Browner and Another EPA Power Grab


People matter. And when the media abdicates its watchdog responsibility and climbs in bed with Green governments, the public is deprived of its right to know who’s running policy.

As we’ve written in this space, a key player in President Obama’s global warming inner circle is Climate Czar Carol Browner, the radical, socialist, highly controversial former EPA chief. The EPA’s diktat to regulate carbon dioxide bears striking similarities to Browner’s attempt in 1998 to end-run Congress and expand Title VI of the Civil Rights Act to include pollution — opening up a tsunami of discrimination lawsuits against industry for locating near minority populations.

With factories and planned manufacturing facilities suddenly stymied by “environmental racism” suits, Congress demanded the evidence justifying the agency’s expansion of power. State environmental agencies also filed FOIA requests requesting EPA data. But Browner’s EPA stonewalled. Congress only learned that the EPA had hid documents contradicting its own findings after they were leaked to the Detroit News.

“The EPA is walking away from its responsibilities on disclosure,” said Rep. Joseph Knollenberg, (R-Mich.), who fought Browner’s power grab. “After all this, I don’t trust them farther than I can throw them.”

Sound familiar?

But the EPA persisted, wielding its new, self-declared powers and expanding its list of industrial targets.

Outraged, Congress cut off agency enforcement funds in the 1999 budget, restricting EPA from opening new cases derived from its self-granted Title VI powers. Though the EPA protested, the issue died with the end of the Clinton administration. “Apparently mistrust in the EPA is rarely misplaced,” said Rep. John Dingell, (D., Mich.) who today is fighting the EPA’s CO2 finding.

Now that that another radical Democratic administration is in the Oval Office, Carol Browner is back with a vengeance.


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