The EPA’s crooked prosecutors

CFACT Senior Policy Advisor Paul Driessen makes a strong case for full reversal of the EPA's "endangerment finding" it used to attack the coal industry and ultimately all fossil fuel energy -- the EPA lied, falsified documents, and excluded contradictory testimony from the hearings to ensure that fossil fuels did not get a fair trial.

By |2017-10-15T01:09:11-04:00October 15th, 2017|CFACT Insights|36 Comments

Transparency critical to getting science, regulations right

CFACT science and policy advisor H. Sterling Burnett of the Heartland Institute reports that the EPA (and other federal agencies) skew the real cost-benefit numbers in promoting massive regulations. One example: While the Obama Clean Power Plan might have saved 21,000 lives (as the EPA claimed), the rules would also also resulted in from 102,500 to 164,000 early deaths. The HONEST Act hopes to correct these discrepancies.

By |2017-08-26T15:23:37-04:00August 26th, 2017|Op-Ed Articles|Comments Off on Transparency critical to getting science, regulations right

Researcher: EPA clean air rule based on fabricated data

One of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) longest and most successful air pollution standards is based on a taxpayer-funded study plagued by “data fabrication and falsification,” according to a veteran toxicologist.

By |2017-08-08T19:45:55-04:00August 8th, 2017|Environment|Comments Off on Researcher: EPA clean air rule based on fabricated data

Shameless fear-mongering – versus reality

CFACT Senior Policy Advisor Paul Driessen champions a new book, for which he provided one essay, entitles, "Climate Change: The Facts 2017," which covers climate changes through the ages and reveals the devious tricks that alarmist "researchers" have used to modify and "homogenize" actual temperature data to fit their alarmist computer models. Driessen then points out the tremendous human cost of these foolish, people-killing policies that are insisted upon by the radical greens and are sadly being adopted in all too many places.

By |2017-08-07T10:50:04-04:00August 7th, 2017|CFACT Insights|Comments Off on Shameless fear-mongering – versus reality

Debunking the EPA’s fake accounts of the Gold King mine disaster

The EPA inspector general's report is full of lies and misrepresentations, says Heritage Foundation senior research fellow Rob Gordon. The whitewashed report claims that the dam failure came after EPA contractors “inadvertently … initiated an internal erosion failure.” But Gordon notes the IG report omits the critical fact that the EPA crew reburied the natural plug; ignores the EPA's wrongful assumption that the floor of the mine was 6 feet lower tghan the ground outside when in fact the adit's entire purpose was to drain the mine; and that the EPA failed to follow its own instructions that did not include excavating the blockage.

By |2017-07-26T17:41:47-04:00July 26th, 2017|Guest Insights|Comments Off on Debunking the EPA’s fake accounts of the Gold King mine disaster

U.S. funding dubious science and unfounded fear

Well-known researcher Ron Arnold reports on the cosy relationship between the Italian research group Ramazzini Institute and various federal agencies during the Obama Administration to classify glyphosate and other chemicals as carcinogenic while hiding research results that exonerated the chemical from such claims. The EPA's own scientists have disputed Ramazzini research on methanol -- and now we have learned that the International Agency for Research on Cancer's chief research deliberately withheld findings from studies of 89,000 U.S. farm workers and family members that showed no link between cancer and exposure to glyphosate.

By |2017-06-28T11:04:12-04:00June 28th, 2017|Guest Insights|Comments Off on U.S. funding dubious science and unfounded fear

EPA’s suspect science

By John Rafuse   President Trump’s budget guidance sought to cut $1.6 billion from the Environmental Protection Agency’s $8.1 billion expectation. Shrieks of looming Armageddon prompted Congress to fund the EPA in full until September 2017, when the battle will be joined again. Then EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said he would prioritize Superfund cleanups based on toxicity, health impacts, and other factors. The ensuing caterwauling suggested that the EPA had no priorities since Bill Ruckelshaus (EPA’s first administrator, 1970-1975, at left). But consider some standard EPA practices:   1.  EPA advocates claim the U.S. is unhealthy and dirty. They won’t admit [...]

By |2017-06-22T08:05:35-04:00June 22nd, 2017|Guest Insights|Comments Off on EPA’s suspect science

Dear Mr. President: Please exit Paris

CFACT Senior Policy Advisor Paul K. Driessen -- with colleague Mark J. Carr -- explain in an open letter to President Trump five major reasons to exit the Paris climate agreement -- which was designed to cripple the U.S. economy and enrich elitists while devastating the ability of the world's poor to escape poverty.

By |2017-05-31T09:28:57-04:00May 31st, 2017|CFACT Insights|3 Comments

Nipping a legal problem in the bud

CFACT Senior Policy Advisor Paul Driessen urges EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to revise the review process for threatened and endangered species to include broad-based Extending the review beyond the litigants and the agencies to include all parties impacted by the designation to have a voice. Only then can the review incorporate all the topics addressed by experts and affected parties -- people who can help evaluate the science and policy implications for the affected species, as well as for farming, construction, jobs, families, and other species. This article focuses on recent designations of bumble bees.

By |2017-05-27T18:45:18-04:00May 27th, 2017|CFACT Insights|Comments Off on Nipping a legal problem in the bud

The New York Times warms to climate change skepticism

To the consternation of alarmists, New York Times op ed writer Bret Stephens openly questioned the "consensus" that has demanded uniform acceptance without question of the global warming/climate change orthodoxy. As CFACT policy analyst Larry Bell reports, Stephens asserts that ordinary citizens have a right to be skeptical of an "overweening scientism." He wisely warns us to remember that "history is littered with the human wreckage of scientific errors married to political power."

By |2017-05-15T12:52:29-04:00May 15th, 2017|CFACT Insights|Comments Off on The New York Times warms to climate change skepticism

Land, energy, and mineral lockdowns

CFACT Senior Policy Advisor Paul Driessen lauds President Trump's call for a review of recent land withdrawals under the Antiquities Act -- as do residents of western states whose economic and personal freedom has been severely impinged by these heartless actions by grandstanding Presidents. While federal agencies own just 0.3% of Connecticut and Iowa, and 0.6% of New York, they own, manage and control 63% of all land in Utah; 61% in Alaska and Idaho; 80% in Nevada; 29% to 53% in the other western states. Restrictive federal land use policies severely affect job creation and economic opportunities for states, communities, families and our nation as a whole, for little environmental benefit.

By |2017-05-14T02:44:32-04:00May 14th, 2017|CFACT Insights|1 Comment