sugar program's perversities, but also in what could be done to change things, even though he says the chances for reform are slim. But the editorial notes that “buyouts” of farmers have worked before -- why not try that with the sugar producers:

    But even if Congress can't find the courage to beat sugar growers, it might be able to buy them out. Not long ago, peanuts and tobacco enjoyed similar protections — the government artificially inflated their prices by restricting imports and setting quotas on how much domestic producers could grow. But in 2002, the government bought...

  • Anyone Want to Buy Some Venezuelan Oil Futures Contracts?

    May 1, 2007
    Hugo Chavez, celebrating Communist New Year in style, has stripped the world's major oil companies of operational control of drilling projects in the Orinoco Belt. According to Reuters, the companies "are still discussing continued shareholding and compensation in sometimes contentious negotiations before a deadline next month." Interested shareholders, however, should note that "Oil Minister Rafael Ramirez has said there may not be compensation in some cases."
    Hugo and Fidel...
  • Marlo to appear on climate change panel

    April 30, 2007
    If you're in DC this evening, CEI's own Marlo Lewis will be a panelist at a climate change discussion sponsored by the World Affairs Council of Washington, DC. Other participants are Michael McCracken, chief scientist from the Climate Institute, Fred Pearce, New Scientist environmental and development consultant, Reason magazine's Ron Bailey, and S. Fred Singer, president of the Science and Environmental Policy Project. Here's the info. MONDAY, APRIL 30, 2007 6:00 - 8:00PM National Association of Home Builders - Conference Center 1201 15th St., NW, Washington, DC 20005 Students: $5 WACDC Members: $10 Non-Members: $15 PLEASE CALL OUR OFFICE AT (202) 293-1051 TO REGISTER

     

  • Carbon Offsets and Snake Oil

    April 30, 2007
    EasyJet, one of Europe's biggest budget airlines, has taken a look at the carbon offset business and doesn't like what it found:
    Toby Nicol, easyJet's communications director, said the company had been shocked by how much money carbon offsetting firms wanted for their service. "We have been quite surprised at the percentage that the offsetting companies would like to take out of the scheme for administration costs. Between 25% and 30% of every pound put in by consumers would go into administrating the company and that was simply too expensive," he said."There are a lot of people who have dived into the market who are desperate to make a margin from it. There are too many snake oil salesmen in the business."
    The Guardian is running an (unscientific) online poll asking the question, "Do you...
  • A Blow to Privatization and Interstate Commerce

    April 30, 2007
    Once again, Justices Roberts and Alito have split over whether federal law preempts a state regulation. In United Haulers Association v. Oneida-Herkimer Solid Waste Management Authority, Chief Justice Roberts issued a decision in favor of a local government's taking over waste disposal from out-of-state businesses against a dormant Commerce Clause challenge, while Justice Alito wrote a dissent urging that it be struck down. The Constitution's dormant Commerce Clause prohibits regulations that discriminate against, or are unduly burdensome to, interstate commerce. In its absence, a business engaged in interstate commerce could be subjected to a suffocating patchwork of regulations imposed by dozens of distant states and hundreds of obscure municipal governments. In the United Haulers case,...
  • Incandescent Damsels in Distress

    April 30, 2007

    The front page of today's Washington Post breaks the dramatic story I've been waiting to see reported on for some time: U.S. consumers don't care about compact fluorescent light bulbs. Sorry if that revelation caused you to faint or go into a stroke-like state of shock.

    Despite endless cheerleading by environmentalists, the intensity of which tends to verge on the hysterical, most folks in this country have declined to purchase CFLs. Even the most aggressive talking points, repeated threats and browbeating from the activist industrial complex have been impotent to change the minds of the light-purchasing public. This causes severe frustration to the self-appointed arbiters of environmental correctness. Worse yet, this frustration has begun manifesting itself in more...

  • Global Warming Round-up

    April 30, 2007
    It's a while since I've done one of these, but here are some global warming-related stories you may have missed.
  • Free Kareem Roundup

    April 27, 2007
    Today's Free Kareem rally went off well: we had people from Bureaucrash/CEI as well as Cato and the American Islamic Congress in attendance. We held up our signs, handed out flyers and engaged the public. Special thanks to Knud Berthelsen of Cato and CEI's own Holly Jackson for all of their hark work organizing today's event. And yes, since you ask, there are photos. Free Kareem rallyFree Kareem rally AICFree Kareem crowd Full photo series here.

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