National Journal: Keystone XL: Not Enough Attention to Core Issues
In the protracted conflict over the Keystone XL Pipeline, too much attention is paid to peripheral issues and not enough to the core issues.
Peripheral issues include whether the pipeline will create many or few jobs, lower or raise Midwest gasoline prices, reduce or increase the risks of oil spills, reduce or increase incremental greenhouse gas emissions.
Production and export of coal, oil, and natural gas has the potential to add trillions of dollars to long-term cumulative GDP and generate hundreds of billions in new tax revenues. Keystone would help realize that potential by further integrating the U.S. and Canadian oil markets. That, I suspect, is the main reason green groups oppose it.> Read more
IWF.org: An Alarming Call for BPA Research Funding
The headlines are out. The chemical Bisphenol A (BPA) is now “linked to infertility.” How do we know that? Researchers exposed immature eggs left over from fertility treatments to high levels of BPA in the lab. The result, notes The Boston Globe, was: “Only 35 percent of eggs exposed to the lowest levels of BPA had a normal number and configuration of chromosomes after they fully matured compared with 71 percent of those in a control group of eggs that weren’t exposed to BPA.”
The findings certainly don’t warrant all the alarming headlines.> Read more
WashingtonExaminer.com: New study proves menu labeling doesn't work as promised
Does calorie labeling on restaurant menus encourage healthier eating? A new study published in the American Journal of Public Health suggests not, concluding that calorie labeling on menus is ineffective.
Yet don't expect that to deter your local food police from continuing to push nanny-state policies. And now they'll have help from the federal government, thanks to Obamacare. > Read more
The USDA not only requires licenses for dairy imports, it also imposes tariffs and quotas. The goal is to financially benefit dairy farmers, though a side effect is higher prices and less choice for consumers.