Environmental Protection Agency corruption

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

If you want a poster child for environmental malfeasance and dereliction of duty as guardians of the public health, simply peel back the cover of immoral governmental corruption that is today’s Environmental Protection Agency.

The May 26 edition of The Recorder reported that newly released emails show senior EPA officials working closely with the Heartland Institute. The institute bills itself as an “action tank” as well as a “think tank” and states that “we measure our success by the impact we have in the real world.”

The institute plays “an essential role in the national movement for personal liberty and limited government.” It does this by rallying “like-minded people” for public hearings on science and global warming, countering negative news coverage and touting administrator Scott Pruitt’s stewardship of the EPA. It is squarely behind Pruitt’s hacking away climate sensitive regulations instituted during the Obama administration as well as “uncooperative” professional EPA staff in pursuit of “limited government.”

The emails were obtained by the Environmental Defense Fund and the Southern Environmental Law Center under a Freedom of Information request.

The emails reveal that John Konkus, EPA’s deputy associate administrator for public affairs, repeatedly reached out to senior staffers at the institute. He was seeking a list of potential invitees for the annual EPA public hearing on the agency’s science standards. The emails show Konkus and the Heartland Institute mustering scores of potential invitees known for rejecting scientific warnings of man-made climate-change, including from groups like Plants Need CO2, The Right Climate Stuff and Junk Science. If you really want to read some “junk science” and “fake news,” just Google these websites. “If you send a list, we will make sure an invitation is sent,” Konkus wrote to the Heartland Institute in May 2017.

John Bos

Shelburne Falls