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yikes! scientists prevented from advising the epa...on their own research

Posted: November 28 2014

Though the XL Keystone Pipeline failed to pass the Senate, other measures in the house  passed H.R. 4012, which places restrictions on scientists and creates room for industry experts with  financial ties to those affected by EPA regulations.
The bill is being framed as a play for transparency:  Rep. Michael Burgess, R-Texas, argued that the board’s current structure is problematic because it  “excludes industry experts, but not officials for environmental advocacy groups.” The inclusion of industry experts, he said, would right this injustice.
The bill forbids scientific experts from participating in “advisory activities” that either directly or indirectly involve their own work. In case that wasn’t clear: experts would be forbidden from sharing their expertise in their own research — the bizarre assumption, apparently, being that having conducted peer-reviewed studies on a topic would constitute a conflict of interest. “In other words,” wrote Union of Concerned Scientists director Andrew A. Rosenberg in an editorial for RollCall, “academic scientists who know the most about a subject can’t weigh in, but experts paid by corporations who want to block regulations can.” To read more about this issue, click HERE!