EPA under investigation for skirting email transparency

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From the Washington Times:

A House committee has launched an investigation into whether EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson used an email alias to try to hide correspondence from open-government requests and her agency’s own internal watchdog — something that Republican lawmakers said could run afoul of the law.

The science committee has asked Ms. Jackson to turn over all information related to an email account under the name of “Richard Windsor,” which is one of the aliases identified by a researcher looking into the EPA.

The committee has also asked the White House’s lawyer and EPA’s inspector general to look into the matter and report back by the end of this month, saying that the secret email accounts could have been used to keep key information from official watchdogs as well as the public.

Full story:

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/nov/17/congress-demands-epas-secret-email-accounts/

And who uncovered Richard Windsor?

The researcher who uncovered the “Richard Windsor” alias email, Christopher Horner, has repeatedly battled the administration over its global warming efforts.

Go Chris!

Help him out, buy the man’s book.

Christopher Horner is author of The Liberal War on Transparency: Confessions of a Freedom of Information “Criminal” (Threshold, October 2012).

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nigelf

Of course the EPA used fake aliases, it’s what democrats do…say we’re going to be the most transparent administration in history and proceed to do exactly the opposite!
Republicans need to use all their lawyerly brains and bring this administration down as soon as possible for the survival of the country. Bring the lapdog media down as well.

Mark T

The title needs a typo fix: investigation, not inestigation.
Oh, and, YAY! Bust that b***h down!
Mark

S. Geiger

check headline…inestigation…
[Thanks, fixed. — mod.]

“Skirting” is being rather generous.
This was planned and their intentions are clear

jim2

Speaking of socialistic environmentalists – I just saw Moron Bill McKibbon on MSNBC. (I like to see what the “other side” is up to!). He is claiming 2012 will be the hottest year ever and no one, including the Representative from New York on the 5 person panel, said a word to correct that lie. Don’t liberals know about WoodForTrees??? Can’t they use the internet? Bill McKibbon just spouts lie after lie and no one there challenges him. It is sickening. He is saying since the EnviroNazis can’t get the government to act, ,they are going to start a grass roots movement to demonize fossil fuel like tobacco companies. Cigarettes are bad, but fossil fuels are good. Big difference.

We Will Restore Science to It’s Proper Place ! ! !
palm licking lap dog for the elites….spiked collared pitbull against Truth and humanity….

theduke

Get Jackson up there under oath and if it turns out she’s lying, charge her with perjury. Time for a special prosecutor?

John S

Four more years…

What’s worse is that this is the least of EPA’s legal transgressions. Who knew that the Simpson’s Movie was prediction, not parody?

Kaboom

Now if she just been boinking a married admirer, she’d have to step down immediately. Breaking the FOI laws on the other hand means to just move along, nothing to see here. /sarc

Philanthropist

Sarah Palin had a yahoo account! Outrage!
CIA, EPA directors and executives have un-official e-mail accounts. No outrage. Nothing to see here…

kent Blaker

The first thing that needs to happen is the redefining of the word Advertising. Such that election campaign ads are forced to comply with truth in advertising. Those reports, studies, etc. that support global warming are in effect advertising in the campaign against CO2/ coal,oil etc.

Crispin in Waterloo

Stop focussing on the lather and go for the soap. It is the content of the mails that will be interesting, not the existence of alias accounts. Too many ‘good reasons’ to have one when you are public person. Once the email trail starts lighting up all sorts of dark corners will yield their dark secrets.

Philanthropist says:
November 17, 2012 at 7:32 am
you are either trying to be foolish or, lets just leave it where you get the benefit of a doubt, Sarah Palins Yahoo acount was known by many people it was not SECRET, un-official email acounts are not the problem it is emails that are setup with false names to deliberately hide what is going on that is the problem, think before you speak and you will not look like a fool.

