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Junkscience: In attack on EPA secret science ban, WaPo falsely describes EPA-funded research as ‘independent’

While I appreciate being quoted in a front-page Washington Post article about a crowning glory of my fight against junk science, I don’t appreciate being lied about. The online WaPo article is here. This is the offending passage is below in print and online. So note the underlined words, “independent research.” According to the WaPo, …

2018-04-25 14:14   Click to comment

Junkscience: YUGE: Scott Pruitt proposes to end junk science via transparency at EPA

I thought today’s announcement would “only” be address the secret data. It is so much more. More than just the data transparency that has advocated for 20+ years, the proposed EPA rule also calls for methodological transparency — disclosure and justification of default assumptions, inincluding the linear non-threshold model. I will have more on …

2018-04-25 00:12   Click to comment

Junkscience: Original Research: Origin of the term ‘McCarthyism’

Who coined the term “McCarthyism”? Was it Washington Post cartoonist Herb Block? Or someone more sinister? I report my original research as it stands now. You decide. Joe McCarthy famously launched his campaign to expose communists working in the government in a February 1950 speech in Wheeling, West Viginia. Washington Post cartoonist Herb Block (aka …

2018-04-24 15:20   Click to comment

Junkscience: NYTimes Investigative Reporter Eric Lipton — Not So ‘Investigative’ on Glider Trucks

Eric Lipton is an “investigative reporter” with the New York Times. I’ve talked with him on the phone. He seems like a nice enough guy. But I’m gonna beat him over the head for his Friday morning tweet about glider trucks. For an intro to the glider truck controversy, read my January 12 op-ed in …

2018-04-21 02:04   Click to comment

Junkscience: ‘State of Global Air’: More Air Quality Lies from the Health Effects Institute

The air pollution scare industry is in panic mode, led by the Health Effects Institute. My notes on this HEI publication: Virtually the entire world breathes unhealthy air, seriously? This ridiculous claim is based on the notion that there is no safe level of particulate matter and ozone in outdoor air. There is no science …

2018-04-19 19:56   Click to comment

Junkscience: EPA’s Arthur Elkins: A partisan inspector general

The Obama-appointed Elkins turned a blind eye to actual Obama EPA crimes. But no triviality escapes him in the Trump EPA. EPA’s Arthur Elkins: A partisan inspector general By Steve Milloy Federal inspector generals are not supposed to be partisan. But I can think of no other way to describe the Environmental Protection Agency’s Arthur …

2018-04-17 17:40   Click to comment

Junkscience: Dunn to C. Arden Pope, III: ‘Your scam is being exposed’

Dr. John Dunn taunts Brigham Young University epidemiology junk scientist C. Arden Pope, III. C. Arden Pope III Brigham Young University Dr. Pope (and many associated ACS CPS II Investigators and Researchers): Investigators who have conducted, funded, evaluated, and supported epidemiologic research that claims of deaths from fine particulate matter (PM 2.5) and mortality …

2018-04-12 14:51   Click to comment

Junkscience: Claim: Atlantic Ocean circulation at weakest point in more than 1,500 years

Two questions: 1. How do they know? (Unverifiable guesswork based on the size of sediment grains — really?) 2. Assuming the claim is true, why was it so weak 1,500 years ago?). The media release is below. ### Atlantic Ocean circulation at weakest point in more than 1,500 years WOODS HOLE OCEANOGRAPHIC INSTITUTION New research …

2018-04-11 18:00   Click to comment

Junkscience: William ‘Carnival’ Barker attacks Milloy Wall Street Journal op-ed on secret science

My March 27 Wall Street Journal op-ed “The EPA Cleans Up Its Science” was attacked in a letter-to-the-editor by University of Rochester emeritus professor William H. Barker. I report you decide — and don’t let the title of this article do it for you. Barker’s letter is below. He has no idea of what he …

