Climategate, Wine Regulations and the Jones Act
A recent report appears to clear scientists involved in the “Climategate” scandal of most wrongdoing.
“The Muir Russell report is thus a classic example of the establishment circling its wagons to defend itself. As was pointed out when the committee was appointed, the members are part of the old boys’ network and have several obvious conflicts of interest.”
Congress sidelines a bill that would have created new restrictions on alcohol shipping and purchasing.
“Consumers can only hope bureaucrats will hold on to this letter–and hold up congressional proceedings–forever. But that’s unlikely. First, it’s unclear as to what constitutional problem the bill might have. Congress has authority to regulate commerce, and that includes giving states some powers to do the same. And wholesalers are determined. If this version isn’t quite right, they surely will develop another."
Factcheck.org argues that the Jones Act has done little to stifle foreign assistance in the oil spill cleanup.
“The Jones Act certainly restricts foreign ships and crews in U.S. waters. A ban or restriction can be a significant barrier even if it seldom leads to formal rejections, by discouraging offers or applications from being made in the first place, or leading to tentative offers being dropped prior to a formal rejection. The Supreme Court recognized this principle in Teamsters v. United States, 431 U.S. 324, 365-66 (1977). In that case, it held that even non-applicants could sue an employer for discrimination, where the policy of discrimination discouraged minorities from even applying.”