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  • Lockyer: SUVs Don't Kill People, Car Companies Kill People

    September 21, 2006
    California's attorney general has sued carmakers DaimlerChrysler, General Motors, Ford and subsidiaries of Honda, Nissan and Toyota for global warming impacts on the state. Interesting that the state isn't trying to hold individual car owners — the ones who actually drive and produce the emissions at issue — liable for the alleged damage. This suit seems rather reminiscent of the lawsuits first filed by U.S. cities against gun manufacturers in the late 1990s. Critics at the time pointed out, of course, that it's the people who actually shoot the guns who should be held liable for any damage caused by them. Congress was sufficiently alarmed by the prospects, however, to pass the...
  • DDT to the Rescue

    September 18, 2006
    In an extraordinarily good development, the World Health Organization has officially called for greater use of DDT around the world in order to combat malaria, potentially saving hundreds of thousands of lives. CEI people and our friends have written widely on the issue of DDT and malaria over the past several years, and it's a relief to finally see some movement in the right direction. It's never too late to exorcise the ghost of Rachel Carson from...
  • A typology for risk assessment?

    September 14, 2006
    New research may help to explain why the term “risk” shouldn't automatically be applied to new technologies, such as biotechnology. According to a University of Sussex research study, new technologies should be evaluated on a continuum of categories — including risk, uncertainty, ambiguity, and ignorance. The article in Food Navigator about the new study also quotes extensively from a speech I gave this summer to the Institute of Food Technologists attacking the use of the precautionary principle applied to biotechnology. Greg Conko has written extensively on this topic here and here and...

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