Here is the true story of a felon, now jailed, once paid at EPA’s highest level, and his friends at the EPA who designed EPA’s playbook for faking science and regulating the U.S. economy, the same playbook that EPA is using today and approved by the US Supreme Court just last week.
These fraudulent regulations are already increasing your energy costs and hitting poor Americans especially hard, and this pain will accelerate into the future. “The reality is that in 2012, eighty-five coal-fired power plants retired.(377) Five times as much coal-generating capacity is expected to retire in the next six years alone.(378). …”According to the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity, EPA’s draconian policies will force over 330 electric generating units to close or to be retrofitted with expensive conversions. The people impacted by these closures are everyday Americans… the legacy of John Beale lives on at EPA even though the man himself is currently behind bars.”
At the link below is “EPA’s Playbook Unveiled: A Story of Fraud, Deceit, and Secret Science” by Staff Writers at the US Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works.
“During the 1990s, [John] Beale was instrumental in creating and implementing major regulations pursuant to the Clean Air Act (CAA), which have shaped the nation’s most expansive and overreaching environmental efforts for nearly two decades. Unambiguously, Beale spearheaded the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for Ozone and Particulate Matter (PM) in 1997, which were justified using data from two controversial studies that EPA has refused to share with Congress and the American public. These standards have affected all aspects of the U.S. economy, with a profound impact looming on Americans’ utility costs… For more than fifteen years, Congress and the American people have requested the data underlying the controversial Six Cities and ACS II studies, which served as the scientific foundation of the 1997 PM NAAQS regulation. EPA has consistently denied the public and Congress access to such data. However, EPA’s basis for the vast majority of proclaimed benefits for CAA regulations are inextricably tied to these two studies and EPA has relied on updates from these same two studies to support major new CAA [Clean Air Act] rules. The lack of transparency on the underlying scientific data has aggravated the questionable use of these studies in justifying EPA regulations. These issues are not isolated to EPA, as OMB currently relies on the benefits of EPA’s CAA regulations, specifically the benefits of PM2.5 reduction, to inflate alleged benefits of all federal regulations. …EPA continues to utilize the secret science…EPA has increasingly relied upon benefits derived from reductions in fine particulates (PM2.5) in order to inflate benefit calculations for regulations issued under the Clean Air Act (CAA)…