October 2, 2020
Green groups are upset because the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) decided to rely on science, rather than environmentalist hype, in its draft risk assessment for the pesticide chlorpyrifos. The assessment is part of a legal mandate that requires the EPA to reevaluate the safety profiles of all registered pesticides every 15 years.
August 13, 2020
As nations around the world have struggled to address COVID-19, desert locusts have wreaked havoc in Africa this year. For months, billions of these pests have migrated from remote deserts into populated regions of East Africa and into Asia, decimating crops. As with COVID-19 and many other challenges, manmade chemical technologies are the only hope to mitigate such crises.
July 9, 2020
During hearings related to Nancy Beck’s nomination to the Consumer Product Safety Commission earlier this month, Senate Democrats engaged in what basically amounted to character assassination.
Today we examine claims that Beck somehow blocked regulations to ban asbestos.
June 26, 2020
Hearings for Nancy Beck’s nomination to chair the Consumer Product Safety Commission took place last week at which several Senate Democrats launched outrageous and unfair attacks. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) hit a new low when he basically accused Beck of murder because he asserted that the EPA did not move swiftly enough to ban paint strippers containing methylene chloride.
March 5, 2020
As billions of desert locusts swarm through East Africa and into Asia threatening the food supply of millions, environmental activists want to ban and regulate the only effective tools to stop it: pesticides. Currently, aerial and ground-level spraying with organophosphates is the main, if not only, line of defense against the locusts.
February 20, 2020
A recent Rhodium Group report purports to show by the numbers that the fuel economy “rollbacks” effected by the Trump administration’s forthcoming Safer Affordable Fuel Efficient (SAFE) Vehicle rule are “significant” both in terms of “greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions abatement and costs to drivers.” In fact, the numbers reveal the insignificance of the SAFE rule’s GHG impacts. Furthermore, the report’s analysis of consumer costs is one-sided and, thus, potentially misleading.
November 21, 2019
“First, do no harm,” is good ethical advice for regulators as well as doctors, but the Obama-era Environmental Protection Agency took a risk management program for industrial facilities that was working well and made it worse. Now, the Trump administration has finalized revisions that should get the program back on course.
October 31, 2019
Halloween is the one day of the year kids enjoy being a little spooked. But what would you think about a taxpayer-sponsored effort to frighten parents 365 days a year? The federal government funds a network of activists that spew needlessly alarming information about chemical risks to children. Not only is this year-round fear fest no fun, it pushes a slew of harmful—and even dangerous—advice.
October 24, 2019
For more than two decades the federal government has funded a number of “children’s environmental health centers.” Since they are housed in universities, you might think these centers would produce objective science on environmentally related children’s health risks, but think again.
October 15, 2019
Liberals are supposed to the ones whose hearts “bleed” with concern for others’ welfare. That’s why modern liberals generally reject an abstinence-only approach to regulation. They recognize that policies aimed at reducing harm, like sex education, needle exchange programs, and addiction services, are beneficial to both individuals and society while prohibition merely creates injustice and suffering.