CEI Today: GMO labeling, Obama NSA reforms, EPA greenhouse gas rule, and cost of regulation

Tuesday, January 21, 2014
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Wall Street Journal: General Mills Has a Soggy Idea for Cheerios


This month General Mills announced that it would begin labeling its flagship product, the breakfast cereal Cheerios, as containing no ingredients from GMOs (genetically modified organisms), by which the company means crop plants bred with modern bioengineering techniques.

The Jan. 2 announcement came three months after activist group Green America launched a "No GMOs, Cheerios!" petition campaign online, although the company says its decision was made because it thinks "consumers may embrace it."

Whatever the motivation, General Mills may find that its move will neither catch on with "natural foods" devotees-who are unlikely to choose a highly processed, nonorganic breakfast food-nor silence antitechnology activists. The company may also have put itself in a legally awkward position.
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Openmarket.org: Obama Announces NSA Reforms Could Undermine U.S. Leadership in the Global Information Economy

President Obama outlined plans to “reform” the National Security Agency’s mass surveillance programs in a Friday morning speech at the Justice Department. To his credit, the president announced some positive changes that would reduce the programs’ invasiveness and improve their judicial oversight.

Unfortunately, his reforms would not end the indiscriminate and unwarranted bulk surveillance of Americans’ phone records, despite more than 100 members of Congress urging him to end the program. > Read more

> Interview Ryan Radia
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Globalwarming.org: McConnell Files Resolution To Block EPA Greenhouse Gas Rule

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) announced on 16th January that he and at least forty other Republican Senators would file a resolution of disapproval under the Congressional Review Act to block the EPA’s regulation of greenhouse gas emissions from new coal and natural gas power plants.  EPA finally published its second version of the proposed rule on 8th January.
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> Interview Myron Ebell

See also: Sen. McConnell’s Worthy CRA Resolution Likely Illegal, But It’s For the Senate Parliamentarian To Interpret (not the GAO)



Reining in the Executive Branch Bureaucracy, Part 1: Measure Regulatory Costs


Federal agencies often overstate the benefits of their intervention to enlarge their powers over the public; This is not derogatory, the theory of bureaucracy and insights of public choice economics virtually compel it.

The Food and Drug Administration is doing it right now with e-cigarettes that emit only water vapor, the FCC with net neutrality, the EPA with its “social cost of carbon” witchcraft. Meanwhile, most of the cost of regulation gets ignored. Big time. > Read more

> Interview Wayne Crews

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Score one for Obamacare

Last week, a federal court struck down one of the major legal challenges to the Affordable Care Act. Washington, D.C.

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