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There isn't a fringe movement that Robert F. Kennedy, Jr doesn't like. He appears to subscribe to conspiracy theories involving the assassination of his uncle, JFK. Along with Bill Maher, he is one of the most prominent anti-vaxxers in America. He went so far as to compare vaccine manufacturers to Big Tobacco. Now, Mr Kennedy is...

SupplementsYet another evidence-based study continues the drumbeat of alarms regarding potential risks of "dietary-nutritional supplements." Our nation has a craving for these products despite the dangers of them. The problem is further accentuated by America's lax-to-nonexistent regulation.

Published in the current New England Journal of Medicine, entitled "ER Visits for Adverse Events Related to Dietary Supplements," researchers from the CDC and the FDA (led by Drs. Andrew Geller and Beverly Wolpert) analyzed...

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It used to be that cleaner energy was something that environmental lobbyists pretended to care about, at least when it came to raising money. Greenpeace, NRDC, you name it, they all put some kind of "alternative" energy in their tool chest of ways to get their hundreds and hundreds of millions of dollars in the bank.

Of course, they never actually built anything to help us get clean energy, just like they don't do any science and instead criticize those who know what they're talking about...

Not Gonna HappenTrue enough: 70 years ago saw the world's only wartime use of nuclear weapons, when the USA dropped the devastating weapons on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, leading directly to the end of WWII. Reminiscences and cautionary tales abounded over the past week, and why not? No one wants to see such destructive power ever used again, anywhere. Hundreds of thousands of Japanese, overwhelmingly civilians, perished within seconds of the detonations on the 6th and 9th of August, 1945 (respectively), and many more over the course of the subsequent...

Fracked well at sunsetThe Obama administration issued rules for hydraulic fracturing (fracking) on federal land on Friday, which were met with criticism from both sides of the issue.

The Bureau of Land Management said drillers on federal lands must disclose the chemicals they use, as well as reinforce boreholes to prevent water leakage. Energy companies must also submit detailed information about proposed operations.

Almost immediately after the regulations were announced, the Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA) and Western Energy Alliance filed a lawsuit on grounds that the proposed rules...

Hydrofracking.47c1aabdIn an op-ed piece in the blog City and State, upstate Republican Congressman Chris Collins calls upon Gov. Andrew Cuomo to finally stop dithering about allowing high-volume hydraulic fracturing of shale to recover entrapped fossil fuels (fracking), mainly natural gas, in New York State. In his essay entitled, New York: Site of America s Next Energy Boom?, Rep. Collins puts it to Gov. Cuomo in no uncertain terms:

Fracking is not new, but...

Nuclear-Power-300x200ACSH advisor Dr. Jerry Cuttler, an independent consultant based in Toronto, has been carrying on an almost solitary crusade to de-mythologize and tether to actual evidence the widespread fears and regulatory hyper-precaution concerning ionizing radiation and nuclear power. His recent talk at the VII International School on Nuclear Power, National Centre for Nuclear Research, in Warsaw Poland, was entitled Radiation effects on humans and organisms, and...

Hydraulic FracturingA relatively minor footnote to the major election news last Tuesday occurred in a small college town in the vast oil and gas region known as the Barnett Shale. Not far from Dallas, Denton TX is known in some circles as the birthplace of the technology known by cognoscenti as high-volume hydraulic fracturing of shale to release and collect the entrapped natural gas and other fossil fuels. This method is more commonly known as fracking, an unfortunate choice of terminology that lends itself all-too-well to ridicule and condemnation based on...well, based on its name, mainly, and to a litany of concerns...

Nuclear-Power-300x200A few days ago, Forbes.com contributor James Conca penned an essay asking this cogent question:

Why don t politicians ever talk about nuclear energy? ¦[T]here is no serious political discussion about nuclear power. And when there is, it s all fear and doom, contrary to reality.

He mentions a relatively new group of current and former officials, including former EPA Administrator Carol...

Fracked well at sunsetA dedicated band of anti-fracking activists has organized the common folk of Denton, TX a town not far from Dallas-Ft. Worth, sitting nearly astride the Barnett Shale field, the largest developed shale gas area in the U.S. for an up-or-down vote on whether to allow fracking there.

So how did this come to pass, in the heartland of fossil fuels since well, since fossil fuels were invented. Denton is a town of about 130,000 folks, but it s in essence a college town and...