Fellow in Regulatory Studies Ryan Young talks about the need for more transparency in the world of regulation, as well as CEI’s new EPA Regulatory Report Card. The report card, which collects data about the amount and cost of EPA regulation from numerous sources into one publicly accessible document, is something he argues that all agencies should be doing on their own each year.
Senior Fellow Angela Logomasini talks about her forthcoming CEI study, “Rachel Was Wrong: Agrochemicals’ Benefits to Human Health and the Environment.” Fifty years ago in her book Silent Spring, Carson argued that pesticides and other chemicals would increase cancer rates; they have actually gone down despite increased life expectancy. Carson argued that chemicals would reduce environmental quality; indicators have actually improved almost across the board, and high-yield farming feeds more people while leaving more habitat for wildlife. Carson argued that chemicals would increase food-borne illnesses; again, they have gone down.
Associate Director of Technology Studies Ryan Radia argues that Google’s current dominance as an Internet search engine is a fragile thing. Creative destruction is everywhere, and its onset cannot be predicted. As soon as something better comes out, consumers will flock to it in droves. Calls for antitrust enforcement should not be answered.
Director of CEI’s Center for Energy and Environment Myron Ebell discusses his recent PBS Frontline appearance, and how the debate over global warming has shifted in the last few years. The issue has all but fallen off the radar as economic difficulties have supplanted environmental concerns in the public mind.
Free speech is a core value in any free society. But what are its limits? Senior Attorney Hans Bader discusses a U.N. resolution to ban anti-religious speech and a court case involving a professor who sent anti-immigration e-mails. The best remedy for hateful speech, he argues, is not to silence it with laws and courts. It is to rebut it with speech of one’s own.