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Looking for more health, science, and environment news today? Look no further:

Wary of Waxman-Markey? Kevin Drum on why carbon cap-and-trade is not just another subprime debacle waiting to happen.

Sketchy green jobs skeptic: An ExxonMobil-funded Spanish economist claims that for every green job created, 20 jobs are lost. Turns out he has it backwards.

The hard sell: How do you convince Americans who already have health insurance to support healthcare reform? Scare them with the facts.

Cell phone driving data, finally: The government has known since 2003 that at least 1,000 people die on the road every year because a driver was talking on a cell phone (and hands-free devices don’t help). So why are they only telling the public now?

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