Monday, February 09, 2009

U.S. EPA — "No bad deed goes unrewarded"

American industry, including the Green Industry, is always hopeful that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency bases its policies and decisions on science and not politics.

Longtime observers of the EPA (in spite of what every incoming agency administrator promises) remain skeptical. For good reason, says Henry I. Miller, a physician and fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution. Miller, an official of the National Institute of Health and Food and Drug Administration from 1977-1994, wrote a scathing review of the EPA, which appears in the nationalreviewonline.

Says Miller, the EPA “has long been a haven for zealots in career positions and for scientifically insupportable policies . . . (with) a sordid history of incompetence, duplicity, and pandering to the most extreme factions of the environmental movement.”

Is the EPA likely to improve under the Obama administration with the recent appointment of Lisa Jackson at its head? Fat chance, believes Miller, who, in referring to Jackson’s appointment and the naming of former EPA chief Carol Browner to coordinate environmental policy throughout the government, comments — “No bad deed goes unrewarded.”

Click on the headline for the Henry I. Miller’s piece — “Environmental Protection, in Name Only” — and let us know if you agree or disagree with his assessment. — LM Staff

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