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This is unfortunate because each day the Environmental Protection Agency foists hundreds of new pages of regulations (amounting to hundreds of millions of dollars in cost) upon the economy. These regulations cost jobs, raise energy prices and for what?
While the EPA says the regulations will save lives and ultimately create jobs, the science behind their claims is routinely hidden. If this bill becomes law, that would change as it would require the EPA to disclose all the science and models used to come to their conclusions and that these efforts be reproducible by independent researchers. Transparency of all taxpayer funded research and the research used to make rules imposed on the public should be the rule (except, perhaps, in the case of national security risks).
This shouldn’t even be controversial, but it is because the EPA wants to work behind closed doors. I believe this is because many, if not all, of its myriad rules are indefensible based on the science — rather they are about controlling the economy. I’m open to being proven wrong, so let’s expose and test the science.
We at The Heartland Institute have been tracking this effort from the beginning. To who widespread support for the bill, Heartland has circulated a citizens petition calling for transparency in the science used by the EPA to justify its actions. We hope you will join the effort. Read the petition and join the effort if you are so moved:
For more information about this bill see this PDF from the House Science Committee, or this page at the Wall Street Journal. Together we can make put the burden on the EPA to show why its science should be secret contrary to all scientific progress in history.