2018-04-10 18:28   Click to comment

Junkscience: Give me (and Scott Pruitt) a break

Compare the trivial allegations against Scott Pruitt with the actual, serious law-breaking of the Clinton and Obama EPA chiefs. Give me (and Scott Pruitt) a break By Steve Milloy Beltway navel gazers and anti-Trump media are all atwitter over Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt’s alleged ethical issues/lapses in judgment concerning his travel and living …

2018-04-06 16:14   Click to comment

Junkscience: Trump and the US need Scott Pruitt to stay at EPA

My latest commentary at Trump and the US need Scott Pruitt to stay at EPA By Steve Milloy April 5, 2018, “I do,” President Trump said Thursday afternoon when asked by reporters whether he still has confidence in embattled Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt. And well the president should. Pruitt has been …

2018-04-05 22:26   Click to comment

Junkscience: New York Times Melts Down Over EPA’s Secret Science Ban

My American Greatness summary of the recent New York Times jihad on EPA chief Scott Pruitt over his ban of secret science at EPA. New York Times Melts Down Over EPA’s Secret Science Ban By Steve Milloy April 3, 2018 American Greatness ( The New York Times is spittin’ mad at Environmental Protection Agency chief …

2018-04-03 22:06   Click to comment

Junkscience: All the Lies Fit to Print: The NYTimes supports EPA secret science

The New York Times editorialized against EPA chief Scott Pruitt’s move to end secret science at the EPA. Here’s the line-by-line takedown of the Times‘ lies. This morning’s editorial is below. My comments are in [bolded brackets]. Keep in mind, the full story of EPA’s secret science is told in my book “Scare Pollution: Why …

2018-04-01 17:18   Click to comment

Junkscience: Debunked: Obama EPA chief screams bloody murder in NYTimes op-ed about Trump EPA chief ‘secret science’ ban

I guess all those promises Gina McCarthy made to Congress about producing the Harvard Six City and Pope/ACS study data were all lies. The McCarthy/McCabe op-ed is below. My comments are in [bolded brackets]. A couple of other points: Gina McCarthy promised Congress she would turn over the data in question. She never did. McCarthy …

2018-03-29 03:12   Click to comment

Junkscience: Milloy Wall Street Journal op-ed is EPA media release

Who’d-a-ever thunk this would happen? Such WINNING!… courtesy of President Trump and EPA chief Scott Pruitt. Click here for the release on the EPA web site.

2018-03-28 14:52   Click to comment

Junkscience: Hack-Attack: NYTimes ‘reports’ on EPA ‘secret science’ initiative

NYTimes reporters are unhappy I slammed their article on Twitter. Here’s why I did. My tweet was followed by these from NYTimes John Schwartz (read from bottom up). The NYTimes article is below. [My comments are in bold brackets.] ### The E.P.A. Says It Wants Research Transparency. Scientists See an Attack on Science. By Lisa …

2018-03-28 03:31   Click to comment

Junkscience: EPA Chief Puts Science Back Into Environmental Protection

My Daily Signal commentary summarizing EPA hief Scott Pruitt’s science accomplishments at EPA. EPA Chief Puts Science Back Into Environmental Protection By Steve Milloy March 27, 2018, COMMENTARY BY Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt may be just a lawyer, but so far he has done more to bring sound science to the EPA …

2018-03-28 00:31   Click to comment

Junkscience: The EPA Cleans Up Its Science

My op-ed in today’s Wall Street Journal. The EPA Cleans Up Its Science By Steve Milloy March 26,2018 Wall Street Journal (Print ed. March 27, 2018) The Environmental Protection Agency will no longer rely on “secret” scientific data to justify regulations, Administrator Scott Pruitt announced last week. EPA regulators and agency-funded researchers have become accustomed …

2018-03-27 23:53   Click to comment

Junkscience: FLASHBACK… 25 years ago in the NYTimes: ‘New View Calls Environmental Policy Misguided’

Honest reporting like this earned New York Times reporter Keith Schneider the wrath of environmental groups which eventually cost him his job. Read the entire article.

