August 23, 2007According to a story in today's Greenwire, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development has conducted a survey showing that people in the real estate industry don't understand the cost-saving benefits of “green building.” Accordingly, the president of the organization concludes: "In order to achieve a step change in energy efficiency in buildings, there is a need for strongly supportive policies and regulatory frameworks."
Hogwash. If such “green building” was saving money, there would be no need for government regulation and support. It is most likely that real estate professionals shun politically designed “green” building standards because they are foolish or even wasteful. CEI's study on the green building issue shows that, in fact,...
August 22, 2007Today's Washington Post includes a story on bisphenol A, a chemical that has been used to make flexible, clear plastic products--including baby bottles--since the late 1950s. Numerous studies have found it poses insignificant risks, and no one has ever documented any adverse human health effects. The American Council on Science and Health provides an good overview of the science.
Yet activist groups continue to hype the issue. In addition, a panel put together by the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Institute of Health, says...
August 20, 2007DDT-deniers—those who would rather let people die that allow DDT use to fight malaria-carrying mosquitoes—have been critiquing our blog posts on the topic lately. Last week they attacked us for highlighting recent scientific research that underscores the value of DDT in repelling mosquitoes. Apparently, they won't even be swayed by scientific data, nor do they want anyone else to be convicted by the facts. But don't be swayed by their hype. Instead, read the op-ed in today's New York Times by Dr. Donald Roberts one of the study's authors. Roberts notes:
DDT, the miracle insecticide turned environmental bogeyman, is once...
August 16, 2007Good news: Today's Wall Street Journal highlights the recent study on DDT benefits in repelling mosquitoes and battling resistance issues. This study was highlighted recently in an Open Market blog post as well. (Subscription required for Wall Street Journal link.)
The U.S. and Europe solved their malaria problem a half-century ago by employing DDT, but the mosquito-borne disease remains endemic to the lowland tropics of South America, Asia and Africa, where each year a half-billion people are infected and more than a million die. Despite those staggering numbers, radical environmental groups like the Pesticide Action Network continue to oppose use of the...
August 16, 2007Anti-DDT activists might read this with glee: Misinformation about DDT risks is undermining its use in Kampala, Uganda. A Ugandan news website reports that anti-DDT hype has led some people to block the spraying of their homes with DDT. This is clearly a tragedy as lives hang in the balance. Hopefully, as residents who allowed DDT spraying in their homes reap DDT's protective benefits, others will follow their lead.
August 9, 2007
Anti-DDT activists in the environmental movement often suggest we should stop using this chemical to save people from malaria and other diseases because mosquitoes will eventually develop resistance to the substance. However, a study published in the journal PloS Online explains why such arguments make no sense.
The study demonstrates that in addition to still being the most affordable product, DDT is likely the most effective over the long term because it repels most mosquitoes—keeping them from ever entering homes. These effects are critical for a couple reasons. First, mosquitoes are most active in transmitting disease at night as people sleep, so keeping these insects out of homes can reduce disease rates significantly. Second, DDT's repellency effects remain...
July 31, 2007A recent upsurge in Dengue offers a depressing reminder that malaria is not the only serious mosquito-borne disease affecting the world. Dengue—a virus transmitted by mosquito bites—can lead to fever, severe joint pain, internal hemorrhaging, and death for some.
This year, many Asian nations—particularly Cambodia, Indonesia, and
Vietnam—are suffering from a serious outbreak. Regarding this year's occurrence Kroeger Axel of the Dengue research coordinator for the World Health Organization notes: "We always think next year it will get better, but we always find next year it gets worse â€¦ There's a very clear upward trend."
The spread of Dengue could eventually affect the United States, as it did in 2001 when there was an outbreak in Hawaii. U.S. public-...
July 25, 2007It's always a delight to see our research trumpeted by the presidential candidates. But resident SarbOx scholar John Berlau must have been particularly pleased to see his arguments picked up by Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul, 1 of only 3 congressmen to vote "no" on Sarbanes-Oxley in 2002.
Quizzed about a recent SEC move to reform Section 404, a controversial internal controls provision, Paul relied on an extended Berlau quote for the nitty gritty details, then pressed for a full SOX repeal based on constitutional and economic grounds.
Ron Paul: No, the Securities and Exchange Commission's new regulations implementing Section 404 do not go nearly far enough in lifting the unjustified burdens Sarbanes-Oxley imposed on...
July 19, 2007The Environmental Working Group (EWG) doesn't want you to drink bottled water because it's a waste of resources. Tap water is just as good they say. Yet today's Washington Post reports that EWG also says tap water is not safe. What is one to do?! EWG suggests: Have the feds regulate more (making your tap water more expensive) and use Brita Filters (also more expensive, and I suspect EWG will someday say these don't work either!). I suggest: Ignore the EWG. Both tap and bottled water offer fine options. In another blog post, I already noted the craziness of the green attacks on bottled water.
EWG's claims about tap water are equally absurd. They maintain that chlorination—which is necessary to kill...
July 11, 2007
Some lawmakers maintain that energy needed to transport the bottled water is too high for the value that the product brings. Let everyone drink tap, they maintain.
San Francisco and some other cities are taking a stand by removing bottled water from government agencies, and some restaurants are taking it off the menu too. This is pure silliness, but it gets much worse.
Salt Lake City's Mayor Rocky Anderson...