My column for the Financial Post‘s “Junk Science Week.”
From environmental expert and EPA pioneer Jay Lehr.
My California study is finally published. Includes all 2+ million deaths in California from 2000-2012. Debunks all $600 million of EPA PM2.5 junk science.
If true, this could never happen.
No… controlling soot (i.e., PM2.5) won’t “keep millions of people from dying.”
No doubt it’s the Obama holdovers who still run the agency on a day-to-day basis.
This clip is from a brief filed in March 22, 2017 by the (supposedly) Trump EPA in litigation over the major war-on-coal EPA rule known as the Mercury Air Transport Standard (MATS).
As you can see, the Obama holdovers in the Trump EPA are telling the court that the rule will save 11,000 lives per year — all by reducing PM emissions from coal stacks.
Below is the background story on all this from Greenwire.
Readers of this page and “Scare Pollution” know the saving-11,000-lives claim is utterly false. the real number is ZERO.
As per the Greenwire story, EPA filed a motion this week stating the March 22 brief may not actually be its position. What the EPA is referring to as “not being its position” is unclear — i.e., it may or may not not include the saving-11,000-lives claim.
Here’s where the rubber hits the road, though.
The legal merits of coal industry arguments aside, I’m not sure how anyone can reasonably expect D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals Democrats (or even Republicans) to rule in their favor if they think the EPA MATS rule is saving 11,000 lives per year.
If the PM2.5-kills myth is allowed to continue and is indeed promoted by the Trump EPA, the rollback of the Obama war on coal will only last as long as pro-coal Republicans control the White House and are not forced by SCOTUS to continue the war on coal. Ever-wobbly and environmentally under-informed Justice Anthony Kennedy may indeed believe that coal kills. If he does he will be the 5-4 vote forcing/allowing EPA to destroy coal.
NIEHS/NTP chief Linda Birnbaum comes out to play again with JunkScience.com.
A revealing e-mail exchange involving Linda Birnbaum, the director of the National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences and National Toxicology Program.
After several more e-mail exchanges, NAS President Marcia McNutt has apparently returned to the view that JunkScience should drop dead.
I can’t believe this junk gets published.
Two more e-mails this morning from NAS President Marcia McNutt — one walking back the “drop dead’ message followed by a reiteration of it. And of course, my response.
And here’s JunkScience.com’s response to National Academy of Sciences President Marcia McNutt’s next-day denial of JunkScience’s request for an investigation into the EPA-corrupted NAS review of EPA’s illegal human experiments.