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Will the EPA Abandon the Science of Risk?

May 23, 2017  •  Real Clear Policy

A prevailing take-away message from last month's March for Science was that President Trump and his Environmental Protection (EPA) Administrator, Scott Pruitt, are in the process of dismantling critical science-based rules that were put in place to protect nature. With nature left unprotected, they argued — or, rather, chanted — we'll be exposed to dangerously contaminated air and water, and the environment will be devastated.

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Will the EPA Abandon the Science of Risk?

May 23, 2017  •  Real Clear Policy

A prevailing take-away message from last month's March for Science was that President Trump and his Environmental Protection (EPA) Administrator, Scott Pruitt, are in the process of dismantling critical science-based rules that were put in place to protect nature. With nature left unprotected, they argued — or, rather, chanted — we'll be exposed to dangerously contaminated air and water, and the environment will be devastated.

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Promote Health by Not Defending the E-Cigarette Ban
The Trump administration should no longer defend FDA's indefensible vaping ban.

May 16, 2017  •  National Review

 

Harm reduction — opting for a product or activity that is not harmless but is better than the existing alternative — is a common and obvious strategy that we employ almost unthinkingly. For example, many drugs used for chemotherapy to treat cancer are highly toxic and cause a variety of serious side effects, but taking them is better than leaving the cancer untreated.

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Bill to Divest from Fossil Fuel Is a Senate Power Grab That Will Hurt New Yorkers
There's a good reason that the comptroller has sole authority over investment decisions

May 8, 2017  •  Observer

More than a million fire fighters, police and other New York State employees who are relying on the already perilously funded New York State Common Retirement Fund as a key component of their nest eggs face a new threat. It comes from a surprising foe: New York's most liberal legislators.

Senator Liz Kreuger, who represents Manhattan's East Side, has introduced legislation that would force the fund's sole trustee and fiduciary, Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, to quickly sell all holdings in fossil fuel companies, no matter the financial impact it will have on return or risk.

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Earth Day has become polluted by ideology and ignorance

April 20, 2017  •  Learn Liberty, A Project of IHS

The first Earth Day celebration was conceived by then-US senator Gaylord Nelson and held in 1970 as a "symbol of environmental responsibility and stewardship." In the spirit of the time, it was a touchy-feely, consciousness-raising, New Age experience, and most activities were organized at the grassroots level.

In recent years, Earth Day has evolved into an occasion for environmental Cassandras to prophesy apocalypse, dish antitechnology dirt, and proselytize. Passion and zeal routinely trump science, and provability takes a back seat to plausibility.

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