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The uncomfortably high number of bee deaths is alarming, but reckless calls for action without definitive scientific evidence could result in precipitous regulations.

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A Pavlovian climate dog barks.

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Working on an economic story today? Here’s the latest from AEI experts on today’s economic stories.

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The sand excavators in Oklahoma and peasants in a few western states in India would be affected more by a prolonged spell of very low oil prices than would be Putin or the Persian Gulf states.

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On a scale of one to ten, how dangerous is Putin? Desmond Lachman says, “Nine.” He’s no delirious fool.

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This weekend, Republican presidential candidates will gather at the Iowa Agricultural Summit and be confronted with a difficult choice: Will they risk support among Iowan corn and soybean farmers by opposing wasteful agricultural subsidies?

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Given the benefits of increased North American production exemplified by Keystone XL, this issue will loom large in 2016’s presidential campaigns. And there lies Mrs. Clinton’s dilemma.

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If American political leaders turn the nation’s increased energy production into power, the United States will have good strategic options to deal with any new Chinese challenge. This strength is the safest, best way to persuade China to choose comity over rivalry.

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The more you intertwine business and government, the more opportunities you create for cronyism. And green energy is fertile ground for such problems.

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The score after a decade: Kyoto Protocol 9, Climate Deniers 0.

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