‘Junk science’? Studies behind Obama rules under fire

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The Federal report of dozens of U.S. government scientists, the climate change is real and, as he enters the almost entirely driven by human activity.

Scientific studies used to justify the Obama administration’s tough environmental regulations come under the intensification of control, with the critic, the question of the legitimacy of the as the trump-EPO returns or delays in some of these rules.

In one case, the agencies identified, the research will be used to support a ban support a pesticide that was questionable. On another front, the Environmental Protection Agency complied with a congressional subpoena for the data used to justify most of the Obama administration rules air quality.

“EPA regulations are based on secret data was developed in the 1990s,” Steve Milloy, who served on President Trump the EPA transition team, told Fox News. “For the EPA to come up with cherry-picked data standard operating procedure.”

Milloy, the author of “Scare pollution: Why and How can the EPA,” was formerly a lawyer for the Securities and Exchange Commission and is accused of among the critics, to fit the Federal authorities, the careful selection of scientific research, a policy agenda.


EPA administrator Scott Pruitt on Rollback rules

In October, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, a Directive issued to ensure that persons, who do not get on EPA Advisory committees, granted by the EPO and are free of any conflicts of potential interest.

“All of the science coming from the EPA, it should not be said for political science,” Pruitt said in a statement. “From this day forward, EPA advisory committee members are financially independent of the Agency.”

Environmental groups blasted the decision.

“For Pruitt, anything that helps polluters to earn money, and the science and the facts are just obstacles, he wants to tear down,” said Michael Brune, Director of the Sierra Club.

Pruitt has compliance with one of the most controversial members of the Trump administration in its first year, the occupation of his opponents as the fight against the types of regulations the Agency should the. But his office suggests, many of these rules were flawed from the beginning.

Here is a look at some of the most controversial studies behind these regulations is:

Pesticide Ban

Pruitt recently, the reverse of the 2015 ban of the insecticide chlorpyrifos for agricultural use, in the midst of questions about the process.

The Obama administration, the EPA had originally, the ban is justified based on a study by the Columbia Center for children’s environmental health, said the insecticide was not associated with childhood developmental delays. It was already banned, for home-use since the year 2000, the decision to put the U.S. rates with over 100 countries, with the chemical for agricultural purposes

Authorities later the results were.

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt was rolling key in the Obama-era regulations.


The EPA Scientific Advisory Panel meeting report, said: “[t]he majority of the Panel the Agency’s view the use of the results from a single longitudinal study, to make a decision, with immense impact on the use of umbilical cord blood measures of chlorpyrifos as a PoD for risk assessment is premature and may be inappropriate.”

The USDA claimed that it had “serious concerns about the EPA process…and serious doubts about the validity of the scientific conclusions to underpin EPA’s latest chlorpyrifos risk assessment.”

The center receives EPA funding, said Angela Logomasini, a senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, a free-market think-tank.

“Agencies should not be able to cherry-pick. It is a problem with administrative procedures on the line,” Logomasini Fox News said. “If the money goes to politically active research groups, the government is funding the science.”

Harvard Study

The Obama administration, the EPA used the 1993 Harvard Six-cities study to justify air quality regulations on particle or particles of pollution in the air. The rules associated with devastating the coal industry also has an impact on cars, power plants and factories.

In 2013, the house science, space and technology Committee of the EPA for the data from the study, invited the left of particulate pollution on infant mortality.

“The American people should be confident that, if the agencies regulate, rely on up-to-date, accurate and unbiased information.’

– Sen James Lankford, R-Okla.

But in the year 2014, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy told the Committee the Agency could not produce either the Harvard study or information from a 1994 American Cancer Society study claims that the EPA has the information.

Congress tried to get information from then-EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy about the science behind the Agency’s air regulations.


“We have a very large analysis for the state of California, which was probably the most complete database in the US for the mortality, and not find, no acute deaths due to PM2.5, during the raging forest fires of 2007, when levels went through the roof,” Hank Campbell, President of the American Council on science and health, told Fox News.

For its part, Harvard, argues legislation came from the report’s recommendations saved lives and were cost-effective.

The Global Warming Pause?

The house science committee is also investigating the process behind a 2015 report by a team of scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, under the direction of Thomas Karl, Director of the agency’s National Climate Data Center.

Committee Chairman Lamar Smith, R-Texas., the timing of global warming, said the report was curious, because it lined up with the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan and the Paris conference on climate change (both Trump administration now plans to abandon).


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Karl denied the paper was published, for political reasons, but critics have linked the rate of global temperature has slowed down to a period between 1998 and 2013, known as the climate change “Pause” – when the growth.

