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The EPA has become a bureaucratic Frankenstein Monster
It looks like the “luck of the Irish” continues today.
Last week, I reported the US House of Representatives was poised to vote on H.R. 1030, the Secret Science Reform Act of 2015. The purpose of this legislation is “to prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency from proposing, finalizing, or disseminating regulations or assessments based upon science that is not transparent or reproducible.”
The measure passed, along with another one that would put an additional check on the EPA:
The House has passed two Republican-backed bills that would place new restrictions on the Environmental Protection Agency.
A bill approved Wednesday would require the EPA to disclose scientific data behind proposed regulations, while a measure passed Tuesday would prohibit the agency from appointing registered lobbyists to the EPA’s Science Advisory Board.
Sounds fair to me, i would not think the y would have a problem with that. But i would think they would require the same for claims to dispute them. Which i am sure replicants can't and won't do.
“to prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency from proposing, finalizing, or disseminating regulations or assessments based upon science that is not transparent or reproducible.”
originally posted by: Metallicus
This is great to finally hold these people accountable. Why wouldn't you want policy to be based upon clear and easy to understand science? It is definitely a step in the right direction, although, I would rather take the EPA, NSA, IRS and a few other alphabet agencies and disband them.
originally posted by: ketsuko
Now the EPA has studies on the particulate matter that comes out of backyard BBQs. They want to eventually regulate that. It's all for your own good though.
originally posted by: links234
I'm not sure if you could've found a more biased source. It's all well and good to believe this is what the authors of the bill want, but when some of them are claiming that 'climate change is a lie from the pit of Hell,' it's hard to accept what they say about science and the environment at face value.
There's nothing really 'weird' about the science the EPA uses. It's been reviewed, peer reviewed and subject to rigorous evaluations. Last years proposal was nearly identical, the CBO said that bill would end up costing the agency, and tax payers, money, to the tune of $250 million annually. The agency would utilize fewer scientific studies meaning they'd have fewer aspects of a problem to consider.
Rather than making the EPA a more efficient agency, the GOP has decided they don't like the answers that the EPA has been finding. So they're altering the process of finding those answers to make it harder, less efficient and less effective at doing its job.