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  • At the Mercy of Regulators

    June 1, 2007
    After a seven-year policy battle, Europe's new chemical law takes effect today. The law is known as REACH—the acronym for the bureaucratic name Registration, Evaluation and Authorization of Chemicals.

    The Hayek Institute in Brussels and CEI warned that this law will not only be an expensive drain on Europe and the world economy, it means empowering bureaucrats to deprive consumers and businesses the right to engage in free commerce.

    Still, as European bureaucrats set up the REACH regulatory agency this week in Helsinki, they are assuring consumers not to panic because we won't feel the effects of this law in the near term. One told the EU observer: "It is a rough guess and it could happen sooner on...
  • Millions Dead

    May 23, 2007
    Millions dead and that's still not enough for environmental activists to change their colors. Last September, Dr. Arata Kochi, Director of the World Health Organization's (WHO) Global Malaria Program, called on the environmental community to "help save African babies as you are helping to save the environment."

    Kochi's plea was part of an announcement that the WHO would seek increased use of the pesticide DDT to fight malaria. Rather than answer his call, green groups continue their crusade against DDT. Leading the charge is the Pesticide Action Network and Beyond Pesticides. The Sierra...
  • Coburn Right -- Rachel Wrong

    May 23, 2007
    Senator Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) stands largely alone in efforts to stop congressional initiatives to honor the environmental movement's icon the late Rachel Carson, whose 100th birthday comes this Sunday. Coburn rightly recognizes that the conventional wisdom about Carson's legacy is wrong! Rather than launching a beneficial environmental cause, Carson launched a misinformation campaign that her followers continue without regard for the consequences. And those consequences have been severe. Check out CEI's website Rachel Was Wrong for more analysis on Carson's legacy.

  • A Colossal Tragedy

    May 18, 2007
    A story on today's front page of the Washington Post highlights the life of Rachel Carson. While largely praising Carson, the author does note that Carson's contribution to the banning of DDT remains "controversial." While Carson surely would not have wanted this legacy, "controversial" doesn't begin to describe it. It's an ongoing colossal tragedy—one that Carson's followers could help reverse if only they would aggressively advocate DDT use for malaria control. After all, while Carson was wrong about DDT's public health impacts, she did admit that pesticides are sometimes necessary to address public health emergencies.
  • The Real Risk is to Our Freedom

    May 8, 2007
    News stories about the "toxic" chemicals seem to appear daily in the press. These stories say our health is at risk, but the real risk is to our freedom. In its current issue, USA Today highlights growing state-level regulations to address the dangers associated with many chemical products. Supposedly, the massive EPA bureaucracy isn't enough!

    But what are they saving us from? We are living longer, healthier lives as chemical use expands, and despite claims to the contrary, there isn't compelling evidence of serious problems. Unfortunately, such hype is leading down a path for more massive, unnecessary regulation modeled at Europe's new chemical law. CEI has already documented the problems with this approach.
  • Even a Caveman…

    May 7, 2007
    A Canadian news site notes that activists have recently formed a new “lobby” group called “Prevent Cancer Now.” They want to alert the world to the alleged dangers of man-made chemicals. However, if they really want to make a dent in reducing cancer rates, they should focus on the most likely causes of cancer -- smoking, poor diets, too much sun exposure -- rather than the fact that a man-made chemical “might” pose risk. Evidence that current uses of such man-made chemicals present a serious cancer problem is scant.

    Apparently, activists are aware that the primary causes of cancer are NOT manmade chemicals. One of their spokespersons admits: “We totally accept that smoking causes lung cancer and that lousy diet encourages cancer, and all those things. That's all correct. But there's a whole other side to...
  • Behind the Times

    March 8, 2007
    Today's Globe and Mail reports that a recent study summarizes the “latest scientific evidence” on the dangers of eating too much fish containing trace levels of mercury. They suggest that this study warrants a recent a advisory issued by Health Canada warning pregnant women to limit fish consumption. The U.S. Food and Drug and Administration and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency have issued similar advisories.

    Writers at the Globe apparently aren't up to speed on research in this area. Recent studies published in The Lancet and the Journal of the American Medical Association—also discussed in the New York Times and other news sources—raise serious questions about the government advisories and the research on which they are based. Perhaps it's time for the Globe to at least begin reading CEI's blogs, which...
  • Mind Your Own Turf

    February 26, 2007
    Today's Globe and Mail reports that Canadian environmental groups may soon succeed in getting the Province of Ontario to ban the use of lawn pesticides used for “cosmetic purposes.” They've managed to get such bans in the Province of Quebec as well as in dozens of cities, including Toronto and Halifax. Their success is part of a larger campaign to rid the world of man-made chemicals—without regard to the impacts—no matter how bad. For further insights on their efforts see this CEI study.

    Such bans are not only foolish, they can prove dangerous. After all, do the greens really expect people to manually pull all the weeds from their lawns? Sounds like a good recipe for carpal tunnel syndrome to me. Moreover, “cosmetic...
  • Foolish and Dangerous Advice

    February 21, 2007
    Editorial writers in today's Orlando Sentinel say they oppose Department of Homeland Security regulations that attempt to beef up security at the nation's chemical plants to reduce the risks of terrorist attacks. They want Congress to legislate the issue. They complain because the administration focuses on managing chemical risks through improved security measures only. The Sentinel, like many activist groups, wants Homeland Security to pursue a green agenda that would force the elimination or drastic reduction of so-called “dangerous” or “toxic” chemicals. They also oppose Homeland Security's attempt to preempt states from passing such silly regulations.

    Frankly, I would have to agree with the Department of Homeland Security on this one. I...
  • Minorities Suffer from Green Hype

    February 21, 2007
    The Contra Costa Times reports today that minorities in the San Francisco Bay area suffer disproportionately from air pollution coming from industrial plants. The "evidence" is contained in a report released by environmental activists, titled "Still Toxic After All These Years." This report finds that Latinos, African Americans, and Asians or Pacific Islanders compose 62 percent of people living within a mile of industrial facilities that report "toxic air emissions" to the federal government.

    Is this an injustice? Hardly. All it actually shows is that some minorities chose to live in more affordable housing near these facilities. There is no evidence that their health suffers as a result. If any suffering is involved, it stems from the...

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