Biden Admin

More SEC “Climate Risk” Machinations

GAO has filed a motion in one of it’s federal FOIA cases styled as GAO v SEC (23-3268), in which it points out various findings about that “independent Commission’s” ideological advocacy as part of the Biden administration’s “whole of government” approach to imposing a never-enacted “climate” agenda. Items noted include: Background relating to the FOIA request that was at issue…

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Window on the Bay State

President Biden has nominated former Massachusetts Undersecretary of Energy and Climate Solutions, Judy Chang, to be a FERC Commissioner. Ms. Chang is possibly best well-known for a 2018 comment staking out the position that because New England would move away from natural gas within the next five years it was irresponsible to invest in pipelines. At the time—let alone six…

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GAO Brief on Biden’s Backdoor Climate Rules Cited in WSJ

The case against this abuse has been building for some time. Following up on the details summarized in this Wall Street Journal editorial in the Spring of 2021, this op-ed last summer, and this post announcing GAO’s amicus brief in Kentucky et al. v. EPA et al., late last week the Journal ran an editorial by attorney for GAO Chris Horner…

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Biden EPA Finalizes “Suite of Rules” to Force Power Plant Retirements…Just Beating Pressure Groups’ Deadline

Today, April 25, 2024, the Biden Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized its unconstitutional “suite of rules” being imposed to force premature retirement of politically disfavored sources of electricity generation. Also, GAO just obtained a copy of this letter to the EPA. It turns out the pressure groups really, really wanted the Agency to make sure to “finalize and implement the strongest…

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RELEASE: TRANSPARENCY-IN-GOVERNMENT GROUP FILES AMICUS BRIEF EXPOSING EPA FLOUTING DOCTRINE AGAINST PRETEXTUAL RULEMAKING

“Whole of government,” backdoor “climate” agenda placed before D.C. Circuit “To believe the Administrator’s own words, or not to believe—that is the question.” April 5, 2024: This morning, Government Accountability & Oversight (GAO) filed an Amicus Brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in Commonwealth of Kentucky, et al., v. EPA. The brief sets forth how…

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More Hayride

Following on this item, we see The Hayride has an in-depth followup on GAO’s findings regarding donor financing behind the current administration’s—and progressive state officials’—push to suppress access to affordable and abundant, reliable energy.

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UPDATES: FOIA’d Emails Suggest More Biden Administration Politicking with Federal Programs

See here for updates on CMS political coordination with the White House as covered in the Wall Street Journal and other publications. UPDATE: April 15, 2024 production is here. UPDATE: April 22, 2024 production is here. UPDATE: April 29, 2024 production is here. UPDATE: April 30, 2024 production is here. UPDATE: May 15, 2024 production is here. UPDATE: May 21,…

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GAO Weaponization Findings Covered in WSJ

Further on GAO’s recent post “FOIA’d Emails Suggest More Biden Administration Politicking with Federal Programs,” and records all available here, today’s Wall Street Journal has an oped by former Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, “How Biden’s CMS Targeted Florida: An example of using government power to attack political foes.” The piece is paywalled but, as the title suggests, it focuses on…

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GAO FOIA Findings Covered in National Review

National Review has an article today covering GAO findings in Freedom of Information Act litigation. The article refers back to document productions in FOIA litigation available at this post, which is being regularly updated as more records come in. UPDATE IV: Most (97%, more than usual) records in a January 22, 2024 production were referred to the White House for…

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“Environmental Justice” $ub$umes Everything

This document just released by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency takes the cake. Particularly on the heels of this email from a well-placed (and he wants you to know it!) Washington lawyer to his alma mater, UCLA Law School. Lookie here:  

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FOIA’d Emails Suggest More Biden Administration Politicking with Federal Programs

GAO’s work to examine the deployment of federal programs and agencies toward political ends—and how it comes about—has come across what seems to be yet another example of agency capture. Whenever an initiative quashed by a previous administration gets revived once those who killed it are no longer around to supervise, it warrants transparency. Ditto when agencies appear to single…

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DC Circuit Accepts Energy Policy Advocates’ Amicus Brief re “Biden’s Back Door Climate Plan”

Readers may recall the March 17, 2021 WSJ editorial nicely summarizing a February 2021 amicus brief filed on behalf of Energy Policy Advocates in State of New York v. EPA. That is the progressive AGs’ effort to orchestrate a sue-and-settle to impose stronger ozone standards as a means of forcing GHG reductions. (It is fair to view that move as the Patient Zero of what has emerged…

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Biden Admin FOIA Crackpottery

InsideEPA reports on some For Us, By Us nuttery representing the Left’s “some are more equal than others” view of the public seeking equal rights to access public records under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).   As this email obtained in GAO v. Regents affirms, it is also precisely the brand of crackpottery an insider whispered, around inauguration time,…

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Study Highlights GAO Work on “Climate Risk Disclosure”

An item in Forbes today writes about a recent Consumers’ Research study that heavily cites GAO, some of which is also linked to by the writer. As noted in today’s summary: Read the story here, and the whole report here.

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EPA Defies the Supreme Court

Counsel for GAO in numerous open records lawsuits Chris Horner had an opinion piece leading Friday’s Wall Street Journal Opinion page. The scheme revealed is reminiscent of the machinations detailed in this amicus brief, filed by Horner on behalf of Energy Policy Advocates and which revealed early on the Biden EPA’s interest in going around the law to impose the…

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More Disclosure About “Climate Risk Disclosure”

FOIA Litigation reveals eye-opening breadth and depth of climate activist involvement with Biden Administration Coordination extends beyond SEC, to White House, EPA, others Energy Policy Advocates has obtained 501 pages from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) litigation over records pertaining to the involvement of a “climate” rent-seeker, Persefoni, and its partners Ceres and…

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Waiting to Declare the Climate Emergency

From the “Oh, they’d never do that” department we see a couple of emails produced the other night in Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) litigation by Energy Policy Advocates. There’s nothing quite like preparing well in advance to declare a (checks notes) “climate emergency”. Hey, one can never be too prepared!  Even more amusing — in a rather dark, very…

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Biden EPA Appointee Under Ethics Scrutiny (for the least of his transgressions)

Readers may recall this failure to disclose by EPA air office nominee Joseph Goffman, architect of the overturned Obama-Biden Clean Power Plan who is back at it now in the Biden administration — despite the record suggesting his own actions and disregard for the law are such that he should be nowhere near any such authority, or even in the…

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GAO Files FOIA Suit Against Another Agency That’s Lost the Plot

Government Accountability & Oversight has filed suit against the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) for its failure to release records about — recent headlines affirm — yet another federal government agency failing to engage in its core responsibilities or competencies in favor of politicization.

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