The Biggest Junk Science of 2018


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9. Electricity Customers Complain About Dangers From Wireless "Smart Meters." Utilities across the country are installing "smart meters" in millions of homes in order to futurize America's aging electrical grid, but in North Carolina, thousands of people claimed "sensitivity" to radio-frequency waves was giving them headaches, ear-ringing, and "brain fog." Such sensitivity to smart meters is not realistic according to the laws of physics, a fact recognized by the American Cancer Society, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Food and Drug Administration, and the National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences. Nevertheless, North Carolinians are now permitted to opt out of their smart meters thanks to a decision made this summer by the N.C. Utilities Commission.

5. In California, Coffee Is a Carcinogen. Coffee contains a tiny amount of the chemical acrylamide (on average, a half a millionth of a gram in a cup of roasted coffee). Based mostly on animal and in vitro studies, acrylamide has been found to be a potential risk factor for cancer in very high doses. Therefore coffee causes cancer and requires a warning label. Such was the apparent logic of California Superior Court Judge Elihu Berle in a ruling this past spring. Scientists and experts almost universally decried the move as a gross overextension of the precautionary principle, but to no avail. Coffee is immensely unlikely to cause cancer, but in California, the popular drink now comes accompanied by a scary and misleading warning label.

3. The Trump Administration Still Denies Climate Change. It is perfectly acceptable to disagree on policies related to climate change. It is also acceptable to critique climate models as well as some of the more outlandish, alarmist claims about global warming. What is not acceptable, however, is to deny the increasingly obvious fact that the climate is changing and humans are responsible. Yet that is exactly what the Trump Administration is doing through misrepresentation and obfuscation. In November, the administration tried to bury a damning government report outlining the potential perils and immense costs of climate change. Afterwards, Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders spouted myriad mistruths when questioned about the scientific assessment. A couple weeks later, the U.S. joined with Russia, Saudi Arabia, and Kuwait in refusing to endorse an IPCC report on climate change. Denial of reality on this level is tantamount to charlatanism. Science and evidence must be adhered to at the federal government if the U.S. is to prosper.

The Biggest Junk Science of 2018

I am going to question # 9 and 3 ...


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the increasingly obvious fact that the climate is changing and humans are responsible.
...and yet some very credible science has shown that if we returned to an environmental imprint about equal to our stone age presence...the impact on climate changes would be negligible, if any.

Weird stuff. :coffee: