Ronald Bailey

Science Correspondent, Reason magazine

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Science correspondent for Reason Magazine, a publication of the Reason Foundation, and author of Global Warming and Other Eco-Myths: How the Environmental Movement Uses False Science to Scare Us to Death

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It could be months before  BP  can stop the gusher of oil. Beaches, marshes and wildlife are threatened in the Gulf of Mexico, along with traditional lifestyles.

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It could be months before BP can stop the gusher of oil. Beaches, marshes and wildlife are threatened in the Gulf of Mexico, along with traditional lifestyles.

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Federal law requires comprehensive reports on global warming every four years.

Global Warming and the Energy Bill

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