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EPA Chief Promises To Go After Republicans Who Question Agency Science
The Daily Caller ^ | 4-28-2014 | Michael Bastasch

Posted on 04/29/2014 7:39:39 AM PDT by servo1969

Environmental Protection Agency administrator Gina McCarthy has issued a warning to Republicans who continue to question the integrity of the agency’s scientific data: we’re coming for you.

McCarthy told an audience at the National Academy of Sciences on Monday morning the agency will go after a “small but vocal group of critics” who are arguing the EPA is using “secret science” to push costly clean air regulations.

“Those critics conjure up claims of EPA secret science — but it’s not really about EPA science or secrets. It’s about challenging the credibility of world renowned scientists and institutions like Harvard University and the American Cancer Society,” McCarthy said, according to Politico.

“It’s about claiming that research is secret if researchers protect confidential personal health data from those who are not qualified to analyze it — and won’t agree to protect it,” she added. “If EPA is being accused of secret science because we rely on real scientists to conduct research, and independent scientists to peer review it, and scientists who’ve spent a lifetime studying the science to reproduce it — then so be it.”

Republicans Sen. David Vitter of Louisiana and Rep. Lamar Smith of Texas have led the charge on pressing the EPA to make publicly available the scientific data behind its clean air regulations. McCarthy promised she would make such data publicly available during her confirmation process last year. Now her refusal to cough up the data has angered Republicans.

“EPA’s leadership is willfully ignoring the big picture and defending EPA’s practices of using science that is, in fact, secret due to the refusal of the agency to share the underlying data with Congress and the American public,” said Vitter.

“We’re not asking, and we’ve never asked, for personal health information, and it is inexcusable for EPA to justify billions of dollars of economically significant regulations on science that is kept hidden from independent reanalysis and congressional oversight,” Vitter added.

The EPA has used non-public data to justify 85 percent of $2 trillion worth of Clean Air Act regulation benefits from 1990 to 2020. The agency also uses such datasets to assert that Clean Air Act regulation benefits exceed the costs by a 30:1 ratio originates from the secret data sets.

House Republicans have backed a bill that would block the EPA from crafting regulations based on “secret” data. Republicans argue that such data was used to craft onerous regulations, like one promulgated in late 2012 to reduce soot levels.

That soot rule is supposed to yield $4 billion to $9 billion in benefits per year, while costing from $50 million to $350 million, but the data backing that claim up is not publicly available.

“For far too long, the EPA has approved regulations that have placed a crippling financial burden on economic growth in this country with no public evidence to justify their actions,” said Arizona Republican Rep. David Schweikert, who introduced the bill.

“Virtually every regulation proposed by the Obama administration has been justified by nontransparent data and unverifiable claims,” said Smith, who cosponsored the bill. “The American people foot the bill for EPA’s costly regulations, and they have a right to see the underlying science. Costly environmental regulations should be based on publicly available data so that independent scientists can verify the EPA’s claims.”


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Crime/Corruption; Government; US: Arizona; US: Louisiana; US: New Jersey; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: air; arizona; bananarepublic; christinetoddwhitman; clean; climatechange; davidschweikert; davidvitter; epa; gettherope; ginamccarthy; globalwarming; globalwarminghoax; hoax; lamarsmith; louisiana; mccarthy; mccarthyism; newjersey; obamaislawless; texas
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While the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works approved the nomination in a vote along party lines on May 16, the nomination was stalled on the Senate floor. In the interim, Bob Perciasepe served as the EPA's acting administrator. David Vitter, the ranking Republican on the Committee, posed 600 of a total 1,100 questions, to McCarthy. The Committee Republicans had demanded responses from McCarthy on five "transparency requests." The Republicans' delay of the nomination makes it the longest period on record that the agency has been without a leader. Christine Todd Whitman, a former Republican governor of New Jersey and EPA administrator under President George W. Bush, stated: “It’s not about [McCarthy], it’s about the agency... Republicans lost the [presidential] election and they have to realize that this is the president’s choice of nominee. They can go after the president, but Gina McCarthy should get an up-and-down vote.” On July 18, 2013, the Senate confirmed McCarthy as the 13th Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency by a vote of 59-40.

