The Lady Doth Protest Too Much, We Think

Reposted from Government Accountability & Oversight

New York Attorney General Letitia James’s Office led the development of what the Wall Street Journal editorial board called “Biden’s ‘BackDoor’ Climate Plan,” a clever if likely unlawful way to sneak in the Green New Deal under the auspices of controlling ozone — ditching failed climate messaging on “Polar ice caps and the polar bears [which] have become the climate change ‘mascots,’” because, “Unfortunately, climate change in the abstract is an increasingly – and consistently – unpersuasive argument to make.”

The plan is laid out in months of emails between James’s Office and other OAGs with former EPA career attorneys and officials, and even the current Biden EPA climate chief. It is what a James-led lawsuit filed by those same AGs the day before the inauguration set in motion, as detailed in an amicus brief here.

It’s what they are doing. Understandably, AG James doesn’t like having that pointed out, according to her letter to the WSJ editors that ran last Friday.

Regardless, the albatross of climate doomsaying and Green New Deal moon battery has yielded, for practical purposes, to a new narrative “about our neighbor with respiratory illness,” a rhetorical sleight of hand “highlighting the children’s health dimension to all of our major initiatives,” to capture those “many Americans who otherwise would oppose many of our regulatory actions.”

This is the plan, as laid out on The Most Cynical EPA Memo, Evah™, re-released by GAO on the document’s anniversary last month. EPA and its allies are doing what they said for years, among themselves, they needed to do. And which a paper trail shows that James’s Office prepared for months to do. Exposure of which has only prompted AG James to insist that you shouldn’t believe your lying eyes but instead, remember your neighbor with respiratory illness. Which, the paper trail shows, is not what this clever move is about.

AG James’s LTE simply protests — and proves — too much.

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JeffC
April 10, 2021 2:37 am

If the GND and similar policies in other countries had any merit whatsoever there would be no need to resort to these backdoor tactics to get them implemented. Crooks the lot of them.

Scissor
Reply to  JeffC
April 10, 2021 5:45 am

I’m beginning to think that AOC’s high speed train to Hawaii doesn’t make sense in light of Biden’s 21,000 MPH commercial planes.

Curious George
Reply to  JeffC
April 10, 2021 7:35 am

You are using words in their traditional, racist meaning. The “infrastructure” now means whatever Democrats want it to mean. The “merit” means simply that taxpayer’s money is directed into the right pockets.

Pat from kerbob
Reply to  Curious George
April 10, 2021 8:03 am

No, you in the USA are behind the times, here in canada we no longer use the term infrastructure and have moved on to “investments”.
No matter what it is.

Implementing a carbon tax and hiring an army of civil servants to count all the money is an investment.
Welfare for targeted groups of voters is an investment.

The corruption of language continues apace.

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Reply to  Pat from kerbob
April 10, 2021 8:26 am

If they didn’t corrupt language, there would be no words to make their agenda seem reasonable. What we are experiencing is the ethical deterioration of the political left where the agenda is all that matters and the truth only gets in the way.

Pat Frank
Reply to  co2isnotevil
April 10, 2021 1:19 pm

What makes you think the left’s present ethical standard is anything new?

See Walter Duranty for the ethics then and for its present incarnation see The New Durantyism. It’s been lies all the way down.

Reply to  Pat Frank
April 11, 2021 8:30 am

Yes, hypocritical ethics have always been a feature of both political parties, but since Obama, the left has taken this to a whole new level and is getting away with it because the ethical deterioration of the left has metastasized and now consumes the MSM.

The institutional bias has become so pervasive, the left seems to think it can get away with anything considering how obvious the hypocrisy has become. We can only hope for a positive benefit of cancelling Trump which is that TDS will wane enabling Democrat voters to stop allowing fake emotional arguments to override logic and reason which is the primary symptom of TDS.

Lrp
Reply to  co2isnotevil
April 10, 2021 1:31 pm

The culmination of spin

Pat Frank
Reply to  JeffC
April 10, 2021 12:59 pm

One supposes we can adapt Mark Twain’s, ‘lies, damned lies, and statistics,’ to our times with, ‘liars, damned liars, and attorney’s general.’

Ron Long
April 10, 2021 3:13 am

As we have seen before the EPA has been politicized and weaponized. This change appears to me to have started with President Carter, although the National Environmental Policy Act actually started with President Nixon. Now it looks like the Greenies (the earth is greening up nicely due to increasing CO2, maybe we need another name, like Socialists?) are utilizing any issue they can torture into a story to advance their agenda. This is one reason the President Biden Administration proposes new budget items in the trillions of dollars, it is easy to hide a few billion dollars here and there.

