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CEI Today: Senate immigration bill, cancer rates & pesticides, and EPA bias 


Senate Immigration Bill Needs Rewrite on Guest Workers, Visa Regs, E-Verify, CEI Analyst Says

On Tuesday, the Senate voted to proceed with debate on the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act (S. 744). David Bier, Immigration Policy Analyst at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, applauded the vote but urged senators to address several problems with the bill before voting for final passage.

“This vote demonstrates that the Senate is truly committed to fixing America’s immigration system,” Bier said. “But major changes to the bill are still required if Congress hopes to keep America competitive and prevent future waves of illegal immigration.”

Most importantly, Bier said, the bill’s severe restrictions on guest workers need to be relaxed. > Read more


> Interview David Bier


PESTICIDES - ANGELA LOGOMASINI Cancer Rates Low Among Pesticide Workers

If chemical exposures are a significant cause of cancer, as some environmentalists say, you’d expect that individuals who apply pesticides for a living would have higher cancer rates. But a recent study conducted by the U.K.-based Health and Safety Laboratory indicates, that’s not the case—at least not for pesticide workers. > Read more


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Daily Caller: EPA’s explanation for FOIA bias leaves a lot of questions unanswered

The Environmental Protection Agency has been under fire for weeks over allegations it treats right-of-center groups harshly when they request documents under the Freedom of Information Act but promptly assists left-of-center requesters.

The EPA finally has its response, and it looks like the agency took a page from the Politician Handbook and answered not the questions that were raised by Chris Horner, my colleague at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, but those it created specifically for this situation.
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> Interview Brian McNicoll





JUNE 20, 2013





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What Should Congress Do about Cell Phone Unlocking?

Should copyright law stop you from unlocking your cell phone? Join TechFreedom and CEI on June 17 for a lunch discussion. Opening remarks by FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai. 



An Annual Snapshot of the Federal Regulatory State


This year marks the publication of the 20th anniversary edition of the CEI’s annual survey of the federal regulatory state, Ten Thousand Commandments.

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> See also: Wall Street Journal editorial, Red Tape Record Breakers




NH Division of Public Health Recognizes “Don’t Fry Day”

Concord, NH - Friday, May 24, 2013 is “Don’t Fry Day.” The National Council

on Skin Cancer Prevention has designated the Friday before Memorial Day as

a day to increase awareness about sun safety practices, eliminating

ultraviolet (UV) radiation overexposure, and preventing skin cancer.

Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the country, and the

percentage of people who develop melanoma has more than doubled in the past

30 years. This year alone, the American Cancer Society estimates there will

be more than 76,250 new cases of malignant melanoma, the most serious form

of skin cancer, and more than 2 million new cases of basal cell and

squamous cell skin cancers in the United States.

The majority of melanomas result from exposure to UV rays from the sun,

indoor tanning beds, and sunlamps. Over the past 30 years, the number of

melanoma cases has increased more than any other cancer in both New

Hampshire and the U.S. In 2013, an estimated 350 New Hampshire residents

will be newly diagnosed with melanoma, and about 40 will die from the


A recent issue brief released by the New Hampshire Environmental Public

Health Tracking Program ( highlights

that a growing number of young New Hampshire women have been diagnosed with

melanoma. Many young women are using indoor tanning. Using a tanning bed is

particularly dangerous for younger users; people who begin tanning before

age 35 have a 75% higher risk of melanoma.

“Most skin cancers are caused by overexposure to UV radiation,” said Dr.

José Montero, Director of Public Health at the New Hampshire Department of

Health and Human Services. “Unfortunately here in New Hampshire we have

seen an increase in cases lately, particularly among young women. There

are, however, prevention tips everyone can and should follow when it comes

to sun exposure.”

The following tips will help to keep you and your family sun safe this


Avoid getting a sunburn

Avoid sun tanning and tanning beds

Seek shade (between 10:00 am to 4:00 pm when sun’s rays are


Cover up; wear sun-protective clothing

Wear sunglasses with 99-100% UVA/UVB protection

Use sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher)

There is also some important information everyone should know about

sunscreens. New Food and Drug Administration regulations do not allow

sunscreens to use the words “sunblock,” “waterproof,” or “sweatproof”

because all sunscreens need to be reapplied every two hours, and more often

if you are in and out of water or sweating. Sunscreen products that pass

the broad spectrum test are allowed to be labeled as “broad spectrum.”

These “broad spectrum” sunscreens protect against both UVA and UVB rays.

“Fortunately, skin cancer is highly curable if found early and it can be

prevented,” continued Montero. “The best way to detect skin cancer early is

to examine your skin regularly and recognize changes in moles and skin

growths. Talk with your healthcare professional if you have specific


For more information about Don’t Fry Day, go to  For more information about sun safety

and skin cancer prevention, visit


CEI Today: Saturated animal fat, cancer clusters, and Law of the Sea Treaty 



The government told people to switch from saturated animal fats to unsaturated vegetable fats. But that advice may have killed a lot of people. As David Oliver notes, a recent study “in the British Medical Journal” shows that ”those who heeded the advice” from public-health officials “to switch from saturated fats to polyunsaturated vegetable oils dramatically reduced their odds of living to see 2013,” incurring up to a ”60% increase in risk of death by switching from animal fats to vegetable oils.”

