EPA closes its librairies, destroys documents

Gandalf

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Read this morning:

the link: "http://ucsaction.org/campaign/1_17_07epalibraryclosures/"

The EPA Closes Its Libraries, Destroys Documents

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has begun closing its nationwide network of scientific libraries, effectively preventing EPA scientists and the public from accessing vast amounts of data and information on issues from toxicology to pollution. Several libraries have already been dismantled, with their contents either destroyed or shipped to repositories where they are uncataloged and inaccessible.
Members of Congress have asked the EPA to cease and desist. While the agency claims that it has postponed further destruction of documents, we need you to tell the EPA that scientists and the public need unconstrained access to this critical information to protect our health and environment. Please call EPA Administrator Stephen Johnson at (202) 564-4700 and urge him to keep the library system open until all materials are available online and sufficient research assistance is available.
Please Note: We've received reports that some EPA receptionists are telling UCS supporters that the EPA is simply restructuring and modernizing the system. Click here for evidence of why this argument doesn’t hold water.
 

brainwave

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I guess they realized that their data while sometimes informative, was increasingly skewed towards the corporate interests anyway. They knew which side the bread was buttered on. I guess there are well meaning people in the EPA but many just 'do time' there before making contacts and moving on to industry. Now they are blatantly moving on without leaving the EPA. That is what this is about. It should be called CPA- corporate protection agency.

An example of the ineffectiveness of the EPA is that non EPA research labs are discovering the more damaging effects of endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs). I know from controlled studies that the effects of doses much lower than what the EPA has said was ok for years now, is absolutely not ok. They are often very neurotoxic. Chronic low dose EDCs alter cognitive and behavioral processes in humans. Lab studies with rodents show that these changes continue in the offspring of those exposed. That is in addition to what was already known about physical effects like immune system dysfunctions and cancer. We are chronically exposed just by eating, drinking and using common household products. I had a long and strange conversation with an EPA rep at an endocrine society conference last year. I believe these people are either completely stupid or are deliberately evil. EDC exposed subjects show more cognitive deficits and aggressive behavior compared to non-exposed subjects (conduct disorder and ADHD comes to mind). I think people at the EPA ingested more than average amounts of the stuff over the years.
 

Laura

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One question that occurs to me is: why are they doing this now? Do they have some idea that they might lose control of those documents???

Added: I just did some checking and this is old news from Feb of last year. I put it on SOTT anyway as a flashback.
 

Alana

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Interesting... especially since more and more people seem to become aware that the weather ain't as it used to be and began inquiring.
 

Ruth

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Laura said:
One question that occurs to me is: why are they doing this now? Do they have some idea that they might lose control of those documents???
It looks like an information 'cover up' to me, but done differently to the way they would cover up a crime. There's simply too much information in these documents and it all probably points towards some very worrying statistics on environmental polution and even poisoning.... It leaves the government with a problem: If the public knew about the seriousness of the situation and even the governments hand in it, they would demand action and responsibility. What they don't know, won't prompt them to demand this. Stoping scientists from accessing data is the best way to stop the spread of information. This way, they stop it from becoming public knowledge.

As far as the media goes, Bush doesn't seem to be taking climate change seriously, even though we are told that Congress is starting to.

I find it strange that out of the three people who are proposing this bill, two are (obviously) positively disposed towards military build up in the Middle East (and by implication, pro-Israeli) and the third is an environmentalist who recently got into trouble for stating the obvious and not supporting military build up.

http://www.voanews.com/english/AmericanLife/2007-01-19-voa49.cfm

New U.S. Congress Takes Climate Change Seriously
By Rosanne Skirble
Washington
19 January 2007

President Bush is opposed to mandatory curbs on carbon dioxide emissions
In his annual State of the Union address to Congress on Tuesday (January 23), President Bush is NOT expected to announce any major shift in climate policy. The President remains firmly opposed to mandatory curbs on carbon dioxide emissions and legislative moves to cap and trade them in the marketplace. But, the newly constituted U.S.Congress appears to be heading aggressively in the other direction.

With its election victories in November, the Democratic Party now sets the political agenda on Capitol Hill, and environmental policy is high on their list of legislative priorities. In the first days of the new session, lawmakers introduced several bills that set the stage for serious debate over climate change.

Steve Cochran of National Climate Campaign for Environmental Defense says federal laws make sense for national economy and business
Steve Cochran is director of the National Climate Campaign for Environmental Defense, one of the nation's largest environmental advocacy groups. He says the laws proposed by Senators Joe Lieberman and John McCain and Environment and Public Works Committee Chair Barbara Boxer are a good first step toward reducing climate-changing industrial emissions. "They both cap emissions. They both work to reduce emissions immediately. They both put emissions at 1990 levels by 2020." He adds that both bills should also send a very strong signal to the marketplace and to the world that "America is moving forward."

Cochran says the bills reflect a growing public awareness of the climate-change issue, and a trend among state governments and local jurisdictions to adopt their own climate-action plans. He says the proposed federal laws make sense for the national economy and for big business. "You're beginning to see those market signals that suggest that companies are seeing opportunity here, and are not just concerned about regulations."

Kenneth Green of the American Enterprise Institute opposes government regulation of emissions
But groups opposed to heavy government regulation of private enterprise are not pleased by the latest congressional initiatives. Kenneth Green, an analyst with the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, dismisses emissions cap-and-trade bills as "wishful thinking," and says they are not meaningful public policy." He believes the policy would raise the price and reduce supplies of energy. "Energy is one of the major inputs to our economy. It is one of the major inputs to people's quality of life, therefore it is a large negative act to restrict such a thing, and I don't believe that it will actually stand."

Green believes that if Congress considers greenhouse gas emissions to be such an environmental negative, lawmakers should impose a tax to offset any harm. "Lawmakers are trying to hide this in cap-and-trade schemes where the prices will be essentially invisible to people because it will simply be manifest in increased electricity rates or gas rates or power rates and so forth."

Green says congressional efforts should instead be focused on measures to keep excess carbon out of the atmosphere and means to promoting investment in, and adoption of energy-efficient technologies.

While Steve Cochran with Environmental Defense welcomes such debate, he says science is driving another agenda more closely aligned to the climate change bills now before Congress. "What the science says is that if we don't take a significant step now to reduce emissions, we will have failed and our sense is that we have to move and we have to move aggressively."

Steve Cochran believes the U.S. took a step backward when the Bush Administration chose to reject the Kyoto Protocol, the global treaty on climate change. It argued that Kyoto was flawed because its mandatory emission curbs would hurt the U.S. economy and that developing nations like India and China were not included. Kyoto emissions targets are set to expire in 2012. Many environmentalists believe that more progressive policies to address climate change concerns could help put the United States back at the negotiating table when talks resume.
 
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