But his refusal to concede that certain consumerist
legislation must be adjusted to neutralize its unintended protectionist effects vis-a-vis foreign imports, casts considerable doubt on whether he is fit to lead the consumerist
movement in the twenty-first century.
Consumer Alert endorses the Cato Institute's "Principles for Environmental Policy." This proclamation, signed by a who's who of "wise use" proponents, think-tank conservatives and "new consumerists
" (including Whelan) calls for regulations to be wholly subordinate to private sector priorities.