My op-ed in today’s Wall Street Journal.
EPA has claimed that reducing PM2.5 concentrations can save 570,000 lives in the U.S. every year (i.e., prevent one-quarter of all deaths annually).
The New England Journal of Medicine recently stepped in it with the publication of bogus study on PM2.5 and death. I have called for the NEJM to retract the study. Jim Enstrom has a different suggestion.
Then you’re invited to Capitol Hill for an actual free lunch (and free learning) as Steve Milloy presents his new book, ‘Scare Pollution: Why and How to Fix the EPA’!
More EPA-funded air quality science fraud?
“The authors have falsified their research findings.”
The swamp-funded “Scare Pollution” criminals are trying to save their reputations and funding with a new study in the New England Journal of Medicine, the editorial for which is titled, “Air Pollution Still Kills.” Horse hockey. So I corrected the editorial. My takedown of the study follows.
My column for the Financial Post‘s “Junk Science Week.”
From environmental expert and EPA pioneer Jay Lehr.
My California study is finally published. Includes all 2+ million deaths in California from 2000-2012. Debunks all $600 million of EPA PM2.5 junk science.
No doubt it’s the Obama holdovers who still run the agency on a day-to-day basis.
This clip is from a brief filed in March 22, 2017 by the (supposedly) Trump EPA in litigation over the major war-on-coal EPA rule known as the Mercury Air Transport Standard (MATS).
As you can see, the Obama holdovers in the Trump EPA are telling the court that the rule will save 11,000 lives per year — all by reducing PM emissions from coal stacks.
Below is the background story on all this from Greenwire.
Readers of this page and “Scare Pollution” know the saving-11,000-lives claim is utterly false. the real number is ZERO.
As per the Greenwire story, EPA filed a motion this week stating the March 22 brief may not actually be its position. What the EPA is referring to as “not being its position” is unclear — i.e., it may or may not not include the saving-11,000-lives claim.
Here’s where the rubber hits the road, though.
The legal merits of coal industry arguments aside, I’m not sure how anyone can reasonably expect D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals Democrats (or even Republicans) to rule in their favor if they think the EPA MATS rule is saving 11,000 lives per year.
If the PM2.5-kills myth is allowed to continue and is indeed promoted by the Trump EPA, the rollback of the Obama war on coal will only last as long as pro-coal Republicans control the White House and are not forced by SCOTUS to continue the war on coal. Ever-wobbly and environmentally under-informed Justice Anthony Kennedy may indeed believe that coal kills. If he does he will be the 5-4 vote forcing/allowing EPA to destroy coal.
NIEHS/NTP chief Linda Birnbaum comes out to play again with JunkScience.com.