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Environmental Politics, Internet Gambling and Drug Imports

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Environmental Politics, Internet Gambling and Drug Imports

Regnery Publishing releases the new book The Really Inconvenient Truths: Seven Environmental Catastrophes Liberals Don't Want You to Know About--Because They Helped Cause Them.

An effort to repeal federal legislation on Internet gambling gains momentum.

Politicians discuss allowing reimportation of U.S.-made drugs that are being sold cheaply in other countries.

1. ENVIRONMENT Regnery Publishing releases the new book The Really Inconvenient Truths: Seven Environmental Catastrophes Liberals Don't Want You to Know About--Because They Helped Cause Them. CEI Expert Available to Comment: Senior Fellow Iain Murray on what he’s learned about environmental politics:

“Since I started working on environmental regulation five years ago, I have come to the conclusion that the liberal environmental movement is grounded in the idea that freedom is detrimental to the environment. My experience—as a government regulator, as a student, and as a policy expert—shows me that the exact opposite is the case. The dogmatic ideologies and restrictive policies pushed on us by the environmental Left have harmed nature more than helped it, but the environmentalists have never borne the blame.”

 

2. BUSINESS An effort to repeal federal legislation on Internet gambling gains momentum. CEI Expert Available to Comment: Senior Fellow Eli Lehrer on the need to change the current law:

“Hoping to be seen to be ‘doing something’ about the perceived problem of Internet gambling, Congress approved the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) in October of 2006. The Act, however, seems unlikely to stop Internet gambling and could even threaten the stable, smooth operation of America’s banking system. UIGEA and its currently proposed enabling regulations will undermine the financial privacy of all Americans and reduce the security of their bank accounts. In short, UIGEA makes almost no financial, social, or economic sense. It deserves reexamination.”

3. HEALTH Politicians discuss allowing reimportation of U.S.-made drugs that are being sold cheaply in other countries. CEI Expert Available to Comment: Senior Fellow Gregory Conkodrug reimportation: on the dangerous allure of

“…such an approach is short-sighted, and implementing it as policy would have serious negative consequences for American consumers. Although reimportation would, in the short run, result in lower prices for drugs already on the market, in the long run it would reduce the capital available for drug research and, in turn, reduce the flow of new drugs developed and entering the marketplace each year.”

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