Chris @NJ_Snow_Fan

The entire system is broken and needs a major overhaul Period!! Too many politicians with hands in the cookie jar that is our children’s future. Makes me sick and hard to turn head not to see all that is going on. I do believe using some green products are good for environment and economy. Going all in on green is not way to go. Some green products are junk, expensive and will never break even on payback. More Efficient existing energy products or what is needed also.
Chris Beal

tgmccoy

What I find fascinating is that people in power behave like every word you say is
not forever cast in stone on the internet..

MattS

@nigelf,
What the heck is a “fake” alias? What exactly distinguishes it from a real alias?

pat

Carol Browner did much the same and when caught wiped out all correspondence in spite of a court order. But like Sandy Berger and John Corzine, there seems to be some sort of immunity if you belong to a certain political party.

William

This is outrageous conduct from a public official. What is the Administration’s response?
Challenge the President to walk the talk concerning transparent and open government. If there is nothing to hide the President should support a congressional investigation. The EPA is not the CIA. The EPA is responsible to the public and to congress to be factual, to be science based.
There is no logical reason why EPA officials require secret email accounts to hide from freedom of information requests. What in the world is going on at the EPA?
Any Warmists that want to defend the use of alias by EPA officials? What is the reason that EPA officials need to hide from freedom of information requests?
P.S.
Same question for public funded climate research. If science is on the side of the Warmists there should be no problem with transparency.

Werner Brozek

jim2 says:
November 17, 2012 at 7:13 am
He is claiming 2012 will be the hottest year ever
I would need some clarification. Was he saying or implying that this just applied to the bottom 48 states of the U.S. or was it globally? If the latter, then it is clearly wrong as shown below.
2012 in Perspective so far on Six Data Sets
Note the bolded numbers for each data set where the lower bolded number is the highest anomaly recorded so far in 2012 and the higher one is the all time record so far. There is no comparison.

With the UAH anomaly for October at 0.33, the average for the first ten months of the year is (-0.13 -0.13 + 0.05 + 0.23 + 0.18 + 0.24 + 0.13 + 0.20 + 0.34 + 0.33)/10 = 0.14. This would rank 9th if it stayed this way. 1998 was the warmest at 0.42. The highest ever monthly anomaly of 0.66 was reached in April of 1998.
With the GISS anomaly for October at 0.69, the average for the first ten months of the year is (0.32 + 0.37 + 0.45 + 0.55 + 0.67 + 0.56 + 0.46 + 0.58 + 0.61 + 0.69)/10 = 0.53. This would rank 9th if it stayed this way. 2010 was the warmest at 0.63. The highest ever monthly anomaly of 0.89 was reached in March of 2002 and in January of 2007.
With the Hadcrut3 anomaly for September at 0.520, the average for the first nine months of the year is (0.217 + 0.194 + 0.305 + 0.481 + 0.475 + 0.477 + 0.446 + 0.512+ 0.520 )/9 = 0.403. This would rank 10th if it stayed this way. 1998 was the warmest at 0.548. The highest ever monthly anomaly of 0.756 was reached in February of 1998. One has to back to the 1940s to find the previous time that a Hadcrut3 record was not beaten in 10 years or less.
With the sea surface anomaly for October at 0.428, the average for the first ten months of the year is (0.203 + 0.230 + 0.241 + 0.292 + 0.339 + 0.351 + 0.385 + 0.440 + 0.449 + 0.428)/10 = 0.336. This would rank 9th if it stayed this way. 1998 was the warmest at 0.451. The highest ever monthly anomaly of 0.555 was reached in August of 1998.
With the RSS anomaly for October at 0.294, the average for the first ten months of the year is (-0.059 -0.122 + 0.072 + 0.331 + 0.232 + 0.338 + 0.291 + 0.255 + 0.383 + 0.294)/10 = 0.202. This would rank 11th if it stayed this way. 1998 was the warmest at 0.55. The highest ever monthly anomaly of 0.857 was reached in April of 1998.
With the Hadcrut4 anomaly for September at 0.524, the average for the first nine months of the year is (0.288 + 0.209 + 0.339 + 0.514 + 0.516 + 0.501 + 0.469 + 0.529 + 0.524)/9 = 0.432. This would rank virtually tied for 10th if it stayed this way. 2010 was the warmest at 0.54. The highest ever monthly anomaly of 0.818 was reached in January of 2007. The 2011 anomaly at 0.399 puts 2011 in 12th place and the 2008 anomaly of 0.383 puts 2008 in 14th place.
On all six of the above data sets, a record is out of reach.

