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EPA's Regional Administrators Love Activism, Litigation
National Legal & Policy Center ^ | July 3, 2012 | Paul Chesser

Posted on 07/03/2012 3:20:31 PM PDT by jazusamo


The suspicions of Oklahoma Sen. James Inhofe were correct: Rather than sitting before the House Energy and Commerce Committee three weeks ago to explain theways he “crucified” oil and natural gas companies, insteadAl Armendariz – who cancelled his appearance at the last minute – met with the Sierra Club for a job interview.

This time the recently resigned EPA’s Region 6 administrator will eagerly attack another fossil fuel, joining the litigious environmental group as part of its “Beyond Coal” campaign. If there was any question that Armendariz unfairly regulated the gas and oil businesses under his authority in Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and other neighboring states, the Sierra Club announcement left no doubt.

“I know how important it is to transition to cleaner sources of energy that don’t pollute the air that our children breathe,” he said, “and I’m proud to be working on a campaign with a proven track record for success.”

Inhofe proved prescient in remarks to National Journal on June 7th.

“Rather than testifying in the House and being accountable for carrying out the Obama-EPA’s ‘crucify them’ agenda, it appears Mr. Armendariz may have had a job interview with the Sierra Club,” Inhofe said. “With such an impressive job-killing resume, it would be no surprise if the Sierra Club is recruiting him for their ‘Beyond Gas’ campaign designed to ‘prevent any new gas plants from being built’ and to end natural gas production in this country.”

Okay, so the Sooner senator mis-prognosticated about which attack agenda that Armendariz would focus. Nevertheless he noted that whether eco-activists are toiling in the government or for environmental pressure groups, they have a common mission.

“Dr. Armendariz follows numerous Obama administration officials who have come from or moved to radical Left and green groups,” Inhofe said in a statement on Friday. “It’s as if there is a revolving door between the White House and organizations such as the Sierra Club and the Center for American Progress.”

As NLPC reported in April when Armendariz’s “crucify” remarks were revealed by Inhofe, the former Southern Methodist University professor often worked on behalf of green activists, including Environmental Defense, WildEarth Guardians, Rocky Mountain Clean Air Action, and Dallas-based Downwinders at Risk. That information was not disclosed on his EPA bio, nor was his past collaboration with Sierra Club, which the organization’s Bruce Nilles divulged on Friday.

And once again Inhofe accurately explained the relationship between the Obama administration and green groups. An examination of the work histories of the other EPA regional administrators shows extension backgrounds in environmental activism, litigation, or both:

Region 1 Administrator Curt Spalding served as executive director of Rhode Island-based Save the Bay for nearly 20 years. He recently praised EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson for her implementation of greenhouse gas standards on coal-fired power plants, despite the fact that the new regulations would lead to the destruction of coal-mining communities like those in West Virginia and Pennsylvania.

Region 2 Administrator Judith Enck was senior environmental associate with New York Public Interest Research Group and was executive director of Environmental Advocates of New York. Her bio states she “worked with the New York State Legislature to pass a number of the state’s most far-reaching environmental laws….”

Region 3 Administrator Shawn Garvin rose up through the ranks of EPA, earlier serving as a special assistant to the regional administrator, and “earning numerous EPA gold, silver and bronze medals.” Prior to that he was an aide for then-Sen. Joe Biden.

Region 4 Administrator Gwendolyn Keyes-Fleming has an extensive background in law enforcement and prosecuting criminals, but no apparent specialties in environmental activism.

Region 5 Administrator Susan Hedman is a veteran attorney who has litigated environmental cases as part of the University of Maryland Environmental Law Center, as counsel for the Environmental Law and Policy Center, and as senior assistant attorney general in the Illinois Attorney General’s office. Last August she joined dozens of environmental activists outside her Chicago office to celebrate the expected implementation of EPA’s Mercury Air Toxics Standard, which was released in December.

Region 7 Administrator Karl Brooks, a lawyer, was executive director for the Idaho Conservation League and is author of Before Earth Day: The Origins of American Environmental Law, 1945-1970.

Region 8 Administrator James Martin was senior attorney for the Environmental Defense Fund and also headed the Natural Resources Law Center at the University of Colorado School of Law. NLPC reported in May that Martin is so extreme on the global warming issue that he believes, “You could have a convention of all the scientists who dispute climate change in a relatively small phone booth.”

Region 9 Administrator Jared Blumenfeld – a former employee of the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund, and the International Fund for Animal Welfare – was the director of the San Francisco Department of the Environment before joining EPA. In that role a plastic bag ban and a 2020 zero waste goal were among the accomplishments he was proud of enough to put in his bio.

Region 10 Administrator Dennis McLerran, an attorney, was previously executive director of Puget Sound Clean Air Agency, and before that was city attorney for the City of Port Townsend and director of the Seattle Department of Construction and Land Use. He was also a member of Seattle’s Green Ribbon Commission, former chair of the Land Use and Environmental Law Section of the Washington State Bar Association, and past president of the Association of Local Air Pollution Control Officials, the national association of local air agencies in the United States.

