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Ronald Bailey is the award-winning science correspondent for Reason magazine and Reason.com, where he writes a weekly science and technology column.
Bailey is the author of the book Liberation Biology: The Moral and Scientific Case for the Biotech Revolution (Prometheus, 2005), and his work was featured in The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2004.
In 2006, Bailey was shortlisted by the editors of Nature Biotechnology as one of the personalities who have made the "most significant contributions" to biotechnology in the last 10 years.
From 1987 to 1990, Bailey was a staff writer for Forbes magazine, covering economic, scientific and business topics. His articles and reviews have appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Commentary, The Public Interest, Smithsonian, TechCentralStation, National Review, Reader's Digest and many other publications.
Prior to joining Reason in 1997, Bailey produced several weekly national public television series including Think Tank and TechnoPolitics, as well as several documentaries for PBS television and ABC News. In 1993, he was the Warren T. Brookes Fellow in Environmental Journalism at the Competitive Enterprise Institute.
Bailey won a 2004 Southern California Journalism Award for best magazine feature for his story, "The Battle For Your Brain," which delved into the ethical and political conflicts over new brain enhancement technologies. In 2005, Bailey won a first place Southern California Journalism Award for best online commentary for his series on creationism, "Creation Summer Camp."
Bailey is the editor of several books, including Global Warming and Other Eco-Myths: How the Environmental Movement Uses False Science to Scare Us to Death (Prima Publishing, 2002), Earth Report 2000: Revisiting The True State of The Planet (McGraw Hill, 1999), and The True State of the Planet (The Free Press, 1995). He is the author of ECOSCAM: The False Prophets of Ecological Apocalypse (St. Martins Press, 1993).
Bailey has appeared on numerous television and radio programs, including the NBC Nightly News, PBS' Newshour, several National Public Radio programs, and various C-SPAN programs. He has lectured at Harvard University, Yale University, Morehouse University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Rutgers University, the University of Virginia, and many other places.
In 2004, Bailey testified before a congressional committee on "The Impact of Science on Public Policy."
He is a member of the Society of Environmental Journalists and the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities.
Bailey lives in Washington, D.C., and Charlottesville, Virginia, with his wife Pamela.
- Rare Earth Ruckus
Are we at the mercy of China's mercantilist mandarins?
November 23, 2010
- Let Ethanol Subsidies Die
A policy that free marketeers and militant greens can agree on
November 16, 2010
- Can the Climate Be Fixed?
A new book offers a clear-eyed view of the technological and economic magnitude of addressing climate change.
November 9, 2010
- The Science of Libertarian Morality
A new social psychology study explores the moral formation of the libertarian personality.
November 2, 2010
- Will a Republican Congress Knock Science Back Into the Stone Age?
Predicting the effect of a victory for the G.O.P. "know-nothing flat-earthers" on science policy
October 26, 2010
- The Eternal Return of Overpopulation
Getting the cause of high fertility backwards.
October 19, 2010
- Regulating Personal Genomics to Death
The FDA threat to direct to consumer genetic testing.
October 12, 2010
- From Yuck to Yippee!
What this year's Nobel Prize for a test tube baby pioneer tells us about the moral endorsement of technology.
October 5, 2010
- Revving Up Electric Cars With Government Cash
We'll never know if the electric car industry would have been viable without subsidies.
September 28, 2010
- The Bioethanol Binge
Fuel made from corn is expensive, inefficient—and undrinkable.
September 21, 2010
- Burning Money to Turn Coal into Gas
In which Science Correspondent Ronald Bailey confesses to his role as a petty Igor to Jimmy Carter's energy-regulating Dr. Frankenstein.
September 17, 2010
- Wind Turbines Are Beautiful
...but a tad expensive.
September 14, 2010
- Is Gassing Wolf Pups Better Than Hunting Their Parents?
Environmentalists force a tough choice in the Northern Rockies.
September 7, 2010
- Gas Prices Explained
Solving the deep mystery of gasoline price fluctuations
August 31, 2010
- Egg Recall Hatches More Regulations
More FDA regulations don't always mean greater food safety.
August 24, 2010
- Biotech Beets Banned
Beet ban will hurt farmers while strengthening massive seed monopolies
August 17, 2010
- Invasion of the Invasive Species!
Local biodiversity is increasing.
August 10, 2010
- Citizen Science, Microfinanced Research, Patent Trolls, and Pharma Prizes
A final dispatch from the Open Science Summit.
