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A hallmark of fascism is censorship by force … Argumentum ad baculum

2014/04/29

If the evidence and findings are purposely hidden and not made available for independent analysis, then it is by definition NOT science.

Real science is fully transparent and open to examination and challenge. It is inexcusable for the EPA to justify billions of dollars of economically significant regulations on science that is kept hidden from independent reanalysis. Obviously, there is an agenda, and real data is the inconvenient truth that doesn’t help them achieve it.

What does it mean to ‘go after’ Congress? Consider, the EPA was created by an Executive Order, isn’t  it very strange that this is now openly threatening and challenging the very people who appropriate the agency funding, and salaries.  Normally making such public threats is considered unlawful or even thought of  as being domestic ‘terrorist” threats.  This is not at all about workable solutions to environmental problems.or science in any form.

 Modern totalitarians do not at first crush dissent by force; to do so would be to invite open revolt. Instead, they seek to delegitimize opposing views, by means of public ridicule and harassment. Opponents are called fools and idiots before they are accused of presenting a danger.

But eventually, dissenters are identified as threatening the well-being of the people, and are therefore to be dissuaded, controlled… and then stopped. The science is settled. The argument is over.  Argumentum ad baculum.

The Obama administration’s disdain for the rule of law and the Constitution, coupled with its lack of “transparency,” should cause every citizen to question everything it says or does.

EPA Chief Promises To Go After Republicans Who Question Agency Science

via The Daily Caller

Environmental Protection Agency administrator Gina McCarthy has issued a warning to Republicans who continue to question the integrity of the agency’s scientific data: we’re coming for you.

McCarthy told an audience at the National Academy of Sciences on Monday morning the agency will go after a “small but vocal group of critics” who are arguing the EPA is using “secret science” to push costly clean air regulations.

“Those critics conjure up claims of EPA secret science — but it’s not really about EPA science or secrets. It’s about challenging the credibility of world renowned scientists and institutions like Harvard University and the American Cancer Society,” McCarthy said, according to Politico.

“It’s about claiming that research is secret if researchers protect confidential personal health data from those who are not qualified to analyze it — and won’t agree to protect it,” she added. “If EPA is being accused of secret science because we rely on real scientists to conduct research, and independent scientists to peer review it, and scientists who’ve spent a lifetime studying the science to reproduce it — then so be it.”

Republicans Sen. David Vitter of Louisiana and Rep. Lamar Smith of Texas have led the charge on pressing the EPA to make publicly available the scientific data behind its clean air regulations. McCarthy promised she would make such data publicly available during her confirmation process last year. Now her refusal to cough up the data has angered Republicans.

“EPA’s leadership is willfully ignoring the big picture and defending EPA’s practices of using science that is, in fact, secret due to the refusal of the agency to share the underlying data with Congress and the American public,” said Vitter.

“We’re not asking, and we’ve never asked, for personal health information, and it is inexcusable for EPA to justify billions of dollars of economically significant regulations on science that is kept hidden from independent reanalysis and congressional oversight,” Vitter added.

The EPA has used non-public data to justify 85 percent of $2 trillion worth of Clean Air Act regulation benefits from 1990 to 2020. The agency also uses such datasets to assert that Clean Air Act regulation benefits exceed the costs by a 30:1 ratio originates from the secret data sets.

House Republicans have backed a bill that would block the EPA from crafting regulations based on “secret” data. Republicans argue that such data was used to craft onerous regulations, like one promulgated in late 2012 to reduce soot levels.

That soot rule is supposed to yield $4 billion to $9 billion in benefits per year, while costing from $50 million to $350 million, but the data backing that claim up is not publicly available.

“For far too long, the EPA has approved regulations that have placed a crippling financial burden on economic growth in this country with no public evidence to justify their actions,” said Arizona Republican Rep. David Schweikert, who introduced the bill.

“Virtually every regulation proposed by the Obama administration has been justified by nontransparent data and unverifiable claims,” said Smith, who cosponsored the bill. “The American people foot the bill for EPA’s costly regulations, and they have a right to see the underlying science. Costly environmental regulations should be based on publicly available data so that independent scientists can verify the EPA’s claims.”

Much that we see coming from the Obama administration and it’s appointees is based upon logical fallacies as in the Argumentum Ad Verecundiam presented herein and elsewhere in their other arguments.

See similar agenda strategy revealed here:

Emails Show Susan Rice Prepped To Lie By White House

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