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EPA: Pseudo Science Run Amok? August 8, 2013 5:01 AM | Tagged as MACT, Peer Review EPA, Science
WSJ July 30, 2013, Page A15: “The EPA’s Game of Secret Science” by Lamar Smith (R) Texas District 21 US House of Representatives and Chairman of the House Committee on Science, Space ang Technology.
Anyone close to the electric-generation business knows the efforts and treasure that is going into reaching the new EPA standards for coal generation. MACT (The Mercury and AIr Toxics Standard) is regulation that will cost Americans plenty. OK? So what? Isn’t our health and well-being worth it? If it really made a difference, perhaps. There is always a balance between economic well-being and social well-being. So what does the public think about this balance regarding MACT standards?
This is a question that cannot be answered…the data to support MACT has never been revealed. So the public has no idea of whether the EPA’s polices are on balance right for America. MACT is estimated to cost Americans $10 billion per year.
Another EPA incantation is the new ozone standard. That one is going to cost Americans about $90 per year. Again, after two years, Congress has not been given the scientific basis for such regulation.
Why doesn’t the EPA reveal its science? Perhaps they are moving us down a road that that is unsound economically. Socialists are good at that. Ardent socialists took over the environmental movement some time ago. It is time to demand data and let the public decide.
Congress (at least the House) has requested the scientific data behind EPA’s policies. So far, to no avail. Imagine incurring $100 billion of annual cost with no peer review of the underlying science. The Obama administration, branded as “the most transparent administration in history”, needs to earn that marketing label. Representative Smith who authored the reference article is ready to use his subpoena powers to get at the truth.
The Biz Bucks Guy has been jaded for over four decades about the credibility of environmentalists. His boss once asked a simple question -- in private -- of a rabid environmentalist who regularly testified regularly in legal proceedings, “Why do you guys lie?”. The answer was revealing. “Because there are so many of you and so few of us!” But now these Saul Alinsky-ites who make a living by lying are numerous. To them, the truth is something to sweep under the carpet as long as they get their way.
Mr. Smith, get out your subpoena guns. Lock and load.
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