Talk about government double-talk: When an EPA official says, “There are [zero] non-trivial costs to society if we get this wrong,” he means that if they don’t get the science right, then we are headed for a huge disaster.

I never paid much attention to bees until one summer day at Longleat House in the south of England when I was drinking a bottle of fruit juice, and a few drops had collected on the top. A honey bee landed on it, shared my drink, wanted more, and I put a drop on my finger and the bee devoured that as well, then flew off to tell its fellow bees it had discovered the fountain of wonderful nectar. By then, I had moved on.

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After watching a PBS Nature program in 1998 about bees being endangered by some fungus or mite, I began to notice the bees around my home. In particular, there was one rather large bumble bee that seemed to spend an inordinate time at the corner of my carport and back yard, where there were no flowering bushes. This, I learned, was the bee colony’s traffic cop. He was there to guide the other bumble bees who were out gathering nectar to bring back to the hive.

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