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  • Nobelists Want Lighter Regulation of GM Foods

    December 12, 2018

    Two new Nobel laureates in chemistry say fears about genetically modified (GM) foods are overblown, adding that current regulations are preventing society from fully benefiting from the technology and should be“loosened up.” In Issues, two experts in the field, including the founding director of the Office of Biotechnology at the US Food and Drug Administration, have also made this case, arguing that many GM plants and animals “are subject to discriminatory, excessive, burdensome, and costly regulation” and that effective, science-based, and easier-to-apply regulatory alternatives are available.

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  • Eased Regulations Won’t Boost Coal Power

    December 10, 2018

    The Environmental Protection Agency is forecasting that despite a Trump administration regulatory rollback aimed at making coal-fired power plants easier to build, no new plants will be built in the United States, primarily because of the ready availability of cheap natural gas. This prediction aligns with a century-long timeline presented recently in Issues showing how economic, technological, and social forces, not political factors, have combined to drive down the nation’s reliance on coal as an energy resource.

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