Ronald Bailey

Ronald Bailey Talks Designer Kids, Paris Climate Agreement, and More on Federalist Radio

Host Ben Domenech also asks about deregulation at the FDA and EPA.

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Ronald Bailey

At a new Federalist Radio podcast, host Ben Domenech and I discuss Trump's science policies, the ethics of designer babies, alcohol regulations, and more.

Does Trump withdrawing from the Paris Climate Accord have any tangible effects? "With regard to greenhouse gases in the United States, it was practically irrelevant," I claim. "The clean power plan is not what destroyed the coal industry. What destroyed the coal industry is fracking."

I point out that however onerous Obama's clean power plan would have been (its provisions had not yet been implemented, due to a Supreme Court injunction), the real enemy of coal is cheap fracked natural gas. No matter how much the president loves miners, most of those jobs are gone forever.

The U.S. power sector is likely to cut its carbon dioxide emissions by about 32 percent even without the clean power plan, given the price trends for natural gas and renewable energy technologies, as I reported last week. A new analysis from the Rhodium Group consultancy bolsters those earlier conclusions: "Our current projections put power sector CO2 emissions 27% to 35% below 2005 levels."

I also argue that the folks who want to ban the gene-editing kids are calling for something akin to state-imposed eugenics. Progressive Era eugenicists used government power, via nonconsensual sterilizations, to forcibly prevent parents from passing on traits deemed deleterious. Now, 21st century eugenicists want the government to require people to risk passing along genes that the parents think are deleterious. In both cases, the state is empowered to decide what sorts of people may be born.

Go here to listen to the discussion.

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12 responses to “Ronald Bailey Talks Designer Kids, Paris Climate Agreement, and More on Federalist Radio

  1. I’m not familiar with it enough to know if it’s conspiracy theory or not. Does fracking affect earthquakes?

    1. Fracking no. Wastewater disposal probably a little depending on the location.

  2. I have several questions about that picture.

  3. I got to pet a cheetah once, a long time ago. I was surprised at how the hair was coarse instead of soft.

    1. Of coarse you were.

      1. You need to go softer on the retorts.

  4. Progressive Era eugenicists used government power, via nonconsensual sterilizations, to forcibly prevent parents from passing on traits deemed deleterious. Now, 21st century eugenicists want the government to require people to risk passing along genes that the parents think are deleterious. In both cases, the state is empowered to decide what sorts of people may be born.

    These are the same people who created the minimum wage to keep undesirables unemployed, who now tout it as a tool to help the poor.

    1. If various deleterious genes (“deaf, dumb, and crazy, blind, lame, and lazy” as they used to say in the old days) were fixed, per the wishes of the parents, then ten zillion Government Almighty nannies, ninnies, and therapyataputrid hangers-on would have to go and get real jobs!

      So, for the sake of “diversity”, we must be FORCED to create more “deaf, dumb, and crazy, blind, lame, and lazy” offspring! (Or at least, we must be FORCED to NOT correct the root causes).

      WHY it is that the “powers that be” do NOT volunteer to take mutagenic chemicals or radiation over-doses, so that THEY can produce (or be) part of the “diversity” arising from more “deaf, dumb, and crazy, blind, lame, and lazy”? I just do NOT know!

      1. What’s interesting is that this is a legitimate battle in both the deaf community and the autism community.

        1. It’s not a “legitimate battle” in the eyes of taxpayers who are endlessly dragooned into paying for all the “therapy” for these “diverse” folks!

          Soon, we will be able to order up shelf-loads of genetically engineered “diverse” vegetable-babies who need watered (the parents are qualified to do that, with some “expert” coaching and some subsidies) and therapy-ized 5 times a day (only the “experts” are qualified for that). The therapists will make a killing, and a few in-home-care dollars will keep the parents happy. On the street, they will be known as “stir-fry veggies”, and become a regular source of income.

          Don’t say I didn’t warn you!!!

  5. The requirement that dispatchable power back-up non-dispatchable power to make sure electricity is there when needed is not a luxury, but a necessity. The more that non-dispatchable power is used, the more the electrical system requires investments in dispatchable generation forms to back up its increased use. Government policies that promote the use of non-dispatchable power are equivalent to requiring consumers to buy and care for two vehicles: one that works when you need it and another that works when it feels like it. The hidden costs of non-dispatchable power are substantial and should not be overlooked as part of the public policy discussion.

    1. (Cont.)

      rapidly declining wind and solar costs and a multi-year extension of the PTC and ITC have driven aggressive renewable energy deployment, and many coal-fired power plants have been retired.

      Ah, the free market.

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