As Oliver, an expert on mass torts,
points out, it is hard to ”think of any mass tort, or combination of mass torts, that has produced as much harm as the advice to change to a plant oil-based diet” may have done. >Read more

> Interview Hans Bader


A recent post in ACSH Dispatch examines an interesting question: How likely is it that some U.S. communities have elevated cancer rates, a.k.a, “cancer clusters,” because of chemical pollution? The answer: not very.

It is true that chemicals cause cancers where people are exposed for long periods of time to very high levels. For example, populations in Taiwan whose drinking water was contaminated with extremely high levels of
arsenic for many decades experienced elevated rates of skin cancer. Is that a cluster? Surely it is. Does it convey information about the risks to populations exposed to much lower concentrations? Not particularly. > Read more

> Interview Angela Logomasini



The United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea — known as UNCLOS or LOST (Law of the Sea Treaty) — recently celebrated its 30th anniversary, but has yet to be ratified by the U.S. Senate. Originally drafted in New York City between 1973 and 1982, the Treaty was deemed unacceptable by the Reagan administration. After the fall of the Soviet Union, one of the original treaty’s main proponents, a series of amendments were proposed to meet American objections. The United States signed the amendments, but not the Treaty itself, in 1994. For legal purposes, however, the U.S. government regards the Treaty as customary international law.

Many objections to the Treaty are based on arguments of national sovereignty. However, there are very sound economic and environmental reasons why the U.S. Senate should continue to reject ratification.
  > Read more

> Interview Iain Murray


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CEI Today: Herbicide in drinking water, real cost of regulation, and union scam of "official time"

HERBICIDE IN DRINKING WATER - ANGELA LOGOMASINI Herbicide Poses No Cancer Risk In Drinking Water


Over the years, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) have repeatedly issued bogus reports claiming that Americans face serious cancer risks from trace chemicals found in drinking water. A new study challenges their claims regarding one of these activists’ key targets: the herbicide atrazine, which farmers use to control weeds rather than tilling the soil. > Read the full commenary on


> Interview Angela Logomasini

The Cost Of Enforcing Government Regulation

Regulatory cost estimates of around $1.8 trillion encompass compliance costs paid by the public plus economic drag. But but those estimates do not include the costs of administering the regulatory state, that is, on-budget amounts spent by federal agencies to produce rules and to police regulatory compliance are not accounted for there.


The newest report, “Growth in Regulators’ Budget Slowed by Fiscal Stalemate: An Analysis of the U.S. Budget for Fiscal Years 2012 and 2013,” finds that fiscal year 2012 enforcement costs incurred by federal departments and agencies stood at an estimated $61 billion. That represents an 8.6-percent increase over the previous year’s $59 billion.

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> Interview Wayne Crews

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Capital Research Center: Official Time: Taxpayers paying for union work is officially a scam

Few Americans are aware that, through their tax dollars, they finance labor unions through a practice known as “official time” or “release time.” The cost to taxpayers is skyrocketing, while—thanks to Obama administration stonewalling—accountability is declining. Fortunately, reformers are working to rein in this costly, corrupt practice. 

Each working day, government employees report for work but do not perform governmental duties. Instead, they work for a private enterprise void of any public purpose—their union. Taxpayers pay for these employees’ wages, pensions, and health care benefits. Taxpayers pay for office space, supplies, and travel, too. > Read the full comment on


> Interview Trey Kovacs


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CEI Today: Cancer risk from foam cups?, the growing irrelevance of US climate policy, and the regulatory recession

Cancer Risks Unlikely From Foam Cups

Whatever happened to plastic foam coffee cups? Visit any to-go coffee shop and you will most likely only find paper cups that burn your hands and let your coffee go cold.

Cups made with polystyrene foam are disappearing from the marketplace because a bevy of misinformation about their environmental effects, including claims styrene — the chemical used to make them — is a carcinogen.  > Read the full commentary on

> Interview Angela Logomasini

GLOBAL WARMING - MARLO LEWIS The Growing Irrelevance of U.S. Climate Policy


The world will burn around 1.2 billion more tons of coal per year in 2017 than it does today — an amount equal to the current coal consumption of Russia and the United States combined.

Today’s Climatewire (subscription required) summarizes data and projections from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) and the Paris-based International Energy Agency (IEA) from which we may conclude that EPA regulation of greenhouse gases (GHGs) is increasingly irrelevant to global climate change even if one accepts agency’s view of climate science.

Basically, it all comes down to the fact that China’s huge and increasing coal consumption overwhelms any reduction in carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions the EPA might achieve.  > Read the full commenary on


> Interview Marlo Lewis

REGULATORY CLIFF - JOHN BERLAU The Coming Regulatory Recession?

The Bureau of Economic Analysis of the U.S. Department of Commerce reported the stunning news the U.S. economy actually contracted by 0.1 percent in the fourth quarter of 2012. The immediate response by many politicians and the establishment media was to blame spending cuts, or the threat of them, rather than even look at the dramatic increase in regulation over the last few years.  > Read the full comment on


> Interview John Berlau



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