Redge
Reply to  Ron Long
April 10, 2021 4:51 am

Now it looks like the Greenies (the earth is greening up nicely due to increasing CO2, maybe we need another name, like Socialists?)

Increasing CO2 is definitely causing the growth in Greenies

(do i need a /sarc tag?)

Jon R. Salmi
Reply to  Redge
April 10, 2021 12:19 pm

Call them what you will Redge. Democrat, liberal, leftist, socialist, whatever. They are all in a mad rush to get to the bottom, totalitarianism. Their true colors have finally been exposed. These totalitarians don’t give a tinker’s dam about the poor or minorities as evidenced by our burning cities, porous borders, our over lenient courts, or the child miners of Africa, let alone the plight of the Uighurs. They don’t seem to understand that they are playing right into the hands of our modern day robber barons, the high-tech billionaires.

Redge
Reply to  Jon R. Salmi
April 11, 2021 3:06 am

I think you meant your reply to Ron but yes, agreed

Pat Frank
Reply to  Ron Long
April 10, 2021 1:25 pm

William Ruckelshaus was the first EPA administrator, and was the guy who brought politics into the EPA with his ban on DDT.

With that decision alone he is responsible for the politically motivated premature deaths of millions

David Wojick
April 10, 2021 4:05 am

Ironically EPA is about to take steps that may penalize that child with asthma:
https://www.cfact.org/2021/04/04/crazy-hfc-phaseout-is-coming-part-2/

A shortage of inhalers.

Paul C
April 10, 2021 4:08 am

… But “you shouldn’t believe your lying eyes but instead, remember your neighbor with respiratory illness.” If your neighbour has hayfever, is she going to mandate cutting down all the trees, and concreting over all the remaining grass in New York?
Indoor air pollution is almost always many times worse than outdoors. Open a window for a bit of ventilation once in a while.

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commieBob
Reply to  Paul C
April 10, 2021 4:27 am

Unless, of course, you have seasonal allergies.

TonyL
Reply to  commieBob
April 10, 2021 6:36 am

You are behind the times, commieBob.
Like the seasonal Flu, seasonal allergies have been cured. As you may know by now, everybody who might have gotten the the Flu this past cold and flu season got COVID instead. Annual Flu cases dropped from 38,000,000 the previous season all the way down to ~1,500 or so this past year.

So what does this have to do with seasonal allergies?
Last June, the CDC released an expanded list of symptoms which (highly suspicious) included all the symptoms we always traditionally associated with pollen allergies.
We note for the record that this updated symptom list was released on June 6, just in time for the coming summertime allergy season.
So no more allergies, instead we will see COVID and Oh-My-Gawd-COVID! and even OMG-Fifth-Wave-COVID-Lockdown. But we will not see any allergies.

David Wojick
Reply to  TonyL
April 10, 2021 7:22 am

Hilarious! Well done. Covid cures flu and allergies. Who knew?

commieBob
Reply to  David Wojick
April 10, 2021 8:30 am

I realize my case is just an anecdote but … no.

yirgach
Reply to  commieBob
April 10, 2021 2:03 pm

But when you answer affirmative to the list of symptoms and they say Covid! and you say but, but had these same symptoms every allergy season for the last 40 years, they will probably check off Covid! just like they crank up the PCR tests to over 40.

I always have a drippy nose in the winter, but I since Covid! have responded NO to the symptom list, just for that reason.

2hotel9
Reply to  yirgach
April 11, 2021 3:48 am

For a year no one has died from heart attacks, obesity, car wrecks or suicide. Every death is now from Chinese Disease. I have bilateral, non-primary Sjogren’s Syndrome. As of March 2020 all symptoms and effects of Sjogren’s are Chinese Disease. Very convenient for one certain political movement in the world today.

Bruce Cobb
April 10, 2021 5:17 am

Typical, lying, Greenie behavior: conflate real pollution, which can sometimes be a problem in urban settings and with certain weather conditions, with the fake “carbon pollution”, and then lie about it. But to their twisted way of thinking, the ends justifies the means

commieBob
Reply to  Bruce Cobb
April 10, 2021 8:55 am

I tried to find the origin of “the end justifies the means”. Someone quipped, “the devil most likely”. Would that make it the world’s oldest profession? (… because it was professed before anything else had been professed.)

Editor
Reply to  commieBob
April 10, 2021 5:56 pm

“The Greek playwright Sophocles wrote in Electra (c 409 B.C.), ‘The end excuses any evil,’ a thought later rendered by the Roman poet Ovid as ‘The result justifies the deed’ in ‘Heroides’ (c. 10 B.C.).” From Wise Words and Wives’ Tales: The Origins, Meanings and Time-Honored Wisdom of Proverbs and Folk Sayings Olde and New; by Stuart Flexner and Doris Flexner (Avon Books, New York, 1993). https://www.phrases.org.uk/bulletin_board/44/messages/923.html

Clyde Spencer
Reply to  Bruce Cobb
April 10, 2021 10:54 am

The end always justifies the means. That is, the effort expended must be related to the benefit expected. When you go camping, you collect firewood closest to where you place your campfire, not miles away. When you invest in a stock, you do so based on what your expectations are of dividends and/or re-sale.

