The White House and the Council of Economic Advisers today released the results of a "study" that says—no, wait, "finds"—that failure to take immediate action to halt global warming will result in 1% damage to annual GDP.
The report, of course, stirred plenty of news coverage. It will, no doubt, figure heavily into the administration's ongoing effort to justify the EPA's broadening reach into carbon emissions.
US News was one of the few news groups that bothered to ask the doubters what they think of the report, but there are a lot of interesting takes out there.
Now, the real bad climate change news: We know a lot of our readers are climate change skeptics, but what if you found out it would give you kidney stones? Well, here is some bad news.
Permits Por Todos!
If the White House press corps is to be believed, it sounds like Obama may "grant work permits" to millions of illegal immigrants. We're not sure what that means. Surely he can't unilaterally "grant work permits," as in green cards. There are laws covering that sort of thing.
But he's got that good lawyer's gift for finding loopholes, so we should watch. At any rate, it seems like a good time for employers to not worry too much about the legality of folks they hire. Nobody seems to be watching. It's all over the news.
What Fine Customers We Are
The U.S. has surpassed Japan as Austrailia's top beef export markets. Apparently, Chipotle's Aussie beef move is catching on. Well, let's hope those importing Aussie beef are doing it for a better reason than Chipotle's "responsibly raised" excuse. We all know how well that went over.
Who Slimed Pink Slime?
Several journalists, including three members of Bill Marler's "Food Safety News" website, have been ordered to cough up correspondence relating to stories that fueled the "pink slime" media frenzy of 2012. They, of course, are fighting the order.
"We dispute that [BPI attorneys] are entitled to the documents under various state shield laws protecting reporters from such intrusion," Marler wrote in an email. We're curious to see how this one plays out.