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  • Monthly Archives: May 2008

    Free Trade Fact of the Day

    Over at Reason Online, Bjorn Lomborg is inviting readers to rank which policy options they believe would people around the world the most. One of the 10 policy areas Lomborg covers is free trade, where one policy option he considers is completion of the Doha Development Round of trade talks: … More

    Iraqi Progress Palpable

    Hardly a supporter of the decision to remove Saddam Hussein, The Christian Science Monitor reports today on “guarded optimism” in Iraq. Howard La Franchi writes: For a reporter last here a year ago, during perhaps the deepest of Iraq’s despair, there is a palpable change: visible in such mundane things … More

    Morning Bell: Ed Markey's Illuminating Marker

    Editorializing in favor of the Lieberman-Warner cap-and-trade bill set to be debated in the Senate next week, the New York Times urges liberals to “make sure that the economics of this debate are framed in a positive way.” The newspaper need not worry: liberal activist groups and politicians have been … More

    Rube Goldberg Would Appreciate the Lieberman-Warner Bill

    The U.S. Chamber of Commerce put together a great chart on the regulatory apparatus that would be needed to implement the economy-killing Lieberman-Warner global warming legislation. Not only would this be a massive expansion of government, but it would also have a devastating impact on states.

    Adaptation vs. Alarmism

    The headlines define alarmism: “Global warming to wreak havoc on U.S. crops and forests, report says.” The AP reports: “Climate change is increasing the risk of U.S. crop failures, depleting the nation’s water resources and contributing to outbreaks of invasive species and insects, the Department of Agriculture said in a … More

    A Debate We're Not Allowed to Have

    Environmentalists are being fundamentally dishonest when they sell there carbon reduction plans as “market friendly” cap and trade solutions, and not the massive energy taxes that they really are. But at least the eviros are participating in the democratic process when they try and legislate. The same can not be … More

    We'll Take This Debate Any Day

    Editorializing on the Lieberman-Warner cap and trade bill set to be debated in the Senate next week, the Wall Street Journal writes: “For a bill as grandly ambitious as Warner-Lieberman, very few staff, much less Senators, even know what’s in it. The press corps mainly cheerleads this political fad, without … More

    Free Trade Fact of the Day

    Robert Samuelson pens a must-read op-ed today on trade and poverty: What’s the world’s greatest moral challenge, as judged by its capacity to inflict human tragedy? It is not, I think, global warming, whose effects — if they become as grim as predicted — will occur over many years and … More

    Morning Bell: Slush Funds for Reform Hostages

    Just like any organized crime group, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) has a long and established history of using fraud, deceit and intimidation to achieve its goals. ACORN uses intimidation to shake down corporations for operating funds, deceives its own employees into supporting causes they don’t … More

    The Fraud at the Core of Cap and Trade

    Yesterday, The Guardian’s environment editor John Vidal reported on two new studies that show the UN’s clean development mechanism (CDM – an international system established by the Kyoto process that allows rich countries to meet emissions targets by funding clean energy projects in developing nations) is “being routinely abused by … More