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Congress moves forward with a plan to mandate tougher safety plant security procedures.
“All the answers that Congress has considered largely involve growing the federal bureaucracy with needless paperwork and meddling in production processes of which they have no knowledge. Indeed, the chemical plant security issue has mostly been used as an excuse for environmental activists and their allies in Congress to push an environmental agenda to reduce or eliminate the use of chemicals. It’s not surprising that Greenpeace—which has advocated banning the chlorine that is necessary to kill dangerous pathogens in our water supply—leads the effort to push for such “security” legislation.”
A judge rules that smokers of light cigarettes can sue tobacco companies.
“Of course the industry is concerned about the health of smokers, and it’s concerned about addressing their demand for less dangerous smoked tobacco products. It’s 100% in the tobacco companies’ best interests to create, market, and sell healthier products. Because while yes, it would be a “special problem” for the industry if smokers quit smoking entirely, it would also be a special problem if they all died. My understanding is that dead people aren’t such reliable customers.”
Critics blast the WHO’s decision to use DDT in the fight against malaria.
“The WHO’s strategy of mosquito bednets and malaria vaccine development has been a dismal failure. While the death toll in malarial regions has mounted, the WHO has been distracted by such dubious issues as whether cell phones and French fries cause cancer. It’s a relief that the WHO has finally come to its senses, but on the other hand, the organization has done too little, too late. The ranks of the WHO’s leadership need to be purged of those who place the agenda of environmental elitists over the basic survival of the world’s needy.”
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