August 3, 2010
- Scenes from the Open Science Summit
Ronald Bailey's first dispatch from the conference that aims to launch Enlightenment 2.0
July 30, 2010
- A Genetic Testing Dupe?
The government says I am being misled by useless information about my genes. I disagree.
July 27, 2010
- Got Environmental Problems? Think Government.
Foreign Policy identifies true environmental catastrophes, but misses the main cause.
July 20, 2010
- Forcing Consumers to Buy Renewable Energy
Congress pretends to solve an energy crisis
July 13, 2010
- Sustainability Semantics
John Locke, the U.N., and how to figure out if an acre of land would rather be a swamp or a cornfield
July 6, 2010
- Scientific Consensus Redux
Looking back, it turns out that a lot of scientific consensuses were wrong.
June 29, 2010
- Who’s Liable for the Gulf Oil Spill? You Are.
Government failure and the Gulf oil spill catastrophe
June 15, 2010
- The Talking Cure for the Tragedy of the Commons
Bad things happen when governments keep people from cutting their own deals on resource management
June 8, 2010
- Do Liberals Suffer from Arrested Moral Development?
What 10-year-olds and liberals have in common.
June 1, 2010
- Who's Afraid of Synthetic Biology?
Don't let fears about frankenmicrobes halt promising research.
May 25, 2010
- The Kerry-Lieberman Scheme for Carbon Rationing
The American Power Act will raise energy prices, reduce incomes, cut jobs, and do precious little about climate change.
May 18, 2010
- The Wrong Kind of Toyotathon
The unintended consequences of an unintended acceleration panic
May 14, 2010
- The Pill: The Male Version
In 1960, the female contraceptive pill changed the world. Would a pill for men do the same?
May 11, 2010
- Weighing the Benefits & Costs of Offshore Drilling
Offshore drilling remains a risk well worth taking, even in the wake of the oil spill disaster.
May 4, 2010
- Peak Everything?
Forget peak oil. What about peak lithium, peak neodymium, and peak phosphorus?
April 27, 2010
- Earth Day Turns 40
Environmentalist pioneers have had it their way for four decades. It's time for a change.
April 20, 2010
- On Being a 21st Century Peasant
Environmentalist Bill McKibben's new book on the coming global collapse.
April 13, 2010
- Red Ink and Green Jobs
Citizens of the Golden State get nervous about carbon rationing plans made in flusher times
April 6, 2010
- Ridding the Earth of Nukes, One Treaty at a Time
President Obama takes significant steps toward global nuclear disarmament
March 30, 2010
- Health Care 2020
A dispatch from the future on the effects of health care reform
March 23, 2010
- The Wrong Kind of Toyotathon
The unintended consequences of an unintended acceleration panic
March 16, 2010
- Sea Turtle Tastes Like Veal
Can eating endangered species help save them?
March 9, 2010
- Cap and Trade is Dead
Long live cap and trade.
March 2, 2010
- Everyone Who Knows What They're Talking About Agrees with Me
And everyone who doesn't wears a tin foil hat
February 23, 2010
- Climate Crackup
A breakdown in Copenhagen saves a divided world from carbon rationing.
February 17, 2010
- The Presidential Commission on Birth, Death, and the Meaning of Life
Obama's new bioethics czar just wants us all to get along.
February 16, 2010
- Overpaying for Green Power
Americans are adopting a failed type of clean energy subsidy—the feed-in tariff—just as Europeans are abandoning it.
January 26, 2010
- Obama Follows in Bush's Footsteps on Climate Change
The era of massive global climate meetings may finally be ending. Thank goodness.
January 19, 2010
- Global Warming and Melting Ice
The seas are rising, but you've still got time to enjoy your beach house
December 29, 2009
- The Cultural Contradictions of Anti-Nuke Environmentalists
Why do environmentalists reject a good bet for renewable energy?
December 22, 2009
- Copenhagen Climate Conference Collapses
Ronald Bailey's fifth and final dispatch from the Copenhagen climate conference
December 18, 2009
- The Green Jobs Delusion
Ronald Bailey's fourth dispatch from the Copenhagen climate conference.
December 17, 2009
- Mileage Based User Fees or Road Usage Charges--Some Thoughtful Commentary (12/9)
- Human Rights Watch Exposes Injustice of Plea Bargains and Mandatory Minimums (12/6)
- Southwest Struggles As Legacy Airlines Establish Solid Business Models (12/6)
- Texas Families Show Strong Demand for More School Choice (12/5)
- TSA Behavior Detection Blasted by GAO (12/5)
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