As a rookie member of Congress, Rep. Chris Stewart should do his homework before he goes out on a limb to oppose scientific studies that have been repeatedly validated for politicians whose questions about the link between pollution and health predate Stewart's tenure by decades.
Two research studies conducted by Brigham Young University economist C. Arden Pope on the link between air pollution and public health are targeted by Stewart and some of his Republican cohorts, who call them "secret science" and suggest that air-quality rules are based on politics, not scientific data. That label is laughable, considering the repeated analysis given the studies over the 20 years or so since they were published.
Stewart is demanding the Environmental Protection Agency turn over the raw data used in the studies for laymen like himself to look at. But that would be illegal, because the 1.5 million Americans involved in the studies only agreed to allow scientists to look at their private medical information if the researchers promised contractually to keep the information private.