Anthony Watts’ indispensable science site, WattsUpWithThat, has a post by John Dunn MD JD that delivers evidence of humans being used as guinea pigs in NIH research into the effects of particulate pollutants. The issue at hand is the Obama government’s desire to establish the lethality of small-particle pollution (by PM 2.5 particles, i.e. those smaller than 2.5 microns), which would allow the EPA to impose ever-more draconian pollution regulations.
Apparently, 42 people were exposed to what the EPA says are harmful or lethal levels of small particles, with some enduring up to 10 times the EPA’s declared safe level. These EPA human experiments took place between January 2010 and June 2011.
In September 2011, just after the NIH study was published, EPA head Ms. Jackson testified before Congress that: “Particulate matter causes premature death. It’s directly causal to dying sooner than you should.” Jackson also made dramatic claims of PM2.5′s lethality: thousands of deaths and hundreds of billions in economic consequences from the deaths and disabilities.
And now Jackson is well and truly stuck.
Why stuck? First, Jackson is a chemical engineer that presumably understands something about science and the scientific method. Thus, she knows – should know, at any rate – that causality, i.e. Condition A being a direct and incontrovertible cause of Event B, is the kind of knowledge that is nearly impossible to attain. And so when Jackson trots out with a categorical statement like “it’s directly causal,” she had better have a data base of the kind that can really be had only via divine inspiration. In other words, the data simply do not support Jackson’s extravagant claims.
That is called lying.
And second, well, let me just quote Dr. Dunn:
It is illegal, unethical, and immoral to expose experimental subjects to harmful or lethal toxins. The Reference Manual on Scientific Evidence, 3rd Ed. (2011), published by the Federal Judicial Center, on page 555 declares that exposing human subjects to toxic substances is “proscribed” by law and cites case law. The editor of EHP [Environmental Health Perspectives] refused a request to withdraw the paper and conduct an investigation.
And that is called breaking the law. (Interesting, this EHP refusal to conduct an investigation…)
So here come the two monsters of Greek mythology, questing for Lisa Jackson. Either the data are not true or simply inconclusive — smash against Scylla, ship lost with all hands, everybody not dead go to jail for lying and/or manufacturing evidence. Or the EPA/NIH cabal conducted human experiments — crash against Charybdis, ship lost with all hands, everybody not dead go to jail for Nuremberg-style offenses.
By the way, this information was only obtained via the Freedom of Information Act. Imagine us not having it!