United States Department of…Bloomberg?

From Government Accountability & Oversight

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Biden Treasury Dept. Tried to Hide Emails with Bloomberg NEF Official Pushing Climate Agenda With Claim That Correspondence Was Intra-governmental; is Bloomberg NEF Serving as Consultants to Biden Admin on ‘climate’?

Courtesy of government-transparency group Energy Policy Advocates (EPA), the following was obtained in Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) litigation. It represents a curious sequence. First, note a particular, heavily redacted email:

Who is this Biden Treasury official, Ethan Zindler, whose email address Treasury also felt compelled to shield, EPA asked? Well, he’s, um, not:

As the email address no doubt shows; which Treasury no doubt knows as it also very deliberately redacted said email address. For which there is no apparent compelling reason, though it’s a nice tell that they decided to hide it too. Buried in a big doc production, maybe no one will notice.

b5 protects “inter-agency or intra-agency memorandums or letters” from release and, under certain circumstances, correspondence with outside consultants. Hmm.

So, what’s with the redaction as “b5” deliberative process of a discussion between a senior, actual Treasury official and a Bloomberg New Energy Finance rep? “The Company helps corporate strategy, finance and policy professionals navigate, change, and generate opportunities.”

EPA asked just that. Treasury came back with this, upon reconsideration:

Here we see Bloomberg New Energy Finance explaining to a senior Treasury appointee how she should do her job, specifically by somewhat feverishly laying out the full-monty of a “whole of government approach” to jamming into place this death-blow of a policy agenda to reliable energy despite/because Congress never approved it.  Following up on their Zoom conversation.

Inherently, none of the hidden lobbying was eligible to be declared b5…as Treasury knew, having redacted the Bloomberg guy’s non-gov address. It’s just, eh, this is embarrassing let’s call it deliberative. Unless Bloomberg NEF is a Biden admin consultant on their shared climate agenda (or the admin thought they’d try it anyway to shield this).

And in unredacting it, Treasury then withheld some as b6, instead. FOIA’s b6 exemption protects information about individuals in “personnel and medical files and similar files” when the disclosure of such information “would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy”. Ah. Except the first release, which was redacted almost in full but, again, solely as b5 “deliberative” correspondence, had no mention of such information being withheld out of necessity (just as there is no reason to conclude, from the context but now also the history of this document, the document contained is b6 information). It must be really bad?

Regardless, is Bloomberg New Energy Finance, which so breathlessly touts — as an expert outlet, a “strategic research provider” — the same agenda pushed by the Biden administration — a Treasury Department consultant?

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John Garrett
April 19, 2022 10:23 am

Biden administration restores environmental reviews for major infrastructure projects
https://apnews.com/article/business-environment-environmental-policy-c8b78dbe6bff473565b75bae3885e774

…Contrary to frequent assertions by Trump and others in his administration, a more rigorous environmental review will actually speed up completion of major projects, since it is more likely to withstand a legal challenge by environmental groups or states, Mallory said…

Derg
Reply to  John Garrett
April 19, 2022 3:04 pm

Oh great, the price of projects will go up 🙁

oeman 50
Reply to  Derg
April 20, 2022 9:28 am

Not really since they will be just be sued into oblivion and never be built.

dbidwell
April 19, 2022 10:42 am

It’s idiotic to redact Ethan’s email address. Looking at Ethan’s webpage and the email contacts listed there at CSIS, it’s not hard to figure out his email address most likely is first letter of first name, last name @csis.org.

DonM
April 19, 2022 10:57 am

Ethan Zindler experience includes freelance journalist covering world cup soccer….

Per Duane, he could feasibly be eligible for a ‘Journalist Subsidy’ (to be paid to Bloomberg).

Sean
April 19, 2022 11:04 am

I think the author gives the Biden administration way too much credit. Michael Bloomberg is a Sinophile. He’s sees growth in east Asia and at best, stagnation in the west. I don’t think he’s alone in this, many on Wall Street, Silicon Valley and the entertainment industry e.g. Disney think the same way. He’s carrying water for the CCP knowing full well its dynamic, if repressive economy is where the big money is to be made in the next decade or two. The environmental movement is a de-industrialization strategy for the west where China has every intention of filling the void created by bad energy policy. China uses people like Bloomberg and other Wall Street titans to put a friendly green face of people who act in a foreign power’s best interest.

fretslider
April 19, 2022 11:18 am

Unofficially definitely a part of the Biden operation – excuses and evasion don’t help

But I’m confused. Up until last week the talk was of 1.5C. and suddenly…

“Should we feel joy or despair that we’re on track to keep global heating to 2C?
Christiana Figueres”

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/apr/19/global-heating-2c-climate-paris-agreement

Them goalposts keep moving

Citizen Smith
April 19, 2022 11:25 am

Defund DC———–before we reach the tipping point.

