August 21, 2020
The following interview of CEI Senior Fellow R.J. Smith was inspired with the encouragement of former CEI staff member Andy Thompson, who passed away recently. Like R.J., Andy was a nature lover and highly knowledgeable birdwatcher—a hobby that connected the two and promoted their shared appreciation for private conservation.
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.
June 9, 2020
Left-of-center activists are opposing toxicologist Nancy Beck's nomination to head up the Consumer Product Safety Commission. They suggest that since she once worked for the American Chemistry Council, she has willingly engaged in a coverup to allow chemical products on the market that pose unreasonable health risks. This assumption is wrongheaded for many reasons.
June 3, 2020
Left-of-center environmental activists are at it again, maligning the reputation of one of President Trump’s nominees—with little regard for the truth. One of their latest victims is toxicologist Nancy Beck, whom Trump recently nominated to chair the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
April 14, 2020
An April 13 letter to the editor in the Chicago Tribune addresses the paper’s misleading and alarmist narrative about the use of ethylene oxide (EtO). The letter’s author is a far more credible expert on the topic than the Tribune journalists; therefore, it deserves some attention.
April 3, 2020
As hospitals struggle to access sterile medical supplies, the EPA Inspector General released a report that could make things worse. It alleges that EPA officials failed to warn people of cancer risks associated with ethylene oxide emissions from medical sterilization plants—a claim that holds no water. The IG’s allegations are based on flawed science and could undermine operations at these facilities.
March 27, 2020
The Guardian recently published a story on a Greenpeace attack on CEI for pointing out that reusable grocery bags might contain dangerous pathogens, including COVID-19. I have no problem with people who choose reusable bags, but it’s good for them to know that they need to be washed after every use. I do have a problem with government bans and regulations that force people to use reusable bags.
March 26, 2020
According to Greenpeace, my recent article on the sanitary benefits of single-use plastic bags is part of an effort to “exploit” COVID-19 fears and promote “pro-pollution agendas.” But Greenpeace’s accusations are not just wrong, they are laughable. In fact, they better describe Greenpeace’s tactics.