Wait…I thought the Obama regime was all about not only transparency, but SCIENCE. These are the Ivy League educated betters who lament the stupidity of bumpkin “climate change deniers,” people who they say have no respect for science. Ruh roh, I think we may swerved into a little liberal hypocrisy. From The Washington Times, in an exclusive story:
Though President Obama has repeatedly urged that science guide envirnomental decisions, regulators inside the Environmental Protection Agency secretly worked with tribal and environmental activists to preempt a full review of an Alaskan mine and veto the project before the owners’ permits could be considered, internal memos show.
Charged with being neutral arbiters, EPA officials instead began advocating for a preemptive veto of the Pebble Mine project in western Alaska as early as 2008, long before any scientific studies were conducted or the permit applications for the project were even filed, the emails obtained by The Washington Times show.…
Oh, but there’s more. We’ve got deception, liberal hypocrisy, and, always an Obama fave, lawlessness! It’s the leftist hat trick!
Under a compromise that helped create the Clean Water Act in 1972, the Army Corps of Engineers has responsibility for conducting environmental impact assessments of potential projects — information that the EPA then uses to reach its decisions.
The EPA officials reviewing Pebble project, however, argued that they should decide the project at the outset and not wait for the corps.
Such an approach advocated in the internal emails conflicts with Mr. Obama’s often-stated goal that such decisions be made on scientific merits alone. “Science holds the key to our survival as a planet and our security and prosperity as a nation. It’s time we once again put science at the top of our agenda and worked to restore America’s place as the world leader in science and technology,” the president urged in one of his first radio addresses after winning the 2008 election.
The 2010 presentation prepared for Ms. Jackson, the president’s first EPA chief, laid out “options to influence the project” and produce a veto before the corps completed its environmental assessment.
Officials debated the pros and cons if the EPA rejected the proposal based a section of the Clean Water Act that “authorizes EPA to prohibit, restrict or deny the discharge of dredged or fill material at defined sites in waters of the United States.”
Traditionally waiting until permits were filed and scientific studies were completed would “generate considerable information informing the decision,” the document for Ms. Jackson stated. But officials worried that waiting would risk the EPA being able to veto only the single mine and not prevent any future construction in the region.
EPA officials also identified as a con the fact that proponents of the project would spend “tens of millions of dollars” making the case for the project before the agency could weigh in with its decision.(emphasis mine)
Many of the concerns identified in the document dealt with politics and process, and not the science.
So, just in case the science might prove that the enviro Chicken Littles and their alarmist foolishness has no merit, the Regime needed to try to kill this project, and then lie about it. What else is new?