One of the nation’s top conservative voices, syndicated radio talk host and former Reagan Administration Justice Department chief of staff Mark Levin at the beginning of Monday’s show announced his legal group’s intention to pursue another lawsuit against the Obama Environmental Protection Agency.
Levin gave a brief explanation of the Landmark Legal Foundation — which he founded — battle against what he termed an “out of control” and “unconstitutional” EPA. Levin and his legal staff are demanding records that were requested months ago as per the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), but have yet to materialize, a violation of FOIA.
“There are a host of new regulations waiting in the wings no matter who wins, but especially if the ‘dear one’ loses, to create havoc,” Levin stated.
The records involved in Landmark Legal Foundation v. Environmental Protection Agency that are in dispute include identification of all new rules or regulations for which the public has not yet been given notice, but for which public notice is planned by the EPA before Jan. 20, 2013; the names of individuals, groups or organizations outside EPA with whom the agency has met or talked regarding the pending rules and regulations; documents concerning pending revised or new environmental rules including notes, letters, memoranda, minutes, logs, calendars, schedules, reports, studies, analyses and plans; economic-impact assessments and environmental-impact statements that have been conducted in accordance with any pending new regulations; and efforts by EPA to issue a host of new rules and regulations proposed by environmentalists and other liberal groups, but adamantly opposed by many business and industry organizations and leaders.
Levin’s Landmark Legal Foundation petitioned the federal court to block the Administrator of the EPA, Lisa Jackson, and her staff from issuing any new regulations until the agency releases the requested documents.
“The Obama Environmental Protection Agency administrator, Lisa Jackson, who launched an enormously expensive program to make America’s minority communities green, has sent millions of taxpayer dollars to environmental causes in nations overseas, including China, Russia and India,” said Michael S. Baker, an attorney and political strategist.
“Obama and his news media cohorts tell Americans that Romney outsourced money overseas. At least it was his own money or his company’s stockholders’ money. Meanwhile Obama and his minions outsource our money on a regular basis,” notes Baker.
Ranking members of a congressional energy committee call it “foreign handouts” amid record deficits, soaring unemployment and U.S. cities declaring bankruptsy. The money — close to $30 million — has been issued by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which is headed by Ms. Jackson, according to Judicial Watch, a group that pursues government documents through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) or through lawsuits filed in federal court.
The cash was distributed via 65 foreign grants that don’t even include what’s given to Canada and Mexico, according to a report released by the House Energy and Commerce Committee and obtained by Judicial Watch that reveals in the past the U.S. EPA over $100M in foreign grants to battle pollution … in grants to foreign countries aimed at reducing global pollution.
Among the handouts are $1.2 million for the United Nations to promote clean fuels, $718,000 to help China comply with two initiatives and $700,000 for Thailand to recover methane gas at pig farms, according to Judicial Watch’s investigation.
An additional $150,000 went to help the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL) combat fraud in carbon trading and $15,000 to Indonesia’s “Breathe Easy, Jakarta” publicity campaign, the Committee report stated.
This sort of federal spending does not reflect the priorities of the American people, according to a letter that several lawmakers sent Jackson in the report’s aftermath.
Since being appointed EPA Administrator, Jackson has gone on a manic spending spree to bring “environmental justice” to low-income and minority communities, say critics of the EPA. Under the program, dozens of left-wing groups have received millions of taxpayer dollars to help poor and impoverished people increase recycling, reduce carbon emissions through “weatherization” [sic], participate in green jobs training and avoid heat stroke.”
“Did anyone ever consider that you prevent heat stroke by warning people not to go out for long periods in the hot Sun? That costs millions of dollars? Now that’s one training class I’ve got to see for myself,” quipped Baker.
The EPA’s budget has also surged 34% since Jackson took over to a whopping $10.3 billion, and that figure includes $43 million for efforts to reduce greenhouse gases that the agency claims “endanger” public health, according to Judicial Watch’s investigation.
By the EPA’s own statements, Administrator Jackson has pledged to focus on core issues of protecting air and water quality, preventing exposure to toxic contamination in U.S. communities, and reducing greenhouse gases. She has pledged that all of the agency’s efforts will follow the best science, adhere to the rule of law, and be implemented with unparalleled transparency.
Nearly half of the EPA’s budget goes to grants that fund environmental programs, nonprofits, educational institutions and other left-leaning organizations that help promote the Obama agenda, claims the Judicial Watch report.