Corrupt EPA stacks CASAC panel with agency grant cronies; Chair is top agency grant crony

Reposted from Junk Science

By Steve Milloy

EPA has filled the seven-seat Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee with five agency grant recipients. The CASAC chairman will be the University of Washington’s Lianne Sheppard, the top recipient of agency grants ($65+ million). In 2018, Sheppard sued the Trump administration after being excluded from being an independent EPA science advisor because she was an agency grant recipient.

The four agency grant recipients included on the “independent”CASAC board include: Michelle Bell ($29 million), James Boylan ($229,770), Judith Chow ($449,456) and Mark Frampton ($36+ million). EPA completely ignored the recommendations of, instead opting for a totally corrupt and rubber-stamping CASAC.

EPA’s CASAC will now be led by someone who gets paid to do research for EPA then gets to review and rubberstamp her and her colleagues’ (also EPA grant recipients) work.

No corruption here.

Move on.

Top EPA grant grubber Lianne Sheppard is now chairman of EPA’s CASAC board of outside advisors on air quality science.
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June 21, 2021 6:11 am

There has to be a law against that.

Richard Page
Reply to  commieBob
June 21, 2021 6:42 am

It’s then just the small matter of finding someone willing to take them on in court.

Gary Pearse
Reply to  commieBob
June 21, 2021 11:38 am

Why don’t sceptic organizations go after this in the courts? Maybe crowd sourced funding. They love to jump into impotent FOI cases but turn a blind eye to the real serious abuses. Com’on Heartland or the legal groups created for litigation projects. Please someone show me I’m wrong about this.

Thomas Gasloli
June 21, 2021 6:20 am

This is why the government should NOT fund research. It becomes a corrupt system where “science” confirms the grant funding agency’s policy goals.

Frank from NoVA
Reply to  Thomas Gasloli
June 21, 2021 7:30 am

That Rubicon was crossed a long time ago and government funding of science is now wholly integrated with the neo-Keynesian belief that public funding is necessary in some areas of science to correct the “market failure” of underinvestment. “No bucks, no Buck Rogers” is a phrase that comes to mind. This also dovetails with the progressive mentality that if something is worth doing, the government should do it ,and, conversely, if the government isn’t doing something, it shouldn’t be done.

Unfortunately, given the huge sums involved, and what we’ve seen to date with climate and covid-19, “big science” is obviously way too convenient for governments and their rent-seeking supporters (conforming scientists, the press, universities, corporations, etc.) to undergo reforms in the short term. However, on the bright side, I do think the public is just starting to become suspicious of the fact that the “findings” of big science always seems to implicitly or explicitly require a bigger role for government activity in their lives.

Bob Hunter
Reply to  Frank from NoVA
June 21, 2021 10:42 am

When the world moves to the Yuan as the world currency, the USA is hooped and Canada too. Though Trudeau may get us their first

Pat Frank
Reply to  Bob Hunter
June 21, 2021 12:08 pm

Won’t happen unless everyone is coerced. China is closed and does not have an honest economy. The Yuan is totally managed to their benefit. No one will move to it voluntarily.

Bob Hunter
Reply to  Pat Frank
June 21, 2021 12:22 pm

Coerced? You may want to question why the EU agreed to a new treaty with China this past January fully aware of China’s behaviour

Frank from NoVA
Reply to  Bob Hunter
June 21, 2021 12:16 pm

As bad as the USD and CAD are, they’re not the dirtiest shirts in the laundry. What I don’t get is crypto. I know each variant is supposedly limited in issue, but the number of competing variants aren’t. And then there’s the whole issue of having one’s nest egg dependent upon the functioning of a computer in, say, Outer Mongolia.

Crispin Pemberton-Pigott
Reply to  Frank from NoVA
June 23, 2021 3:08 am

Outer Mongolia is coal powered. Reliable and warm.

Reply to  Crispin Pemberton-Pigott
June 23, 2021 5:38 am

How warm you are depends on your circumstances. The street kids live in the sewers to keep warm. link

Reply to  Frank from NoVA
June 21, 2021 3:08 pm

I do think the public is just starting to become suspicious of the fact that the “findings” of big science always seems to implicitly or explicitly require a bigger role for government activity in their lives.

My observations suggest that, for a very large percentage, the more they are aware, the more they approve. The approving ones are the ones that get involved in furthering the process.

