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Richard Wiles

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That Awkward Conversation (About the Climate)

(23) Comments | Posted February 10, 2011 | 3:40 PM

I've spent a lot of time lately thinking about climate change liars. Those people who make a living deliberately deceiving the public about the scientific consensus on climate disruption. These people are awful, they know who they are. They have to live with their lies.

But what's worse is the...

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Forests Are New Coal in House and Senate Climate Bills

(10) Comments | Posted June 16, 2010 | 9:36 AM

At least 30 million acres of America's forests could be cut down and used for fuel at US power plants if renewable fuels and biomass provisions of current Congressional climate and energy proposals aren't radically revised. This will send a massive 4.7 billion ton pulse of carbon dioxide into the...

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Chemicals Reform Bill a Step Backwards for Children?

(0) Comments | Posted May 7, 2010 | 1:28 PM

You wouldn't give your child an adult dose of Tylenol. You wouldn't strap an infant into the front seat of your car. The government won't let a baby be exposed to the same amount of pesticide a grownup can tolerate. But when it comes to regulating chemicals in children's toys,...

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Kid-Safe Chemicals: News to Use - For All of Us

(0) Comments | Posted April 21, 2010 | 3:17 PM

After nearly 35 years with basically no information on just about any chemical, is it possible to have too much "minimal" information? Sounds hard to imagine, but some apparently think so.

Here's the issue. Under the newly-released House draft of a chemical regulation reform bill, EPA would identify the 300...

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(1) Comments | Posted April 20, 2010 | 1:00 PM

Before you buy a car, you check its safety, reliability and performance ratings. Before you buy a house, you hire an experienced inspector to look for hidden problems. Before you expose your children to toxic chemicals? Not so much.

Most used car dealers have more reliable information on their offerings...

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Congress Targets Broken Federal Toxics Law

(0) Comments | Posted April 15, 2010 | 1:47 PM

The effort to protect Americans from chemical dangers took a historic step forward today as Senator Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ), chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Environmental Health, introduced legislation to overhaul the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) of 1976. The current law is riddled with so many loopholes that...

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BPA Spin: That's What Persists and Accumulates

(0) Comments | Posted April 1, 2010 | 11:55 AM

If the consequences weren't so serious, it would be entertaining to watch the chemical industry's top lobbyists scramble to defend the signature toxic chemical of the new millennium, bisphenol-A (BPA). This is a chemical with some serious toxic muscle. It's not just that BPA is a clear and insidious threat...

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If It's Polluting People, Stop It

(0) Comments | Posted March 4, 2010 | 1:38 PM

I like the way my colleague, Elaine Shannon, tees up our letter to Congressman Bobby L. Rush - chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade and Consumer Protection. A link to the letter is at the end.

Would you take an airline that screened baggage...

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New Smart Phones Push the Edge for Radiation

(2) Comments | Posted February 18, 2010 | 3:09 PM

Motorola's Droid, Blackberry Bold 9700, LG Chocolate Touch and HTC Nexus One by Google, hyped as the latest and greatest smart phones for the 2010 upgrade season, receive high marks from tech experts for performance and features.

The flashy ads and expert ratings don't disclose that these new models...

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Bamboozled on Fish

(7) Comments | Posted October 10, 2007 | 4:35 PM

It is one thing to report both sides of a story. It is quite another to be bamboozled by an industry PR campaign passing off self-serving "science" as new public health research.

Last week the fish industry bamboozled a credulous gaggle of the national news media into...

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