Not Tired of Winning Yet XVI

Secret Science Reform Act!

This is so hard to believe, and so very much in the category of being too good to be true, that I may be premature by offering it as a cause for celebration.

Therefore, in the spirit of skepticism, allow me to blow the trumpet and fire the guns and hoist the flag and raise a tankard and summon the dancing girls and announce bear-baiting and fireworks merely because such a matter is being seriously discussed. Even if this falls through, this is a sign that the winds of change are bringing a storm.

I quote without comment from No Passara. All the words below are his:

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) may soon be required by federal law to base its policies on actual science

writes Benny Huang on the Constitution website

—and of course environmentalists are livid about it. Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) reintroduced a bill known as the Secret Science Reform Act that would prohibit the EPA from “proposing, finalizing, or disseminating regulations or assessments based on science that is not transparent or reproducible.” The bill was originally introduced in 2014 though it did not clear all congressional hurdles. Barack Obama—our most super-sciencey president ever—vowed to veto it if ever reached his desk.

I’ve honestly tried to understand what kind of objection any sane human being could possibly have to this bill and I think I’ve discovered what it is. Are you ready? If the EPA has to be transparent it can’t operate. That’s it.

Don’t believe me? Here’s the opening sentence from an oppositional op-ed by Dianna Wray of Houston Press: “A lot Republicans hate the Environmental Protection Agency, but have left it to San Antonio Republican Representative Lamar Smith to come up with a bill that, if passed, could actually stop the agency from doing just about anything.”

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