By Stephen Dinan The Washington Times, Saturday, November 17, 2012
A House committee has launched an investigation into whether EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson used an email alias to try to hide correspondence from open-government requests and her agency's own internal watchdog — something that Republican lawmakers said could run afoul of the law.
The science committee has asked Ms. Jackson to turn over all information related to an email account under the name of "Richard Windsor," which is one of the aliases identified by a researcher looking into the EPA.
If the shocking allegations contained in a lawsuit filed last Friday by responsible science advocate Steven Milloy are accurate, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has a major scandal on its hands. As reported by the National Legal and Policy Center, Milloy initiated litigation in U.S. District Court in Virginia, based on evidence he accumulated via the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). He alleges that the EPA engaged in disturbing experimentation that deliberately exposed human beings to airborne particulate matter the agency itself considers lethal. The experiments were conducted at EPA's Human Studies Facility at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. "That EPA administrator Lisa Jackson permitted this heinous experimentation to occur under her watch shocks the conscience," said Milloy.
One issue that has been noticeably absent from the Republican platform this election season is any discussion of the Obama Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). It didn't even come up at the Republican National Convention a couple of weeks ago. If the omission was an oversight, it was a big one. If it was intentional, it's cause for concern.
The EPA has spent the better part of its 42-year existence trying to put America out of business, but especially under the Obama administration. You don't believe me? Ask anyone in the coal industry, which has been victimized by the EPA's Mercury and Air Toxics Standards, proposed greenhouse-gas-emission rules and usurpation of the Army Corps of Engineers' permit-writing authority, to name just a few EPA abuses of power.
Even though the EPA's Cross-State Air Pollution Rule was vaporized recently by a federal appellate court, the rule was in existence long enough to cause electric utilities to start planning for a coal-less future.
Until recently, the Obama EPA was aggressively pursuing the burgeoning shale gas industry, desperately trying to link hydraulic fracturing with drinking-water contamination. The Obama EPA went so far as to cook up an error-filled report linking "fracking" to groundwater contamination in Pavillion, Wyo., from which it has since had to retreat.
But the lull in the persecution of the shale gas industry is only temporary. The Obama administration has realized that the illusion of endless cheap natural gas is an even more effective weapon against the hated coal industry than draconian regulation. So once the coal industry has been finished off, the EPA will be able to return to targeting shale gas.
The current presidential campaign hinges on jobs and the economy. Yet most of the debate has centered on peripheral issues such as the Bush tax cut, when there is a Tyrannosaurus in the room that is being virtually ignored. That monster is the EPA.
The EPA is today the primary enemy of economic growth in the United States, and through it the world. The damage that it has done, is doing, and threatens to do in the future is immense. Virtually since its birth in 1970, the agency has committed one atrocity after another. As one of its first acts after coming into existence, the EPA banned the vital pesticide DDT. (This was done is direct defiance of the investigatory court findings of federal judge Edmund Sweeney, which showed that DDT was not a danger to humans or wildlife.) As a result, large regions of Africa and Asia were given over to malaria-spreading mosquitoes, killing tens of millions of people and aborting economic development.
Republican-led House panel keeps 'activist' EPA in its crosshairs
Tuesday, 17 July 2012 10:01
By Zack Colman - 07/16/12 04:07 PM ET
Republicans in the House Energy and Commerce Committee say they have more work to do to “rein in the activist” Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) before the congressional session ends.
Failure to keep the EPA from wielding the Clean Air Act as a regulatory job-killer ranks among the committee’s signature shortcomings thus far, committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) said in his second quarter report released Monday.
Trucks that stream up and down our nation's highways are the lifeblood of commerce in America. Businesses that operate certain classes of trucks, particularly small and medium-size operations face a new and dangerous threat.
It's not crumbing roads and bridges nor skyrocketing fuel prices, but heavy-handed bureaucrats at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. http://www.pacificlegal.org
Resignation points to pressure on embattled EPA: Kemp
The knives are out for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) following the resignation of the agency’s senior official in Texas and four other south-central states, which is symptomatic of the mounting pushback in Congress and the courts.
MILLOY: Did Obama’s EPA relaunch Tuskegee experiments?
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 13:09
Human trials vainly tried to prove air pollution is deadly
Which do you find more shocking: that the Environmental Protection Agency conducts experiments on humans that its own risk assessments would deem potentially lethal, or that it hides the results of those experiments from Congress and the public because they debunk those very same risk assessments?
JunkScience.com recently obtained through the Freedom of Information Act the results of tests conducted on 41 people who were exposed by EPA researchers to high levels of airborne fine particulate matter - soot and dust known as PM2.5.