In its quest to remain decades behind the recommendations of environmental scientists, the Environmental Protection Agency has decided to set restrictions on a whole bunch of poisonous chemicals found in drinking water. What a marvelous occasion for rejoicing! This is undeniably a 100% good thing!
Now let's learn more about their plans for a poisonous compound called perchlorate…
Perchlorate can occur naturally, but high concentrations have been found near military installations where it was used in rocket testing and around places where fireworks, flares and solid propellants are made. Researchers have found that it may impair the functioning of the thyroid, potentially stunting the growth of fetuses, infants and children.
The military contractors who use the chemical have balked at tighter regulation, saying that substitutes are more expensive.
Wait just a g.d. minute. Perchlorate comes from rocket fuel? In that case, regulating it would put a chokehold on the hardworking military contractors who toil day in and day out to develop human jet packs! Without perchlorate, how will the military develop a jet pack prototype that will eventually be adapted for sale on the civilian market, a la the Hummer?
This is outrageous! The EPA must be stopped! (Shouldn't be hard.)
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Hey, look who all of a sudden is very concerned about the possibility of the White House suppressing important scientific information…
Aw, Fox News. You're so cute. It's almost like you're a real news station.
Chris Mooney at The Intersection lays out the reality of the situation — and why this isn't the same thing as the last administration's anti-science agenda — better than I ever could…
The "war on science" argument that I made in my 2005 book crucially hinged on matters of scientific substance. Not only was the Bush administration interfering with science conducted at federal agencies, but moreover, the agency scientists were right, and the administration was wrong–or at least, the agency scientists had strong arguments that should have been taken very seriously.
That is not remotely what we have in the present case… [C]onservatives thought they had a real scandal on their hands. Problem is, they didn't pick a winner–Carlin's report is scientific hogwash. As I write: "Climate researcher Gavin Schmidt of NASA… has written a very devastating analysis of the claims made in Carlin's paper, calling it 'a ragbag collection of un-peer reviewed web pages, an unhealthy dose of sunstroke, a dash of astrology and more cherries than you can poke a cocktail stick at.' "
I'd recommend reading the whole thing. Before Obama's henchmen have this whole thing scrubbed from the Internet.
Update: For the record, I'm not in favor of any actual science being suppressed for political reasons. And if it turns out that's what the EPA was doing, I'll be very upset. But I have strong suspicions that this "suppressed" scientific report by an EPA economist is less legitimate skepticism and more Ben Stein/Pat Buchanan skepticism.
TPM has more.
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As predicted, the House of Representatives recently passed legislation that would regulate greenhouse gas emissions and guarantee Americans a polar bear in every pot, so long as that pot is made from 75% post-consumer granola. Now the measure heads to the Senate, where at least one man has the carbon-based stones to ask: What, exactly, is the Environmental Protection Agency trying to hide?
A top Republican senator has ordered an investigation into the Environmental Protection Agency's alleged suppression of a report that questioned the science behind global warming.
"[Report author Alan Carlin] came out with the truth. They don't want the truth at the EPA," Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla, a global warming skeptic, told FOX News, saying he's ordered an investigation. "We're going to expose it."
Yes! Transparency, that's what we need in these matters; just think how much time we've wasted on "evolution" because people keep planting those hoax fossils underground. Anyway, kudos to Jim Inhofe for standing up to the EPA on behalf of skilled scientist Alan Carlin…
An EPA official told FOXNews.com on Monday that Carlin, who is an economist — not a scientist — included "no original research" in his report. The official said that Carlin "has not been muzzled in the agency at all," but stressed that his report was entirely "unsolicited."
"It was something that he did on his own," the official said. "Though he was not qualified, his manager indulged him and allowed him on agency time to draft up … a set of comments."
Oh, what, now you have to be a "scientist" to write policy reports about science? Who gets to decide what makes a person a "scientist," anyway? That's right, other "scientists." See how this sham works?
And now, if you'll excuse me, I need to go draft up a report disproving calculus. I just have a hunch, is all, and I hated that crap in school.
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I've been a big fan of the EPA for a long time. Not the Environmental Protection Agency, the other EPA, Elephant Punchers Anonymous. Believe me, those elephants had it coming. Total dicks.
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