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GMO Virus Could Save Florida’s Orange Groves

Citrus greening is “the most serious threat that the Florida citrus industry has ever faced,” according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The bacterial disease, which tends to turn fruit green after ripening, is spread by the Asian citrus psyllid insect. The devastating disease has infected an estimated 80 percent of Florida’s citrus trees, and […]

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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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Waymo Unleashes Real Self-Driving Cars in Arizona

No vehicle is truly self-driving if a “safety driver” is still sitting in the front seat Ronald Bailey|Nov. 7, 2017 5:10 pm WaymoWaymo, the autonomous vehicle subsidiary of Google’s parent company Alphabet, has revealed that it is running its self-driving vehicles on public roads in the Phoenix suburb of Chandler, Arizona without a safety driver […]

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

It says “human activities, especially emissions of greenhouse gases, are the dominant cause of the observed warming.” Ronald Bailey|Nov. 3, 2017 4:15 pm MeryllDespite 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 […]

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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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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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Longevity Predictor Test: How Old Are You Really?

Should your life insurance company be prohibited from requiring you to take the test? Ronald Bailey|Oct. 11, 2017 4:40 pm Rudall30/DreamstimeTwo as-yet unidentified life insurance companies plan to use Life Epigenetics‘ M-Panel test to predict how long potential clients will live. The test, based on research by the UCLA scientists Steven Horvath and Brian Chen, […]

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“The War On Coal Is Over,” Declares EPA Administrator Pruitt

Cnlj/DreamstimeThe Trump Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will file a proposal later this week to repeal the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan (CPP), EPA administrator Scott Pruitt declared in a speech in the coalfields of Kentucky today. The draft repeal proposal argues that the Obama administration exceeded its authority under the Clean Air Acts when it […]

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