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When you cross the state line into California, your risk of cancer immediately quadruples. We know this because of all the warning signs. From coffee shops and airports to Disneyland and even oncology wards, the entire State of California is carcinogenic. It needs an aura cleansing.

To understand anything that happens in the Golden State, you first must accept the sort of logic that only applies in Bizarro World. For example, coffee causes cancer in California, even though scientists say it protects against...

The California Energy Commission just voted unanimously to require new homes to be constructed with solar panels. Amazingly, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), a trade organization, openly bragged about manipulating the government to force new homes to be equipped with solar panels.

"One of the more amazing things in environmental policy is how brazen solar advocates are when bragging about cronyist regulations that line their own pockets," Todd Myers wrote in a tweet. Mr. Myers, who serves as environmental director at a free market think-tank called the Washington Policy Center, is absolutely...

Measles, which still kills about 90,000 people around the world every year, isn't the only microbe making a comeback. Rotavirus could too, a bug that causes diarrhea and kills around 200,000 children under the age of five.

The CDC immunization schedule recommends that babies receive their first dose of rotavirus vaccine at the age of two months. However, only about 73% of American children have completed all doses. Once again, we are flirting with a preventable disaster....

A judge in California is going to determine whether or not coffee causes cancer.

Think about that. We live in a society where judges and lawyers -- not medical doctors, scientists, or even a group of really clever AP biology high school students -- get to determine the credibility of biomedical research. The stakes are high: If coffee is deemed carcinogenic, then the State of California will be required to give up all pretense at common sense and sanity.

To give just a small flavor of the level of insanity California has reached, attorney Raphael Metzger and his group's trial lawyer NGO Council for Education and Research on Toxics (CERT - founded by U.C. Berkeley Professor Martyn...

i_love_vaccines_t_shirts-rcc3bcf37b21247b9845621ed86a9e63d_804gy_1024Given the recent dubious responses by some GOP presidential candidates on the issue of vaccine safety, you would think the outlook on the topic would be bleak. But there's some good news on the vaccine front!

You may remember California bill SB 277, the bill that removed non-medical exemptions from school vaccine requirements in the state. Dr. Richard Pan, the state senator who sponsored the measure,...

downloadWe ve been avidly following the progress of California s vaccine law (see here and here) and we are pleased to note that it is slated to take effect in 2016. But it will be challenged, of course by dedicated anti-vaxxers, unwilling to abide by the clear legislative vote last month. As noted in a recent perspectives essay in the ...

California FlagCalifornia gets a lot of criticism from us for often not being on the side of science. But in the past few months, they ve done some serious good for the public health.

In April, a California Senate committee voted not to pass SB 203, which would have required soda companies to print warning labels about the sugar content of their beverages. Such a policy would confusingly target sodas, sports drinks, and energy drinks, however it would not require a label for other beverages high in...

Even DumberAs we just noted, California has finally eliminated its philosophical vaccine exemption. Until now it had been among the 20 states allowing parents to, in essence, evade getting their kids vaccinated against childhood contagions by simply signing a form. The recent measles epidemic, centered in Disneyland, finally convinced science-challenged legislators that mandating these vaccinations would prevent, to a great extent, future such episodes. They and Gov. Jerry Brown were also convinced via expert testimony that these...

HPV vaccine one-shot now!Although it may seem that when California legislators and governors relate to public health they get it wrong (for example with Proposition 65), but sometimes they really do the right thing. As for example, with vaccinations. The California legislature has passed a law removing the option for parents to refuse vaccinating their kids for philosophical...

Nuclear-Power-300x200An op-ed in Forbes.com by James Conca notes the benefits of nuclear power in helping to ameliorate, to some extent, the disastrous drought now gripping California (and to a lesser extent, Oregon and Washington). Specifically, he notes the nuclear reactor at Diablo Canyon s supply of energy to the desalinization plant nearby as key in helping to provide desperately needed fresh water to the region. (The author is a consultant with specialties in environmental science and...