CEI Daily Update
Issues in the News
Judge Roy Pearson loses the lawsuit in which he claimed $54 million in damages from his dry cleaner over a lost pair of pants.
D.C. officials wrongly believe Mr. Pearson is shielded from discipline by the First Amendment, whose freedom-of-petition clause protects a citizen's right to bring non-frivolous lawsuits. But they are wrong, both because Mr. Pearson's suit has frivolous elements and because he is a public employee and thus is held to a higher standard than ordinary citizens. While ordinary citizens can't be punished for suing, public employees often can. A public employee like Mr. Pearson can be disciplined if his suit undermines his employer's mission or interests or if it is so petty that it does not involve a matter of public concern.
Stonyfield Farm CEO Gary Hirshberg helps launch a project ranking consumer product companies’ environmental scores based on their “carbon footprint.”
Global warming hysteria and the concept of the carbon footprint, in particular, have been debunked many times in this column already. Suffice to say, the ClimateCounts survey commands no credibility here, and consumers who shop based on the survey’s recommendations may as well consult with an astrologist to guide their purchasing decisions.
A fire at a Charleston furniture store claims the lives of nine firefighters.
Nine firefighters perished as a terrible inferno swept through Charleston’s Sofa Super Store this past Monday evening. Their families, the city of Charleston, and, indeed, the whole nation, have every reason to mourn. Their bravery deserves recognition, and the particular nature of the tragedy deserves careful study. Overall, however, the event is a highly atypical—occurrence in the United States’ enormously successful campaign against fire.
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