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May 23 2013

EPA & DOE follow IRS' Partisan Lead

Emily Wismer

 

If you think the IRS is the only agency that discriminates against conservatives, think again.

According to the Washington Examiner, “government agencies are supposed to waive fees for groups disseminating information for public benefit." But the Competitive Enterprise Institute has found that while the EPA waves fees 92 percent of the time for “green” groups, conservatives are paying big. Ninety-three percent of CEI’s requests were denied, a similar experience to groups like the Institute for Energy Research, the Franklin Center, and Judicial Watch. Groups favored by the administration include the Sierra Club, Earth Justice, and the Natural Resources Defense Council.

CEI’s Senior Fellow, Chris Horner explains:

EPA’s practice is to take care of its friends and impose ridiculous obstacles to deny problematic parties’ requests for information...This is as clear an example of disparate treatment as the IRS’ hurdles selectively imposed upon groups with names ominously reflecting an interest in, say, a less intrusive or biased federal government. This demonstrates a clear pattern of favoritism for allied groups and a concerted campaign to make life more difficult for those deemed unfriendly. The left hand of big government reaches out to its far-left hand at every turn. Argue against more of the same, however, and prepare to be treated as if you have fewer rights.

Unfortunately, green discrimination is not limited to the EPA or fee waivers, but is manifested in subsidies, bailouts, and taxpayer giveaways. George Kaiser, an activist and businessman invested in Solyndra, secured $535 million in loan guarantees for the company after contributing to the Obama campaign and similar groups. BrightSource received a $737 million loan, which is no surprise considering the company's executives donated to the Obama and Harry Reid campaigns, held a fundraiser for Harry Reid, and have frequented the White House. BrightSource’s chairman was rewarded with a fancy title: Secretary of Commerce. Meanwhile, coal plants are shutting down, it is impossible to receive a permit to drill for oil or gas on public lands, and the Keystone Pipeline becomes the decade’s greatest procrastination project.

Clearly, this administration prefers politics to obeying laws passed by Congress.

Independent Women’s Forum’s mission is to improve the lives of Americans by increasing the number of women who value free markets and personal liberty. Sister organization of Independent Women’s Voice.
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