Here’s the transcript and video of today’s House hearing colloquy between Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and EPA chief Lisa Jackson in which Jackson says that EPA air rules could save as many lives as a cure for cancer.
The video is located here and the colloquy begins at about 1:50:05. Here’s the transcript:
Markey: … How would you compare [particulate matter regulation] to the fight against cancer?
Jackson: Yeah, I was briefed not too long ago. If we could reduce particulate matter to healthy levels, it would have the same impact as finding a cure for cancer in our country.
Markey: Can you say that sentence one more time?
Jackson: Yes sir, If — um — we could reduce particulate matter to levels that are health, we could have identical impacts to finding a cure for cancer.
Markey then repeated Jackson’s outrageous comment during the floor debate before the TRAIN Act vote.
But as we noted earlier today, something on the order of 570,000 people will die from cancer this year. Lisa Jackson says PM is killing a like number.
Show us just one Lisa, just one.
Jackson also said at the hearing that, particulate matter doesn’t make you sick, it just kills you.