First a little reminder of the EPA’s role in promoting tobacco hysteria:
The EPA Report
In December of 1992 the EPA released it’s now famous report on second hand smoke. The report claimed that SHS causes 3,000 deaths a year, and classified it as a class A carcinogen.
Note: Although the official date of this report is December, 1992, it is commonly referred to as the EPA ’93 study, probably because it became widely available in ’93.
This was, and remains, a powerful weapon in the anti-smokers arsenal. If a smoker is only hurting himself, he can argue that it’s no one else’s business. But if he is hurting everyone around him, all kinds of restrictive legislation can be justified.
Did this study show SHS is deadly? Let’s examine the facts carefully.
Fact: In 1992 the EPA issued a report which claimed that Environmental Tobacco Smoke (ETS) caused 3,000 deaths per year.
Fact: ETS is commonly referred to as Second Hand Smoke (SHS). The two terms are interchangeable.
After reading each of the following facts, ask yourself “Does this fact make the study more credible, or less credible?
Fact: The EPA announced the results of the study before it was finished.
Fact: The study was a Meta Analysis, an analysis of existing studies.
With this in mind, I was delighted to read this yesterday:
It’s almost been a week since Donald Trump was elected president, and still the left can’t stop crying. Those who aren’t out physically assaulting Trump voters have taken a more emotional approach by sinking into a state of depression and taking time off of work. Like EPA employees, for example, were actually offered counseling and some are threatening to retire early.
Many government employees are in a state of panic, and they have every right to be there. But they knew this was coming. When you spend eight years lying to the public and reach the point where you even have yourself convinced, you should know that a reckoning is coming.
Under the Trump administration, EPA employees will most-likely see the most drastic changes. Trump has bowed [vowed?] to repeal some of the rules that have been put into place under the Obama Administration, including the Clean Power Rule, which is was created to cut the greenhouse gas emissions from power plants.
Trump has even gone so far as to suggest cutting the agency altogether. But fear not, they can’t be that close to doom, if he’s appointed somebody to be in charge of it. He’s selected Myron Ebell, a top climate change skeptic to lead this new transition. Though, employees aren’t exactly comforted by that notion.
Can you imagine them all in their “safe spaces” with their blankets and fluffy toys and counsellors? Doesn’t the thought of it just fill you with glee?
These people have been fully complicit in evicting smokers from pubs and restaurants, without a care in the world for any of them. (Where was my safe space, blanket, and fluffy toy on 1 July 2007? Where were the counsellors?) But as soon as there is any sign of the same thing happening to them, they start howling and screaming.
These people have an immense sense of entitlement to whatever they want. Nobody else matters. Just them. Hillary Clinton had the same immense sense of entitlement to the presidency. It was, as Bill Clinton said, “her turn”. And the entire Democratic party is no different, it seems. They throw a fit when they don’t get what they want.
That said, I’m very far from sure that Trump is going to do anything much for smokers: Hillary would have been far worse. He may even agree with the EPA’s claims about SHS. What he objects to is their claims about carbon dioxide and global warming. It could be that the only reason he isn’t cutting the agency entirely is because he may want to beef up the SHS regulations – and only Mike Pence can stop him.
But with luck the EPA will soon be DOA . Dead On Arrival.
Bring it on. I can’t wait.