Environmental protection, in name only

National Review
by Henry I. Miller

02/09/09

The new head of the Environmental Protection Agency, Lisa Jackson, promised during her confirmation hearing to base agency policies and decisions on science, not politics: ‘If I am confirmed, I will administer with science as my guide,’ she said. ‘Political appointees will not compromise the integrity of EPA’s technical experts to advance particular regulatory outcomes.’ There are two reasons for skepticism. First, the EPA has long been a haven for zealots in career positions and for scientifically insupportable policies, so it has little integrity to compromise. It has a sordid history of incompetence, duplicity, and pandering to the most extreme factions of the environmental movement, all of which are likely to become even worse during the Obama administration. Second, Ms. Jackson herself is a veteran of 16 years at the EPA, during which she developed some of the agency’s most unscientific, wasteful, and dangerous regulations...

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