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The EPA’s circle of trust

July 9, 2011

  I first read about this story on Bunkerville, and it has also been covered at Conservatives on Fire: hopefully this is going to make the rounds on the blogs because we can rest assured that the mainstream media will not cover it. It appears as if there is an EPA “circle of trust” which exists between the EPA and the groups which frequently sue the EPA.

When the Environmental Protection Agency said in late June that it would force Western coal-fired power plants to install haze-reducing pollution-control equipment at a cost of $1.5 billion a year, it said it had to in order to settle a lawsuit by environmental groups.

One organization involved in the suit, the Environmental Defense Fund, has a long history of taking the EPA to court. In fact, a cursory review finds almost half a dozen cases in the past 10 years.

  Okay, so the EPA introduced regulations because they were facing a lawsuit by an environmental group and they determined it would be less expensive for the agency to introduce liberty killing legislation than it would be to fight this group in court, what’s the problem?

The odd thing is that the EPA, in turn, has handed EDF $2.76 million in grants over that same period, according to an IBD review of the agency’s grant database

  The EPA has donated money to the group which has threatened to sue them repeatedly. And this little circle of trust is not limited to this one group.

This strange relationship goes well beyond EDF. Indeed, several environmental groups that have received millions in EPA grants regularly file suit against that same agency. A dozen green groups were responsible for more than 3,000 suits against the EPA and other government agencies over the past decade, according to a study by the Wyoming-based Budd-Falen Law Offices.

The EPA even tacitly encourages such suits, going so far as to pay for and promote a “Citizen’s Guide” that, among other things, explains how to sue the agency under “citizen suit” provisions in environmental laws. The guide’s author — the Environmental Law Institute — has received $9.9 million in EPA grants over the past decade.

  Several groups which regularly threaten lawsuits against the EPA are receiving donations from the EPA, now this is getting interesting. Why would the EPA actually encourage these lawsuits to be brought against them by groups to whom they are donating grant money?

“The EPA isn’t harmed by these suits,” said Jeffrey Holmstead, who was an EPA official during the Bush administration. “Often the suits involve things the EPA wants to do anyway. By inviting a lawsuit and then signing a consent decree, the agency gets legal cover from political heat.

  The EPA is doing this because these groups are threatening to sue them over issues in which the EPA agrees with them on in the first place, and they are doing it because it provides them with the political cover needed to justify these regulations to the American people, who might not otherwise accept the burdensome regulations.

  This reeks of collusion between these organizations and the EPA in an attempt at deceiving the American people into accepting the EPA’s expanding power. They are all in cahoots with each other. These groups are not serious about suing the EPA, and the EPA is not serious about defending itself against these lawsuits; these powers are working together to implement a radical anti-freedom agenda and the American people are being played for fools.

  There is a chess game being played between these environmental groups and the EPA, and the American people are simply the pawns and we will soon be checkmated if we do not declare shenanigans and end this collusion once and for all. Darrell Issa, and the Congress, need to investigate this story because it certainly seems as if something is not on the level here.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. July 10, 2011 12:19 am

    This is simply sinister Steve. This is what we’re up against. I will make sure I link to this on my Sunday LINKs.


    • July 10, 2011 6:35 am

      Sinister: That is a great way to describe this indeed! I like to think that it is also criminal. Thanks in advance for the link.


  2. Doug Weber permalink
    July 10, 2011 2:55 pm

    This is what Obama meant by “The costs will necessarily skyrocket”… He now has the EPA doing his dirty work. You are correct… This must be made known.


  3. July 10, 2011 5:10 pm

    Thanks much for the link…. an important story of the evil that abounds.


    • July 10, 2011 8:10 pm

      You are welcome. This is a huge story that the media isn’t covering, once again it will be up to us.


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