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Bottled Water Wars, Stimulus Disaster and Offshore Oil

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Bottled Water Wars, Stimulus Disaster and Offshore Oil

Activists urge local governments to enact policies opposing the sale of bottled water.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average drops dramatically as President Obama signs a massive economic stimulus bill.

Scientists study the underwater oil “seeps” off the coast of Santa Barbara that can emit the equivalent of a hundred barrels of oil a day.

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1. POLITICS 

Activists urge local governments to enact policies opposing the sale of bottled water.

CEI Expert Available to Comment: Director of Risk & Environmental Policy Angela Logomasini on why consumers should have the right to make their own choice

“Public officials around the nation and in Canada are imposing bans and regulations on bottled water largely because of environmentalist hype. But our research shows that the activists’ claims don’t hold water. Taxes, bans, and other regulations on bottled water simply undermine consumer choice and rob consumer pocketbooks promising little in return.” 

 

2. ECONOMY

The Dow Jones Industrial Average drops dramatically as President Obama signs a massive economic stimulus bill.

CEI Expert Available to Comment: Vice President for Policy Wayne Crews on the post-stimulus outlook

“We’ll soon learn that even this Leviathan-In-A-Box is only the beginning of the Age of Intervention, barreling ahead as if creating jobs really was something in the political sector’s toolkit. Politicians – as creators of wealth and jobs; Color me incredulous. I see the ‘package’ elements as unrelated to economic recovery but as ends in themselves servicing the goal of political sector growth.” 

 

3. ENVIRONMENT

Scientists study the underwater oil “seeps” off the coast of Santa Barbara that can emit the equivalent of a hundred barrels of oil a day.

CEI Expert Available to Comment: Energy Policy Analyst William Yeatman on how we can solve this problem

“If you can’t distinguish between a ‘natural’ oil slick and a [man made] oil slick, and you think that all oil slicks are bad, then you’d want to do something about it. Well, it so happens that there is an easy fix for these ‘natural’ oil slicks: drilling. By removing the oil, it can’t seep out and coat beautiful beaches. So let’s drill, baby, drill! (for nature, that is).” 

 

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