Gale Combs

You could catch her working hand in hand with Hooker Chemicals poisoning the people of Buffalo NY and nothing would change.
After Congress gave a pass to big Ag when caught red-handed poisoning people with feces tainted meat, I have no faith in government to do anything but support the moneyed interests. I mean get real, people who never set foot in the petting farms get sick and the government blames the Petting Farms? Talk about blaming the innocent! And the MSM continues to hide the real facts.

Jeremy

This administration is morally bankrupt.

Tony Windsor

Can I assure all readers of this (brilliant) blog that I am no relation to the Richard Windsor being used to disguise the real identity of that EPA person? While the Prince of Wales (Charles Windsor) may have some sympathy with her views I suspect that his much-revered Mother (Elizabeth Windsor) might have a different take on the abuse of her name.

Taphonomic

Another article discusses Chris Horner’s description of Carol Browner’s ways of avoiding transparency and discovery:
“The first such transparency dodge, he writes, came from Carol Browner, former director of the Obama White House Office of Energy and Climate Change Policy and Bill Clinton’s EPA administrator.
“You remember Ms. Browner, the lady who suddenly ordered her computer hard drive reformatted and backup tapes erased, hours after a federal court issued a ‘preserve’ order … that her lawyers at the Clinton Justice Department insisted they hadn’t yet told her about?””
http://dailycaller.com/2012/11/12/epa-chiefs-secret-alias-email-account-revealed/

F. Ross

@PaulID says:
November 17, 2012 at 7:59 am
I think you may have misunderstood Philanthropist’s post.
Maybe I’m wrong but I read it as sarcasm and that you are both, therefore, on the same wavelength.

Go Home

Now if only Lisa Brown was having an affair with General Petraeus, or better yet Broadwell, we might have something the media actually would be interested in.

Go Home

Correction, Lisa Jackson.

jim2 says:
November 17, 2012 at 7:13 am
Speaking of socialistic environmentalists – I just saw Moron Bill McKibbon on MSNBC. (I like to see what the “other side” is up to!). He is claiming 2012 will be the hottest year ever and no one, including the Representative from New York on the 5 person panel, said a word to correct that lie.

I’m sure he was referring to temps in the contiguous US. There have been other quotes to that effect from notable warmists in recent days.
Incidentally, the GISS global temperature anomaly for October jumped up to 69 from 60 in Sept. Curiously, the UAH global satellite measurement for Oct. was identical to that for Sept. Does anyone have an innocent explanation for the divergence?

PS: Oops, the September anomaly is now 61, not 60. (The figures are sometimes adjusted post hoc.) BTW, here’s the link to the GISS anomaly table:
http://data.giss.nasa.gov/gistemp/tabledata_v3/GLB.Ts+dSST.txt

Reblogged this on Climate Ponderings and commented:
The whole Obama administration is morally bankrupt.

Gary Pearse

Why is it that the 95% confidence level CAGW people need to have this cloak and dagger mentality. Oh and on the question of 95% confidence level, why hasn’t the 95% of twenty years ago been trimmed down to, say, 75% today with all the fails.

polistra

Don’t expect the Repooflicans to investigate Mr Lisa Jackson alias Mr Richard Windsor. Always remember who invented the EPA.