1 posted on 04/29/2014 7:39:39 AM PDT by servo1969
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To: servo1969

2 posted on 04/29/2014 7:42:44 AM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (Truth sounds like hate...to those who hate truth.)
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To: servo1969

Hit ‘em again! Harder, Harder!


3 posted on 04/29/2014 7:43:58 AM PDT by mazda77
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To: servo1969

That “chill wind” is picking up steam.


4 posted on 04/29/2014 7:44:26 AM PDT by bubbacluck (America 180)
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To: servo1969

Yes. There were government functionaries multiple decades ago that promised much the same thing....to go after those who dissent with government’s work and actions.

They were called NAZIs, and they murdered over 6 million Jews and threw the world into a conflagration that killed much, much more.

One wonders who these compassionate liberal goons are targeting in this time.

I see this face, I see arrogance and hatred and intolerance for opposition.


5 posted on 04/29/2014 7:45:29 AM PDT by Gaffer (Comprehensive Immigration Reform is just another name for Comprehensive Capitulation)
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To: servo1969
it is inexcusable for EPA to justify billions of dollars of economically significant regulations on science that is kept hidden from independent reanalysis

If the evidence and findings are not available for independent reanalysis, then it is by definition NOT science.

6 posted on 04/29/2014 7:46:25 AM PDT by Maceman
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To: servo1969

Pull the plug on the EPA.

It outlived any possible justification for its existence decades ago.


7 posted on 04/29/2014 7:46:26 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: servo1969

Beliefs belong in church, and facts belong in making decisions.


8 posted on 04/29/2014 7:46:59 AM PDT by OldNavyVet (Looking forward to November elections.)
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To: servo1969

The Nazis are feeling their oats. The regime says to ST*U! You better believe the vomit it is spewing or you’re going to be toast. Nice country we have here. More of that “fundamentally transformed” BS.


9 posted on 04/29/2014 7:47:41 AM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Obama's smidgens are coming home to roost.)
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To: servo1969

Just like all fascists, dissent is not allowed or tolerated.


10 posted on 04/29/2014 7:47:45 AM PDT by logic101.net (How many more children must die on the altar of gun control?)
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To: mazda77

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samuel_David_Dealey


11 posted on 04/29/2014 7:48:08 AM PDT by US Navy Vet (Go Packers! Go Rockies! Go Boston Bruins! See, I'm "Diverse"!)
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To: servo1969

Science, by its very nature, is NEVER “settled”.

Neils Bohr and Albert Einstein would’ve roasted these pigs. They had no fear of such gummint cabals.


12 posted on 04/29/2014 7:48:27 AM PDT by Westbrook (Children do not divide your love, they multiply it.)
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts

G*D DAMN RICHARD M NIXON!


13 posted on 04/29/2014 7:48:45 AM PDT by US Navy Vet (Go Packers! Go Rockies! Go Boston Bruins! See, I'm "Diverse"!)
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To: servo1969

Unreal, she’s openly threatening the people who appropriate her funding, and her very paycheck. Cut off her damned funds, every penny until she learns. Then keep ‘em cut off a little longer just to make sure she really gets it.

But the repubs will whine and maybe Issa will threaten to look into it.


14 posted on 04/29/2014 7:48:46 AM PDT by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office.)
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To: servo1969

I would pose the comment this way:

“The EPA must be hiding something if they refuse to provide all of the reports, studies, and data.”


15 posted on 04/29/2014 7:48:57 AM PDT by dhs12345
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To: servo1969

LOL…the American Cancer Society??? That bunch of grifters, who collect big bucks to pay their administrators lavish salaries, but couldn’t jar loose with a few bucks for a wig for a cancer patient I know? This woman should be fired for being just another stupid woman hired by our even more stupid president.


16 posted on 04/29/2014 7:49:08 AM PDT by txrefugee
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To: servo1969

Harvard is mostly known for churning out Lawyers.
American Cancer Society is a non-profit.
These are good examples of “Scientists”?

Normally making public threats is considered actionable by law enforcement.


17 posted on 04/29/2014 7:50:45 AM PDT by Zathras
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To: servo1969

I’d give her a down vote.The Republican’s have to get a hold on this E .P.A . and devolve a lot of its authority so they’ed be required to go to congress to pass any additional regulations.


18 posted on 04/29/2014 7:51:04 AM PDT by puppypusher ( The World is going to the dogs.)
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To: servo1969

Tar.
Feathers.


