Skip to comments.EPA and Environmental Groups - Working Together to Kill Keystone Pipeline
Posted on 01/23/2014 3:25:09 AM PST by LD Jackson
There are new revelations in the fight to build the Keystone Pipeline. You remember Keystone? It's the project that would transport oil from Canada, south through several states, including Oklahoma, to refineries in Texas. It is guaranteed to create more than a few jobs and provide energy to North America. The Obama administration has fought it at every turn. They claim they are taking a deliberative approach, making sure all the environmental studies have been done, redone, examined, and reexamined. In other words, they have dragged their feet. We now know there is much more to this fight than Obama's EPA wants to admit.
As it turns out, the EPA has been working closely with environmental groups as they fight to keep the Keystone Pipeline from seeing the light of day.
Fox News - Newly disclosed emails suggest senior policy officials at the Environmental Protection Agency and environmental groups are working closely to kill the Keystone XL pipeline, critics say.Anyone who has paid attention to the agenda being advanced by the EPA should not be surprised at these new revelations. The agency has not been exactly hiding their motives. At every turn, they have issued regulations that have done nothing but harm the ability of America to produce its own energy. From coal to oil, and everything in between, they act as if these energy products are being produced by the devil himself. In their eyes, the only good energy is solar and wind. Electric is good, as long as it is produced by something other than coal.
"These damning emails make it clear that the Obama administration has been actively trying to stop this important project for years," Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., who has long advocated for the Canada-to-Texas pipeline's construction, said in a statement to Fox News.
The emails were obtained under a Freedom of Information Act request by the Energy and Environment Legal Institute. In one communication, Lena Moffit of the Sierra Club wrote to three senior policy staffers at the EPA, including Michael Goo, who was then the associate administrator for policy.
"Thanks so much for taking the time to meet with us on Keystone XL yesterday,"she wrote. "Let me know if I can be helpful in any way -- particularly in further identifying those opportunities for EPA to engage that don't involve 'throwing your body across the tracks,' as Michael put it."
EELI senior legal fellow Chris Horner told Fox News that as a government agency, EPA couldn't be seen as overtly trying to kill Keystone, but was reaching out to environmental groups for other ideas on how to do it.
"On its face," Horner told Fox News, "it smacks of classic secret dealing and an uncomfortably close working relationship and one that is known to these parties, but quite plainly not advertised to the public."
Barrasso was less diplomatic. "Despite the fact that Keystone XL has bipartisan support in Congress and from governors, environmental extremists inside and out of the administration are working behind closed doors to kill it," he said.
Many EPA staffers -- including Goo -- came from the environmental movement. Goo, who is now at the Department of Energy's policy shop, was with the Natural Resources Defense Council.
Horner said many EPA staffers share a policy agenda with environmental groups, a common cause illuminated in the emails his group obtained.
"This series of correspondence plainly indicates that you've got an agency that's made up its mind -- working with allies with whom it is ideologically and substantively aligned on this -- trying to find ways to advance their argument without being too obvious about it," Horner told Fox News.
The EPA has been quite good at hiding their true agenda, as long as you are on their side, or do not pay attention to what is going on in your world. To everyone else, their agenda has been quite obvious. These emails expose the EPA for what it really is; a government agency that knows no boundaries to its authority and that is willing to push that authority to any limit and beyond. It is a government agency stacked with agents who are more than willing to further their agenda, no matter the cost to the rest of America.
I could write paragraphs about how the EPA needs to be reined in and their authority curbed back to proper levels. Truly, that is what needs to happen, but I would be naive to believe it will, at least until after the 2016 presidential election. As long as President Obama, or any other liberal is in the White House, the EPA will continue to have the freedom to destroy the oil and coal industries of America. And they will not stop with them. Once they have them under submission, they will be coming for things such as farm dust and water runoff. They have already taken steps in that direction. Who knows what they will attack next?
Sounds like they are closing some lanes on the bridge to energy independence.
How did someone with the name Goo get into the EPA?
from what I’ve read,
Soros owns the rail road lines that transport the shale oil from canada at this point.
Sort of a reward for backing the “magic negro”. so to say.
Build the pipeline and kill the EPA and the environmentalists!!
One more step in the regime’s plans to make this country the 3rd world paradise that zer0 always envisioned.
Scrape the white and crusty surface from the turd of the epa and enviro-nazi groups and communists will be seen.
Close the EPA!
Close the Dept of Energy! (Except the nuke weapons portion)
Close all of the Rogue/Unconstitutional Federal Departments.
THAT is the only way you will remove these conniving vermin. Eliminate the jobs that anchors them in DC and over our head.
Yes, and the Saudi’s don’t want our production and that of Canada, because the supply depresses the price of their oil. Remember, until recently when Obozo sided with Iran, Obozo was a bowing supporter of the Saud family.
Luddites return and they have an ally in the Criminal in the White House.
Doesn’t Buffett have some rail lines in his portfolio, too?
AND ... if I understamd correctly, isn’t that simply a matter of Congressional defunding ?
You are technically correct on your statement, but please tell us who in the GOPe has the testicular fortitude to press that?
There are but two handfuls in both houses who could qualify to do it but the rest of the spineless letches are making too much money keeping the public fighting each other to give a whit!
A pox on their houses and my Republican critter is one of spineless letches. Ander Crenshaw. The sorry thing is one of those handfull’s district is only about 3 miles line of sight from my home and his name is Ron DeSantis.
The EPA _IS_ an activist environmental group, except that one is funded at gunpoint by us and it has the power to destroy lives legally. I’d like to see it shrunken _dramatically_ in 2017.
LibLieSlayer corrected me,
it is buffet.
Though it’s one and the same.
Ahhhh, now I see it in Post #8; either didn’t read down far enough or it didn’t register. Yes, they’re flip sides of the same marxist/commie/socialist coin.
This is the product of the communists that are in our government. Don’t know what Nixon was thinking but he screwed up by creating this goose stepping outfit.
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