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Trump and Clinton both wrong on ethanol
Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump don't agree on much, but they see eye-to-eye on the Renewable Fuel Standard. Too bad they're both wrong.

October 13, 2016  •  The Detroit News

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump don't agree on much, but they see eye-to-eye on the Renewable Fuel Standard. Too bad they're both wrong.

The policy requires America's gasoline supply be mixed with renewable fuels like corn-based ethanol. In their public addresses, both nominees continue to cite ethanol as key to breaking U.S. dependence on foreign oil and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

America's domestic energy boom has laid that first argument to rest. As for the environment, the RFS does more to harm our planet than to help it. Instead of aligning themselves on the wrong side of this issue, both candidates should commit to ending the RFS as quickly as possible.

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Is Whole Foods Channeling Tony Soprano?
The USDA "organic" designation has nothing to do with food safety, nutrition or quality.

October 13, 2016  •  Forbes

In various episodes of "The Sopranos," the head of the mob family, Tony Soprano, and his capos met for brainstorming sessions to air ideas for new scams and heists. The more inventive rackets included stealing the valet-parked cars from an upscale New Jersey Bar Mitzvah and defrauding the U.S. Department of Housing of Urban Development by leaving the feds holding the bag on guaranteed loans intended for housing redevelopment in Newark.

Like criminals who constantly expand their repertoire, Whole Foods' violations of state and federal law have been escalating. They've gone from defrauding their customers in various ways to adopting food preparation practices that actually endanger them.

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The market is your ally, not your enemy: lessons from e-cigarettes in improving smokers' health

September 27, 2016  •  Adam Smith Institute

Read the paper in full here.

E-cigarettes have split the public health lobby in two. On one

side are those focused on harm reduction, who see e-cigs as a

substantially safer alternative to cigarettes for people who are

already smokers. On the other are those who see fundamental

lifestyle change as the goal for smokers, and e-cigs as an obstacle

to that.

Unfortunately, this latter group seems to be winning out.

Although Public Health England found that e-cigarettes are 95%

less harmful than tobacco cigarettes, many public health activists

and lawmakers remain staunchly opposed to the very products

smokers are choosing.1

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Shoddy Science Shields Paternalistic Pop Tax

September 8, 2016  •  Real Clear Health

By Julie Kelly & Jeff Stier
September 08, 2016

With no solid scientific evidence proving sugary drinks cause obesity more than any other sugary product, soda tax activists are desperate for proof their crusade will at once stop people from drinking killer Cokes and make them healthy. Lucky for the activists, in the world of nanny-state nutrition, it isn't long before a dubious "study" is presented to align with their ideological vision of the future.

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To Fight Climate Change Attorney General Eric Schneiderman Deputizes Thought Police
New docs reveal that even allies wonder if activist AG went too far

September 7, 2016  •  New York Observer

With his latest plan to punish even thoughts and speech related to climate change, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has raised the eyebrows of even his fellow climate-change activist Democrat attorneys general (AG).

Officials from a number of state AG offices expressed anxiety about Schneiderman's controversial plan to investigate and possibly prosecute not only energy companies, but think tanks, for challenging the science underpinning some of the more alarmist statements coming from the Al Gore camp of the party on climate issues. Newly-released emails, obtained under freedom of information laws, reveal a level of discomfort with Schneiderman's strategy.

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