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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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The Good Fellas Win in New Jersey

Last year, GAO filed a New Jersey OPRA suit for the contract (and disclosures) between the Garden State’s Attorney General and climate-plaintiffs’ law firm Sher Edling, LLP—some very basic details the plaintiffs seem to be very concerned about the public seeing, whatever the jurisdiction, after a few arrangements made their way into the public domain. GAO is pleased to report…

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Not So Super Fund

GAO was struck by a parenthetical aside in today’s opinion piece by RFF director and climate lawfare impresario Lee Wasserman, the most recent entry in a stepped-up advocacy campaign being waged by the Rockefeller Family Fund and various activist groups it supports: “The Rockefeller Family Fund, which I direct, has spent roughly $200,000 since 2022 in support of environmental efforts…

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UN Foundationbucks to Run State Governments

Referring back to this, this, this this this this and this item, here we see an actual check to pay for a climate ‘staff’ member in the Wisconsin state government. Some of whom are being expressly provided for “UN Strengthening.” UPDATE: Wisconsin Office of Sustainability and Clean Energy’s production is accessible here. The Office wrote that “certain information was withheld…

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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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Michigan Government: Stacked Top to Bottom with Donor-provided Climate Activist “Staff”

With Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel filing the “climate” lawsuit that campaign supporter Michigan LCV had lobbied her to file against energy companies, and the UM law school faculty putting the shoulder to the wheel as well, GAO recalls the recently unearthed record of just how occupied Michigan’s government is with donor-financed “climate staff”. First, recall Nessel’s embrace of taking…

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GAO Sues MA AG Over Withheld Climate Contract Info

Relevant to GAO’s recent item about the climate lobby’s Plan C—a “Climate Superfund”—and the increasing legislative interest in what progressive politicians knew and when they knew it about third-party underwriting of a climate-plaintiffs’ law firm (see here, and here), GAO has filed suit against the Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General seeking withheld records involving the AG’s contingency-ish agreement to bring…

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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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GAO Sues University of Michigan Over Categorical Refusal to Process FOIA Requests

Government Accountability & Oversight filed a Michigan FOIA lawsuit against the Regents of the University of Michigan, for the Law School’s categorical refusal to even consider or process GAO’s open records requests seeking how the institution is being used to advance an activist litigation agenda. Background to that work, let’s just call it Plan C, a tax-and-spend “Climate Superfund,” is…

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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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Zuckerbucks no but… UN Foundation bucks yes, Cheeseheads?

Following on these three posts: In 2021 the Wisconsin Department of Administration accepted $168,132 from UNF for “UN Strengthening,” in the form of two grants ($88,132 and $88,000); in 2020 the Maine Governor’s Office accepted $298,600 from the UNF[2] and in 2021 $519,400 (again, most of the latter reported to the IRS as being for “UN Strengthening”[3]), to advance the…

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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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Zuckerbucks, no! But Bloombergbucks…ok?

GAO is encouraged to see Wisconsonites rejecting the use of billionaire bucks run through their charities to finance the operations of at least one aspect of governance, the administration of elections. But, why oh why is this now agreed to be a bad thing for the integrity of administering the electoral process but acceptable for administering, say, the justice system?…

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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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On The Hayride

Feisty “Southern Politics & Culture” website The Hayride makes the connections between donor-financed government and the recent, reckless political gambit of cutting off new LNG exports. With a teaser about more to come, on the dismount.

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GAO Findings re: “Civil Libertarian’s Nightmare” Reported by Fox

Fox News published an in-depth story on GAO findings—buttressed by the efforts of the Manhattan Contrarian, Francis Menton and elaborated in an Energy Policy Advocates amicus brief in the Southern District of New York.

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Carolina Journal Reports on GAO Findings

Gov. Cooper’s intense relationship with the United Nations Foundation, first outed by GAO, is examined here.

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MORE Privately-funded ‘Staff’, FOIA’d DOCS REVEAL: Bloomberg Moves Beyond Attorneys General — Louisiana PSC Case Study

Bloomberg Moves Beyond Attorneys General, to Staffing Regulatory Agencies Billionaire climate activist, who pledged hundreds of millions of dollars to end fossil fuels, is financing “staff” activists placed in State public utility regulatory commissions as he finances campaign behind LNG export terminal ‘pause’ Blackout risk accelerates as “Renewables” agenda advances A recent Wall Street Journal editorial, “New York’s Near Zombie…

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Why Bother with Budgets, Authorizing Bills, etc?

What about oversight? A Cheesehead Hmmm, in four parts While we wait, over to you, Wisconsin legislature, WILL, whomever.

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