Sean

Why are we already doomed to loose to the eco-marxists?
Because they control the education system and are indoctrinating our population…
http://legalinsurrection.com/2012/11/northwestern-u-marxism-conference-packed-with-teachers/
“Teachers filled the ranks at the 2012 Midwest Marxism Conference, which was held Saturday at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.
Chicago Teachers Union Vice President Jesse Sharkey, who spoke at one of the breakout sessions, was just one of the hundreds of attendees, many of them teachers, there to strategize about the next phases of the partnership between Chicago Socialists and the Chicago Teachers Union.
Thankfully, after hours of enduring non-discussion and hate speech against Americans (and being amongst those celebrating a philosophy of mass murderers), I was “outed” as not a communist, told I was “not in solidarity” and surrounded by members of the Chicago Socialists who told me to leave the Northwestern School of Journalism premises.
Just what did the Chicago Socialists feel they had to hide, that attendees such as myself, observing, might expose?
It is not an overstatement to say, based on the words of the teachers who filled the rooms at the Marxism Conference, that the Teachers agenda and the Marxist agenda is one and the same.
Welcome to the New Education of your children.”

People often use anagrams of their name to generate aliases, now lets see…
Jackass Lion
A Slack Joins
Alas Jock Sin
Jackal In Sos
http://www.wordsmith.org/anagram/anagram.cgi?anagram=lisa+jackson&t=1000&a=n

George Orwell

Don’t you think they will just ignore congressional requests and subpoenas as Holder did for Fast and Furious?
Don’t you think the media will just ignore this as they have Fast and Furious (and every other Administration scandal)?
Why does anyone think anything will be different this time?
A carbon tax is coming, more green energy boondoggles are coming, coal plants will be shut down and electrical prices will ‘necessarily’ skyrocket. Nothing can save us.
Sorry to depress everyone but some pigs are so much more equal that they are above the law.

jim2

@Roger Knights says:
November 17, 2012 at 9:28 am

“I’m sure he was referring to temps in the contiguous US. There have been other quotes to that effect from notable warmists in recent days.”
Roger, well, I didn’t know we had a mind reader among us. If a panel is discussing CO2 and warming, MY assumption would be they are talking GLOBAL warming. Discussing warming in a limited region is pretty much meaningless to climate temperature trends. They also brought up the droughts and hurricanes, stating that was proof of “climate change” (global warming). Those memes have also been shot down.
Climate skeptics need to start pushing WoodForTrees. There is nothing like seeing it for one’s self.
The other day at work, someone asked me about hydrogenation and saturated fats. After I drew a representation of a fatty acid, then partial hydrogenation of it, then saturated hydrogenation – the person said – why is this so bad? The word “hydrogenation” and “saturated” have become dark words to them. When they saw the result of these processes, they began to scratch their heads and ask why this innocuous looking change was so bad. Knowledge is power. I’m not trying to say saturated fat is good, what I am saying is that people have fears that are not rationally based. That wouldn’t be a big deal if they didn’t vote – but they do anyway.

George Orwell is correct on at some of the things on his list above (carbon tax, green boondoggles, etc). But since the ones that require Congressional approval will be difficult, so expect more like the war on coal on which the federal government brought numerous agencies down on the coal and associated companies. For example, increased DOT inspections of trucks leaving coal facilities with maximum fines. That’s why private emails to and from EPA and other government officials are so important. The federal government will use all means at its disposal to implement the green agenda like shutting down coal. Some of those means are somewhat covert and must be hidden from public view lest they be recognized as selective enforcement, harassment, etc.

eyesonu

Kaboom says:
November 17, 2012 at 7:31 am
Now if she just been boinking a married admirer, she’d have to step down immediately. Breaking the FOI laws on the other hand means to just move along, nothing to see here. /sarc
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For some reason I just can’t picture Lisa Jackson and boinking.

beesaman

This hiding of government emails from the public is going on here in the UK as well. Personally, I believe it should result in jail time and a permanent ban from holding any future government posts…

Pamela Gray

It never fails. Someone always gets in a comment blaming teachers. Those that blame such groups in that way need to be careful not to get the color of paint they use on others (IE the color of communism, nazism, socialism, etc) all over themselves. Some of humanity’s worst decades were splattered with the blood of mass extermination because someone somewhere blamed a group of people for all their troubles. And no one stopped them.

