CEI Today: Gov't alarmism, National ID, and the Coal Ash Rule in Windsorgate


The Wages of Sin Taxes

In his study, The Wages of Sin Taxes, Chris Snowdon reveals that these taxes not only do little to limit the use of “bad” products, they do nothing to reduce societal costs.  > Read more

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Scared to Death; How Government Nannies are Creating a Culture of Alarmism

Featuring Angela Logomasini



Date(s) - 02/27/2013
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

The Fund for American Studies

America’s Future Foundation and the Independent Women’s Forum present: Scared to Death; How Government Nannies are Creating a Culture of Alarmism

The panel will cover four diverse topics: Obesity Alarmism, Chemical Alarmism, Environmental and Energy Alarmism and Agriculture Alarmism. > RSVP to the event

> Read more by Angela Logomasini:

New Green Rules In California Take Safe Chemicals Out Of Use
BPA resin replacements may be more harmful

Lessons in Green Chemistry


Openmarket.org: National ID, By Itself, Violates Liberty


As I have pointed out over the past month and The Wall Street Journal’s Danny Yadron noted last week, many members of Congress are looking to impose a mandatory national identification system. Demonstrating that this attempt is gaining momentum, The Washington Post editorialized in favor of a national ID system earlier this month.

Three things to notice about [the Washington Post's] line of reasoning: 1) It presupposes that a restriction of one’s ability to remain anonymous does not “encroach on Americans’ civil liberties”; 2) It cites without evidence that the government’s involvement in the regulation of travel has not violated (in other ways) Americans’ civil liberties; and 3) It assumes that this universal worker ID would remain limited to employment verification. Nothing could be clearer than that each of these arguments is totally false.
> Read the full commentary

> Interview David Bier


Globalwarming.org:  Richard Windsor Makes Her Appearance in Second Batch of EPA E-mails

The Environmental Protection Agency released to Chris Horner of the Competitive Enterprise Institute late in the evening on Friday, 15th February, part of the second of four batches of e-mails that respond to a Freedom of Information Act request.

Many of the e-mails are heavily redacted.  The reason claimed by EPA for most of the redactions is that they are part of the pre-decisional deliberative process and therefore exempt from FOIA.  CEI will be going back to court to challenge many of these redactions as improper and some as laughably so.  The judge will have a lot of fun reading to do.

Two e-mails that were not redacted concern the Coal Ash Rule.

Apparently, putting companies out of business and workers out of jobs adds to the holiday spirit just as much at the EPA as it does at environmental pressure groups. > Read the full commentary

> Interview Myron Ebell


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