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Rachel's Precaution Reporter #34

"Foresight and Precaution, in the News and in the World"

Wednesday, April 19, 2006............Printer-friendly version
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U.S. Chamber of Commerce Comes Out Against Precaution
  In case you had any doubt about the relationship of risk assessment
  to the precautionary principle, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's
  position should make it clear. The Chamber says its objective is to
  "Ensure that regulatory decisions are based on scientifically sound
  and technically rigorous risk assessments, and oppose the adoption of
  the precautionary principle as the basis for regulation."
Exploiting Scientific Uncertainty for Fun and Profit
  "What appears at first blush to be good government reform is in
  fact a backdoor attempt to undermine existing environmental laws. If
  this is successful, the uncertainty manufactured by polluters will be
  written into federal risk assessments, providing the justification to
  weaken public health protection."
The Reverend Sun Myung Moon's Campaign Against Precaution
  The Reverend Sun Myung Moon's Unification Church, headquartered
  in South Korea, owns the Washington Times, an ultra-right wing voice
  inside Washington, D.C. and indeed inside the White House. The
  Reverend Mr. Moon -- who in 2004 declared himself the reincarnation
  of Jesus Christ -- has decided that the precautionary principle is
  evil, and he has recruited a team of writers who attack precaution
  relentlessly. Stanford University's professor Henry Miller seems to be
  a pawn in the Reverend Mr. Moon's game.


  Rachel's Precaution Reporter offers news, views and practical
  examples of the Precautionary Principle, or Foresight Principle, in
  action. The Precautionary Principle is a modern way of making
  decisions, to minimize harm. Rachel's Precaution Reporter tries to
  answer such questions as, Why do we need the precautionary
  principle? Who is using precaution? Who is opposing precaution?

  We often include attacks on the precautionary principle because we  
  believe it is essential for advocates of precaution to know what
  their adversaries are saying, just as abolitionists in 1830 needed
  to know the arguments used by slaveholders.

  Rachel's Precaution Reporter is published as often as necessary to
  provide readers with up-to-date coverage of the subject.

  As you come across stories that illustrate the precautionary 
  principle -- or the need for the precautionary principle -- 
  please Email them to us at rpr@rachel.org.

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