The last federal administration, to justify the Obamacare program and other changes in U.S. policy, was fond of saying “elections have consequences.”
As a classic illustration of another old saying (what goes around comes around), the nomination of Dr. James Enstrom to the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee seems to confirm the Obama mantra.
Enstrom is an epidemiologist who clashed with both the EPA and the California Air Resources Board (CARB) over their failed scientific efforts on particulate matter standards and “premature death” calculations over air quality in California.
Enstrom is connected to EPA Director Scott Pruitt’s proposed science transparency policy as well. In 2013, when Rep. Lamar Smith was pushing for his legislative version of the policy, identified Enstrom specifically as a scientist whose initial requests to examine the raw data underlying American Cancer Society (ACS) studies were rejected.
Enstrom, known for his persistence, published important articles relating good health practices to reduced mortality and recently has shown that fine particulate matter (PM2.5) is not related to total mortality in the ACS Cancer Prevention Study cohorts (CPS I and CPS II). He is the only independent scientist to obtain and analyze original CPS cohort data. His research shows that the EPA PM2.5 NAAQS is scientifically unjustified and must undergo complete and objective reassessment.
Dr. Enstrom, who has a Ph.D. from Stanford in physics among many other academic laurels, also exposed the fake credentials of Hien Tran, CARB’s supposed air quality expert in health issues, who bought his doctorate for $1,000 from a mail-order Isreali firm, which used a mail drop in a UPS store in New York City as their headquarters.
When UCLA fired him for his politically unfavorable (but ultimately accurate) positions on air quality, he sued for wrongful termination and won a settlement in 2012, was paid $140,000 and had his termination rescinded.
In addition to Enstrom, EPA nominated 35 other scientists for the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC), which advises Pruitt on National Ambient Air Quality Standards issues. Pruitt last year appointed three new people to the seven-member panel; the other four slots are open for new three-year appointments at the beginning of October.
ECA has stood by Dr. Enstrom’s courageous fight for scientific integrity at both the state and federal levels. We are pleased to see him nominated to the CASAC panel where his efforts can improve the performance of both EPA and CARB
By Wes May
ECA Executive Director
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