Trump fuel economy rollback is based on misleading and shoddy calculations, study finds

Collection of several articles and scientific research analysis.

The Trump Administration on August 2, 2018, released a proposal to freeze model year vehicle greenhouse gas (GHG) and fuel economy standards at model year 2020 levels through model year 2026, while taking comment on a range of alternatives.

Trump fuel economy rollback is based on misleading and shoddy calculations, study finds

Los Angeles Times
The Trump administration’s plan to roll back vehicle fuel economy standards is based .... While acknowledging it would increase oil consumption, air pollution and planet-warming emissions, they argued that tough fuel ….

Nov 15, 2017 – Southern California smog worsened for a second straight year in the … Throughvehicle emissions rules, clean-fuel standards and other …In California, air pollution is regulated by state and localagencies and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. …

Corporate average fuel economy – Wikipedia

Environmental policy of the Donald Trump administration – Wikipedia
Flawed analyses of U.S. auto fuel economy standards

Science 07 Dec 2018:
Vol. 362, Issue 6419, pp. 1119-1121
DOI: 10.1126/science.aav1458
See research article for references


LA Times

Left-Center Bias with High Factual ratings


Least Biased with High Factual Reporting ratings


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A Chinese scientist says he edited babies’ genes. What are the rights of the genetically modified child?

He Jiankui, a Chinese researcher, spoke at a conference on human genome editing in Hong Kong in November and claimed to have helped make the world’s first gene-edited babies. (Kin Cheung/AP)

With the claim that the first gene-edited babies have already been born in China, a science fiction has become a political fact. And the world needs to consider how these children might be treated.

In July 2018, the Nuffield Bioethics Councilpointed out that there is “no international treaty of general application” designated for the “direct” regulation of the human genome or its modification. It called for governments to work within extant “international human rights institutions such as the Council of Europe and UNESCO” to foster robust public discussion and international governance for genome editing. It recommended that governments create an “international Declaration” affirming that “people whose genomes have been edited should be entitled to the full enjoyment of human rights.”

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Public deserves clarity from Ottawa on collapse of money-laundering case, says B.C. official

DECEMBER 3, 2018
Article archived below.

Concerning news about Corporate and Financial Crime prosecutions getting dropped in BC related to fentanyl and opioid crisis. Other investigations stalled, dropped or not even starting due to lack of funding and resources for the RCMP. Similar issues in Manitoba and elsewhere in Canada.

Important details missed that help understand part of why this has occured.

They are saying the cause in this latest dropped prosecution is due to RCMP and its Corporate Crimes Units being under funded and staffed. This not the first time we are hearing this.

Early on in the Harper Conservatives they raised funding for RCMP and municipal police services across Canada to hire hundreds of officers as part of their tough on crime agenda.

When oil and gas prices were at record highs along with royalties they didn’t created any contingency or reserve funds as some other oil producing countries had. They also allowed Billions of dollars in tax breaks and slack regulations for the industry to boost royalties even with record profits.

When oil and gas prices tumbled and recession hit they decided to cut back the funding of police, conservation, the sciences and other services and investments instead of reigning in out of control bureaucracy and other fiscal mismanagement.

This left the RCMP and other police services no choice but to lay off officers or cut services. Many elected officials see cutting officers at career ending and police unions added even more pressure often with false and misleading stats. Many decided to put more priority into dial on demand revenue collection (traffic enforcement) to try and fill the gap.

This has resulted in officers from community support and other important units diverted or asked to volunteer for OT on traffic duty (pensionable with the Winnipeg Police Service). At least MPI and ICBC public auto insurance diverting Millions of dollars from overcharging for “safety” initatives instead of refunding as their legislated monopoly. This has allowed serious crime violent, property, corporate and financial crime to remain higher than it could be plus increase in Winnipeg and a few other cities.


Vancouver: The City That Had Too Much Money – Bloomberg Quint

How the opioid crisis was created and fueled

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Health-care reform in Canada is coming one way or another

Joe Raedle / PNG
Winnipeg Sun
December 1, 2018
Opinion Columnists


“Canada spends more as a share of the economy (after adjusting for differences in demographics) than every other country except Switzerland, France and Norway.

If that spending translated to top performance, Canadians might be frustrated with the cost but not the service. But Canada generally ranks modest to poor on most measures. On the availability of doctors, we rank 26th of 28 countries, and 25th of 26 countries on the availability of acute care beds. And when it comes to access to medical technology, we rank 22nd of 27 countries on MRIs and 21st of 27 countries on CT scanners.”

The system’s weak performance, rising costs, shifting demographics and a court challenge will all drive change.

Full article here or archived below

Health-care reform in Canada is coming one way or another


“I have personally observed my patients suffering mentally and physically while they waited for medically necessary surgeries at public hospitals.”
Updated: September 19, 2018
Laura Kane, The Canadian Press
November 23, 2018

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Bitcoin’s fall could just be getting started

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Holocaust: Dutch rail firm NS to pay families compensation – BBC News

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Bitcoin tanks

I had some friends ask about my thoughts about investing in bitcoin when one was at around $15k. I had not traded directly even in equities for years but knew it was very volatile and high risk. It had been used in some questionable transactions, was at higher risk of fraud but more online businesses were starting to accept it. Many banks and credit cards were not supporting it or stopped and only a few exchanges trading it.

I shared this and they still seemed keen try buying a bit do I said if you had money to burn and were following it they will find out if it was a good idea or not in time. Not sure if they sold at the peak. I am sure many people did and many left out of pocket unless it climbs again. I guess time will tell.

I noticed they now have a Bitcoin ATM at the Marion hotel in Winnipeg. First I have seen anywhere. My first thoughts were that the Marion has a lot of Biker’s for customers and they have a reputation of being rebels. Turns out there is several in Winnipeg with some only buying and fees up to 9.9%.

If interested here is am article that talks about crypto currency and DApps (Decentralized Apps / Internet) and compares growth to past internet growth.

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