JunkScience.com broke the story that the EPA has paid the American Lung Association $20 million over the past 10 years and, in turn, the ALA has agitated on behalf of the agency. Now, thanks to the Freedom of Information Act, the public can get a glimpse into their chummy, symbiotic relationship.
On February 8, 2011, the ALA is eager to please Master EPA by alerting EPA administrator Lisa Jackson to the public release of a letter to Congress supposedly signed by 1,882 health professionals against “any efforts” to limit EPA’s power under the Clean Air Act.
Then on March 8, 2011, the ALA issued a report entitled, “Toxic Air: The Case for Cleaning Up Coal-fired Power Plants.”
On March 10, EPA air chief e-mails (below) the ALA’s chief lobbyist, Paul Billings, and invites the ALA to “stand at the podium [with EPA] to reinforce the public health message… [as it]seems to be such great timing on the heels of [the ALA] report.
This public health charade was then concluded on March 16, 2011, when the EPA and ALA held a joint press conference to announce the utility toxics rule.
Q[uid pro quo]ED.