19 posted on 04/29/2014 7:51:56 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Rip it out by the roots.)
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To: servo1969

20 posted on 04/29/2014 7:53:23 AM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: servo1969

EPA: You’ll just have to trust us.


21 posted on 04/29/2014 7:54:21 AM PDT by grobdriver (Where is Wilson Blair when you need him?)
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To: servo1969
Modern totalitarians do not at first crush dissent by force; to do so would be to invite open revolt. Instead, they seek to delegitimize opposing views, by means of public ridicule and harassment. Opponents are called fools and idiots before they are accused of presenting a danger.

But eventually, dissenters are identified as threatening the well-being of the people, and are therefore to be dissuaded, controlled... and then stopped. The science is settled. The argument is over. The hammer will come down.

22 posted on 04/29/2014 7:54:32 AM PDT by andy58-in-nh (Cogito, ergo armatum sum.)
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To: servo1969

Judging merely by the photograph, I wonder if there is a heterosexual female anywhere in the Kenyan government?


23 posted on 04/29/2014 7:54:33 AM PDT by the anti-mahdi
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To: servo1969
F***ing thug government.

No, bitch, WE are coming for YOU.

24 posted on 04/29/2014 7:54:41 AM PDT by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: mazda77

“Secret Science” my butt. It’s bare faced fabrications, lies, call it what you will. They have an agenda, and truth doesn’t help them achieve it.


25 posted on 04/29/2014 7:56:05 AM PDT by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will. They ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: servo1969

Dyke?


26 posted on 04/29/2014 7:56:25 AM PDT by CGASMIA68
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To: servo1969

Gina, you ignorant sl*t...I challenge you on ANY question of science at any time.

Prepare to get our ignorant brain shoved up your septic Obamahole, wench.

Really, folks, this is revolution time. I’m sick and tired of folks who should be digging ditches being placed into positions of importance within agencies which should not even be allowed to exist.

Again, waiting your answer, ignorant wench.


27 posted on 04/29/2014 7:59:01 AM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: servo1969
“It’s about claiming that research is secret if researchers protect confidential personal health data from those who are not qualified to analyze it — and won’t agree to protect it,”

TRANSLATION:

“It’s about claiming that research is secret if researchers KEEP IT SECRET FROM THE DUMBIES WHO PAY THE BILLS.”


28 posted on 04/29/2014 7:59:06 AM PDT by Iron Munro (Malaysia Flight MH370 Black Box signals reported in Bermuda Triangle)
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To: servo1969

What does it mean to ‘go after’ Congress? Congress is sovereign, and can abolish the EPA by a simple majority vote.


29 posted on 04/29/2014 7:59:24 AM PDT by proxy_user
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To: Da Coyote

Oops, anger triumphed over keyboard.

That’s “Prepare to get your irnorant brain...not our ignorant brain.”

Gasp, I’ve had a dim-bulb-crat brain moment.


30 posted on 04/29/2014 8:00:00 AM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: proxy_user

That’s a man wannabe. Dyke.


31 posted on 04/29/2014 8:00:24 AM PDT by ogen hal (First amendment or reeducation camp)
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To: servo1969

The Not See left is coming 4 u


32 posted on 04/29/2014 8:01:09 AM PDT by tophat9000 (Per PC left logic, the only problem with racism is the race of the racist.)
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To: servo1969

Liars and thieves always have something to hide, and it isn’t science, not provable science.


33 posted on 04/29/2014 8:01:15 AM PDT by pallis
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To: servo1969
“If EPA is being accused of secret science because we rely on real scientists to conduct research, and independent scientists to peer review it, and scientists who’ve spent a lifetime studying the science to reproduce it — then so be it.”

Nope, Red Herring!! Nobody is accusing the EPA of relying on real scientists. They are accusing you of being politically motivated and adulterating the science.

34 posted on 04/29/2014 8:01:43 AM PDT by DannyTN
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To: Maceman
If the evidence and findings are not available for independent reanalysis, then it is by definition NOT science.

That's pretty much what an EPA scientist told McCarthy's predecessor - and was summarily fired or banished to some remote outpost. That raw data is an inconvenient truth, you might say.

