CEI Today: Food biotech, World Water Day, and property rights



CEI.org: Depoliticizing Groundwater


Today is the United Nation's officially declared "World Water Day," an occasion to call attention to the plight of many peoples of the world who lack access to clean water.  CEI's Angela Logomasini has discussed major problems with water management policy, including the lack of property rights:

Groundwater management problems in Jakarta Indonesia ... demonstrate the perils of poor water management policy. Because of over extraction from the aquifer, city residents must actually raise their houses regularly because the ground sinks as groundwater sources are consumed. Relatively unlimited and unmonitored access to the groundwater means that residents mine the water without limit—despite the consequences.

Such problems occur around the world, making water supply the source of contentious political battles. The issue is not simply short supply or that the world is running out of water, as some have suggested. The problem rests mainly with our water management regimes. > Read more on CEI.org

> What can Congress do about water policy?

> Interview Angela Logomasini



Monday, March 26: Agricultural Innovation in the 21st Century, CEI on Capitol Hill

On Monday, CEI's Greg Conko will speak on U.S. and foreign regulation of food biotechnology and how an over-precaution has made it more difficult for scientists to develop, breed, and sell innovative new crop varieties that increase agricultural productivity and lighten farming’s environmental footprint.


> Come to the Capitol Hill event

> Interview Greg Conko


> Read about biotech issues on CEI.org


Globalwarming.org: Supreme Court Allows Challenge to EPA Power Grab, Cites CEI Brief in Sackett v. EPA; But Property Rights Still In Jeopardy


In recent years, the EPA has sought to block land from being used by claiming that vast tracts of seemingly dry land are actually “wetlands.”  The Clean Water Act gives it the power to regulate “waters of the United States.”  The EPA has interpreted that expansively to effectively mean “moistures of the United States,” treating perfectly ordinarily land as a “wetland” simply because water happens to occasionally flow downhill from it into a ditch or creek.  The four liberal Supreme Court justices largely bought this argument in the 2006 Rapanos case, so the Supreme Court is just one vote away from accepting this interpretation, which would render much of America a restricted “wetland” and financially ruin countless families.  Thus, property rights in America are hanging by a thread. >View the full commentary on Globalwarming.org



Saturday, March 31

HAH is an annual event to recognize and celebrate human achievement and innovation. During the hour, participants are asked to listen to music, surf the internet, have a glass of beer, and generally enjoy the fruits of the human mind which would not have been possible in a world where conservation restrains advancement.

HAH can be
celebrated anywhere from 8:30pm to 9:30pm. In addition, CEI will be hosting a celebration at our headquarters in Washington, DC and live streaming our event online.

Join the HAH Facebook group.