July 19, 2011

EPA Study on Blubber Will Skyrocket Energy Costs, Says Affordable Power Alliance

LAS VEGAS, July 19, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) "cherry-picked" research to support its biased air emission rules for power plants. The agency also avoided balanced peer review to build its case for stringent new controls on mercury emissions, an important new scientific review has concluded.

Not only does EPA base its concerns about health risks on whale blubber, it ignores the skyrocketing, job-killing energy costs that employers and families will have to bear.

The report says EPA's refusal to consider conflicting scientific research will force utilities to spend billions overhauling or dismantling many of the nation's affordable energy sources in favor of expensive, unreliable renewable energy. This will sharply increase business costs, resulting in numerous layoffs - further damaging the health and welfare of vulnerable, low-income seniors and minorities.

The independent scientific review was released by Affordable Power Alliance, a coalition of civil rights, religious and business groups representing African-American, Hispanic, poor and elderly constituents. Posted at www.AffordablePowerAlliance.com, it was prepared by natural scientist Dr. Willie Soon and reviewed by 15 scientists, including one Nobel Laureate.

The emotion-laden mercury component of EPA's biased research is especially questionable, Dr. Soon emphasizes. It is based largely on studies of Faroe Islands inhabitants who consume significant amounts of pilot whale meat and blubber, which is high in mercury, PCBs and other contaminants. Very few Americans have this in their diets - making the study irrelevant and inappropriate for US health rulemaking.

Dr. Soon's report also explains that fish contain selenium, which prevents methylmercury in their system from affecting people who consume fish, which is rich in essential omega 3 fatty acids.

"Most people assume government agencies base their regulations on objective, balanced, science-based research. EPA clearly did not do so. It didn't even consider the impact its rules will have on millions of jobs, thousands of businesses, or the health and well-being of millions of Americans," said Niger Innis, APA's national spokesperson.

"Blubbering on about blubber is hardly a sound basis for rules that will impact millions of poor and minority families," he noted.

The Alliance is asking Congress and state legislators to demand EPA delay further action, disclose research methods, and reveal how taxpayer money is helping promote support for biased findings and regulations.

SOURCE Affordable Power Alliance