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$8.5 billion doesn't get you a lot when it comes to replacing conventional energy with solar and wind. In the case of South Africa, one closed coal plant, and concerns that they may want to push delays in closing more farther down the timeline.
A Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) assessment finds that most government regulations of genetically engineered foods are a political solution in search of a scientific problem. Mutagenesis, for example, not only doesn't need 15 years of assessment and public comment, it is routinely certified "organic" - despite being created by chemical and radiation baths to force mutations until a beneficial one occurs. Meaning they are far less precise than modern technology like CRISPR-Cas9, GMOs, and RNAi, which governments politically allied activists all strangely call "GMOs" and proactively ban.
In 2014, under what politicians declared as pressure from the private sector and very much wanting the public to feel like government was showing 'leadership' in space issues, the 
European Space Agency told government employees to make an Ariane 6 rocket - but on a budget.

Which meant using mostly old stuff from Ariane 5. They gave it a generous 2020 launch target. 

It is 2023 and they are not even close. The price tag has already doubled. ESA, which is generally a lot more efficient than NASA in the US, got caught up in the political grift that adding new countries to the EU brings - everyone somehow wants more money back from the project than they put in, rather than just France and Germany getting the wealth.
EPA Administrator Michael Regan appeared before the House Committee on Agriculture, the first EPA head to do so since 2016, to defend the Biden administration's efforts to increase regulations on American farmers, including a Waters of the United States expansion to regulate ponds and streams for the third time in a decade.

Since Republicans currently hold the majority the chair seat is theirs but many on both sides are long-standing members, or have constituencies reliant on farming. I was not testifying or asking any questions so I watched from my office in California. I basically watched all of it so you don't have to do so.
After someone with mental health issues shoots up a business, the recurring theme from gun ban activists is to say it's a 'red' state problem. Meaning Republicans. And thus the NRA and everything democracy's oppose.

All fine, that's just politics, Republicans turn it around and note that if Democrats would stop shooting people, mass shootings would drop by 90 percent. The NRA notes their members haven't been involved in any of the mass of shooting ever. 
Last year, the Biden administration decided to boost the US wind sector by giving cheap leases to Democratic donors, much the same way the Obama administration did when they turned over 5,000,000 acres of federal land to produce ethanol.

The areas that career bureaucrats chose were the coasts of North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland and Delaware.
America is the world leader in science, yet we are also the world leader in organic food, supplements, the wellness industry, and prescription medication consumption.

One more recent bit of anti-science woo-based lumpiness is a new flavor of "endocrine disruption" homeopathy; adrenal fatigue. Do you have it? Like an astrology reading, everyone can recognize something that makes them think it's real, but it is just gibberish.

Ozempic, Wegovy, and Rybelsus are brand names for semaglutide, a hormone which stimulates insulin.

It's led to a lot of weight loss, despite the disclaimer that it is not for weight loss. It is for truly obese people, to help them get to a healthier weight because they feel like they lack impulse control, but it is being used by those who want to drop 10 or 15 lbs. before beach holidays.
Though there are routine claims that women only make 70 percent of what men do, that is a population-level statistic that isn't personally meaningful. Yes, in environmentalism women are grossly underpaid but in engineering there is no difference.

The reason it first became an abused and misused statistic is that men work outside the home more. They were making only slightly more per hour and when longevity was controlled for it was a difference that was only meaningful if you were being shorted.
Germany began to abandon nuclear energy after media hype due to a 2011 tsunami and resulting reactor meltdown in Japan. The United States was not immune, we had academics claiming they detected radiation on the west coast almost immediately.
Collagen supplements are a current fad, thanks to epidemiologists abusing statistics. No one is better at that than the Harvard TS Chan School of Public Health, the American 'Mecca of Woo.'  Hardly a week goes by without them endorsing some new miracle vegetable or diet, or trying to scare people about a trace chemical. 

Yet even Harvard notes that collagen is a useless supplement with no clinical trials, just industry marketing campaigns similar to organic food and coffee enemas.

The Chips and Science Act was passed last year because regulations and a hostile business client for any company not in the white collar 'service' business caused the US share of global semiconductor manufacturing to drop by half since 1990.
Acknowledging that states would have to "expend unrecoverable resources complying with a rule unlikely to withstand judicial scrutiny", U.S. District Court Judge Daniel Hovland has blocked the Biden administration's expansion of "Waters of the United States" control over farms using the Environmental Protection Agency. 

The actual Waters of the United States have long been protected, the new rule the Biden administration resurrected in December hopes to turn any body of water that can be linked to a larger body into something under federal - and therefore easily weaponized by environmental lawyers - control using the Clean Water Act.
The imagery of Millennials as employees is that they care more about vacation policy and how much the company promotes a social agenda than trading value for income. The imagery Gen Z as employees is that they just won't show up to work at all.

Both may feel superior to older generations, they may brag they are not slaves to their work, they have more balance, they can invoke a recession from 2008-2016 and then a pandemic in 2019, but the older generations are the older ones bankrolling their insouciance. A survey of 2,346 U.S. adults found that 68 percent of parents with adult children have bailed them out, often substantially.
In 1970, Denis Hayes, former student body president at Stanford and an avowed communist, was the driving force behind the first Earth Day, to help students protest what he called a collapsing environment. One that could only be saved by more centralized government control.

To make sure it had as much participation from students as possible he chose...a Wednesday in late April?
If you're a wealthy homeowner who wants a government handout paid for by the state's poorest consumers, you'd better get your solar panels ordered this week.

With $500 billion in unfunded liabilities, a $30 billion deficit just this year, and the nation's most expensive energy costs, the state is finally reducing subsidies that are paid for using added costs borne by everyone who couldn't afford solar panels. It's been an embarrassment for a decade but rich people pretended the money was coming from a magical place - "corporations."
Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a class of ~9,000 common chemicals that became popular as countries moved away from plastic. Like BPA, they keep food safe in ways that paper or metal cannot. Like BPA, they became a target of environmental lawyers because chemical names always sound scary to people who don't understand science.

Unlike BPA, this time lawyers won.(1) They got the Biden administration to create a regulation that had nothing to do with science. Instead, it seems to have been 'what is the lowest level that can be detected at all? and when the answer was 4 parts per trillion, EPA was told to use that. With that in place the Biden administration can now approve it and say 'the science is settled.'
A recent paper estimates that vertical wind shear over the North Atlantic has increased 15 percent during the last four decades - but it is hard to know how much because it's only since the 1980s that we've had accurate measurements, even of things like temperatures.

Models say climate change will lead to an increase in clear-air turbulence, invisible to both pilots and weather radar, and planes will be fine structurally but if you are moving about the cabin when it happens, you will get knocked around.
Mobile homes are only 6 percent of US housing, but they are a 6 percent overwhelmingly dominated by the poor and seniors on fixed incomes. When the Biden administration forced new regulations on the sector in 2022, the argument was that it would curb emissions and save poor people money.
A UK start-up named WNWN is making alternative chocolate using fermentation. Great, I am already a fan. If I had my way my full Easter meal would be GMOs just to stick it to anti-science hippies and the various trade groups they fund to tear down regular food.