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45 Percent of Americans Say There Is Too Much Government Regulation of Business

Filmfoto/DreamstimeA new Gallup Poll reports that “for the 12th year in a row, more Americans say there is ‘too much’ government regulation of business and industry than say there is either ‘too little’ or ‘the right amount.’” More specifically: Forty-five percent say there’s too much, 23 percent say too little, and 29 percent say things […]

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Longevity Predictor Test: How Old Are You Really?

Should your life insurance company be prohibited from requiring you to take the test? Ronald Bailey|Oct. 11, 2017 4:40 pm Rudall30/DreamstimeTwo as-yet unidentified life insurance companies plan to use Life Epigenetics‘ M-Panel test to predict how long potential clients will live. The test, based on research by the UCLA scientists Steven Horvath and Brian Chen, […]

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“The War On Coal Is Over,” Declares EPA Administrator Pruitt

Cnlj/DreamstimeThe Trump Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will file a proposal later this week to repeal the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan (CPP), EPA administrator Scott Pruitt declared in a speech in the coalfields of Kentucky today. The draft repeal proposal argues that the Obama administration exceeded its authority under the Clean Air Acts when it […]

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Does the Colorado River Have Rights?

“In a first-in-the-nation lawsuit filed in federal court, the Colorado River is asking for judicial recognition of itself as a ‘person,’ with rights of its own to exist and flourish.” So declares a press release from the activist organization Deep Green Resistance. The lawsuit against Colorado’s governor is being filed in federal district court by […]

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In Australia, as Renewables Surge the Price of Electricity Doubles

The price of electricity is soaring in Australia largely because of mandated adoption of renewable power generation. Yes, the price of renewable energy continues to fall, but mandating the installation of current wind and solar power technologies still boosts the price of electricity in countries pursuing decarbonization strategies as a way to mitigate climate change. […]

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Good News: Robots Will Steal Only 9 Percent of Jobs, Not 38 Percent Says New Study

reasonResearchers with the Centre for European Economic Research, relying on job-level rather than occupation level data, estimate the number of jobs at risk to automation could be as low as nine percent. Researchers at Oxford University surveying 702 occupations reported in 2013 that nearly half of all jobs in the United States are at risk […]

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Vaccines, Peter Thiel and the Fine Art of the Journalistic Hatchet Job

Ridvan Arda/Dreamstime”Peter Thiel Funds ‘Unethical’ Offshore Herpes Vaccine Trial,” blared a headline over at the DailyBeast. The single problem is that it’s false. The story is illustrated with a photoshop of venture capitalist Peter Thiel holding a menacing syringe. Even more damning, the editors added, “The Trump adviser is part of a group of wealthy […]

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Hurricane Harvey and the National Flood Insurance Fiasco

NOAATexans, watch out. An aftershock is following behind the catastrophic flooding produced by Hurricane Harvey in coastal Texas: The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) is coming up for reauthorization. The main lesson that the public and policymakers ought to learn from Harvey is: Don’t build in flood plains, and especially don’t rebuild in flood plains. […]

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