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  • Two More Inconvenient Voices at the EPA

    In the alleged new era of transparency, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is making quite a name for itself as being the agency of opacity. The latest is the EPA’s suppression of a video entitled, “The Huge Mistake” by Laurie Williams and Allan Zabel, two lawyers currently working at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) – a video that says cap and trade will not work. From the Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER):

    “The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has ordered two of its attorneys to remove a video they posted on YouTube about problems with climate change legislation backed by the Obama administration or face “disciplinary action”, according to documents released today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). The couple had received clearance for posting the video but EPA took issue with its content following publication of an op-ed piece by the two in The Washington Post on October 31.”

    PEER Executive Director Jeff Ruch remarked, “EPA is abusing ethics rules to gag two conscientious employees who have every right to speak out as citizens. EPA reversed itself because someone in headquarters had a tantrum about their Washington Post essay.”

    In their Washington Post column, Williams and Zabel rightly criticize the carbon offset measure in cap and trade, arguing that past experiments with offsets have led to nothing but fraud with no reduction in carbon dioxide. They also stress that likening the carbon cap and trade program to the acid rain cap and trade program is comparing apples and oranges because minor modifications and low-cost alternatives aren’t available for reducing carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels – as they were to address sulfur dioxide emissions linked to acid rain.

    This comes after the EPA suppressed an internal report from one of the agency’s own, 35-year analyst Alan Carlin – a scientist who specializes in climate change. His report warned that the science of climate change was dubious and that we shouldn’t pass laws that will raise energy prices, hurt American families and hobble the nation’s economy without a full understanding of climate change.

    We spoke to Dr. Carlin when the story first broke in June and he said, “I’ve been involved in public policy since 1966 or 1967. There’s never been anything exactly like this. I am now under a gag order.”

    Once the Competitive Enterprise Institute released some of the EPA’s back-and-forth emails with Dr. Carlin, it became blatant that report had been smothered for political reasons: “One of the e-mails is from Dr. Al McGartland, director of the EPA’s National Center for Environmental Economics reads, “The administrator and administration has decided to move forward on endangerment, and your comments do not help the legal or policy case for this decision. … I can see only one impact of your comments given where we are in the process, and that would be a very negative impact on our office.”

    This also comes after Senators Boxer and Kerry produced a ‘semi-final draft’ version of their cap and trade bill, which included the billions of dollars worth of emission allowance permits to different industries and released it only to the EPA to model the economic impacts. The draft was unavailable to the public until after the Environment and Public Works committee voted on it. The Heritage Foundation is one of few organizations to have modeled the economic effects of the Waxman-Markey cap and trade bill. Bill Beach, the director of The Heritage Foundation’s Center for Data Analysis, wrote a letter to Senator Boxer (CCing Senator Kerry, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson and Senator Inhofe) asking for a copy of the semi-draft legislation to model the economic effects of the bill but did not receive a copy of the bill.

    Zabel has first hand experience with cap and trade, overseeing California’s cap and trade and offsets programs. Apparently, this was the problem according to the Wall Street Journal’s Keith Johnson. He writes, “One EPA official said that the agency’s response wasn’t due to the content of the attorneys’ writings, but to the way they highlighted their EPA experience in making their arguments.”

    But isn’t Zabel exactly the type of person who should be warning us about the inefficiencies of a cap and trade system. Wouldn’t you want to utilize his highly specialized knowledge and experience?

    President Obama, in his memorandum for the heads of executive departments and agencies, wrote that “Government should be transparent. Transparency promotes accountability and provides information for citizens about what their Government is doing. Information maintained by the Federal Government is a national asset. My Administration will take appropriate action, consistent with law and policy, to disclose information rapidly in forms that the public can readily find and use.”

    Given Obama’s propensity for hiring czars, maybe the solution to the EPA’s cover ups is a transparency czar.

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    10 Responses to Two More Inconvenient Voices at the EPA

    1. Spiritof76 says:

      Welcome comrades to the new United States of Socialist Republic.

    2. Bobbie Jay says:

      Yeah, a transparency czar we can truly believe in.

      NEVER!

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    4. Chrissy, Tucson, AZ says:

      For me the key word here is "suppression." We already know that this plan is unworkable, but attempting to suppress the efforts of two citizens to alert the public is indefensible.

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    6. Charlie Johnson,Virg says:

      Its time we the people throw out all of these bums in congress,and then focus on obama and his marxist thugs.Time for a new American Revolution.Every body please get involved lets take back our country!!!

    7. Nicolai Alatzas says:

      These guys from the EPA had a good message funny to see the story spun so many different ways.

      Fly-Ash and other waste products from coal facilities are being utilized for building materials. Problems associated have yet to be properly tested for contamination and other hazardous materials. Including but not limited to arsenic, beryllium, boron, cadmium, chromium, chromium VI, cobalt, lead, manganese, mercury, molybdenum, selenium, strontium, thallium, and vanadium, along with dioxins.

      The EPA and Coal in this country have been in bed for many years. So by their employees raising awareness to the issue went against the policies of the workplace(EPA). I don't know where you guys work but you just don't bite the hand that feeds you.

      I would hardly call this socialism or marxist…

      And try and get your facts straight when speaking along these terms.

      Socialism does not equal Communism.

      If the Nazi's are Socialists than I guess that makes the People's Republic or China, Republicans……

    8. Nicolai Alatzas says:

      I would also like to ad. Based on U.S. coal consumption for 2008, the U.S. recoverable coal reserves represent enough coal to last 234 years. However, EIA projects in the most recent Annual Energy Outlook (April 2009) that U.S. coal consumption will increase at about 0.6% per year for the period 2007-2030. If that growth rate continues into the future, U.S. recoverable coal reserves would be exhausted in about 146 years if no new reserves are added.

      Even more recent studies suggest that only a 50 year supply of coal is accessible. And that if Renewable Energies do not make a larger impact on the overall consumption of Coal our Children will face the end of the Coal Era.

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    10. Linda Johnson, Dahon says:

      if mao being the one they look up to, then we are in trouble. all these bills and spending are ploys to destroy the America we know and bring on obama's change. the bible says in Nehemiah that God created the heavens and the earth and he preserves them. we have come a long way in pollution problems, this new cap and trade is a proven hoax. we just had the coldest year in 40years or so. if we are getting colder, then it disproves the global warming caused my the Co2..does it not? the bible also says that there will be a time that they will care more for creation, than the creator..boy, has that one come true. if they tax us to the point they control every aspect of our lives. I just wish these tree huggers would wake up. they are the reason for such devastation in the burning of california. if we can become self sufficient by drilling for our own oil and natural gas and building nuclear power plants, we would save billions of dollars each month, enough to pay for the drilling, but the epa is not about what is good for the people, theywould rather have the us suffer and destroy America with their unproven hype, than to drill on our soil or coastlines. yet we areletting other countries do it.this does not make sense.anyone with common sense can see past their scare tactics.they talk about republicans using scare tactics. they will not fight against terrorism, or stand up in any way for the good of the American people, and especially our military. we are getting sick of the liberals trying to push through everything they can, without any thoughts to the needa of the American people. we want our country back!

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