EPA and Sierra Club Communicated through Private Email on How to Destroy Coal

Hillary Clinton is not the only one in government who has been using an unofficial private email account for government work.

Guess who “helped” the Environmental Protection Agency develop rules to destroy regulate coal?

According to the Daily Beacon: “Top EPA Official Used Personal Email Address to Solicit Green Group’s Input.”

A high-level official at the Environmental Protection Agency used a personal email address to collaborate with a left-wing environmental group on major greenhouse gas regulations, newly released emails show.

Michael Goo, then the head of EPA’s policy division, in May 2011 emailed John Coequyt, the director of the Sierra Club’s international climate programs and a registered federal lobbyist, from his personal Yahoo email account.

Goo laid out a plan for the agency’s New Source Performance Standard (NSPS) regulations in a memo titled “NSPS Option X.” The NSPS regulations, when finalized, are expected to dramatically restrict greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuel-fired power plants.

Goo’s use of a personal email address could violate federal law, according to Rep. Lamar Smith (R., Texas), who has investigated EPA officials’ use of personal email addresses in his capacity as the chairman of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee.

“For two years, his communications with the Sierra Club and other outside groups were hidden from congressional inquiries and Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests—potentially violating the Federal Records Act,” Smith said in a May statement.

So radical environmentalist groups got special treatment and special input on regulations having to do with an industry they hate and want to destroy. That’s our government for you.

Is it any surprise, then, that the EPA wants to keep the alleged scientific basis of its rules and findings secret from the public? If they are letting radical environmentalist groups assist them, investigating the scientific basis of their decisions might expose how much ideology and how little science is driving those decisions.

The EPA is just another center of corruption in our Federal bureausaur that should be defunded and shut down.