EPA Says It’s Private Data Are Good, So ‘Just Trust US’

One of the foundation blocks of good science is replication. However if the agency holding the data will not share it with other qualified scientist, then they may have something to hide. No Replication = Bad Science

This letter to the Editor in the WSJ supports that view:

Letter to Editor

Here is what the writer is looking for a relationship between an increase in CO2 as it relates to an increase in temperature. If there was a direct relationship an r=1 this is what a graphic of CO2 and temperature would look like:


Figure 1. A perfect positive linear relationship, r = 1

Here is the real world relationship:

Co2 Impact on Climate

With out having the EPA data it is impossible to calculate the r relationship.

It could be a total negative relationship:


Figure 2. A perfect negative linear relationship, r = -1.

It is more likely some factor in between 1 and -1, and could even be a number greater than zero which would indicate some positive relationship. But, we will never know unless the EPA releases the data so that a qualified third party scientist can do the analysis. For now, I think we can conclude they have something to hide.

About Russ Steele

Freelance writer and climate change blogger. Russ spent twenty years in the Air Force as a navigator specializing in electronics warfare and digital systems. After his service he was employed for sixteen years as concept developer for TRW, an aerospace and automotive company, and then was CEO of a non-profit Internet provider for 18 months. Russ's articles have appeared in Comstock's Business, Capitol Journal, Trailer Life, Monitoring Times, and Idaho Magazine.
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1 Response to EPA Says It’s Private Data Are Good, So ‘Just Trust US’

  1. Dena says:

    I love that when they pull the line that others are not qualified to analyze the data. They forget that Einstein wasn’t qualified to produce the physics that he did. How could he be qualified, the field didn’t exist until he created it. The problem he had at first is the few others were even able to follow his work until they learned from him. We are not a bunch of dummies and if we don’t understand something, we are smart enough to learn. This is like a used car man saying “Trust me”.


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