Biden Admin

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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Splitting Up the Loot, II

“Watch the theme of “environmental justice”- it will subsume much policy orientation going forward” GAO readers may have seen this recent item about the New Green Blob that’s eating the Old Blob, and the bitter power struggles along the way, in keeping with Sayre’s Law (though admittedly the number of dollars being redistributed is so high). Now we were reminded of…

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Meet the New Green Blob

Old Westerns remind us what happens when it comes time to split up the loot Recent coverage of “environmental justice” money being thrown around (a billion here and a billion there, pretty soon…) . reminded GAO of some transition-era emails — including from a recent Biden White House promotion (and, speaking of hijacking agendas and authorities) — suggesting that this…

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Law Whispering is Dead, Long Live Law Whispering!

We don’ need no stinking SCOTUS opinions? The Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works has announced a Wednesday confirmation hearing for former Obama Environmental Protection Agency climate guru Joe Goffman to be Assistant Administrator for the Office of Air and Radiation at the EPA. Goffman has served in an acting capacity or otherwise in-waiting since joining the Biden transition team,…

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New Controversy Recalls Old Document Revelations

The Washington Times has a rather substantial exclusive up this morning, “Green groups, government officials meet secretly to plot end of gas stoves and appliances”. The piece keys off of the very real issue  of using the state to ban gas stoves, expanding across the country and which recently stumbled onto the national stage with a clumsily half-baked “reveal” in…

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“ESG Check in”: More details on the Securities & Exchange Commission’s Activist Role in the “Whole of Government” Push on ESG, “Climate Risk Disclosure”

The indispensable transparency-in-government group Energy Policy Advocates has provided GAO a review of record productions from FOIA litigation with the Securities & Exchange Commission, including specifically from calendars of Chairman Gary Gensler and then-Commissioner Allison Herren Lee. Between the near-obsession with advancing the “ESG” and “Climate Risk Disclosure” agenda which these reveal, and emerging information about an apparent revolving door…

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More on ‘Independent Commission’ SEC Coordinating on ‘Climate Risk Disclosure’ with Biden White House

Readers may recall the recent revelation courtesy of the indispensable Energy Policy Advocates showing the Securities and Exchange Commission staff coordinating with the White House on the SEC’s monumental (and potentially monumentally disastrous) “climate risk disclosure” rule advanced at the request of and following a massive campaign financed by a “green” investor. Now come a few more calendar entries that…

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“Independent Commission” SEC Coordinated with White House on ‘Climate Risk Disclosure’ Rule

Like FERC, another ‘independent agency’ in fact taking White House direction This is what a “Whole of government approach” to imposing an ideological agenda looks like For those who haven’t followed the Institute for Energy Research’s revelations about the ‘independent commission’ Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), you should. See e.g., “Richard Glick’s White House Chats,” Wall Street Journal, June 12,…

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