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Energy Legislation, Facebook Privacy and Wine Regulations

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Energy Legislation, Facebook Privacy and Wine Regulations

1. ENVIRONMENT

Senators John Kerry (D-MA) and Joseph Lieberman (I-CT) unveil their long-delayed energy bill.

CEI Expert Available to Comment: Director of Energy and Global Warming Policy Myron Ebell on who is really backing the legislation.

“The bill crafted by Kerry and Lieberman – and sometimes Lindsey Graham (R-SC) – manages to have something to harm everyone except big business special interests. Environmentalists know it will have no discernible impact on the climate, but it will reward favored companies with massive windfall profits.”

 

2. PRIVACY

Executives at Facebook hold a high-level meeting to discuss privacy concerns raised by users and politicians.

CEI Expert Available to Comment: Information Policy Analyst Ryan Radia on where the real threats to consumer privacy are coming from.

“Hypocrisy in politics is nothing new. But Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) set a new standard for it last week when he and three of his colleagues attacked social networking giant Facebook over its privacy practices. In a scathing letter, the senators demanded that Facebook change certain features to give users greater ‘control over their information.’ The real threat to privacy, however, comes not from innovative companies like Facebook, but from posturing politicians.”

 

3. LEGAL

Debate rages in New York state over Gov. Paterson’s proposal to allow wine to be sold in supermarkets.

CEI Expert Available to Comment: Director of Risk and Environmental Policy Angela Logomasini on what New York can learn from Virginia about its wine regulations.

“In Virginia, you can pick up an inexpensive table wine at Wal-Mart, Target or even CVS. You can find a premium bottle at the supermarket, many of which have wine and wine experts for advice. Or you can browse thousands of wines available at Total Wine retail outlets, which sells bottles from nearly every wine region of the world. And specialty wine shops thrive in this competitive environment. There are at least a dozen boutique wine shops within five miles of my door in Alexandria. At least two of these are owned by one entrepreneurial retailer – which, again, is illegal in New York.”