Richard Page
June 21, 2021 6:37 am

Presumably every meeting starts with a sing along of “Happy days are here again!”

June 21, 2021 6:44 am

It’s Democrat style of follow the scieeeence. Just their brand of science, I understand these pesky facts will be ignored by the MSM

June 21, 2021 6:52 am

How science becomes “sleazence”.

John Dueker
June 21, 2021 6:57 am

Why would we expect anything different from the Biden crime family?

Reply to  John Dueker
June 21, 2021 3:46 pm

Hunter is an artist, a petroleum advisor, a university teacher ….

given his worldly experience and the current state of politics & the media, he may very well be effective at receiving a salary or stipend for his future work as a consultant for the grant industry. (doesn’t China need some help with their air quality … Hunter can do that).

June 21, 2021 7:28 am

Sorry for OT, the German Charité is testing a new drug against COV-19.
Usually the drug Niclosamid is used to fight tapeworms
In vitro it is 99% efficient

Reply to  Krishna Gans
June 21, 2021 8:15 am

Further reading shows, it’s not a new treatment but is longer known to be effective

UNION Therapeutics: niclosamide against COVID-19“What’s interesting,” he adds, “is that niclosamide works on the host cell, not the virus, so it’s difficult for the virus to develop resistance. We’re very confident with the developments. We should be ready to announce patient study initiation soon. This could be the perfect stockpiling product and can be easily scaled to cover all of Europe. Ultimately this can help to avoid lockdowns and the economic disasters we’ve seen.” Watch this space.

Timo, not that one
Reply to  Krishna Gans
June 21, 2021 8:39 am

This will be crushed by the MSM just as they shut down Ivermectin. With Ivermectin, there is a clear record of huge success killing CCP virus in several jurisdictions. There is criminality on many levels with this questionable pandemic.

Reply to  Timo, not that one
June 21, 2021 8:55 am

I was surprised to find the first info in the MSM in Germany

Corona-News-Ticker: Charité prüft Einsatz von Bandwurmmittel gegen COVID-19
Charité examines new therapeutic approach in clinical study
Pespective press release:
Researchers at the German Center for Infection Research (DZIF) at the Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin and the University of Bonn have analyzed how SARS-CoV-2 reprograms the metabolism of the host cell in its favor. As they report in the journal Nature Communications*, they were able to identify four active substances that inhibit the multiplication of the virus in cells: the body’s own substances spermin and spermidine, the experimental cancer drug MK-2206 and the tapeworm agent niclosamide. Whether niclosamide also proves to be effective against COVID-19 in humans is now being investigated by the Charité in a clinical study.

Reply to  Krishna Gans
June 21, 2021 12:41 pm

For other peer reviewed treatments, see A Guide to Home-Based COVID Treatment

A Guide to Home-Based COVID Treatmentis built on the rapidly accumulating peer-reviewed published medical research, written by practicing physicians with decades of experience treating patients with all kinds of illnesses.

We provide a step-by-step guide to medically sound early treatments that have a reasonable probability of success in this emergency pandemic. There are oral medications that are approved for other conditions, but not yet proven to be efficacious specifically for COVID-19 by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. In the global pandemic emergency, large scale randomized clinical trials have not been feasible in the face of such critical illness. The National Institutes of Health at this time does not recommend treatment outside of the hospital because there are no current medicationsspecifically approved for outpatient COVID-19 treatment, even though the mortality rate once patients require hospitalization is unacceptably high.Thus, treatment administered outside of the hospitalized setting should be under the supervision of a physician or licensed medical professional who is knowledgeable in the use of the medications and the monitoring approach for ambulatory, home-based COVID-19 as described in this guide. Patients who worsen in any way should seek emergency room evaluation immediately.

Andy Pattullo
June 21, 2021 7:28 am

A sure sign the facts are not on your side is when you desperately need to be contender, judge and jury all at once in the contest of ideas.

Ron Long
June 21, 2021 7:46 am

Full-on Banana Republic style corruption. Welcome to the New World Order. Similar to the saying “one hand washes the other and they both get clean”. When Republicans return to political advantage there will be some serious house-cleaning.

Paul S
Reply to  Ron Long
June 21, 2021 8:16 am

What makes you think the Republicans will return to power (not that I fully wish them to do so). With such a massive and successful voter fraud last November and such little response from the cheated public, what is to prevent them from doing it again?

