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Mon Nov 11, 2019, 06:02 PM

E.P.A. to Tighten Limits on Science Used to Write Public Health Rules

Source: New York Times



WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is preparing to significantly limit the scientific and medical research that the government can use to determine public health regulations, overriding protests from scientists and physicians who say the new rule would undermine the scientific underpinnings of government policymaking.

A new draft of the Environmental Protection Agency proposal, titled Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science, would require that scientists disclose all of their raw data, including confidential medical records, before the agency could consider an academic study’s conclusions. E.P.A. officials called the plan a step toward transparency and said the disclosure of raw data would allow conclusions to be verified independently.

“We are committed to the highest quality science,” Andrew Wheeler, the E.P.A. administrator, told a congressional committee in September. “Good science is science that can be replicated and independently validated, science that can hold up to scrutiny. That is why we’re moving forward to ensure that the science supporting agency decisions is transparent and available for evaluation by the public and stakeholders”

The measure would make it more difficult to enact new clean air and water rules because many studies detailing the links between pollution and disease rely on personal health information gathered under confidentiality agreements. And, unlike a version of the proposal that surfaced in early 2018, this one could apply retroactively to public health regulations already in place. “This means the E.P.A. can justify rolling back rules or failing to update rules based on the best information to protect public health and the environment, which means more dirty air and more premature deaths,” said Paul Billings, senior vice president for advocacy at the American Lung Association.

Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/11/climate/epa-science-trump.html



More transcripts get released and more distractions get cooked up.

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BumRushDaShow Nov 11 OP
BlueIdaho Nov 11 #1
Rebl2 Nov 11 #2
muriel_volestrangler Nov 11 #4
BlueIdaho Nov 11 #5
Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin Nov 11 #6
Collimator Nov 11 #3
kyburbonkid Nov 11 #7
EndlessWire Nov 12 #8
riversedge Nov 13 #9

Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Mon Nov 11, 2019, 06:19 PM

1. Republicans Hate Science. nt.

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Response to BlueIdaho (Reply #1)

Mon Nov 11, 2019, 06:38 PM

2. Except

When medical science benefits them personally.

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Response to BlueIdaho (Reply #1)

Mon Nov 11, 2019, 07:22 PM

4. It's not that they hate science, it's that they hate putting people before profit

and if science endangers profit, it has to be ignored.

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Response to muriel_volestrangler (Reply #4)

Mon Nov 11, 2019, 07:23 PM

5. Respectfully...

They hate science - most ordinary people too - but for sure, science.

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Response to BlueIdaho (Reply #1)

Mon Nov 11, 2019, 07:29 PM

6. Because they're the stupid party

And intelligence is elitist.

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Mon Nov 11, 2019, 06:39 PM

3. Trump will probably appoint

a faith-healer to be Surgeon General of the United States.

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Mon Nov 11, 2019, 07:38 PM

7. This Trump administration is a HORROR SHOW!

Everything about Trump and his minions of the GOP cult proves they are 100% unworthy to rule. This is just another slap in the face of common-sense. Just as everything the Repuglicans touches lately is a dismal failure for everyone. I'm amazed there is any support for Trump even among the lowest of such a loser crew of Trumpanzies.


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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Tue Nov 12, 2019, 10:20 AM

8. What is wrong with these people??

Starting to look like we will have to do a blanket roll back of everything tRump touched.

So, I hope the people who voted for tRump like the new, dirty, unhealthy USA. Trump wants to be a dictator like his buddies, and he also wants the nation to resemble the most polluted places on the planet.

G-d help us--please turn out to vote in 2020 and defeat this Orange A$$hole and all his stupid, unbelievably idiotic environmental policies. Stick together like we did in the Midterms, and run Repubs everywhere out of town.

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Wed Nov 13, 2019, 09:15 AM

9. Since when do the shareholders know how to conduct scientific

results. What good is raw data to them? It is the job of journal article reviewers and editors to critique the science before it is published.

Each day we fall more and more into the stinking Trump swamp.

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