Sen. James Inhofe has asked the EPA inspector General to investigate the EPA’s air quality scientific advisory boards, accusing them of improper bias and financial conflict of interest.
An example of the sort of cronyism at issue is Jonathan Samet, the chair of the EPA’s Clean Air Scientific Advisory Council.
Samet not only has received millions of dollars in grants from the EPA — in furtherance of the the EPA’s regulatory jihad against American industry through air quality standards — but is also in charge of reviewing said research.
Samet recently wrote in the New England Journal of Medicine that there is no limit to how tightly the EPA can regulate air quality. But there is no science to back up that statement, Congress never intended such an outcome and we can’t afford it.
Samet is the archetypal junk scientist — twisting science to advance a special agenda. For example, he has condemned ecologic-type epidemiologic studies when they conflicted with his research on residential radon, but hypocritically embraces that same study methodology when it comes to his own air quality research.
Inhofe is right to ask for an inquiry. The EPA IG will probably refuse or conduct a whitewash. But with any luck we are witnessing the beginning of the end of the EPA’s Clean Air Act.