Sen. David Vitter, The Daily Caller
When a government agency initiates a policy that will affect literally every American family and business, that agency should consider all stakeholders’ opinions in a serious, balanced way.
It is absolutely inappropriate for one outside organization to have completely dominant influence on that regulatory process. That is simply not how our federal government was intended to operate.
But that’s exactly what the EPA allowed in developing its existing source performance standards, the centerpiece of its war on coal and other traditional energy. What’s worse, the EPA clearly tried to hide this from the public — until we called them on it.
This week, Republicans on our oversight committee released a series of documents that show just how the Natural Resources Defense Council (the NRDC) played a wildly oversized role in developing President Obama’s proposed carbon plan. The NRDC is a far-left environmental group that uses an extremely well-funded litigation and lobbying strategy to force climate polices on the U.S.
Let me break down how this happened.
In 2010, the NRDC and its lawyers and lobbyists sued the EPA to initiate new regulations on greenhouse gas emissions. While this might seem a hostile act toward EPA on its face, it was exactly the opposite — a coordinated strategy.
This kabuki dance then allowed the two supposedly opposing sides of the suit — in reality close allies — to settle behind closed doors on December 23, 2010. Practically all of the impacted parties were excluded from the discussions leading up to the settlement. This tactic is commonly referred to as “sue-and-settle.”