CEI Today: Windsorgate, energy drinks, and happiness surveys

Friday, September 6, 2013
In the News Today


American Spectator:
‘Richard Windsor’ To Testify Before Congress!

The Competitive Enterprise Institute commends the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., for calling a hearing on how to prevent violations of federal transparency laws.

Specifically, CEI also commends the committee for calling former EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson to testify at the hearing, which takes place next Tuesday in the Rayburn House Office Building.

Jackson resigned last Dec. 27 after CEI Senior Fellow Christopher Horner revealed she had used an unprecedented false-identity email account created for certain of her correspondence, in the name of Richard Windsor.

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> Interview Chris Horner


Breitbart.com: Study Discovers Problems With Parenting, Not Energy Drinks

More than half of all calls to Poison Control resulting from energy drinks involve accidental exposure by children under age six, according to a new University of Miami study. This news likely will lead to calls for restrictions on energy drinks and feed into the efforts by some state and federal lawmakers to ban the sale and marketing of energy drinks to those under 18. But do the study’s findings actually support such policies? The numbers in the study are startling, but they point to lack of parental supervision, not energy drinks, as the problem. 
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> Interview Michelle Minton


Fox News: The suspicious science behind 'happiness' surveys

The central question in making happiness the focus of government decision-making is: How do you measure it? Proponents of happiness research have developed metrics and indices which they say are firmly grounded in the scientific method. When you lift the stone, however, all sorts of unpleasantness are revealed. These measures are essentially subjective.  > Read more

> Interview Iain Murray






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Before Net Neutrality Eats the World (Part 13): What FCC Should Do Now

On Sept. 9, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit will hear oral arguments in Verizon’s challenge of the Federal Communications Commission’s December 2010 Order on “Preserving the Free and Open Internet.”  > Read more

September 5, 2013: A New Energy Drink Scare?

Fellow in Consumer Policy Studies Michelle Minton puts a scary new study about energy drinks and children into its proper, non-scary context. The risks that do exist are best dealt with through parental supervision, not legislation. > Listen to the podcast