CEI Weekly: Change We Can Really Believe In

>>CEI's Fred Smith Reminds us of Constitutional Restraints

Fred Smith, President of CEI, in his recent op-ed in the Washington Times, looked back at 2009 and from that year, gave recommendations on what needed to be done in 2010. Read the article here.

>>Shaping the Debate

Let Them In: A Pro-Growth Case for High Skilled Immigration

Alex Nowrasteh's article in the Washington Examiner's Opinion Zone

Reforms Bode Ill for Tax-Free Health Accounts

John Berlau's quote in the Washington Times

Time to Re-Examine that 'Settled' Science

CEI's mention in the Orange County Register 

>>Best of the Blogs 

Waxman-Markey’s Impact on Housing Prices — More than Your Average Postage Stamp

by Marlo Lewis

Proponents of the Waxman-Markey (W-M) cap-and-trade bill assure us it will cost the average household less than a postage stamp a day. . . Some postage stamps, of course, cost more than most people’s homes. Now, nobody is saying that Waxman-Markey will cost the average household what it costs to buy a mansion, but the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) estimates that W-M could increase the purchase price of a new home by $1,371 to $6,387

An Authoritarian Climate

by Iain Murray

Certain influential forces in the environmental movement - most notably James Hansen of NASA - have expressed disquiet with the inability of democracies to deal with their imagined “climate crisis,” leading to sentiments like this one from Australian authors David Shearman and Joseph Wayne Smith:
We need an authoritarian form of government in order to implement the scientific consensus on greenhouse gas emissions.

Regulation of the Day 94: Plastic Shopping Bags

by Ryan Young

Retailers have traditionally provided free shopping bags to their customers as a courtesy. Washington, DC’s city government – known for being less than courteous – is now requiring stores to charge customers five cents for each plastic bag they use at checkout. The tax is environmentally motivated. Since the city is acting so urgently on shopping bags, that implies that they must be the most urgent environmental threat facing DC.

>>LibertyWeek Podcast

Episode 75: Credit Cards, Government-Style 

We take on Ben Bernanke’s recession theories, Canada’s struggle to provide affordable energy, the high cost of government-regulated credit cards, bringing booze to Salt Lake City and the FDA’s critics on the left.

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