The emails show that the agency played politics with groups like the Sierra Club, Environmental Defense Fund, and the National Resource Defense Council. It included advance coordination of EPA messaging to match up with the chosen message of these organizations, collaborating to pressure energy company officials, and the EPA arranging its affairs to assist environmental groups gather petitions on agency rulemaking.
From the Washington Free Beacon:
In a story that seems somewhat related, a letter was made public recently that shows how the EPA has reached out to respond to environmentalists and assure them that the agency intends to move forward with a push to crack down on fracking.
From the National Journal:
The EPA is responding to a letter from the NRDC questioning how the agency has handled prominent cases of drillers being accused of contaminating water over the past few years. As has been pointed out by supporters of drilling (and ignored or minimized by anti-drillers), a solid case can be made that the science dictated the EPA dropping investigations in these different matters.
Do you trust that the EPA is just trying to make proper decisions to protect the public, or do you feel that the agency is more interested in advancing a specific political agenda?
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