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Science Education & Policy

Conservatives’ Understanding Of Climate Science Is More In Line With Climate Scientists Than Liberals’

Americans are inherently skeptical, and American adults lead the world in science literacy, so those two things combine to show up in debates about climate change and other sciences.  When you are literate and skeptical it is easy to know just enough to be wrong, when it comes to climate or nuclear energy, vaccines, and agriculture. The difference between the first one and the latter three...

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Screen Time Up, Reading Scores Down – Just Correlation Or Is It A Real Effect?

Correlation can accomplish anything, it's how the U.S. National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences consistently finds a way to endorse chemicals in the organic food process while scaring people about chemicals everywhere else.(1)  It's how the price of steel can be linked to violence in the Mid-East.A recent paper argues that reading scores are going down and phones are to blame, and...

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Too Little Water Storage, Pseudoscience Environmental Laws, Plus Drought Put California At Risk

Major droughts in California happen every 20 years and smaller ones more frequently, yet northern California has not built major water infrastructure since the 1960s while the population has doubled. Environmental lawyers block any infrastructure improvements so no new water storage can be added and regulations about water flow in rivers were based on an optimistic guess. During the current...

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There Are Pipelines All Across The Country – Except For Water. That Should Change

Over 26 percent of the western US  is in exceptional drought while  72 percent is in severe drought. That has not stopped the federal government from dumping so much water into rivers it creates hazardous conditions for people in them.read...

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CNBC: ‘Has The CDC Lost Its Sort Of Lofty Perch And If So How Do You Plan To Get It Back?’

When even CNBC is talking about the writing on the wall for the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, they know they are in big trouble.read...

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Does An Interior Department Run By Deb Haaland Actually Put Endangered Species At Greater Risk?

Deb Haaland is the U.S. Representative for New Mexico's 1st congressional district since 2019. Predictably, she is a lawyer. Less common is that she was a casino executive.If you are wondering if any of those count as qualifications to run the Interior Department, you are not alone. In the Washington Examiner today, I outline some of the science concerns that people on the left and right who...

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