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  • Al's Big Adventure on NRO

    March 19, 2007
    "Al's Big Adventure," appearing today in NRO's Planet Gore blog, features CEI's Chris Horner giving Congress some pointers about Mr. Gore's upcoming testimony.
  • Freedom to Hide Behind Avatar

    March 16, 2007
    The recent proposed law in Connecticut to verify age of MySpace.com and other social-networking site users has brought up an old question. Is anonymous speech protected under the 1st Amendment? The courts have a history of supporting anonymous speech as an extension of our right to free speech. Social-networking sites are just a new form of technology that allow people to exercise this right. Almost a year ago the Supreme Court reaffirmed this position in MacIntyre v. Ohio Election Commission. This case was narrow, focusing on political speech, and said that anonymous political speech is permissible so long as it serves the interest of the state. While any good libertarian would be appalled by the “interest of the state” portion of this ruling, as all types of anonymous speech should be protected, the ruling still favored protecting anonymous speech. A 1960 case, Talley v....
  • Greetings to our Chinese readers!

    March 16, 2007
    I am pleased to say that both this blog and the main CEI web site get through the GreatFireWall of China test. Interestingly, National Review is also available there but the Weekly Standard is blocked. The Cato Institute, Heritage Foundation and American Enterprise Institute web sites are also available.
  • Capitol Hill Briefing on Global Warming

    March 16, 2007
    In preparation for Al Gore's congressional testimony promoting his climate alarmist agenda, CEI Senior Fellow Marlo Lewis presented a rebuttal to many of the exaggerated, misleading, and erroneous claims in Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth. Following are some photos from the event, which just concluded. (Photos by Richard Morrison) Marlo Lewis addresses the Capitol Hill crowd on Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth A crowd shot...
  • CEI Briefing live online and on C-Span 2 now

    March 16, 2007
    CEI's Capitol Hill global warming briefing for Congressional staff is now being broadcast live on C-Span 2, responding to Al Gore's alarmist agenda. Watch the event online. (Click on video links for C-Span 2.) For Senior Fellow Marlo Lewis's response to Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth, see here.
  • A stroll through the New York Times Archives

    March 16, 2007
    What were climatologists (or climate specialists as they used to be called) saying publicly in the 1970s and before? A quick stroll through the New York Times archives, conveyed to us by Chris Horner, reveals some illuminating stories. This is a long post, so please unfold if you want the full details. Lets start off in 1979...
  • Cookie Scalping

    March 16, 2007
    A gas station in Parma, Ohio has taken to reselling girl scout cookies at a profit. The media, of course, is having a field day attacking the "evil" gas station owner who buys the cookies for $3.00 and resells them for $4.00. It goes without saying that I think this "cookie scalping" is smart business. . . even if the gas station owner is kind of creepy. (Although, in seeking to preserve their "not sold in stores" brand, the Girl Scouts would do well to limit his supplies.) What I find interesting is that the Scouts themselves engage in the same sort of "profiteering." Two big commercial bakers produce all the cookies and I assume that they're shipped all over the place and have the same wholesale price....
  • On stock listings, U.K. has even more lessons to teach

    March 15, 2007
    Iain, in addition to Eli, here's another CEI Yank putting in a good word for your home country. They do it right on stock listings too, and we could learn a lot from them. The London Stock Exchange has plenty of governance regulations for its main venue. Some of these rules are of dubious value. But British regulators allow investors and entrepreneurs to be the ultimate judge of these rules, by allowing the existence of an alternative venue, the Alternative Investment Market (AIM). The existence of this lightly regulated venue has rankled those across the Atlantic aghast at the notion of allowing investors to choose to buy into a company covered by anything less than the burdensome mandates of Sarbanes-Oxley....
  • The Great Global Warming Round-up

    March 15, 2007
    Some stories for your delectation:
    • Two papers from the Director of the International Arctic Research Center at the University of Alaska
    • NASA is studying how airborne particles affect climate (we actually know very little about this and it's of central importance)
    • Has global warming reduced mortality?
    • New paper from the IEA in London on "Global warming false alarms"
    • What do the...
  • Green AND Market Oriented

    March 15, 2007
    To me, the best green invention in the world is the compact fluorescent light bulb: these bulbs cost more up front but they last about ten years, give good light, and cut energy bills in a big way. Since they don't give off heat of their own, they even reduce summer AC bills. My own home electricity bill has declined about 25 percent since I finished swapping out all of my frequently used incandescent bulbs. They paid for themselves within a year. And, as greenie-pinkos rightly point out, we could reduce our need for new power plants a lot if more Americans used them. As conservatives and libertarians, we like power plants (particularly those that pollute a lot) but we should favor efforts like this because they would leave us with more energy to power seal-clubbing machines, build evil robots to steal candy from children, and blow up levees near poor neighborhoods. Perhaps because of...

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