CEI Planet: July – August 2006


“Two-Point-Eight-Trillion-Anything Is Scary” by P.J. O’Rourke I’d like to say thank you to the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI). Thanks for all the effective actions and the courageous stands that you’ve taken in the fight to protect freedom. Thanks to all of you who have supported CEI with your effort, time, and money. And I’d like to say a special thank you to Bill and Hillary Clinton.

Beware False Profits by Iain Murray The Evangelical Climate Initiative has issued “An Evangelical Call to Action” on global warming. Signed by 86 evangelical leaders, it calls for Evangelical Christians to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from the burning of fossil fuels. Sadly, these good men and women have been taken in by fables based on half-truths and unsound logic.

The Responsible Corporation by Ivan Osorio Does anybody believe that companies should be socially irresponsible? I don’t think so. The problem is that few people can seem to agree on what corporate social responsibility actually means. Whether companies should address societal problems is contentious enough. But even if you get agreement on that, you then need to contend with the question of which are legitimate problems for companies to address—and whether companies can do much about them.

How the Market Can Steal Identity Thieves’ Thunder by Brooke Oberwetter This past June, a coalition of business leaders calling itself the Consumer Privacy Legislation Forum—representing such heavyweights as Eli Lily, Google, Microsoft, and Procter & Gamble—called on Congress to enact comprehensive data security legislation to combat a growing number of online threats facing Internet users and companies entrusted with their customers’ sensitive personal data. Representatives from several companies testified before the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee, demanding a single federal regulatory regime for data protection.