Where it becomes perverted is when one operates under the premise that the end justifies any means, which is usually the behavior of a political zealot acting irrationally.

Gary Pearse
April 10, 2021 5:21 am

Can’t there be a way to rein in the Democrat State AGs? The office in every Dem state has been thoroughly corrupted by Bloomberg’s program to provide his paid-for lawyers to be added to their staffs to push an activist agenda on climate.

Is this legal for a private citizen to co-opt these offices for his agenda? Did the voter vote for this stuff? I guess elections have been jiggered for decades and the vote has been a sham for a long time.

Reply to  Gary Pearse
April 10, 2021 7:29 am

Perhaps the Republican AG’s should get some balls and fight back with the truth. As a group, they should sue the administration to vacate all policies related to ‘climate change’ on the grounds that the ‘science’ supporting catastrophic climate change caused by CO2 emissions is corrupt, demonstrably wrong and driven by a multi pronged evil agenda of transforming freedom from government into indentured servitude to government while insuring that the free world can’t do anything about it until it’s too late by applying unjustifiable fear to cancel truths, individuals and organizations that oppose their agenda.

AndyHce
Reply to  co2isnotevil
April 10, 2021 11:24 am

In most things the role of Republicans is to damn with faint praise the ongoing power accumulation. The Democratic Party make a suggestion to increase State Power (disguised by labels as something else). The Republican yell and scream a bit, then suggest an alternate that is in fact only a few degrees, one direction or another, from what the Democrats proposed. Then they argue back and forth about their two plans for awhile before passing something, usually consisting of hundreds or thousands of pages of almost incomprehensible verbiage to hide most or all of the more radical power grabbing provisions never brought up in public.

HIstory has proven, time after time, that this formula is exceedingly effective in directing attention away from the other roughly 360 degree field of alternates that might be the most reasonable solution to the imagined (or sometimes real) problem. These undisclosed and purposefully ignored paths would leave people mostly free to live the lives they want to live and, especially repugnant to the state, let them retain the economic and financial benefits of their own efforts. Since that is antithetical to the party’s true intent, it must never see the light of day.

2hotel9
Reply to  AndyHce
April 11, 2021 3:34 am

Since we can not, or will not, directly punish those committing all this political skulduggery we are swiftly losing our country and our freedom. And no, voting them out is not a punishment, they never go away and continue to lie and steal.

Reply to  Gary Pearse
April 10, 2021 7:40 am

We are in a war…no actual shots fired ….yet. The demrats play book is Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals…a communist play book. China and Russia are pleased with the demrat party and Joey the Traitor Biden’s actions. We are one generation away from the end of freedom.

Burgher King
Reply to  Anti-griff
April 10, 2021 10:13 pm

The end of freedom isn’t a generation away. It’s here, now, today.

Reply to  Burgher King
April 11, 2021 7:58 am

Yes, the left’s cancel culture effectively circumvents the first amendment.

philincalifornia
April 10, 2021 8:30 am

Yeah it’s going to be hard to get rid of witch doctor gene combinations. Probably mankind’s greatest problem, caused by Darwinian evolution.

Now, and in much recorded history, it manifests as people getting together to figure out how best to lie to swathes of other people.

“What a wonderful world”

  • Louis Armstong
ghl
Reply to  philincalifornia
April 10, 2021 5:19 pm

That is why man invented language. To invent lying.

philincalifornia
Reply to  ghl
April 10, 2021 7:37 pm

Seems like that was why the internet was invented too.

2hotel9
April 10, 2021 10:15 am

Nothing new here, this is exactly what EPA has done since the ’80s. Criminals, all of them.

Steve Richards
April 10, 2021 12:59 pm

As a Brit, I have always thought it odd or corrupt that a private individual could fund (or buy) a state attorney. How on earth is it justified that private individuals can fund state ie government, prosecutors!

2hotel9
Reply to  Steve Richards
April 11, 2021 3:40 am

That is how they stay out of prisons, and prosecutors and attorney generals are all quite happy to take that money. You complain about it and they prosecute you, not their fellow criminals.

Paul Johnson
April 10, 2021 1:38 pm

In 1973, National Lapoon warned: Buy this magazine or we shoot this dog.
Now it’s Leticia James: Give up fossil fuels or your neighbor’s kid gets asthma. Not as funny.

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