First, it was cows. Now it’s humans. Will Dear Leader Barack Hussein Obama and The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) not stop until EVERYTHING is regulated in the name of global warming, or climate change, or whatever it’s called this week?
On March 28, 2014, Obama released a Fact Sheet entitled “Climate Action Plan – Strategy to Cut Methane Emissions.” That “Fact Sheet” closely follows a study by the EPA that announced that cows emit methane.
So the stage is set. The EPA will protect us from evil cows that emit methane. We can all sleep better. Or can we?
Well… On April 2, 2014, we learned from an EPA Inspector General (IG) report that “The Environmental Protection Agency has been conducting dangerous experiments on humans over the past few years in order to justify more onerous clean air regulations.” [emphasis mine]
It seems that the EPA conducted five experiments in 2010 and 2011 on people with health issues such as asthma and heart problems, and on the elderly. The experiments exposed people to dangerously high levels of toxic pollutants, including diesel exhaust fumes. Diesel exhaust fumes contains forty toxic air contaminants, including nineteen that are known carcinogens, and particulant matter [PM]. The EPA has publicly warned of the dangers of PM. An EPA document from 2003 that says short-term exposure to PM can result in heart attacks and arrhythmias for people with heart disease. It further states that long-term exposure can result in reduced lung function and even death.
The EPA has what it calls PM2.5, PM that is 2.5 microns or less in diameter, about 1/30th the thickness of a human hair. The EPA sets its PM2.5 standard at 15 micrograms per cubic meter of outdoor air. Yet the EPA exposed people to PM levels of 600 micrograms per cubic meter. So 600 micrograms per cubic meter is forty times what the EPA sets as an acceptable outdoor air standard. The EPA advises “… [e]veryone should avoid any outdoor exertion. People with respiratory or heart disease, the elderly and children should remain indoors” when PM2.5 levels are between about 250 and 500 micrograms per cubic meter.
In the IG report were these statements:
- “… the EPA did not include information on long-term cancer risks in its diesel exhaust studies’ consent forms.”
- “An EPA manager considered these long-term risks minimal for short-term study exposures…”
- “… only one of five studie’ consent forms provided the subject with information on the upper range of the pollutant” [they would be exposed to].
- “… two of five alerted study subjects to the risk of death for older individuals with cardiovascular disease.”
- “… exposed people with health issues to levels of pollutants up to 50 times greater than the agency says is safe for humans.”
The IG report also contains these two statements:
- The EPA needs to ensure that the human research study team members obtain annual ethics training to properly protect study subjects.
- This lack of warning about PM is also different from the EPA’s public image about PM.
The IG report says that no one died during the experiments. The report does say that “one test subject – a 58-year-old obese woman with medical problems and a family history of heart disease – was ordered to go to the hospital by the EPA after being exposed to ‘ambient air pollution particles’ in October, 2010.” And that “Other test subjects also experienced health problems during their testing. One subject developed a persistent cough after being exposed to ozone for 15 minutes in April 2011 and two other subjects suffered from ‘cardiac arrhythmias’ during testing in 2010 after being exposed to ‘clean air’.”
But what about after the experiments? The IG report says nothing about that. I can only conclude that the EPA, armed with its (tainted) release forms, didn’t care about humans after the the experiments were concluded.
Let’s see. 2010 and 2011, both years during Obama’s watch. Where was the MSM on this?
WOW! I’m glad the EPA is protecting us from climate change gasses. But how does it justify its latest actions? Oh, silly me. In both cases politics are to blame, and the EPA is just following orders. That reason didn’t work for Hitler’s murders. Will it work for Obama’s murders?
But that’s just my opinion.
Cross-posted at The Pot Stirrer, my very conservative web site!