Mr.
April 19, 2022 11:28 am

Disciples of “The Cause” (as M. Mann calls it) accord themselves blanket exemption from all rules & procedures that exist to assure honest public administration if said disciples deem such rules any sort of hinderance to their mission.

Other notable movements, Islam for example, call this behavior “taqiya”.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taqiya

TonyL
Reply to  Mr.
April 19, 2022 1:01 pm

So by using this Taqiya, according to the Climate Alarm Community, we are all infidels.
Infidel == Unbeliever.
So, Climate Alarm is a religion. (We all suspected as much)
They consider us to be Infidels. (We knew that)
They want to cut our heads off with their Scimitars. (We would not put it past them).
(Death by beheading is the one true punishment for an Infidel.)

This, One and All, has The Ring Of Truth.

PCman999
Reply to  TonyL
April 19, 2022 1:53 pm

Death by beheading is environmentally friendly and creates compost. Environmentalists reflexively object to the use of guns or poison gas, or electricity from fossil fuels. Hanging would have to be done with 100% certified organic fair-trade hemp rope.

Old Man Winter
Reply to  PCman999
April 19, 2022 2:58 pm

Uncle Joe & Chairman Mao found a more effective method: starvation. Kim also uses
it. No special equipment’s needed so there’s no evidence that the State
committed any of these crimes!

Last edited 1 month ago by Old Man Winter
Michael in Dublin
April 19, 2022 11:38 am

Well done to Energy Policy Advocates for exposing this to the sunlight. Only wickedness benefits from darkness and wants to be hidden from public view.

AndyHce
Reply to  Michael in Dublin
April 19, 2022 4:44 pm

Nor really true. The “public” is full of malicious people who either just want to cause harm or want to steal. Thus there is good reason to keep as much personal information as private as possible. Sure, those types are a minority but they have at least as much access as people without bad intentions.

Applying the same standards to public, corporate, NGO, and probably other entities, is different as those organizations frequently seek to impose their will on people at large, so openness about their actions and intentions is very important, all the while being hardest to obtain.

Anon
Reply to  AndyHce
April 19, 2022 11:32 pm

The government and corporations are staffed with the exact same people:

SENIOR EXECUTIVE SERVICE

The Senior Executive Service (SES) lead America’s workforce. As the keystone of the Civil Service Reform Act of 1978, the SES was established to “…ensure that the executive management of the Government of the United States is responsive to the needs, policies, and goals of the Nation and otherwise is of the highest quality.” These leaders possess well-honed executive skills and share a broad perspective on government and a public service commitment that is grounded in the Constitution.

Members of the SES serve in the key positions just below the top Presidential appointees. SES members are the major link between these appointees and the rest of the Federal workforce. They operate and oversee nearly every government activity in approximately 75 Federal agencies.

https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/senior-executive-service/

And there you have the revolving door mandated by law.

Gordon A. Dressler
April 19, 2022 1:19 pm

To the folks at WEBEDITOR and Energy Policy Advocates, thank you for your excellent detective work and exposé.

I just wish the MSM was half-way as diligent as you in tracking and reporting on the facts behind some public claims.

Much as the exposé over Climategate, the principal participants that you revealed in the above article must now be scurrying back underneath the rocks wherein they dwell.

As for Bloomberg and its spinoffs/associates such as New Energy Finance, they are trying so hard to remain relevant despite today’s independent fact-checking ability enabled by Web search engines. The pity is, they don’t have a clue as to how bad a publication/MSM outlet they have become!

Olen
April 19, 2022 4:13 pm

They look nervous.

Earthling2
April 19, 2022 5:09 pm

Bloomberg Business channel has become unwatchable as it is non stop anti carbon, zero carbon, low carbon bull crap. Why anyone would spend money advertising on that channel is beyond me, as I am sure not many are watching it anymore. I know many such as myself that feel the same way, although many can’t say anything lest they be cancelled. The only thing worse might be CNN or MSNBC, but not even they are constantly promoting this mythical Zero Carbon. The word phrase itself doesn’t even make any scientific sense, as all life is carbon based. And so is most energy, including the energy to even make’ renewables’.

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