Reblogged this on Truth, Lies and In Between and commented:
The EPA needs to be disbanded. All of it. Get rid of it. If the EPA didn’t exist, gas would be at $1.50 a gallon. They are one of the biggest reasons that Americans are suffering today, not to mention the Africans who are suffering from the mosquitoes that could have been eradicated with DDT.

jim2 says:
November 17, 2012 at 10:26 am

@Roger Knights says:
November 17, 2012 at 9:28 am

“I’m sure he was referring to temps in the contiguous US. There have been other quotes to that effect from notable warmists in recent days.”

Roger, well, I didn’t know we had a mind reader among us. If a panel is discussing CO2 and warming, MY assumption would be they are talking GLOBAL warming.

I wasn’t criticizing you for not knowing his probable intent at the time. I was just providing an after-the-fact explanation for what he said. It’s relevant.

Gale [_Jim: ?] Combs says November 17, 2012 at 8:38 am
You could catch her working hand in hand with Hooker Chemicals poisoning the people of Buffalo NY and nothing would change.

I think the reference here is to the “Love Canal” neighborhood in Niagara Falls, New York.
Per wiki (because it’s easy):
“Hooker Chemical sold the site to the Niagara Falls School Board in 1953 for $1, with a deed explicitly detailing the presence of the waste and including a liability limitation clause about the contamination. The construction efforts of housing development, combined with particularly heavy rainstorms, released the chemical waste, leading to a public health emergency and an urban planning scandal.”
BTW, what accounts for the name change? Is the ‘boiler room’ operation there getting sloppy assigning nicks?
.

TANSTAAFL

If it weren’t for double standards, leftists would have no standards at all.

Snotrocket

John S says:November 17, 2012 at 7:21 am
“Four more years…”
You mean: For more years???

jim2

@Roger Knights says:
November 17, 2012 at 12:13 pm
“I wasn’t criticizing you for not knowing his probable intent at the time. I was just providing an after-the-fact explanation for what he said. It’s relevant.”
You are providing an opinion. I understand.

Alex the skeptic

Sean says:
November 17, 2012 at 10:17 am
Why are we already doomed to loose to the eco-marxists?
Because they control the education system and are indoctrinating our population
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
Very true, The socialists control education, mainstream media and even science. They have managed to remove morality from every aspect of life, public and private, People do not know how to choose to live the correct way because they don’t know what is good and what is evil. anf they don’t know the difference.The number of people who want to live the wrong way, living off others’ wages, Redistribution of Wealth it is called in Newspeak, has now passed the critical line. These cannot be supported anymore with less people working productively, that is those members of the hard-working class who really create the GDP.
But this will soon be over. Socialism will always implode. When the economy implodes as it will do soon, then people will come to their senses. The more it takes for us to come to our senses, the greater willthe fall be. Some think that it is not a matter of when we fall the fiscal cliff, but how hard will it be when we hit the ground, beacuse we are already in freefall.

Gail Combs

beesaman says:
November 17, 2012 at 11:15 am
This hiding of government emails from the public is going on here in the UK as well. Personally, I believe it should result in jail time and a permanent ban from holding any future government posts…
_______________________________
I agree completely but deceitful politicians make the laws and not those who put them in office and are being lied to. Remember the definition of an honest politician:
One who stays bought.
Then think of the Supreme Court ruling a corporation is a person and therefore can contribute to campaign funds. Remember it is perfectly acceptable for foreign entities to have paid lobbyists in Washington DC. Remember that “Charities” can move funds from the charity to a lobbying arm and it is perfectly legal. Now tell me where in heck can an individual have any representation among all those elephants stomping around?

Mark Urbo

Now we know what happened to the “pigman” in one of the Seinfeld episodes – it turned into Lisa Jackson.

Jeff Alberts

Sean says:
November 17, 2012 at 10:17 am
Why are we already doomed to loose to the eco-marxists?

I’m sure it’s due to poor grammar.
j/k