Trump administration must base policy on science – San Francisco Chronicle

There is a widespread, hardly unfounded, belief that government regulators and business are in perpetual, bitter conflict over regulations concerning environmental, food and drug, transportation and workplace safety. […] with the development of ever-tougher auto emissions standards and the growing market for “clean” vehicles, the U.S. auto industry could have kept up its long, tooth-and-nail fight against government regulations. Seeking regulatory certainty and recognizing the need to compete with cleaner, more efficient Japanese and European cars, as the Obama administration pushed to double fuel-efficiency standards and halve carbon-dioxide emissions, automakers worked with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the California Air Resources Board to hammer out new science-based regulations between 2009 and 2012. General Motors, Ford and Chrysler, under the aegis of the U.S. Council for Automotive Research, energy companies, and the U.S. Department of Energy, launched the U.S. Drive partnership in 2011 to accelerate development of clean, energy-efficient auto technology. During the last few years, the Food and Drug Administration and pharmaceutical companies have opened stronger lines of communication to better ensure the safety and expedite the approval of new drugs and medical devices, although conflicts still arise. Intended to help consumers choose foods that use mono or polyunsaturated fats and are high in vitamin and mineral content, the directive also enables manufacturers to appropriately use the popular “healthy” food label to market their products. Support from the National Institutes of Health has funded biomedical research that has led to life-saving and -enhancing drugs, procedures, technologies and processes brought to market by the private sector. […] Alexander Hamilton, as the first Treasury Secretary, famously created the government-sponsored, public-private Society for the Establishment of Useful Manufactures in New Jersey in 1791 to bring together inventors and entrepreneurs to harness water power for cotton mills to seed America’s fledgling manufacturing economy.

Source: Trump administration must base policy on science – San Francisco Chronicle

General Motors, Ford and Chrysler, under the aegis of the U.S. Council for Automotive Research, energy companies, and the U.S. Department of Energy, launched the U.S. Drive partnership in 2011 to accelerate development of clean, energy-efficient auto technology. Earlier, Detroit’s Big Three also joined the EPA and CARB as part of the Automobile Industry and Government Emissions Research consortium to more accurately measure emissions. The Commerce Department and five big energy companies signed on, pledging to minimize emissions and “enable the transition to a hydrogen transportation economy.”

During the last few years, the Food and Drug Administration and pharmaceutical companies have opened stronger lines of communication to better ensure the safety and expedite the approval of new drugs and medical devices, although conflicts still arise. And just this fall, the FDA announced guidance to better scientifically define what are nutritious foods. Intended to help consumers choose foods that use mono or polyunsaturated fats and are high in vitamin and mineral content, the directive also enables manufacturers to appropriately use the popular “healthy” food label to market their products.

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