Ron Long
Reply to  Paul S
June 21, 2021 10:38 am

Paul S, I think the economic downturn, higher taxes, and associated unemployment will be Jimmy Carter all over again. The obvious problem for the current Democrat progressive agenda is that hey are systematically alienating significant segments of the voting public. Many of their policies and positions are approved by a lesser number than disapprove, and the accumulated effect will add up to the return to adult supervision, maybe in the form of Desantis?

Rory Forbes
Reply to  Paul S
June 21, 2021 10:58 am

what is to prevent them from doing it again?

You only get to openly flout the law once. Then the opposition will see you coming from a mile off.

Reply to  Ron Long
June 21, 2021 10:57 am

A Conservative “Republican” will NEVER be allowed to be president again. They have proven that they can steal elections at will, without consequence. It is already to late. You might get a socialist Republican that will play softball. But you won’t see another conservative President in your lifetime.Kruschev’s warning to America has come true.
They also know that the MSM will always have their back.

Frank from NoVA
Reply to  Glen
June 21, 2021 12:03 pm

“A Conservative “Republican” will NEVER be allowed to be president again.”

Hopefully not, since progressives have been mopping the floor with “conservatives” for over a century. I’d like to see someone who understands the concept of limited government and is willing to tell the administrative state to bugger off when it strays beyond its enumerated powers.

Reply to  Frank from NoVA
June 21, 2021 3:16 pm

A necessary first step:
Repeal both the 14th amendment and all the perpetual states of emergency declared, beginning with FDR.

Frank from NoVA
Reply to  AndyHce
June 21, 2021 4:23 pm

When Senator Sherman (of anti-trust fame) was asked by his constituents in Ohio what the 14th amendment meant for them, he replied “absolutely nothing”, since it was only intended to extend the rights of citizenship to the newly freed slaves after the Civil War. Unfortunately, it has been misused ever since by progressives to extend Federal power.

Reply to  Ron Long
June 21, 2021 2:24 pm

Apparently Hunter Biden has decided that his next career is going to be as an artist.
His paintings are going for $75K to $500K each, depending on size and quality.

No, you are not allowed to see the paintings, and no, you are not allowed to know who’s buying them.

Can anyone else think of a first time artist who gets half a million dollars for their work?

Reply to  MarkW
June 22, 2021 11:01 am

Nothing new there. Just the latest version of a ‘book deal’.

June 21, 2021 11:01 am

You can sue the federal government for not hiring you? Cool! There are some high-paying jobs in the federal government that I didn’t get hired for. I didn’t apply either, but I guess I will now so I can sue them when they don’t hire me.

Gary Pearse
June 21, 2021 11:10 am

Am I to understand that the US gov does not have statutes and regulations that prevent this? I’m learning a lot about the laxity in these matters in US, Australia and others that expose these countries to all manner of harm. I think these countries would do well to look at Canada’s statutes on certain matters. I bitch about Canada a lot but am gaining some respect in a number of things.

A good example is rules and regulations for banks that prohibited them from dealing in the derivatives gamble. When that blew up in their faces, Canada was the only G7 whose banks were healthy and solvent, and the Harper gov headed the only G7 that didn’t go into recession. Harper came under scaring attack when offered advice to UK and EU on reform of their banks. Of course Canada being Canada, it could hardly wait to kick Harper out (some of the things I bitch about)!

Australia, you notice that Bloomberg knew better than to start his gov threats in Canada. He looked for the weakest link.

Gary Pearse
Reply to  Gary Pearse
June 21, 2021 11:13 am

Darn spell check. Scathing attack, not “scaring” attack

June 21, 2021 11:26 am

Hi cretins, it’s been a while, good to see you again 🙂 And good to see you misunderstanding a straightforward thing again 🙂 In short, CASAC is not a research oversight body but exactly the opposite. It is an independent advisory body “on the technical bases for EPA’s National Ambient Air Quality Standards”, ie. it provides independent oversight on the various EPA internal reviews and assessments of clean air standards, you idiots. No conflict of interest here, this body won’t give grants to its members, however you are (pretending to be?) whining about it. It took for me five hundred milliseconds to reach this page where it’s explained:

Reply to  nyolci
June 21, 2021 12:23 pm

Is this the premier example of an idiot?

