Monday, January 01, 2018 by Ethan Huff
If you could sum up Barack Obama’s legacy as a leader in just one word, it would be “deception.” The Lord of Lies appears to have instructed the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) several years back to fabricate statistics about the alleged benefits of his so-called “Clean Power Plan” which, contrary to what the agency under Obama had claimed, would have done absolutely nothing to improve mortality rates in the United States.
Documents obtained by Judicial Watch through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request reveal that the EPA acted misleadingly, at best, when it claimed that as many as 6,600 premature deaths could be avoided by the year 2030, simply by adopting Obama’s anti-fossil fuels agenda.
As it turns out, mandating reductions in carbon dioxide emissions – the holy grail of the man-made climate change agenda – would not actually save the lives of anyone as Obama claimed it would.
Judicial Watch filed a lawsuit against the EPA in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia back in June after the Obama-tainted agency refused to respond to a May 3, 2017, FOIA request seeking clarification on how the agency came up with its earlier assessment under President 44. Judicial Watch specifically requested from the EPA (but did not receive):
“All internal emails or other records explaining, or requesting an explanation of, the EPA’s decision to claim that the Clean Power Plan would prevent between 2,700 to 6,600 premature deaths by 2030.”
After obtaining the documents through court order, Judicial Watch uncovered an email dated June 2, 2014, in which Bloomberg news reporter Mike Dorning had asked EPA officials Matt Lehrich and Thomas Reynolds to clarify whether its figures came from perceived environmental impacts by carbon dioxide, or rather by fine particulate matter and ozone, a.k.a. chemical pollution.
Neither of the two EPA officials answered the question, instead deflecting the question to Obama-appointed EPA communications staffer Liz Purchia, whose elusive response about “co-benefits” further confounded the issue. In essence, Purchia basically admitted that carbon dioxide has nothing to do with reducing the number of premature deaths, suggesting that the EPA had invented the idea in order to push the Obama’s anti-carbon agenda.
“Judicial Watch has caught the Obama EPA red-handed issuing a series of half-truths and deliberately misleading information – pure propaganda – designed to deceive the American public into accepting its radical environmental agenda,” stated Judicial Watch President, Tom Fitton.
“The documents show the Obama EPA could not demonstrate that carbon dioxide reductions would in fact reduce the number of premature deaths. It is no surprise it took a federal lawsuit to uncover this Obama deceit. We appreciate that the Trump EPA did not drag this litigation out – we hope other Trump officials start finally paying attention to the FOIA law.”
Had it remained in effect, Obama’s Clean Power Plan would have mandated needless new requirements designed to shift energy generation and consumption away from natural coal. Such policy changes would have resulted in the shuttering of hundreds of coal-fired power plants, as well as halted the construction of all new plants, leaving tens of thousands of blue-collar Americans out of work.
The signing of an executive order on March 28 by President Donald Trump, however, put a stop to this agenda. This was followed up by an announcement just a few months later by the President that the United States would no longer participate in the 2015 Paris Climate Accord, another Obama-era deception that would have delivered the final death blow to America in maintaining any semblance of energy self-reliance.
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