Here’s why House Science Committee Ranking Member Eddie Bernice Johnson opposes the Committee’s recent vote to subpoena EPA’s secret science.
Summarized from her August 6 letter. [Our comments in bold brackets.]:
- The subpoena was issued on a party-line vote. [Anyone remember Obamacare?]
- The GOP refused to identify who would get the data. [Maybe the data will just be made freely available to the public that is burdened by the costly, good-for-nothing EPA rules.]
- Dr. Stan Young asked for the data as an individual, not on behalf of his employer the National Institute of Statistical Sciences (NISS). [Why can’t Stan with his PhD in statistics see the data?]
- Medical privacy of study subjects would be violated. [False. The data at issue involve no personal medical records. The data were gathered by 70,000 American Cancer Society volunteers who asked their friends, neighbors and relatives personal health questions like how much they smoked, drank, ate, etc. There is no recognizable expectation of privacy in these data.]
- Data requester Jim Enstrom was terminated by UCLA. [While there is an ongoing lawsuit about Entrom’s termination, UCLA terminated him because of his politically incorrect views on air pollution.]
- Some of Jim Enstrom’s work on secondhand smoke was funded by the tobacco industry and so giving him the American Cancer Society health data is just giving it to the tobacco industry. [What?]
- As a nurse, Rep. Johnson saw people die from heart disease and cancer, which she knows was caused by air pollution. [Show us a body, Eddie!]
There’s more in this letter before Rep. Johnson accuses the GOP of causing “irreparable harm to our Committee and our country,” but instead of fertilizing my garden next year, I thinking of having Rep. Johnson come over and read this letter to it.