Obama EPA caught ‘red handed’ issuing misleading information
Freedom of Information Act lawsuit forced EPA to provide documents
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) provided documents, required through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit, to Judicial Watch that proved former President Barack Obama’s Administration mislead the American People.
“Judicial Watch has caught the Obama EPA red handed issuing a series of half-truths and deliberately misleading information – pure propaganda – designed to deceive the American public into accepting its radical environmental agenda,” said Judicial Watch President, Tom Fitton.
Obama’s EPA claimed their 2015 Clean Power Plan would prevent thousands of premature deaths by 2030. Reminiscent of “you can keep your doctor” and “we have to pass it to see what is in it” rhetoric from the past, somehow the Obama Administration mystically predicted the cost would be $8.4 billion annually to limit carbon dioxide emissions by 2030. This was an estimate based on both the energy industry and White House not even knowing how each state could even possibly reach Obama’s demands given the burdens the EPA required. Those Obama mandates made their goals more unattainable.
According to Fitton, the EPA documents, produced in accordance with the FOIA lawsuit filed in June, “show the Obama EPA could not demonstrate that carbon dioxide reductions would in fact reduce the number of premature deaths.”
“It is no surprise it took a federal lawsuit to uncover this Obama deceit,” Fitton stated. “We appreciate that the Trump EPA did not drag this litigation out – we hope other Trump officials start finally paying attention to the FOIA law.”
The White House states that “President Trump is committed to eliminating harmful and unnecessary policies such as the Climate Action Plan and the Waters of the U.S. rule. Lifting these restrictions will greatly help American workers, increasing wages by more than $30 billion over the next 7 years.”
“Sound energy policy begins with the recognition that we have vast untapped domestic energy reserves right here in America. The Trump Administration will embrace the shale oil and gas revolution to bring jobs and prosperity to millions of Americans. We must take advantage of the estimated $50 trillion in untapped shale, oil, and natural gas reserves, especially those on federal lands that the American people own. We will use the revenues from energy production to rebuild our roads, schools, bridges and public infrastructure. Less expensive energy will be a big boost to American agriculture, as well.”—The White House
President Trump announced Tuesday that he is committed to clean coal technology and will continue to revive America’s coal industry, “which has been hurting for too long.” His administration intends to boost domestic energy production because it is also “in America’s national security interest. President Trump is committed to achieving energy independence from the OPEC cartel and any nations hostile to our interests. At the same time, we will work with our Gulf allies to develop a positive energy relationship as part of our anti-terrorism strategy.”
“Lastly, our need for energy must go hand-in-hand with responsible stewardship of the environment. Protecting clean air and clean water, conserving our natural habitats, and preserving our natural reserves and resources will remain a high priority. President Trump will refocus the EPA on its essential mission of protecting our air and water.”
Texas was particularly aggressive against Obama’s EPA overreach. Texas Governor Greg Abbott, as the State’s Attorney General, won two victories in three months by March 2012, against the EPA when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit’s came back with a strong decision against the Department.
It was a major blow to EPA and Obama, when the Court overturned the EPA’s disapproval of Texas’ Pollution Control Project (PCP) Standard Permit.
“Showing seemingly no regard for the federal laws that govern what it can and cannot do, the EPA unlawfully disapproved a commonsense Texas air permitting program that fully complied with the federal Clean Air Act and reduced harmful emissions,” said Abbott, who filed a challenge against the EPA on February 9, 2012.
“The EPA disregarded the limited authority it was granted under federal law and incorrectly alleged that Texas would not act sensibly and in accordance with its own laws,” Abbott stated. By March 2017, the new State’s Attorney General Ken Paxton was commending a ruling by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that left intact the Texas stay of the EPA’s Regional Haze Rule.
It was critical to win these victories. Abbott knew the Obama EPA plan would “require power plants in Texas to install costly, unnecessary upgrades to their generators.”
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce indicated Texas taxpayers would pay more than $28 billion annually through 2030 for the Obama plan. Texas produces 11 percent of the electricity in the United States, but “would be required to contribute 18 percent of the overall national reduction. In order to meet that mandate, Texas would have to slash carbon emissions by 38 percent,” Abbott stated.
Texas confirmed that it can clean its air without eradicating the energy sector. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton showed that the State reduced emissions by almost twice as much as states “such as California” from 2000 to 2010.
The 5th Circuit stated that Texas “demonstrated a strong likelihood of success in establishing that the EPA acted arbitrarily, capriciously, and in excess of its statutory authority when it disapproved the Texas and Oklahoma implementation plans and imposed a federal implementation plan.”