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Chrysler in the Supreme Court, Banning Plastic Bags and the Anniversary of "1984"

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Chrysler in the Supreme Court, Banning Plastic Bags and the Anniversary of "1984"

The Supreme Court blocks the bankruptcy reorganization of Chrysler.

The director of the United Nations’ environmental program calls for a ban on plastic grocery bags.

Writers around the world celebrate the 60th anniversary of George Orwell’s classic novel “1984.”

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1. BUSINESS 

The Supreme Court blocks the bankruptcy reorganization of Chrysler.

CEI Expert Available to Comment: Director of the Center for Investors and Entrepreneurs John Berlau on why the Court made the right decision

“Kudos to the Supreme Court for refusing to be steamrolled by the Obama administration's politically-organized bankruptcies of Chrysler and General Motors and extending the stay on Chrysler’s planned sale to Fiat. Regardless of the final outcome of this case, the bankruptcy plans put together by the executive branch are on a collision course with the U.S. Constitution. The Supreme Court seems to recognize that the future of the federal judiciary – as an entity to decide bankruptcy and other cases independently of the executive branch – is at stake.” 

 

2. ENVIRONMENT

The director of the United Nations’ environmental program calls for a ban on plastic grocery bags.

CEI Expert Available to Comment: Director of Risk and Environmental Policy Angela Logomasini on advantages of using plastic

“Plastics are lightweight, durable, reusable, and easier to carry. For those ‘environmentally’ conscious consumers who walk to the grocery, the durability plastic makes even more sense as plastics don't fall apart easily - not even in the rain! Plastic is also much less likely to carry cockroaches into your home, which can be a problem with paper bags. Common to supermarkets, cockroaches feed on the glue in paper bags and easily can hide in the crevices of paper bag.” 

 

3. POLITICS

Writers around the world celebrate the 60th anniversary of George Orwell’s classic novel “1984.”

CEI Expert Available to Comment: General Counsel Sam Kazman on how environmentalism is becoming the modern version of Big Brother

“Environmental campaigners have long benefitted from the assumption that they have good intentions. Unfortunately, the modern environmental movement has focused increasingly on policies that increase government control over what business can sell, what consumers can buy and what individuals can do with their lives. Truly harmful emissions have been successfully restricted for the most part.  But with the war on carbon dioxide being escalated to extreme levels, as demonstrated in the new Waxman-Markey bill, we see expanding government control become a goal unto itself.

 

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