The House doesn’t know there’s more to clean air and water than narrow regulations. Let’s ask the Senate to remind them.
Below is a lightly edited version of a letter I sent my Senators. I mean every word. “Rachel Carson killed millions by pushing the ban of DDT" is yet another lie spread by the merchants of doubt, and those too misinformed to bother looking up how quickly resistance develops in insect populations.
Context for the two acts in the letter (which, in a phone call, mention one at a time):
HR1430, the (dis)HONEST Act, bans the EPA from using data sets that aren’t public to develop protections. Not only does it target a specific agency — why does only science at the EPA need a special standard? — but when patients sign over healthcare data, those data are NOT made available for access to other bodies in the way this bill could be interpreted to mean.
So… yeah, this is literally some politician telling scientists not to use healthcare or privately collected data to make decisions that directly affect human health, even as he supports cutting the EPA’s ability to gather its own data (which would be public).
And, more egregiously, to do it all in one million dollars per year. Lamar Smith spent over $1.7 million in his last re-election campaign.
HR1431 allows industry members onto the EPA Science Advisory Board. Enough said.
HR1431 and HR1430 are direct threats to public safety and must not pass the Senate.
A few months ago, our family friend's brother died from an asthma attack. He was 58, from a well off and well educated family in an area least affected by pollution.
This is the current reality in India, where public health protections are crippled by underfunded enforcement and wealthy, powerful industry.
Without research into a new chemical known as DDT, the bald eagle would be extinct, and we’d still have had a malaria epidemic.
In claiming that they are returning the EPA to its core mission, the GOP members of the House Science Committee, Scott Pruitt, and Donald Trump have conveniently forgotten that new chemicals and technologies - and progress in basic science - demand continuous growth and research. If not for Rachel Carson’s groundbreaking work, the bald eagle would be extinct, and DDT resistant mosquitoes would dominate the globe.
It is my hope that you can at least remind the Senate that science is best left to the people who have dedicated their lives to research.
Human lives are at stake.