The best “science” money can buy.
The EPA’s most recent regulations for ground-level ozone are reputed to be the most expensive EPA regulations ever, costing trillions of dollars.
The EPA’s rules were endorsed by a panel of scientists required by law to review them — called the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC). Both the Clean Air Act and the Federal Advisory Committee Act required that CASAC panels be independent and unbiased.
So was the panel independent and/or unbiased?
Below are listed the panel members at the amount of money they received in EPA grants, according to documents obtained from the EPA:
- Dr. H. Christopher Frey, North Carolina State University — $3,136,162
- Mr. George A. Allen, North east States for Coordinated Air Use Management — $3,907,111
- Mt., Ed Avol, University of Southern California — $67,163,221
- Dr. Michelle Bell, Yale University — $27,216,035
- Dr. Joseph Brain, Harvard university — $15,641,225
- Dr. David Chock, Independent Consultant — $0
- Dr. Ana Diez-Roux, Drexel University — $33,575,181
- Dr. David A Grantz, University of California, Riverside — $0
- Dr. Jack Harkema, Michigan State University — $26,918,114
- Dr. Daniel Jacob, Harvard University — $14,135,578
- Dr. Steven Kleeberger, National Institutes of Health — $22,456,958
- Dr. Frederick J. Miller, Independent Consultant — $0
- Dr. Howard Neufeld, Appalachain State University — $0
- Dr. Armistead (Ted) Russell, Georgia Institute of Technology — $22,310,139
- Dr. Helen Suh, Northeastern University — $16,680,251
- Dr. James Ultman, Pennsylvania State University — $18,750,000
- Dr. Sverre Vedal, University of Washington — $8,000,000
- Dr. Kathleen Weathers, Cary Institute — $0
- Dr. Peter Woodbury, Cornell University — $308,120
- Dr. Ron Wyzga, Electric Power Research Institute — $0
So of the 20 CASAC Ozone Panel members, 14 (70%) received grant money from the EPA.
The total amount of unique grants involved (some panel members shared grants) is $192,342,943, an average of $13,738,781.64 per grantee.
The EPA’s CASAC panels work on a consensus basis. So with 70% of panel members on the receiving end of $192 million in grants, a “consensus” supporting the EPA was not difficult to achieve.
Though listed as an “independent consultant” by EPA, Frederick J. Miller is a former EPA staffer.
Though not listed as a “principal investigator” on any EPA grants, Kathleen Weathers’ employer, the Cary Institute for Ecosystem Studies,” has received $3,570,926 worth of grants from EPA.
Though not listed as a recent “principal investigator” on any EPA grants, Howard Neufeld was a “principal investigator” on an ozone-related grant from the EPA as follows:
So 17 of the 20 CASAC Ozone Panel members have current/former, direct/indirect EPA financial ties.