Why is Congress considering a bill to outlaw the EPA from using secret science as the basis of their regulations? Because we live in an insane dictatorship.
We live in a country where the President and the security agencies operate on secret interpretations of laws about which the people who passed the laws had no clue. Naturally, the Environmental Protection Agency has been developing it’s version of secret law.
I assume the EPA can’t enforce secret regulations. (Or maybe they can! Is it possible they could tell a specific company to change their practices and threaten them with penalties if they tell anyone?) But their regulations are only legitimate to the extent that they are truly protecting the environment. That requires reliable scientific findings about what does or does not damage the environment. Otherwise, they are no longer the Environmental Protection Agency, but rather the Environmental Control Agency.
So what does the EPA do? It issues regulations and leaves no public record of the scientific reasons that such regulations are allegedly necessary.
Thus, The Hill reports, “House likely to vote on EPA ‘secret science’ bill.”
The House Rules Committee will vote next week on a bill to prevent the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from using “secret science,” setting up a likely vote on the House floor.
The committee said it will vote on the bill Tuesday, which would probably allow a vote in the full House Wednesday.
The legislation would prohibit the EPA from issuing any regulations that rely upon scientific research that is not publicly available.
Republicans have long accused the EPA of keeping its science “secret,” which prevents public scrutiny of its conclusions.
Well, yes. Keeping something secret, by definition, “prevents public scrutiny of its conclusions.”
Then we get the totalitarian logic of the response reported to us:
Critics say the bill would severely handicap the EPA’s ability to write regulations necessary to fight pollution and climate change and protect the environment and human health, and would require the EPA to violate patient confidentiality.
George Orwell was brilliant to show that his fictional totalitarian society, in his novel 1984, lived by the slogan, “Ignorance is Strength.” That is what all overreaching governments believe: that the governed should not concern themselves with the deliberations or reasons of their rulers. They should just give trusting compliance.
The EPA knows they already face opposition in this country. The last thing they want is to have their reasoning taken apart in the media or the alternative media.
Congress should pass this law so the Fraudster-in-Chief can again reveal the true nature of “the most transparent administration in history,” by vetoing it.