Did EPA pay Harvard to fix study supporting Clean Power Plan?
as originally published by Fortnightly’s SPARK
That’s the lesson one might well draw from the remarkable but yet not so surprising coincidences that have emerged regarding (A) the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and its “Clean Power Plan” to reduce carbon emissions from existing coal-fired power plants, and (B) an academic study released two months ago by some half-dozen PH.D’s from Harvard, Syracuse University, and other schools and NGOs that purports to justify the CPP.
That’s because the Study, in analyzing the merits of three different alternative options for mitigating climate change – (1) a carbon tax, (2) upgrading coal plants, or (3) a holistic (outside the fence) strategy that includes improving energy efficiency for electricity users – found that the best and most convincing chance to maximize health benefits across the nation comes would come from option 3, the program that most resembles the plan advocated by EPA: the very same EPA that has supplied some $45 million in to scholars who participated in the Study.
The newly released health study has provoked a sharp divide between advocates and contrarians on either side of EPA’s Clean Power Plan. On one hand, no one in the major media has questioned the Study’s claims. On the other hand, the contrarians just want full disclosure from all the relevant parties.
And on behalf of the loyal opposition, it seems a perfect time to ask a basic question about whether the EPA’s Clean Power Plan passes the same test of “necessary and appropriate.” Ultimately, does the Supreme Court have all of the relevant facts, including the Harvard Health Study’s objectivity, to decide on the CPP’s constitutionality?
As the EPA gets closer to issuing its final set of regulations for the Clean Power Plan, the feeling prevails among most observers that CPP is a fait accompli , offering little or no room for the loyal opposition to present its case on the urgency of climate change mitigation, the cost of early action, the ability of scientists to predict 85 years into the future, the funding bias of Study, and the overall benefits of EPA’s plan.
First, a little background. Consider the following top-ten list: a litany of key events – working backward in time from this summer – on the current battle over the Clean Power Plan and the controversy surrounding the Harvard Health Study, headed up by Dr. Charles Driscoll, University Professor of Environmental Systems Engineering at Syracuse University, and published recently in the journal Nature Climate Change , under the title, “Clean Air and Health Co-Benefits of U.S. Power Plant Carbon Standards”:
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