“Scare Pollution“, written by lawyer and statistician Steven Milloy, is an easy-to-read investigation into the EPA‘s inner workings. Well researched and organized, the book provides an “alarming narrative of concocted dangers and contorted science designed to expand the reach of an already-too-powerful federal agency.”
Milloy has been covering EPA controversies for over 25 years and created the site JunkScience.com to expose distorted and faulty science. His latest foray explains how the agency was created by President Richard Nixon via executive order to appease anti-war activists.
Milloy notes it’s also not a cabinet-level agency like the Energy Department, but is given cabinet-level authority, ability to write new laws, and an ever-ballooning budget.
It has become so powerful it can target any industry with surgical precision while ignoring the dangers of favored energy sources. Worse, the science used to back up many of the agency’s claims about particulate matter, or PM2.5, is based on politically driven science used to target fossil fuels.
Milloy illustrates how the EPA has “over the course of the last 20 years marshaled its vast and virtually unchallenged power into an echo chamber of deceptive science.”