Obama’s EPA: Transparency for thee, but not for me?

posted at 6:22 pm on November 19, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

There is little-to-zero doubt in my mind that the Environmental Protection Agency regularly exhibits all of the lovelier aspects of big-government model behavior. Cronyism, corruption, shady and underhanded anti-transparency dealings, fiscal irresponsibility, power-tripping bureaucratic zealotry — dig deeply enough, and I’d bet my last nickel that it’s all there.

For all of President Obama’s grandiose proclamations that his administration would usher in a new era of government transparency and put an end to business-as-usual, the people he hired to get the job of governing done seem notably less keen on that ostensible goal. The EPA in particular has been waging a steady but subtle regulatory war against all things un-green, regardless of the costs, and I don’t think anybody believes they’ll be pulling back at all now that Obama has secured his second term. But, secret e-mail accounts? Avoiding internal watchdogs? Disguising your true motives? Could the EPA really be so shady as all that? …I’m disinclined to afford them the benefit of the doubt. Via the WashTimes:

A House committee has launched an investigation into whether EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson used an email alias to try to hide correspondence from open-government requests and her agency’s own internal watchdog — something that Republican lawmakers said could run afoul of the law.

The science committee has asked Ms. Jackson to turn over all information related to an email account under the name of “Richard Windsor,” which is one of the aliases identified by a researcher looking into the EPA. …

EPA did not respond Friday night to a request for comment. …

“They’ve been moving government over to private email,” Mr. Horner told The Washington Times. “In the book, I reveal private servers the White House had universities and pressure groups set up so they can conduct discussions.”

There are strict open-records laws that prohibit government employees from using private e-mail addresses to try and avoid the public forum in which official government business belongs, and seeing as how Department of Energy officials were up to similar shenanigans in implementing President Obama’s green-energy agenda, these are allegations that are ripe for investigation. The Obama administration’s transparency record has repeatedly failed to live up to the president’s rhetoric, and the EPA’s controversial and far-reaching commitment to remaking the world in their own green image has earned them a higher profile than most other government agencies — I wouldn’t put delusions of executive privilege past them. Best to not leave these things to chance.


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faraway on November 19, 2012 at 6:24 PM

Congress needs to DEFUND the EPA. Lets see how long the zealots work “for free”.

GarandFan on November 19, 2012 at 6:34 PM

Transparent, Translucent and Opaque describe the ability of light to pass through a material. Anyone who stills thinks the Obama administration is any thing but opaque is using illegal chemicals.

chemman on November 19, 2012 at 6:35 PM

There are strict open-records laws that prohibit government employees from using private e-mail

I don’t think they define strict the same way we do.

chemman on November 19, 2012 at 6:36 PM

Second term, walls continue to go up, progrtams coming to fruition that will control every aspect of your life and engagement in the economy…

Yep, America is over, the Commies are in full control.

When do they start murdering some of us?

tom daschle concerned on November 19, 2012 at 6:36 PM

Opaque.

Key West Reader on November 19, 2012 at 6:37 PM

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faraway on November 19, 2012 at 6:24 PM

You know, after the election I was so blown away. Devastated. But now I am just being humorous about it… Every day is the Barack Obama Show!

Yippeee!

/Not.

Key West Reader on November 19, 2012 at 6:38 PM

There are strict open-records laws that prohibit government employees from using private e-mail addresses to try and avoid the public forum in which official government business belongs, and seeing as how Department of Energy officials were up to similar shenanigans in implementing President Obama’s green-energy agenda, these are allegations that are ripe for investigation. The Obama administration’s transparency record has repeatedly failed to live up to the president’s rhetoric, and the EPA’s controversial and far-reaching commitment to remaking the world in their own green image has earned them a higher profile than most other government agencies — I wouldn’t put delusions of executive privilege past them

…and the MSM will be DEMANDING answers to questions they don’t ask! …can you imagine Bush doing this crap?…and the loud farts eminating from the Press about it!

KOOLAID2 on November 19, 2012 at 6:39 PM

Congress needs to DEFUND the EPA. Lets see how long the zealots work “for free”.

GarandFan on November 19, 2012 at 6:34 PM

…you obviously didn’t see the thread…where some of the equipment that is suppossed to be hanging between the legs of those in Congress…was packaged to look like wrapped Twinkies!

KOOLAID2 on November 19, 2012 at 6:44 PM

Yet not one person will lose their job and they will continue to use private accounts.

Most transparent administration evah!

antipc on November 19, 2012 at 6:53 PM

…and the MSM will be DEMANDING answers to questions they don’t ask! …can you imagine Bush doing this crap?…and the loud farts eminating from the Press about it!

KOOLAID2 on November 19, 2012 at 6:39 PM

Yep. The democratic party base and the liberal media will laugh at this and say “very clever, good for them”.

The left has no regard for the law. The cause always comes first.

slickwillie2001 on November 19, 2012 at 6:54 PM

I just can’t think of a reason why the head of EPA would want a private alias email account..?///

Btw, what is the significance of “Richard Windsor”?

d1carter on November 19, 2012 at 6:57 PM

It’s not important: Their hearts are in the right place, as they have The Truth on their side. Liberalism trumps all crimes (or, as they like to call them, ‘whoopsies’—for who are we to define what ‘crime’ is?)

Not like us bitter, clinging conservatives, with our decadent attachment to ‘Rule of Law’, and ‘Ethics’, and ‘Honesty’, and all of those discredited, obsolete concepts.

orangemtl on November 19, 2012 at 7:22 PM

Face it, there isn’t a department in the Owe administration that doesn’t deserve an investigation. But yes, the EPA would be on the top of my investigative list – right after I found out about Fast and Furious (anyone notice how that has be forgotten?) and Benghazi.

katablog.com on November 19, 2012 at 7:39 PM

The EPA is wrought with ideological, unethical, non-scientists hell bent on getting their way, not doing what is right. My brother-in-law is an evil oil industry exec and he deals with them regularly. They are true evil with an agenda and no checks/balances. I hope all of their kidneys fail at the same time.

TheLoudTalker on November 19, 2012 at 8:03 PM

I just can’t think of a reason why the head of EPA would want a private alias email account..?///

Btw, what is the significance of “Richard Windsor”?

d1carter on November 19, 2012 at 6:57 PM

Jackson’s name before the sex change?

slickwillie2001 on November 19, 2012 at 8:32 PM

And exactly who is going to prosecute? Holder? I don’t think so. This administration does not really care what Congress or anyone else says. It has scared the Courts, the intelligence agencies, all government employees, and every American. It is Chicago with no fear or sense of propriety anywhere. And a press that is not only a cheerleader, but complicit in destroying anyone who defies these incompetent thugs.

pat on November 19, 2012 at 9:09 PM

Power is many times more addictive than any drug and history proves that. Congress, in reality, are our employees and so is the President, power is given to them to do their job and abusive use of power can be controlled by the people. The EPA is way beyond abusive with their power and Congress should defund them along with many other agencies within the federal government. The problem is the fraternity of politics and their blue code and double standards which in its self is impossible to control. The whole system needs cleaning when 10% of the public works for the government and that would be about 33 million employees. Google (amount of staff for Congress) and see for yourself our Congress has a staff of just over 23,000 employees we did not vote into office that does the grunt work for the 535 we did vote into office. This alone will clear up reasons why Congress has such a difficult time moving on anything.

mixplix on November 20, 2012 at 6:57 AM

On what planet did any of you seriously think Obama was telling the truth about any of this transparency stuff? Really? If its lips are moving, it’s lying.

College Prof on November 20, 2012 at 10:17 AM