Lawrence Solomon
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Lawrence Solomon, a columnist with the National Post, was formerly a columnist with the Globe and Mail, a contributor to the Wall Street Journal and publisher of the award-winning The Next City magazine. He is author or co-author of seven books, most recently The Deniers, a #1 environmental best seller in both Canada and the U.S.

In the late 1970's, he was an advisor to President Jimmy Carter's Task Force on Global Resources and Environment (the Global 2000 Report). Since 1980 he has directed Energy Probe Research Foundation, one of Canada's leading think tanks, where he has been at the forefront of movements to promote conservation and clean energy, to stop nuclear proliferation and nuclear power expansion, to reform health care, and to convert free roads to toll roads.

He is a Fellow of the Canadian Institute for Jewish Research and a founder of the World Rainforest Movement, Friends of the Earth Canada, and Lake Ontario Waterkeeper.

Mr. Solomon's 1982 model for electricity reform was adopted in the UK in 1989, leading to the demise of nuclear and coal power in the UK and its adoption of high efficiency natural gas technologies. His recommendations in the late 1980s and early 1990s for reforms in Ontario's natural gas sector contributed to an industry restructuring that yielded both economic and environmental benefits. His 1996 model for the satellite tolling of roads is being adopted in the U.S. and Singapore. He holds patents for toll road technology for the U.S., the EU, China, Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, Mexico, and Brazil.

Entries by Lawrence Solomon

Don't Rush To Hand Out the Ebola Vaccine

(29) Comments | Posted October 21, 2014 | 5:46 PM

An Ebola vaccine that protected us from this killer disease would be a godsend. But rushing a vaccine to widespread use, history has shown, could be tragic, not only by infecting the healthy but also by delaying the development of safe and effective vaccines.

In 1934 and 1935, two polio...

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More Parents in California Are Refusing to Vaccinate Their Kids

(253) Comments | Posted October 8, 2014 | 6:25 PM

Vaccine refusals are reaching epidemic proportions in many communities in the U.S., with large numbers of parents defying public health authorities by obtaining official government exemptions for their children. In California, the majority of children in dozens of schools obtained exemptions -- in some cases, 60 per cent, 70 per...

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Merck Has Some Explaining To Do Over Its MMR Vaccine Claims

(1081) Comments | Posted September 27, 2014 | 5:59 PM

Merck, the pharmaceutical giant, is facing a slew of controversies over its Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR) vaccine following numerous allegations of wrongdoing from different parties in the medical field, including two former Merck scientists-turned-whistleblowers. A third whistleblower, this one a scientist at the Centers for Disease Control, also promises to bring Merck...

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The Future of Vaccines Will Be Personalized

(0) Comments | Posted June 17, 2014 | 1:13 PM

Vaccines as we know them are on the way out. On the way in are personalized, precision vaccines, created through a new discipline called vaccinomics that promises to protect a higher proportion of the population at far lower cost and without the real and potential harms that mass...

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I'm No Anti-Vaxxer, But the Measles Vaccine Can't Prevent Outbreaks

(46) Comments | Posted June 4, 2014 | 12:16 PM

The recent outbreaks of measles in Canada and the United States came as a shock to many public health experts but they wouldn't have to Dr. Gregory Poland, one of the world's most admired, most advanced thinkers in the field of vaccinology.

The measles vaccine has failed, he explained two...

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Israel's Enemies Are Too Distracted To Worry About An Attack on Iran

(0) Comments | Posted February 14, 2014 | 12:28 PM

Because the U.S. acts only in its own best interest, Israel cannot count on the U.S. to remove the threat of a nuclear-armed Iran, either over the next few months in Geneva or later. So far, in the hope that the U.S. would come to its rescue or that the...

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The U.S. Won't Save Israel From Iran

(3) Comments | Posted February 13, 2014 | 7:43 AM

Many consider the Geneva negotiations over Iran to be a betrayal of Israel by America. Yes, it certainly is a betrayal. But is anyone really surprised?

It should surprise no one that President Barack Obama didn't have Israel's back -- he has too many personal associations with Israel-haters to...

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You May Be Better Off Without a Flu Shot

(1) Comments | Posted February 6, 2014 | 11:05 AM

"Doesn't matter. If it saves one life it is worth it. No down side to getting flu shot," Dr. Andy Baldwin tweeted me last week after I wrote that flu deaths were wildly exaggerated in my recent column, "Don't Believe Everything You Read About Flu Deaths."

Dr....

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Don't Believe Everything You Read About Flu Deaths

(31) Comments | Posted January 24, 2014 | 4:40 PM

Flu results in "about 250,000 to 500,000 yearly deaths" worldwide, Wikipedia tells us. "The typical estimate is 36,000 [deaths] a year in the United States," reports NBC, citing the Centers for Disease Control. "Somewhere between 4,000 and 8,000 Canadians a year die of influenza and its related complications, according to...

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Why Governments Want Health Care Workers To Stop Resisting Immunization

(21) Comments | Posted January 14, 2014 | 11:13 AM

To protect the population at large against diseases, public health authorities generally aim to immunize 90 to 95 per cent of the population. To the dismay of the authorities, however, one segment of the population is surprisingly resistant to getting the flu and other vaccines recommended for them...

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Why the Press Shouldn't Dismiss Vaccine Skeptics

(159) Comments | Posted January 6, 2014 | 10:44 AM

Those who question vaccination programs are kooks or quacks, the press repeatedly tells us. The Globe and Mail, CBS News, Mother Jones and even scientific journals like Nature label skeptics as "vaccination deniers," much as global warming skeptics are called "deniers."

Slate magazine, citing the...

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Christianity's Savior in the Middle East -- Israel

(20) Comments | Posted December 23, 2013 | 4:32 PM

With one exception, Christians throughout the countries of the Middle East are at risk or on the run, their churches burned, their property expropriated, their personal safety in peril from thugs intent on beatings, rapes, and murders.

The one exception -- where Christians flee to rather than from, where...

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Why Humans Don't Have Much To Do With Climate Change

(93) Comments | Posted December 9, 2013 | 5:27 PM

Will temperatures on Earth be dropping until the year 2100 to Little Ice Age levels, as Horst-Joachim Lüdecke, a scientist at Germany's Saarland University, predicted last week? Or will the temperatures only plunge until 2060, as Habibullo Abdussamatov, the head of Russia's Pulkovo Observatory, recently predicted?...

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