Soft drinks don't raise blood pressure

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A new study in the American Heart Association journal Hypertension reports that consumption of one sugar-sweetened beverage (SSB) per day increased the systolic/diastolic blood pressure among study subjects (N=2,696) on average by +1.1 mm Hg/+0.4 mm Hg. The researchers conclude that . . .

Senate Dem writes Obama about EPA job-killing

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Greenwire reports that Ohio Democrat Sherrod Brown has complained to President Obama about the threat to jobs posed by EPA greenhouse gas regulation. Brown’s letter to Obama stated, “…Without careful consideration, the unintended consequences of imprudent regulation could ultimately undermine . . .

GOP bill does not target EPA

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The short-term spending bill released Friday by House Republicans does not include language to block funding for the Environmental Protection Agency’s climate rules or slash the agency’s budget. Andrew Restuccia, E2 Wire  

EPA, not PCBs, the problem in NYC schools

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About the PCBs-in-schools scare, the NY Daily News opined: Overzealous enforcers at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s New York regional office have whipped parents into a frenzy and are threatening to force the city into spending untold millions on a . . .

Toothpaste eaters the problem, not fluoridation

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About the recent controversy concerning municipal water fluoridation, this Fort Smith Times Record editorial hits the nail on the head: “In our neck of the woods, fluoride overdose is largely limited to children who eat large amounts of toothpaste.” Fluoridation . . .

CSPI: 40 years of food libeling

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This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Center for Science in the Public Interest. Cleveland Plain Dealer columnist Evelyn Theiss says CSPI has “educated Americans for 40 years.” We say CSPI, not food, should be labeled as hazardous to . . .

Air-tight, energy-efficient homes kill…

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… just hamsters so far, according to this report. But this does make us think of 1970s-era buildings that were built air-tight and then developed sick building syndrome — like the U.S. EPA’s old headquarters at 401 M St., SE, . . .

PCB-IVF study fails implantation

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Just published online in Environmental Health Perspectives is a study attempting to link failed in vitro fertilization with PCBs. But the researchers ignored the classic multiple comparisons problem. Here, 57 congeners were tested and only one produced significantly elevated dose-dependent . . .

Wimp & Sellout Watch No. 7

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While we have high hopes that the newly empowered Republican Members of Congress will make every effort to fight the socialization of America, we are also aware that the GOP has an ignominious history of wimping- and/or selling-out, especially on . . .

Walmart discounts science on flame retardants

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Walmart has announced that, starting June 1, it will begin testing and rejecting its retail inventory for polybrominated diethyl ethers (PBDEs), heretofore used in flame retardants — even though there’s no evidence of harm, plenty of evidence of effectiveness and . . .

Bloomberg: PCBs in schools not so dangerous

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Faced with a $700 million remediation effort, Mayor Bloomberg says school kids are exposed to more PCBs from a tuna fish sandwich than the light fixtures in city schools. But when cash-strapped New Yorkers turned to local waterways for food . . .

NYT: Solar Energy Faces Tests On Greenness

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“Just weeks after regulators approved the last of nine multibillion-dollar solar thermal power plants to be built in the Southern California desert, a storm of lawsuits and the resurgence of an older solar technology are clouding the future of the . . .

Democrats use popguns on the EPA

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by Steve Milloy Charleston Daily Mail, February 24, 2011 Candidate Joe Manchin famously took “dead aim” at the cap-and-trade bill last year with a high-powered rifle. But now, Sen. Manchin is infamously going after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s backdoor . . .

Air pollution worse than cocaine for MIs?

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A new study in the Lancet reports that while cocaine use is much more likely to trigger a non-fatal heart attack than air pollution (i.e., coarse particulate matter or PM10), air pollution is the more deadly trigger because more people . . .

Cell phones and brain glucose

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Despite all the media coverage of yesterday’s report in the Journal of the American Medical Association that 50 minutes of cell phone use increases brain glucose metabolism in the region closest to the antenna, there is no cause for alarm.

What is a 'Clean Energy Standard'?

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Although cap-and-trade is dead, its subsidy-seeking corporate advocates have not gone away. They have simply re-branded their cause as “clean energy” and are now lobbying for a so-called “clean energy standard” (CES).

Wimp & Sellout Watch — No. 6

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While we have high hopes that the newly empowered Republican Members of Congress will make every effort to fight the socialization of America, we are also aware that the GOP has an ignominious history of wimping- and/or selling-out, especially on . . .

Defund the EPA

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By Steve Milloy February 9, 2011, Washington Times The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has hit the ground running with its greenhouse-gas regulations. But congressional Republicans are just getting around to introducing well-intended, but futile legislation to stop the agency.