2018-03-21 15:36   Click to comment

Junkscience: WINNING!! EPA chief to ban use of ‘secret science’ in rulemaking has been working this issue for 20+ years. The Daily Caller’s Mike Bastasch confirmed with EPA chief Scott Pruitt that the reign of secret science — think Harvard Six City and Pope-ACS PM2.5 studies — is coming to an end. Bastasch’s article is here and below. ### EXCLUSIVE: Scott Pruitt Will End EPA’s Use …

2018-03-20 12:34   Click to comment

Junkscience: Claim: Cutting carbon emissions sooner could save 153 million lives

False. Duke’s Drew Shindell knows nothing about air quality epidemiology — at least that is a charitable explanation for this junk science. The claim is based on the notion of “co-benefits” from reduced PM2.5 emissions — i.e., fewer CO2 emissions from fewer coal plants means less PM2.5. But as demonstrated in “Scare Pollution,” PM2.5 kills …

2018-03-19 16:00   Click to comment

Junkscience: Claim: Lead causes 250,000 heart disease deaths per year

This is study is evidence of nothing. Bruce Lanphear is a long-time lead scare profiteer. Read USA today coverage of Lanphear’s junk. This is more meaningless weak association epidemiology, the problems with which are explained by the cream of the epidemiologist crop — i.e., Bradford Hill and Ernst Wynder. JunkScience has petitioned the Trump administration …

2018-03-19 15:25   Click to comment

Junkscience: The Extent and Consequences of P-Hacking in Science

P-hacking is where researchers collect or select data and statistical analysis until nonsignifiant results become significant. Click for the study.

2018-03-16 17:18   Click to comment

Junkscience: Trump’s Tariffs: A Tool for Free Trade

No, it’s not NOT Smoot-Hawley all over again. Economist Danial LaCalle was kind enough to invite me to write this piece for his web site, ### Trump’s Tariffs: A Tool for Free Trade By Steve Milloy March 15, 2018, Knee-jerk Trump-haters and many free market economists are up in arms over the President’s …

2018-03-16 10:00   Click to comment

Junkscience: Publication bias and the canonization of false facts

‘Science’ is facing a replication crisis. Click here for the article.

2018-03-15 19:03   Click to comment

Junkscience: NO… blacks not a higher risk from PM2.5 than whites…. NO

PM2.5 doesn’t kill people — white, black or purple. But it does make researchers of all skin colors dishonest. This new study reports that in this study of 1717 subjects, blacks were exposed on average to 2.5% more PM2.5 than whites (16.1 vs. 15.7 micrograms/m3) and that, as result, blacks had a 45% higher rate …

2018-03-15 18:41   Click to comment

Junkscience: Claim: Coral reef experiment shows acidification from carbon dioxide slows growth

Nah. Some thoughts: People who talk “ocean acidifcation” have zero credibility. There is no such thing. Possibly, oceans may become slightly less basic from higher CO2 levels. But mention of “ocean acidification” indicates a mindset predisposed to hysteria. An experiment in which environmental conditions are suddenly changed to those projected for 100 years from now ……

2018-03-14 18:00   Click to comment

Junkscience: Milloy quote on Pompeo is NYTimes headline

The quote in the NYTimes headline is mine. Who’d a thunk that would ever happen? Below is my full quote from the NYTimes article:

2018-03-14 00:11   Click to comment

Junkscience: Steve Milloy quoted in Trump EPA Report of First Year Accomplishments

Also had a great meeting today with EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt! Big things happening! My quote is below. Click here for the full report. (EPA web site).

2018-03-12 22:13   Click to comment

Junkscience: Study: US cancer treatment guidelines ‘often based on weak evidence’

So far the war on cancer has largely been an expensive failure. Some success, but mostly not. Further reading: Study: Most new cancer drugs of dubious therapeutic value Cancer Undefeated The media release is below. The study is here or here. ### US cancer treatment guidelines ‘often based on weak evidence’ Findings question the underlying …

2018-03-07 23:30   Click to comment

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