Can Congressional Republicans be trained? releases childhood asthma-air pollution fact sheet ahead of Senate hearing

Senate Democrats will hold a show trial of sorts tomorrow about air quality and asthma in children. Because Congressional Republicans generally stink at such hearings, JunkScience is releasing this fact sheet to help them out. Continue reading Can Congressional Republicans be trained? releases childhood asthma-air pollution fact sheet ahead of Senate hearing

Environmental Protection (Or Propaganda?) Agency friends Paul Driessen and Willie Soon nail the EPA in today’s Investor’s Business Daily:

If Federal Register notices, press releases and activist campaigns assured progress, the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed rules for 84 power plant pollutants would usher in vastly improved environmental quality and human health.

Unfortunately, the opposite is likelier…

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New air pollutant 'discovered': Biomass industry and fire targeted for extinction?

The Obama administration has conveniently discovered a new air pollutant emitted by biomass burning. There can be no doubt that the purpose of this study is to smear/stop biomass as means of generating electricity. —>

In league with junk science

By Steve Milloy

The League of Women Voters is attacking Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) in a TV ad accusing him of siding with “polluters” over “people.” A closer look at the facts, however, reveals that it’s the LWV that’s fouling the air. Continue reading In league with junk science

CDC in a quandry: Asthma up, but air pollution, smoking down

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported today that the prevalence and number of persons with asthma have increased since 2001 despite improvements in outdoor air quality, and decreases in cigarette smoking and secondhand smoke exposure.

It is of course entirely possible, if not likely, that asthma is not really up so much as it’s being more frequently reported, often erroneously. So buck up, CDC, maybe the politically incorrect can still be blamed.

Does air pollution cause breast cancer?

University of Buffalo researchers claim to have linked air pollution with increased risk of breast cancer.

Though I haven’t received a copy of the study yet, I feel confident in rushing to condemn it as junk science.

As there’s no credible evidence that even heavy smoking (i.e., lots of “toxins” inhaled deeply for decades) increases breast cancer risk, why would ambient air be a risk factor?

Obama rules to raise power prices 25% in Southeast

President Obama’s vow to make energy prices skyrocket will soon come true for ratepayers in the Southeast.

In testimony before the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing concerning the EPA’s new emissions rules for power plants, industrial boilers and cement kilns, Southern Company CEO Thomas Fanning said that his company would need to spend up to $4.1 billion over the next three years to comply with new EPA rules — costs that would translate into a 25 percent rise in electricity prices for its customers in the Southeast, according to Environment and Energy News.

Defund EPA's enablers: American Lung Association gets big paycheck for backing agency’s agenda

By Steve Milloy
April 1, 2011, Washington Times

NPR is not the only partisan political organization that ought to have its public funding cut. Congress should put the American Lung Association (ALA) on the chopping block, too. Continue reading Defund EPA's enablers: American Lung Association gets big paycheck for backing agency’s agenda

EPA pays American Lung Association to attack GOP?

“The American Lung Association has targeted House Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton for his efforts to stop U.S. EPA from regulating greenhouse gas emissions by placing billboards within sight of his district offices linking climate change with increased childhood asthma,” reports E&E News PM.

But as we reported last week in “EPA owns the American Lung Association,” the EPA has paid the American Lung Association over $20 million in the last ten years, and has paid the ALA many more millions in a symbiotic relationship going back to at least 1990.

The EPA-ALA relationship works something like this: EPA pays the ALA and, in return, the ALA agitates for more stringent EPA air quality regulation, including by lawsuit. Now the ALA is attacking a politician who is aiming to rein in the out-of-control agency.

In addition to defunding National Public Radio, the House GOP should look at the EPA’s funding of American Lung Association. This abuse of taxpayer money is also a good subject for watchdog Congressman Darrell Issa (R-CA).

EPA's mercury-heart disease claim debunked

A new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine today debunks the EPA-claimed link between exposure to mercury and cardiovascular disease.

Click here for the study abstract.

This study is important as it debunks part of the EPA’s rationale for its recently proposed clamp down on mercury and other emissions from power plants.

Click here for the proposed rule excerpt in which the EPA discusses its view of the methymercury-heart disease data.

EPA: Pretending air pollution is worse than it is

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently claimed that it is saving millions of lives and making the U.S. trillions of dollars through the Clean Air Act. These claims are false. Continue reading EPA: Pretending air pollution is worse than it is