Media Mentions

Despite Warnings, Biden Admin Finalizes Rule That Could Cripple Many Offshore Oil Companies

By Pete McGinnis (RealClearPolicy)

In June 2023, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management proposed a rule that would require stricter financial assurance standards for oil companies operating in the Outer Continental Shelf. This costly rule became final on April 15, 2024, but in the 10 months since its initial proposal, BOEM did nothing to alleviate concerns for smaller companies that comprise of 76 percent of oil and gas operators in the Gulf. As a result, many of these companies could be forced out of business by extreme and unnecessary costs from this rule. The situation threatens an estimated 36,000 jobs, more than $570 million in federal government royalties, and $9.9 billion from our GDP.

Records obtained via the Freedom of Information Act show private meetings between Interior officials and representatives of the major oil companies as they cooperated on this rule. If you think that’s strange, you’re not alone. President Biden made clear in his campaign that he wanted to end oil and gas production on public lands. It’s baffling that Big Oil – among the administration’s most, if not the most, maligned businesses – would stand on the same side with environmental groups such as the Sierra Club who praised the rule. But needless government intervention makes strange bedfellows. Big Oil must think it won’t miss the small competitors the rule will drive from the market.

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Happy Anniversary to Lois Lerner!

By Pete McGinnis (Townhall)

For some, government is the gift that keeps on giving. The rest of us just keep on giving to government, often to be outraged at how our tax dollars are being spent. This is one of those cases.

May 2024 marks a decade since Lois Lerner, with a bipartisan vote, was found in contempt of Congress for refusing to comply with a subpoena from the House Oversight Committee. You may recall Lerner, the former director of the Exempt Organizations Division of the Internal Revenue Service, publicly admitted in 2013 that the agency selected for more intense scrutiny applications containing the words “tea party” or “patriot.” Lerner said that she would request documents such as donor lists from these organizations – well outside agency protocol.

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Former FDA Official Cozied Up To Activists Months Before Joining Them, Emails Show

By Robert Schmad (Daily Caller)

A former senior U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) official hobnobbed with employees from an anti-tobacco nonprofit just months before coming on as the group’s CEO, emails show.

Kathy Crosby, who played a leading role in shaping public health policy while serving as the director of Health Communication and Education at the FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products, became the president and CEO of the Truth Initiative, an anti-tobacco and anti-nicotine activist organization, in August 2023.

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Call them racist? Teachers union worked with feds to neutralize parents with concerns about CRT

By Greg Piper (Just the News)

Republican nominee Glenn Youngkin’s gubernatorial victory in Virginia in November 2021, widely credited to his promise to restore parental rights in public schools in the Democratic-leaning state, set off panic in the national education establishment.

Newly disclosed records reveal the American Federation of Teachers hired a prominent Democratic pollster the following month to survey parents and devise messaging to shore up AFT’s weaknesses – particularly by tarring dissenting parents as racists – and shared it with a senior Department of Education official.

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Biden administration put PRESSURE on fact-checkers to change the rating on claims it was going to ban gas stoves, damning internal emails reveal

By Nikki Schwab (The Daily Mail)

Biden administration officials put pressure on the fact-checking website Snopes to change claims that the government was going to ban gas stoves over climate change concerns.

Fox News Channel reported Thursday on internal emails unearthed in a Freedom of Information Act request by the GOP-leaning watchdog group Functional Government Initiative.

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Biden officials successfully pressured fact-checker to alter gas stoves ban rating: Watchdog

By Gabe Kaminsky (Washington Examiner)

The Biden administration worked successfully to pressure the fact-checking website Snopes to change its accuracy rating for whether a federal gas stoves ban was under consideration, a watchdog said based on internal emails.

Republican lawmakers raised concerns after commissioner Richard Trumka Jr. of the Consumer Product Safety Commission proposed the idea in 2022 of a ban on gas stoves to protect the climate, prompting Snopes in early January 2023 to issue a “mixture” rating on its accuracy level. In the initial fact-check, Snopes said the CPSC was “currently considering a ban on gas stoves if they can’t be made safer, due to concerns over harmful indoor pollutants that cause health and respiratory problems,” though noted that “the ban has not been put in place,” according to archived records.

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Biden admin pressured Snopes to change its fact-check rating on rumored gas stove ban, internal emails show

By Thomas Catenacci (Fox News)

Biden administration officials successfully pressured fact-checking website Snopes to alter its rating on a fact check it conducted regarding a potential federal ban on gas stoves, according to internal communications.

In early January 2023, Snopes issued a “mixture” rating on the claim that the Biden administration was considering a ban on gas-powered stovetops, citing comments made by a senior official overseeing product regulations. Shortly before the fact check, Richard Trumka Jr., a member of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), said such a ban was “on the table.”

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‘The Swamp Is Getting Deeper’: EPA Awards Billions From Biden’s Landmark Climate Bill To Orgs Loaded With Dem Insiders

By Nick Pope (Daily Caller)

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded nearly $14 billion Thursday to three organizations with deep ties to the Biden administration and the Democratic Party.

The EPA announced the winners of $20 billion of funding from the massive Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund (GGRF), a program created by President Joe Biden’s signature climate bill, the Inflation Reduction Act. Among the selected awardees are Climate United, the Coalition for Green Capital and Power Forward Communities, three groups that are taking home almost $14 billion combined to establish financing operations for a wide variety of green technology and energy projects under the GGRF’s National Clean Investment Fund.

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DHS-tied ‘misinformation’ researcher personally advised Big Tech on content moderation

By Gabe Kaminsky (Washington Examiner)

A left-wing researcher who chaired a since-dissolved Department of Homeland Security “misinformation” panel accused of facilitating censorship directly advised social media companies on content moderation policies, Kate Starbird testified to Congress behind closed doors.

Starbird, a professor leading the University of Washington’s Center for an Informed Public to investigate “disinformation” and “misinformation,” has faced heightened scrutiny from House Republicans for her roles with the Election Integrity Partnership, which worked to suppress speech before the 2020 election, and Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency’s defunct Misinformation and Disinformation Subcommittee. But Starbird had an even more significant open line than previously known with Big Tech — which apparently sought her guidance on approaching how to engage in content moderation.

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