Complaining Doesn’t a Scandal Make

By April 25, 2008Global Warming

Yesterday in the post “Anatomy of a Beltway Takedown” we reported on how an environmental activist group, the Union of Concerned Scientists, “entrusted” a Washington Post reporter with a story, which begot congressional hearings, and successfully turned a policy dispute about Endangered Species Act listings into a Washington, D.C., “scandal” that drove an official from her job. Outrageous. Typical.

This week the Union of Concerned Scientists released a new survey making similar claims about the Administration “politicizing science,” citing EPA staffers who said their work was being interfered with. Struck us as a whole lot of nothing, anonymous staffers objecting to people disagreeing with them. But given the environmentalist group’s ability to network like-minded Capitol Hill types, we concluded, “Let’s see how this one becomes a scandal.”

Here you go.

These survey results suggest a pattern of ignoring and manipulating science in EPA’s decisionmaking. At May’s hearing, the Committee will examine one apparent example of this disturbing trend: EPA’s recent revision of the national air quality standards for ozone. You should also expect members of the Committee to ask about these survey results and other evidence of political interference with science at EPA.

That’s from a letter from House Oversight Committee Chairman Henry Waxman to EPA Administrator Stephen Johnson. (Copy of the letter here.)

We’ll see what happens next. Would guess subpoenas for this or that.

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