Reply to  gringojay
June 21, 2021 12:42 pm

@ nyolci – I think you have apparently misread the Original Post (O.P.).

You state ” … the body won’t give grants to it’s members …”

The O.P. 1st sentence begins with the word “EPA” and that same 1st sentence ends stating the people are “five agency grant recipients.”

In other words the O.P. wrote the EPA is the agency that gave grants.

Neither of the 2 letters “A” in CASAC stands for the word “agency”; whereas the letter “A” in EPA does stand for “agency”.

Reply to  gringojay
June 22, 2021 12:36 am

gringojay, I have to suppose you misread what I was telling you. Okay, slowly again. Let’s check what the Original Poster was bullshiting about:

EPA’s CASAC will now be led by someone who gets paid to do research for EPA then gets to review and rubberstamp her and her colleagues’ (also EPA grant recipients) work.

Well, no. CASAC will “rubberstamp” agency internal works. This is it. That’s their role. grants are going to outside research. These internal works (at least concerning air quality) are the regular output of the regular EPA staff, they are neither research nor done by (outside) grantees.

Reply to  gringojay
June 22, 2021 12:28 am

Well, we sure agree, Joe Biden is an idiot. A rare and beautiful moment in time when I agree with a science denier.

Reply to  nyolci
June 21, 2021 2:32 pm

One can always tell a liberal. They start off with the assumption that anyone who thinks differently from them is stupid. And probably evil to boot.

Once they get past the obligatory insults towards those who aren’t smart enough to know everything about everything, they then get down to demonstrating how little they actually know. But don’t bother telling them so, because they already know that they are the smartest things ever and aren’t capable of making mistakes.

Anywho, why these masters of the universe think it’s wrong to pack an oversite agency with cronies, but OK to pack an advisory body with cronies is something only makes sense to them.

Then again, pretty much everything they pontificate on only makes sense to them.

Reply to  MarkW
June 22, 2021 12:27 am

One can always tell a liberal.

I’m not a liberal. You’re insulting me 🙂

They start off with the assumption that anyone who thinks differently from them is stupid.

Well, I don’t have to be a liberal to see you’re bananas. As for the CASAC appointments, do you have anything relevant or you’re just whining (as most of this denier crowd)?

Gary Pearse
Reply to  nyolci
June 21, 2021 2:45 pm

Why is it that all the worst information-free trolls (I’m waiting for the rest of the usual suspects to show
up – it’s a short thread so far) would be okay with gov stacking the advisory board with people of one mind that government has already paid for to rubber stamp its policy? Smart opponents like Nick Stokes simply avoid commenting on such obvious malfeasance (an opponent smarter than Nick would actually increase his stature if he agreed this was very bad practice). These are the simple ways that a sceptics use to inform themselves about motivations of lightweights trolling real scientific topics.

Reply to  Gary Pearse
June 22, 2021 12:45 am

Sorry Gary, I’m just pointing out that you’re simply wrong and you apparently can’t even notice that. If you feel this is trolling, well, then your problem is even greater.
FYI the BS you came up with here is a bit different accusation from the one the Original Poster was bullshiting about. You’re claiming that these appointees have been rubberstamping EPA’s policy (and received grants for this?). This is a very stupid assertion, furthermore an easy one to check. ‘Cos these people were given grants for research, not for agreeing with policy decisions, you idiot.
The BS the OP came up with was that these grantees would rubber stamp their own work (in retrospect? or they would get further grants and then they rubberstamp their future work? or wtf? Of course CASAC has nothing to do with this).

Reply to  nyolci
June 22, 2021 9:25 am

A board that sets policy that others need to address & adhere to is a board that sets the groundwork.

If I am on a board that doles out cash, or administers other government cash, or prioritizes specific types of projects, or simply sets the guidelines as to grant qualifications, I can set up pretty good (narrow?) standards for what I know and do.

Given my (make believe) expertise, I can also let others on the board know that you get a whole lot more bang for the buck by restoring wetlands (as opposed to improving other aspects of water quality). So, obviously, a higher portion of the dole should be directed toward wetland restoration … right? And the newbies (those with less than 12 years experience) have been known to finish a project that falls apart and is a nightmare to manage post-grant … we need to stay away from those guys … right?

