Save the EPA?

Left wing blogger over at Climate Progress posted the following video.

He then goes on to post.

First, while the AFV is progressive, saving the EPA and Clean Air Act isn’t a left-right issue. Both the EPA and CAA enjoyed the strongest bipartisan support, and only a fringe group on the far-right wanted to gut the CAA and shutter the EPA. Yes, a fringe group has essentially taken control of the GOP, but the protection of clean air and clean water and the health and well-being of our children remained a hard-core centrist issue. It always has been.

Second, the ad is directed not just at one vote on gutting the EPA’s CAA authority concerning greenhouse gases, but the right’s whole assault on the EPA’s budget and its science-based standards:

Funny how the progressive keep trying to paint anyone who opposes them as far right wing extremist ignoring the fact that whenever you create a government “science agency’ you consistently get politically motivated results. The EPA is no exception. The EPA has been guilty of science by political agenda since its inception.

A recent report issued by the EPA Office of Inspector General (OIG) found “hundreds of weaknesses—missing data, no log books, falsified measurements—not noted by EPA. The office had found many of the same problems in 1999, and they were identified again by EPA in 2002,” according to Kate Raiford of Raw Story. But EPA did nothing about them and now tries to downplay the issue.

“Fraud in even just one lab can have a significant impact on several thousands, millions of people,” said a spokesman for the EPA OIG. “We think this is an area vulnerable and susceptible to fraud.” The fraud involves both drinking water and wastewater laboratory testing. It includes manipulating equipment to make it look like the experimental protocol was followed or the correct result was produced. EPA OIG also found evidence of altered signatures on reports, no maintenance records on instruments, and numerous quality control failures.

Of course this goes on this very day.

WASHINGTON — Hundreds of Environmental Protection Agency scientists say they have been pressured by superiors to skew their findings, according to a survey released Wednesday by an advocacy group.

The Union of Concerned Scientists said more than half of the nearly 1,600 EPA staff scientists who responded online to a detailed questionnaire reported they had experienced incidents of political interference in their work.

EPA spokesman Jonathan Shradar attributed some of the discontent to the “passion” scientists have toward their work. He said EPA Administrator Stephen Johnson, as a longtime career scientist at the EPA himself, “weighs heavily the science given to him by the staff in making policy decisions.”

But Francesca Grifo, director of the Union of Concerned Scientists’ Scientific Integrity Program, said the survey results revealed “an agency in crisis” and “under siege from political pressures” especially among scientists involved in risk assessment and crafting regulations.

Government agencies can’t be trusted when it comes to pure science, political agenda always finds a way to creep in. But that does not keep Environmental groups from trying to give the EPA yet even more power. They have even made the claim that the majority of tea party activist support the EPA.

Three out of four voters support the EPA setting tougher standards on specific air pollutants, including mercury, smog and carbon dioxide, as well as setting higher fuel efficiency standards for heavy duty trucks. […]

Key poll results indicate the level of concern expressed by voters regarding their right to breathe healthy air:

– 69 percent think the EPA should update Clean Air Act standards with stricter limits on air pollution;
– 68 percent feel that Congress should not stop the EPA from updating Clean Air Act standards;
– And a bipartisan 69 percent majority believe that EPA scientists, rather than Congress, should set pollution standards.

Of course the last part is the scariest. An agency with a long history of “science by political agenda” setting policy and answerable to no one?


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