35 posted on 04/29/2014 8:03:31 AM PDT by Charles Martel (Endeavor to persevere...)
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To: Gaffer
"I see this face, I see arrogance and hatred and intolerance for opposition."

The "eyes being the windows to the soul": vengeful malcontents at the helm. It is an all too common "look" among members of this regime. It is their demeanor, comportment, they very way they look at people that reveals if given the order tonight, they would immediately send us all to the gas chambers, and never give it a moment's thought. I've never seen it in any other administration that has come before.
36 posted on 04/29/2014 8:04:02 AM PDT by PowderMonkey (WILL WORK FOR AMMO)
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To: PowderMonkey

Agree. It is as if each and every one of them has been to the “Benito Mussolini School of Persuasive Posture.”

The utter arrogance and self righteous demeanor is astounding for some many who have so few abilities or credentials save being part of some victim group or another.


37 posted on 04/29/2014 8:07:07 AM PDT by Gaffer (Comprehensive Immigration Reform is just another name for Comprehensive Capitulation)
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To: servo1969

38 posted on 04/29/2014 8:07:08 AM PDT by CodeToad (Arm Up! They Are!)
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To: servo1969

Can’t wait to see some of these -—holes in the unemployment line.


39 posted on 04/29/2014 8:07:18 AM PDT by DoughtyOne
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To: servo1969
It’s about challenging the credibility of world renowned scientists and institutions like Harvard University and the American Cancer Society,” McCarthy said, according to Politico.

Real science is fully transparent and open to examination and challenge. The EPA and the global warming folks practice "political" science where they attempt to cut off discussion, avoid debate and hide the details of their data and their models. They provide an argument based on (their) authority, not on the merits.

The left loves to talk about "settled science", "settled law" and "the law of the land" when it is convenient to their purposes.

40 posted on 04/29/2014 8:08:17 AM PDT by Senator_Blutarski
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To: proxy_user
What does it mean to ‘go after’ Congress? Congress is sovereign, and can abolish the EPA by a simple majority vote.

That sounds like a threat by a Domestic Terrorist, doesn't it?


41 posted on 04/29/2014 8:08:20 AM PDT by Iron Munro (Malaysia Flight MH370 Black Box signals reported in Bermuda Triangle)
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To: servo1969

42 posted on 04/29/2014 8:09:23 AM PDT by Karl Spooner
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To: CodeToad
"NEVER TELL ME THE ODDS, KID!"
43 posted on 04/29/2014 8:09:29 AM PDT by PowderMonkey (WILL WORK FOR AMMO)
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To: servo1969

This woman should be fired immediately for that attitude.

The government agencies should NEVER ‘go after’ people who disagree with them.

They should simply make infomration public. People are then able to agree or disagree at their leisure, and vote accordingly.


44 posted on 04/29/2014 8:09:47 AM PDT by Mr. K (If you like your constitution, you can keep it...Period. PALIN/CRUZ 2016)
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To: the anti-mahdi
Judging merely by the photograph, I wonder if there is a heterosexual female anywhere in the Kenyan government?

You questioning her manhood ? /S

45 posted on 04/29/2014 8:10:22 AM PDT by piroque ("In times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act")
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To: servo1969

Head on a platter time.


46 posted on 04/29/2014 8:10:45 AM PDT by meatloaf (Impeach Obama. That's my New Year's resolution.)
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To: Senator_Blutarski

> It’s about challenging the credibility of world renowned
> scientists and institutions like Harvard University and the
> American Cancer Society,” McCarthy said, according to
> Politico.

Argumentum ad baculum.

Not a fact or splinter of logic to be found anywhere in it.


47 posted on 04/29/2014 8:11:00 AM PDT by Westbrook (Children do not divide your love, they multiply it.)
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To: servo1969

Typical liberal approach. She can’t help it, she has been brainwashed since birth. Truth is not in her vocabulary.


48 posted on 04/29/2014 8:16:59 AM PDT by mulligan (I)
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To: servo1969

Why does this administration have to many shriveled up old hags?


49 posted on 04/29/2014 8:17:47 AM PDT by I want the USA back (Ask me what I think.)
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To: DesertRhino

Congress has allowed this and from all the other agencies too. Her paycheck is not threatened at all and she knows it. They will continue to allow it. The bureaucrats have much more power than Congress.


50 posted on 04/29/2014 8:18:24 AM PDT by sheana
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