The Environmental Working Group is wasting no time in trying to influence policy now that the election is over. The group issued a statement Wednesday saying it “look[s] forward to working with the administration to advocate more effective regulation of oil and shale gas drilling” and overhauling the federal Toxic Substances Control Act. The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee passed the Safe Chemicals Act earlier this year, but the bill never even made it to the Senate floor, much less to the House.
“What the zealous, chemophobic environmentalists are now going to try to do, given the re-election of President Obama and the continuing split in the House and Senate, is bypass the legislative process and have regulators crack down on coal, chemicals, hydraulic fracturing for shale gas, and whatever other crackpot ‘environmental’ regulations they can try in sneak in via ‘legislation through regulation,’” predicts ACSH’s Dr. Gilbert Ross. “I greatly fear an accelerated stringent and oppressive regulatory environment, whose infrastructure is in place waiting for the imminent go-ahead. The precautionary principle — bans and restriction based on fear rather than science — is on it way.”
He thinks there’ll be more junk science released trying to scare people, like the President’s Cancer Panel report of 2010 that claimed without evidentiary support that environmental factors were causing cancer.