Brigham Young University’s Arden Pope is simply a scoundrel — taking taxpayer money and then hiding his data from taxpayers as that data is used by EPA in pointless rules that cost taxpayers and consumers billions of dollars annually..
In response to the House Science Committee subpoena of EPA’s ‘secret science’, Pope claimed that the handing over the data cold violate individual privacy.
It’s extremely hard to give a data set that will allow you to replicate the results in these studies that doesn’t include information that then allows you—with an Internet search of obituaries—to quickly figure out who the people were.
This is nonsense. Zip code and date-of-death info is not private as researchers routinely get this data — JunkScience.com obtained similar data from the state of California.
Next, it’s doubtful that the subjects who were casually surveyed by the American Cancer Society have any legally recognizable privacy rights in the data.
Pope is tying is hardest to avoid being exposed to the world as a junk scientist of the higher order. If his research was any good, why would he be trying so hard to hide his data?