CEI Today: Investigating EPA, SLAPPing back at Michael Mann, and the Google anti-trust case


EPA IG to Investigate Agency Email Practices

EPA's Ins
pector General
is looking into the agency's email practices in the wake of a scandal involving agency administrator Lisa Jackson's use of private email accounts and aliases to conduct official business.

We at CEI welcome the inquiry and hope for a credible process and report, but we need to be realistic about the problem. We found out about Lisa Jackson’s false identity only because we stumbled across an obscure EPA memo that admitted the “alias” accounts had been created by former administrator Carol Browner, who ordered her hard drive and backup tapes erased and had her email accounts set on auto-delete. In other words, everything about these accounts, from their origin forward, screamed abuse, and controls were supposedly instituted. EPA promised to address all of this after a Government Accountability Office inquiry. But it has not.
> View more on this story at CEI.org

> Interview Christopher Horner


CEI SLAPPS Back At Climate Scientist Michael Mann’s Libel Lawsuit

CEI and adjunct analyst Rand Simberg responded last Friday to Michael Mann’s libel lawsuit against them, National Review, and columnist Mark Steyn, with a special motion to dismiss the case based on DC’s "Anti-SLAPP" law.  The motion argues Mann’s lawsuit is precisely the type of lawsuit SLAPP (for Strategic Litigation Against Public Participation) is intended to curb.

“It’s ironic that an advocate of global warming is trying to freeze debate on this issue," said
Sam Kazman, CEI General Counsel.  "Michael Mann likes to use the term ‘denier’, but in this case he himself is the free-speech denier.” > Read more at CEI.org


> Interview Sam Kazman


Forbes: Lesson From The Google Case: There Is No Such Thing As Antitrust Policy


After a nearly two-year investigation, it’s all but official that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) will conclude that Google did not violate the antitrust laws. That is, Google doesn’t create consumer harm or inappropriately favor its own products, or “tweak” stuff.


Google’s not exactly being left alone, though: As Politico puts it, the FTC will “let” Google make “voluntary” changes.

Perhaps more telling is that Google will waive some ability to secure injunctions against competitors for using certain “standard-essential patents” it holds, a looming issue with implications for the entire tech sector apart from this case.
  > View the full commentary at Forbes.com

> Interview Wayne Crews


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