With a litigious bunch like that, many with historical ties to aggressive green groups, perhaps President Obama might consider saving taxpayers some money, eliminate the positions, and subcontract the regulation out to groups like Sierra Club and Environmental Defense directly. No one would notice the difference.

Paul Chesser is an associate fellow for the National Legal and Policy Center.

TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; Outdoors
KEYWORDS: agw; alarmendariz; armendariz; beyondcoal; beyondgas; cap; cleanairaction; coal; crucifiction; crucified; crucifix; curtspalding; downwindersatrisk; energy; environazis; environmentaldefense; environmentalism; epa; gas; greens; jobs; lisajackson; nlpc; obama; rmcaa; sierraclub; smu; spalding; westvirginia; wildearthguardians
Chesser is right, Obama has already turned the EPA over to enviro-nazis.
1 posted on 07/03/2012 3:20:47 PM PDT by jazusamo
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To: jazusamo

Call your congressman and ask him to support Tim Walberg’s H.R. 750 (Defending America’s Affordable Energy & Jobs Act)

It would take the power to regulate out of the hands of the EPA and put it in the hands of congress (and by extension, the hands of the people)

2 posted on 07/03/2012 3:26:50 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: cripplecreek; All

Bump, and Thanks.

3 posted on 07/03/2012 3:28:57 PM PDT by jazusamo ("Intellect is not wisdom" -- Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

We need to crush the sierra club and shut down the EPA put all who work there on the unemployment line and begin a new agency with new staff who are friendly to oil and gas and the conservative administration.

4 posted on 07/03/2012 3:29:49 PM PDT by ronnie raygun (B B)
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To: jazusamo

We need to crush the sierra club and shut down the EPA put all who work there on the unemployment line and begin a new agency with new staff who are friendly to oil and gas and the conservative administration.

5 posted on 07/03/2012 3:30:04 PM PDT by ronnie raygun (B B)
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To: jazusamo

It’s so clear to anyone that looks at the broad picture of the Democrats, Obama, and his so-called “administration” their goal is to tie chain, and anchor around the economy of this Nation, and chuck it overboard. This Nation as it is an impediment to the Lefts New World Order, as well to the alliance of the Left, and Islam of similar goals.

6 posted on 07/03/2012 3:33:42 PM PDT by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will, they ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: jazusamo

Elect me President and the first thing I would do, even before I killed Obamacare in my second hour in office, would be to abolish the entire EPA.

7 posted on 07/03/2012 3:34:12 PM PDT by Proud2BeRight
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To: jazusamo

We need to defund and dismantle the EPA and energy dept. and homeland security. This are worthless harmful organizations and they concentrate far too much power in the executive branch. We are living in a dictatorship where every hard working American with a sense of values is being systematically destroyed.

8 posted on 07/03/2012 3:36:36 PM PDT by formosa (Formosa)
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9 posted on 07/03/2012 3:38:02 PM PDT by jazusamo ("Intellect is not wisdom" -- Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo
Roberts and Obama have destroyed freedom in the U.S.. Government at all levels needs to be tremendously reduced immediately or we will not survive: Your share of the federal debt is already over $100,000 and exploding . The IRS and EPA need to be abolished immediately . The 100,000 pages of government regulations choking businesses need to be instantly eliminated. How to do this? My proposal is : (anybody have a better plan put it out there): The states need to secede from the union. And then those states write a new constitution that proclaims that the federal government’s only roles are in defending the country from Foreign threats like illegals and china. Never will it be allowed for government at any level to get involved in schools, healthcare, or welfare or charity.99% of what governments do know should be abolished and illegal. The only thing the government could have a small role is in roads as they already ruined that So governments should only deal with police(local), military , border control, customs( federal), roads( states), courts at all levels (only to protect individual and property rights )and only a sales tax and tariffs allowed at any level of government. That means an EPA,IRS, government schools, HUD,HHS , dept of energy,income tax, property taxes are always illegal(never never will any politician even propose legislation that would deal with any of this as it would be illegal).

Democrats really believe that the people who run the department of motor vehicles or government schools (Like a high school principle etc.) will be able to provide the cutting edge technology and diagnostics to save our lives.

10 posted on 07/03/2012 3:45:15 PM PDT by rurgan (Sunset all laws at 4 years.China is destroying U.S. ability to manufacture,makes everything)
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11 posted on 07/03/2012 3:57:05 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: jazusamo

Thanks for the list.

12 posted on 07/03/2012 4:37:26 PM PDT by Inyo-Mono (My greatest fear is that when I'm gone my wife will sell my guns for what I told her I paid for them)
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I bet none of these people ever had a real job.

13 posted on 07/03/2012 5:28:49 PM PDT by beethovenfan (If Islam is the solution, the "problem" must be freedom.)
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Yep, I'd bet you're right. They were leaning left when they started college and came out full fledged leftists.
14 posted on 07/03/2012 5:45:56 PM PDT by jazusamo ("Intellect is not wisdom" -- Thomas Sowell)
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