Author Archive | Ronald Bailey

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Permissionless Biotech Crop and Livestock Innovation

The USDA just dumped Obama administration’s proposed ridiculous biotech crop regulations; the FDA should quickly follow suit. Ronald Bailey|Nov. 16, 2017 5:46 pm Vadymvdrobot/DreamstimeObama administration minions issued drafts of biotech crop and livestock regulations just two days before they left office last January. They were apparently motivated by their worry that genetically improved crops and […]

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Merchants of Environmentalist Doubt*

Rene Van Den Berg/DreamstimeA new study in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute reinforces a message that scientists have been telling us for years: Glyphosate isn’t going to give you cancer. But don’t expect activists to stop telling you it will. Glyphosate, often sold as Round Up, is used to kill weeds by spraying […]

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Ronald Bailey Talks Designer Kids, Paris Climate Agreement, and More on Federalist Radio

Host Ben Domenech also asks about deregulation at the FDA and EPA. Ronald Bailey|Nov. 10, 2017 3:45 pm Ronald BaileyAt a new Federalist Radio podcast, host Ben Domenech and I discuss Trump’s science policies, the ethics of designer babies, alcohol regulations, and more. Does Trump withdrawing from the Paris Climate Accord have any tangible effects? […]

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23rd U.N. Climate Change Conference Opens in Bonn

The Trump administration sends low-level bureaucrats as delegates to the climate negotiations. Ronald Bailey|Nov. 7, 2017 3:15 pm COP-23The 23rd Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change opened on Monday. Although the island nation of Fiji is presiding over the meeting, the conference itself is being held in Bonn, […]

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Trump Did Not ‘Suppress’ the New National Climate Science Special Report

Despite the fears of some climate activists, the Trump administration did not suppress any of the conclusions in the National Climate Assessment program’s new Climate Science Special Report. The new report essentially bolsters the climate change consensus that the accumulation of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere derived chiefly from burning fossil fuels is warming the […]

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If Industry-Funded Scientists Can Be Conflicted, Surely Government-Funded Scientists Can Be Too

EPAEnvironmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt has declared that researchers who receive funding from his agency cannot serve on its scientific advisory committees. “It is very, very important to ensure independence, to ensure that we’re getting advice and counsel independent of the EPA,” Pruitt told reporters Tuesday, according to The Washington Post. Nearly 10 years […]

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The Deceptive Art of Confirmation-Biased ‘Science’: Condemning Glyphosate

Anti-biotech activists hate the herbicide glyphosate, sold by Monsanto under the brand name Roundup. Those activists won a victory in 2015, when the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) issued a report classifying glyphosate as a “probable human carcinogen.” That conclusion stood in stark contrast to the findings of every regulatory […]

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Trump’s EPA Feeds the Ethanol Swamp Dwellers, Just As He Promised

Jason Fogler/DreamstimePresidential candidate Donald Trump famously promised to “drain the swamp” during the 2016 campaign. He apparently didn’t mean draining the swamp of its denizens whose support he needed to win the election. Trump repeatedly assured voters in the Midwest farm states of his support for ethanol mandates. As far back as 2015 when asked […]

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45 Percent of Americans Say There Is Too Much Government Regulation of Business

Filmfoto/DreamstimeA new Gallup Poll reports that “for the 12th year in a row, more Americans say there is ‘too much’ government regulation of business and industry than say there is either ‘too little’ or ‘the right amount.’” More specifically: Forty-five percent say there’s too much, 23 percent say too little, and 29 percent say things […]

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