Everybody and their brother is salivating at the thought of connected and autonomous vehicle technology. The cars of tomorrow will communicate with each other and with transportation infrastructure to speed drivers quickly and safely from place to place. They will create new business opportunities as people give up owning private cars and participate in ride-sharing and […]
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The Trump Administration’s ongoing push to review and undo regulations may lead to the demise of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) rule that requires electric vehicles to emit a warning sound when driving at low speed (plus other safety rules). By James Ayre If you’re unfamiliar with the subject, the gist is simply: owing […]
The set of self-driving vehicle rules now being proposed by a group of US House Representatives would bar individual states from putting their own testing and design regulations in place, going by the contents of a draft proposal that was obtained by Reuters. By James Ayre At the same time, federal regulators would themselves be […]
Republicans have complained for years about what they called “job killing” regulations. Since they care more about profits than people, they’re about to pass a suite of laws that will change that to the more egalitarian “killing regulations”. By Jeremy Bloom Imagine this scenario: You go to the doctor because you’re in bad shape, and he […]
We may be in the middle of a government shutdown, but don’t forget – this is just phase one! Phase two comes in a few weeks when the Republicans are threatening to crash the economy of the the Debt Limit Ceiling. We don’t have the official list of GOP demands yet, but they’ve leaked a […]
by Nicholas Kusnetz Oil drilling has sparked a frenzied prosperity in Jeff Keller’s formerly quiet corner of western North Dakota in recent years, bringing an infusion of jobs and reviving moribund local businesses. But Keller, a natural resource manager for the Army Corps of Engineers, has seen a more ominous effect of the boom, too: Oil […]
Why is gambling illegal? Because the lure of easy money is a powerful inducement to do things that are stupid. We saw that in spades earlier this month, as JP Morgan ‘fessed up to the banking equivalent of dropping $2 billion dollars on stupid bets at the racetrack. The siren song of easy money can lure […]
Don’t try Bigfoot hunting in California – it could result in your arrest and conviction, according to the California Department of Fish and Game (DFG). The DFG issued a statement in response to recent media reports about a Texas wildlife official proclaiming that bigfoot hunting is legal in the long horn state. “The Texas Parks […]
By Kaitilin Gaffney Pacific Program Director, Ocean Conservancy This Sunday, we set our clocks forward for Daylight Saving Time. After a mild winter, spring is definitely already in the air in California, with fruit trees in bloom and cold March winds blowing. The coming time and season changes remind me how quickly time flies, especially […]
How bad is the revolving door between Monsanto and government? This handy chart (from geke.us) pretty much sums it up. Monsanto has been particularly talented at vacuuming up well connected ex-Congressmen, Senators and other government officials to go back and lobby the government, using their connections for the company’s benefit. And it also has been […]
This is last week’s news, a bit, but it’s something I’ve been meaning to cover more and haven’t gotten to. So, here’s a quickie on it: The GOP, in the name of “freedom” tried to kill lightbulb standards established and signed into law under George W. Bush (somewhat sucessfully). The GOP framed it as a […]
Why are our tax dollars going to subsidize the creation of Frankenfish? It’s bad enough the government has totally failed to do any kind of regulation for genetically modified organisms (GMOs), including blocking attempts to at least mandate labeling for these artificial and barely-tested foods .
But why on earth should taxpayers have to subsidize the hugely-profitable companies that are developing them?
By Ken Roseboro, editor of The Organic & Non-GMO Report (From our sister-blog, Eat Drink Better) Internal US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) documents reveal that the agency’s own scientists expressed doubts about its policy toward labeling genetically modified foods, while raising questions about the foods’ safety. The FDA’s policy toward genetically modified foods has been […]
Why is Senator David Vitter battling on behalf of formaldehyde? It’s a chemical that only his campaign contributors love…
A new report by some top scientists has nailed it down, and Monsanto isn’t going to be happy. The Agri-giant has built its entire business model, including genetically modified (GMO) crops that dominate the US market, around its Roundup brand herbicide.
They last thing they want to admit is that it causes birth defects.
But that’s just what a group of scientists from a diverse group – including Cambridge University, the King’s College London School of Medicine, and the Institute of Biology, UNICAMP, São Paulo, Brazil – have found.