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Dan Farber: Disaster Management

The Trump Administration’s bungling of the coronavirus pandemic surely should feature in management textbooks. Just about everything that could go wrong, did go wrong. Some of the problems derived from having a top manager who was fundamentally indifferent  and seemingly incapable of grasping basic facts. But other problems were due to inability to manage the […]

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Dan Farber: For U.S. Climate Policy, It’s Oct. 2016 All Over Again

October 8, 2020 – Four years ago this week, I wrote about environmental stakes in the presidential election. The environmental stakes are equally high this time. If anything, Trump’s rollbacks of environmental regulations have been more thorough and severe than anticipated.  He has also worked hard to open up federal lands and waters to more drilling and […]

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Dan Farber: Herd Immunity

September 1, 2020 – “Herd immunity” seems to be gaining ground in the White House as a coronavirus strategy. The idea is to protect the vulnerable population, while letting the virus run its course among the rest.  The disease then dies out because so many people are immune.  What could possibly go wrong? In theory, this idea […]

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Dan Farber: Trump’s Legal Challenges to California’s Car Deal

September 10, 2019 – Prompting rage by President Trump, California and several carmakers entered a voluntary agreement on carbon emissions from new cars that blew past the Administration’s efforts to repeal existing federal requirements. Last week, the Trump Administration slapped back at California. Although there’s been a lot of editorializing about that response, I’ve seen very little […]

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Dan Farber: Politicizing Science

Oct. 6, 2017 – We knew about the Administration’s disdain for scientific evidence from the beginning but the situation has only continued to deteriorate.  The campaign against objective science is now becoming embedded within the government.  Far more than its predecessors, the Administration has embarked on a campaign to impose political control on science within […]

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Dan Farber: Our Broken Flood Insurance System

September 7, 2017 – When people have gotten past the emergency of Hurricane Harvey, thoughts will turn to rebuilding. That requires money.  Some of it may come in direct grants from the federal government, but flood insurance is the core source of funding for many people.  Private insurance policies generally exclude flooding, so the main […]