One would expect European policy to promote jobs and competitiveness. But when most of the people influencing policy in Brussels have never worked in a company that makes things or provides services (and considers corporations as vulgar and immoral), should we be surprised that regulators are unable to push balanced job-growth policies?
We have been told, repeatedly, for two decades that climate change is happening, it is man-made and if we don’t change soon, consequences will be catastrophic (if it hasn’t already started). Evidence though shows 16 years of flat global mean temperature, and a failure in climate models whose predictions were deemed 95% certain. Still authorities are certain. The Risk-Monger begins a series of blogs on the commonality policy crisis with a simple question: How stupid are we?
Tags: activism, European Environment Agency, Late Lessons from Early Warnings 2, precaution, precautionary principle
It is time for the European Environment Agency (EEA) to get serious and not let their activist dogma guide their publicly funded “research”. In their second version of Late Lessons from Early Warnings (Chapter 2), the EEA pretended to address the issue of precautionary false positives – where decisions taken for precautionary reasons have led [...]
The Risk-Monger attended an event in Brussels on proposals for EU shale gas regulation. He was expecting to sit back and enjoy some serious stakeholder mud wrestling. But it seemed like nobody really cared except for the small anti-shale environmental groups. This lobbyist vacuum frightened the Risk-Monger.
Bjørn Lomborg shows how environmental activist groups like Greenpeace have held up trials on Golden Rice for twelve years for no good reason, arguing they should be held in part responsible for the loss of around eight million lives in that time from vitamin A deficiency. The Risk-Monger has a problem with a basic premise underlying Lomborg’s conclusion: that to blame NGO activists, you would have to assume that these campaigners are in some way responsible for their actions.
Late Lessons from Early Warnings II: How the EEA is trying to disguise environmental activism as science
Tags: European Environment Agency, Late Lessons from Early Warnings 2, precautionary principle
The European Environment Agency released the second tomb of Late Lessons from Early Warnings last week. It appears that this EU Agency is continuing its campaigning and activism for the precautionary principle as a means to attack European research and industry. What makes these relentless activists even more troubling is that, in Late Lessons II, they are pretending to be scientists.
Mark Lynas, one of the principal strategists and drivers behind the environmental activism against GMOs, admitted that the anti-GMO campaigns he had led were not science-based, often anecdotal, and counter-productive. His recognition of the facts on GMOs, his regret for the anti-science tactics NGOs had used and his sincere apology exhibit an integrity rarely seen today.
Like many, I am still in shock that Italian courts have handed out six-year prison sentences to the six seismologists and one official for giving inadequate advice to the residents of L’Aquila days prior to the 6.3 magnitude earthquake that killed 309 people on 6 April 2009. The Italian courts stated that the scientific committee [...]
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