Green Watch November 2013: The Black Box: EPA defies Congress on “secret science” used to justify environmental regulations
The Black Box
EPA defies Congress on “secret science” used to justify environmental regulations (Green Watch, November 2013 – PDF here)
By James M. Taylor
Summary: Environmental Protection Agency rules greatly affect the quality of life in the United States—not only in terms of air pollution, but in terms of economic growth and job creation. Yet EPA’s decisions are rooted in information that is hidden away from both Congress and the American people.
“Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants; electric light the most efficient policeman.” – Louis Brandeis
The House Committee on Science, Space and Technology has issued its first subpoena in 21 years. The target: “secret science” used by the Environmental Protection Agency.
In the face of repeated requests over the past two years, the EPA has refused to provide Congress with the secret information that the agency employs to justify draconian restrictions—federal regulations that are shutting down power plants, raising fuel prices, and creating a tremendous burden on the country’s economy.
Amazingly, “clean air” rules that critically affect every American are being formulated by unelected, unaccountable bureaucrats, based on data (purported data, anyway) that not even the people’s elected representatives are allowed to see.
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