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Concerns about the politicization of science and the regulatory process are not new. By pushing the boundaries of human knowledge, science can challenge prevailing norms and socio-economic relationships. The pursuit of fact can be difficult, but the benefits scientific advances have brought to human society are unquestioned.  Over the years, the Marshall Institute has sponsored activities that discuss the intersection of science and public policy generally as well as in the context of our focused programs.

Latest Science and Tech Articles

Obama’s Welcome Cyber Sanctions Plan Is Worth Expanding

On April 1, U.S. President Barack Obama signed an executive order expanding Washington’s ability to deter cyberattacks, by empowering the government to apply financial sanctions on hackers and companies overseas that benefit from cyber-espionage. The directive authorizes the secretary of the treasury, in consultation with the attorney general and secretary of state, to impose sanctions […]

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Proudly Honoring the Example of General George C. Marshall

On March 11, 2015, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) sent a letter to Dr. John B. Sheldon, Executive Director of the George C. Marshall Institute, asking how it is that our Institute is named after General George C. Marshall (1880-1959). Senator Whitehouse asked whether we had permission from the Marshall family to use the name of […]

Supreme Opportunity for a Supreme Correction

In 2007, the Supreme Court ruled that EPA had authority under the Clean Air Act to regulate CO2 as a pollutant.  It reached that conclusion even though Congress in the 1990 Amendments explicitly denied EPA that regulatory authority.  The Court also ignored the scientific facts that CO2 is a nutrient, has been much higher in […]

Through the Looking Glass Regulation

EPA’s mercury and air toxics regulation, indeed most of its recent regulations, takes on the appearance of Alice in Wonderland. As Humpty Dumpty said to Alice, “When I use a word, “it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less.” So it is with this regulation. The Clean Air Act […]

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