As the Judicial Conference Committee on Codes of Conduct makes clear, "The education of judges in various academic disciplines serves the public interest. Judges are continually exposed to competing views and arguments and are trained to weigh them." FREE is the only program that offers the federal judiciary a substantive education in the economic and policy dimensions of environmental issues. The principal guiding force of FREEs approach is to harmonize individual incentives with social and ecological well-being.
Curtis Moore replies: I did not mean to imply that judges views are influenced by FREEs seminars, but to state it outright. If judges require education beyond that afforded them by the opposing parties in a lawsuit, it should be provided with tax dollars, not with the profits of firms that appear regularly in the courtrooms.
Thank you for the excellent article. How can I get information on think tanks not mentioned?
Editors note: Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting shows which think tanks get the most ink, at www.fair.org/extra/0203/think_tanks.html. For regional and state-based right-wing think tanks, see People for the American Way at www.pfaw.org/pfaw/general/default.aspx?oid=2059.
RACE TO EFFICIENCY
To be antifuel efficiency is to give aid and comfort to terrorists and groups fighting American soldiers. Patriotic Americans should welcome being required to conserve; even soccer moms should be embarrassed by their sport-utility vehicles powered at the price of U.S. soldiers facing death far from their own families. The best way to honor the dead of 9/11 is to take conservation seriously.
Seven thousand miles into my ownership, I continue to view my Honda Civic hybrid as an engineering marvel. I get a consistent 49 miles per gallon. I am aware of no compromises regarding acceleration and roominess. I feel like a mobile Grand Coulee Dam, generating electricity as I drive about the countryside. At red lights the engine shuts down and goes mute, picking right up when I lift my foot off the brake. I wonder daily where the heck Detroit was while the Japanese were engaged in the creative development of this machine.
Editors note: For a list of cars that get a miles-per-gallon EPA rating of greater than 30, go to www.fueleconomy.gov. (But those numbers may be high; see Lay of the Land.)
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