Jenny Beth’s Journal: Pruitt declares end of “secret science” and scientists lambaste
Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt has been facing criticism lately from political opponents. What is the mass hysteria as of this week? Pruitt took a major step to end the EPA’s use of “secret science.” He proposed a new rule that would require the EPA’s scientific studies be available for public inspection and be able to be reproduced. It’s a step toward accountability and a cutback on countless expensive and unnecessary regulations; however, the professional environmental left has been criticizing Pruitt’s decision.
What did Pruitt do? He proposed a new rule that would require the scientific studies used by his agency to be available for public inspection and be able to be reproduced. “It is a codification of an approach that says as we do our business at the agency the science that we use is going to be transparent, it’s going to be reproducible, it’s going to be able to be analyzed by those in the marketplace,” said Pruitt. “And those who watch what we do can make informed decisions about whether we’ve drawn the proper conclusions or not.”
Wait. What? That’s it? The head of an agency with a history of imposing regulations that cost consumers tens of billions of dollars, that often make health outcomes worse rather than better, and that stand logic on its head, is now being pilloried for announcing that from this point forward, his agency will follow the scientific method?
Just last week, the National Association of Scholars released a new report on the irreproducibility crisis of modern science. Their report examines the different aspects of what is commonly referred to as the “replication crisis,” and offers 40 recommendations that would realign scientific research with the pursuit of truth rather than the implementation of partisan, political mandates.
It’s a testament to how messed up is the Washington swamp that his announcement has been met with such wailing and gnashing of teeth. That a decision based on common sense would send the Swamp into such a frenzy proves it’s the Swamp, not Pruitt, that’s crazy. Next thing you know, the head of the Union of Concerned Scientists will stage a formal rending of garments outside EPA headquarters, and his event will be covered by all the mainstream media outlets.
Scott Pruitt is determined to do the job he was assigned to do and he is doing it well! Pruitt’s decision to end “secret science” should be praised. He is not only trying to stop regulations that cost consumers unnecessary amounts of money and rarely produce positive results, but he’s also trying to suck the leftist poison out of the EPA and restore the agency to its rightful place in the government.