John Bates, former principal scientist at the National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, N. C., said that the study was issued, with the aim of discrediting each break. Another scientist, Judith Curry, who earlier claimed by the Georgia Tech University, the NOAA, a division of the U.S. Department of Commerce, with the exception of certain data from their study, in order to reach their preferred conclusion.

Commerce Department spokesman James Rockas said, the matter is still being reviewed. In response to the legislature, the concerns “and in the interest of the position of the highest scientific standards, trade hired external experts for the evaluation of Department processes in relation to the production of scientific studies,” Rockas told Fox News.

The Formaldehyde Findings

Under Pruitt, the EPA withdrew the compliance date of the 2010 rule setting emission limits for formaldehyde in composite wood products. Formaldehyde is potentially carcinogenic.

The regulation was driven by the EPA’s office of Integrated Risk Information System, or IRIS, to identify the produced chemical risk assessments, the potential health hazards, other Agency programs to use to set standards.

“IRIS studies raised a number of issues, said that with the formaldehyde-regulation,” CEI’s Logomasini.

The National Research Council—part of the National academies of Sciences, engineering and medicine urged the EPA to reform the IRIS and in 2011, the IRIS conclusions on formaldehyde was “[p]roblems with clarity and transparency of methods” , “appears to be a repeating theme over the years.”

Pre-Diabetes ‘Epidemic’

Last year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a website, “ published.”

The CDC described the 5.7 per cent for the average level of blood sugar or HbA1c, as a “pre-diabetic” condition. This would mean that 85 million Americans are pre-diabetic, said Campbell, the American Council on science and health.

“Basically, the CDC created an arbitrary standard that the rest of the world refuses as valid to recognize,” Campbell said. “The government is hoping to scare people to change their diet.”

Campbell pointed to numbers on the National institutes of health-to develop that only about 5 percent to 10 percent of the people that the blood sugar level diabetes. To talk the world health organization and the International Diabetes Federation effectively ceased to be about prediabetes in 2014.

Health leaders around the world are working to both prediabetes and diabetes, said CDC spokeswoman Alaina Robertson.

“The prediabetes category is very diverse and includes different levels of elevated blood glucose,” Robertson told Fox News in an E-Mail. “Those with fewer risk factors and lower blood sugar (those closest to 5 percent); and those with significant risk factors, and more increased blood sugar levels (who are closer to, and in some cases, more than 10 percent).”

Vaping Risk

Because the nicotine in e-cigarettes is derived from tobacco, which can regulate the food and Drug Administration and the CDC warns. Campbell and other stress-research shows overwhelming that vaping helps in quitting Smoking, and not far from the same risk as Smoking.

The CDC’s own 2015 National Health Interview Survey, found a majority of Ex-smokers, and 63 percent in 2014 and 66 percent in 2015, vaped every day. But Campbell said the Agency tends to de-emphasize Smoking cessation, and the focus locates on the e-cigarette.


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“The CDC, the use of surveys to undermine the harm reduction and Smoking cessation viability of e-cigarettes is said junk science,” Campbell.

However, there is good reason for caution, CDC spokesperson Joel London told Fox News.

“The bottom line is that e-cigarettes have the potential said to use adult smokers who are not pregnant, if used as a complete replacement for regular cigarettes and other tobacco smoked products”, London. “Currently, the scientific evidence will not be sufficient to recommend e-cigarettes for Smoking cessation and e-cigarettes are not currently approved by the US Food and Drug Administration as an aid for Smoking cessation.”

Congressional Action

To the request of some members of Congress, again, agencies that rely on the “best available science” and consider a body of research, rather than a single study, the securing of a pre-existing decision. The bill also requires the used to make the data available to Congress and the public.

To Act is a Better assessment of science and technology, or the “BEST Act” is sponsored in the house Republican Reps. Ralph Norman of South Carolina, Paul Gosar of Arizona and in the Senate by Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla.

A coalition of 10 conservative organizations signed a letter to Congress the bill back up.

“The American people should be confident that, if the agencies regulate, rely on up-to-date, accurate and unbiased information,” Lankford told Fox News.

However, this control “paralyze could be the ability of the agencies … to put the said on scientific evidence about the public health and safety measures,” Yogi Kothari, Washington representative for the center for science and democracy, in a statement at the beginning of this year.

“Similarly, the tobacco industry would have been able to doubt the connection between cigarettes and lung cancer,” Kothari wrote. “The list goes on. Today, you can imagine that the fossil fuel industry with the vague language used to attack climate science as a justification for slowing down the solutions, prevent global warming”.

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