'Secret dealing'? Emails show cozy relationship between EPA, environmental groups
posted at 1/23/2014 10:46 AM EST
If you actually think Obama's EPA is a federal agency that works for you, full of objective federal employees who enforce existing laws and regulations, think again. It is full of environmental zealots who work and advocate seamlessly with outside extremist groups to destroy the coal industry, prevent fracking and otherwise ruin the American economy in the guise of "saving the planet".
Hardworking private sector taxpayers pay the salaries of EPA's army of zealots who want to decimate the private sector economy with skyrocketing energy prices....
Newly disclosed emails suggest senior policy officials at the Environmental Protection Agency and environmental groups are working closely to kill the Keystone XL pipeline, critics say.
"These damning emails make it clear that the Obama administration has been actively trying to stop this important project for years," Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., who has long advocated for the Canada-to-Texas pipeline's construction, said in a statement to Fox News.
The emails were obtained under a Freedom of Information Act request by the Energy and Environment Legal Institute. In one communication, Lena Moffit of the Sierra Club wrote to three senior policy staffers at the EPA, including Michael Goo, who was then the associate administrator for policy.
"Thanks so much for taking the time to meet with us on Keystone XL yesterday," she wrote. "Let me know if I can be helpful in any way -- particularly in further identifying those opportunities for EPA to engage that don't involve 'throwing your body across the tracks,' as Michael put it."
EELI senior legal fellow Chris Horner told Fox News that as a government agency, EPA couldn't be seen as overtly trying to kill Keystone, but was reaching out to environmental groups for other ideas on how to do it.
"On its face," Horner told Fox News, "it smacks of classic secret dealing and an uncomfortably close working relationship and one that is known to these parties, but quite plainly not advertised to the public."
Barrasso was less diplomatic. "Despite the fact that Keystone XL has bipartisan support in Congress and from governors, environmental extremists inside and out of the administration are working behind closed doors to kill it," he said.
Many EPA staffers -- including Goo -- came from the environmental movement. Goo, who is now at the Department of Energy's policy shop, was with the Natural Resources Defense Council.
Horner said many EPA staffers share a policy agenda with environmental groups, a common cause illuminated in the emails his group obtained.
"This series of correspondence plainly indicates that you've got an agency that's made up its mind -- working with allies with whom it is ideologically and substantively aligned on this -- trying to find ways to advance their argument without being too obvious about it," Horner told Fox News.
President Obama tells us the Keystone Pipeline project is "under review".....yeah, right.