(Side note; You should take over permanently … the other nyolci posts, although just as ignorant, were not nearly as coherent. Or maybe you just got a little more sleep last night….)

Reply to  DonM
June 22, 2021 11:26 am

A board that sets policy

This is not a board that sets policy. Read their fcukin website at last.

If I am on a board that doles out cash

This is not a board that doles out cash. It doesn’t set the guidelines for grant qualifications. It doesn’t prioritizes specific types of projects. It fcuking does nothing you listed above. Can you understand that at last? They do stuff like this:

CASAC Review of the EPA’s Integrated Science Assessment for Ozone and Related Photochemical Oxidants

You can twist this however you like but this is extremely indirectly and remotely connected to giving out doles or setting policy or even prioritizing some types of projects.

the other nyolci posts

A little bit of extra bullshiting? 🙂 There’s only one nyolci, an unrepeatable experiment in perfection.

not nearly as coherent

Well, your expertise may well be make believe 🙂

June 21, 2021 1:25 pm

Corrupt EPA you say? Wait, is Scott Pruitt back in charge?

Reply to  Simon
June 21, 2021 2:33 pm

Really is sad how leftists actually believe that anyone who pushes an agenda they disagree with is proven corrupt.

Reply to  MarkW
June 21, 2021 2:46 pm

That may be true in your head, but Pruitt was a scoundrel and you don’t have to look too far to see it. It is just so ironic to accuse some in the EPA of being corrupt and at the same time excusing that criminal. Especially when he stole from the tax payer, a sin never excused by the right, when the left is guilty of it.

Gary Pearse
Reply to  Simon
June 21, 2021 5:58 pm

He did break the rules but he was dismissed for it. We won’t see much of this from the Biden admin. Indeed Biden and his family went far beyond petty things like giving your wife a lift on gov aircraft, or chiseling on his expense account. Taking hundreds of millions from Chinese bankers, a million from the mayor of Moscow’s wife, all his doings in Ukraine including buying the firing of the minister of justice in the midst of an investigation into Hunter’s dealings.

I am appalled at Pruitt’s petty chiseling AND the Biden Family’s dealings making him beholden to foreign powers who don’t hand you cash for nothing. How about you, Simon?

Reply to  Gary Pearse
June 21, 2021 8:32 pm

I think Hunter Biden has a lot to answer for. He was dodgy for sure.

Reply to  Gary Pearse
June 22, 2021 7:20 pm

“….all his doings in Ukraine including buying the firing of the minister of justice in the midst of an investigation into Hunter’s dealings.”

FFFAAAKKKEEE news. Do some reading. That was Rudi’s BS story that just has no truth at all. Obama made the call and it was supported by all of Europe. The guy he fired was a crook and deserved to go.

Reply to  Simon
June 21, 2021 6:01 pm

Once again, pushing programs that liberals disagree with makes you a scoundrel.

Reply to  MarkW
June 21, 2021 11:06 pm

No, stealing from the tax payer does.

Reply to  Simon
June 21, 2021 2:34 pm

No, but I hear Richard Windsor is about to get his job back.

Reply to  Simon
June 21, 2021 6:08 pm

Russia colluuuusion Simon 😉

Reply to  Derg
June 21, 2021 8:32 pm

Tax evasion Derg.

Russell Haley
June 21, 2021 4:12 pm

(Sarcasm) Ya, but guys: she is the only one that really *understands* the problem. That’s why she can be recipient, grantor and judge. This isn’t a new thing. Lets look at the other regulator boards:

  • Nuclear Energy – Rotating seats from corporate to government and back to corporate
  • Defense – Generals retire, turn around and get fancy spots on corporate boards and then sit on “recommendation” boards for the government procurement
  • NHS – Ya, I don’t think I need to explain this one.
June 21, 2021 6:58 pm

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John Furst
June 22, 2021 4:23 am

So…this shows how the “state” really works.
The incestuous actions of unmitigated self-interest for both MONEY and POWER. Wow, who wouldn’t want to give themself income and create the rules for funding and the need for more.
As shown, the “advisory boards” mine the multitude of government grants, loan access, regulation influence, legal fees, or actual writing of rules and regulations. It’s how the communications and coordination of the deep state members are conducted.
The boards are ubiquitous and obscured by titles that have little or nothing to do with what the members discuss or do.

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