Media Mentions

‘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.

Continue Reading…

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.

Continue Reading…

FDA’s Anti-Vape Stance Helps Chinese E-Cigs Thrive

By Pete McGinnis (RealClearHealth)

Esco Bars is the new “bathtub gin.” A century on from alcohol prohibition and the same spirit that couldn’t kill spirits is failing against unregulated e-cigarettes. And just as the absence of sanctioned distillations made room for moonshine and rot gut, domestic vapes are being supplemented (to put it mildly) by products that are cheaper to make and more potent. But this time around, we don’t need a constitutional amendment to tackle the problem created by the last constitutional amendment.

Instead, we need the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) – specifically its Center for Tobacco Products (CTP) – to use its budget and do its job (with a little help from Border Patrol, but more on that later). The FDA was given jurisdiction over e-cigarettes in 2016. E-cigarettes and other vapes have been marketed as a healthier alternative to smoking – delivering nicotine without tar and some other byproducts of tobacco. They have helped many smokers quit and are therefore considered a harm-reduction tool.

Continue Reading…

Inside the secret struggle to find ‘official rationale’ for Biden’s oil, gas leasing halt

By Ramsey Touchberry (Washington Times)

Senior lawyers at the Interior Department were caught off guard by President Biden‘s abrupt halt of new oil and natural gas lease sales shortly after taking office and wrestled to put an “official rationale” on the decision, emails obtained by The Washington Times show.

More than a month after the January 2021 executive order from Mr. Biden, career Interior Department officials relied on internet searches for news articles with media statements from agency representatives to respond to concerned governors of states affected by the decision.

Continue Reading…

EPA lawyer handled Ohio train wreck despite her husband’s law firm representing Norfolk Southern

By Ramsey Touchberry (Washington Times)

A senior Environmental Protection Agency lawyer managed cleanup efforts and congressional oversight of the toxic train derailment last year in East Palestine, Ohio, although her husband’s law firm was defending the company responsible for the wreck.

Documents obtained by The Washington Times reveal that the EPA ethics office allowed Natalia Sorgente, deputy general counsel for environmental programs and oversight, to remain on the case after conflict of interest concerns emerged months into her work.

Her husband’s firm, WilmerHale, represented the Norfolk Southern railroad.

Continue Reading…

US Navy’s STEM ‘Equity’ Program Prioritized Candidates, Internships Based On Race, Docs Show

By Micaela Burrow (Daily Caller)

The U.S. Navy approved more than $750,000 for a project that, while purporting to “equitably” increase the number of students interested in serving in the Navy’s STEM fields, prioritized recruiting underrepresented minority students, documents obtained by the Daily Caller News Foundation show.

The University of Missouri–Kansas City (UMKC) proposed a way to encourage students to pursue degrees in fields of science, technology, economics and math (STEM) amid pressures for the U.S. military to out-compete adversaries in technological development, according to the since-approved application obtained by the Functional Government Initiative through a records request and provided to the DCNF. Although the project was framed as providing an opportunity for all students to break into the STEM fields based on the students’ qualifications, the Navy granted a budget extension to include 75 scholarships for underrepresented minority students and gave them first selection for the few on-campus paid research internships created through the program.

Continue Reading…

Internal Documents Shed Light On Biden Administration’s Plan To Impose DEI On Pentagon-Run Schools

By Micaela Burrow (Daily Caller)

The Department of Defense agency that runs schools for military children approved a contract worth up to nearly $2 million for extensive Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) programming and consultations, according to a copy of the contract obtained exclusively by the Daily Caller News Foundation from the Functional Government Initiative.

The Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) chose BCT Partners, a management consulting firm focused on “equity,” to create an “action plan” for the agency’s DEI program in 2021, noting that “DoDEA has never had a systemic contract for this type of work,” the document shows. Among a sweeping list of requirements, the contract includes a comprehensive assessment of DEI policies across DoDEA, ongoing consulting, program development, and professional learning for senior leadership, administrators and even students.

Continue Reading…

Idris Elba and Electric Buses: EPA Chief Lived Large While East Palestine Burned

By Andrew Kerr (Washington Free Beacon)

East Palestine was the last thing on Environmental Protection Agency administrator Michael Regan’s mind in the weeks following the Feb. 3, 2023, train derailment that flooded the Ohio town with toxic chemicals.

Ten days after the spill, as residents questioned whether it was safe to even touch their water, Regan finalized plans for an African climate change summit on a video call with British actor Idris Elba, according to calendar records obtained by the Functional Government Initiative and shared with the Washington Free Beacon. Just over an hour later, Regan hopped on the phone with MSNBC contributor April Ryan to discuss the upcoming trip and pat himself on the back for accepting Elba’s “challenge” to be more inclusive of African nations. Ryan discussed the call in an exclusive story for The Grio shortly afterward.

Continue Reading…

Here Are Three Unanswered Questions About Biden EPA’s Massive Green ‘Slush Fund’

By Nick Pope (Daily Caller)

As Republican lawmakers prepare to grill a senior Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) official about one of President Joe Biden’s massive green grantmaking programs, several questions about the program’s structure and potential beneficiaries remain unanswered.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is sitting on a $27 billion fund known as the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund (GGRF), a program established by the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), Biden’s landmark climate bill. The House Energy and Commerce Committee is holding an oversight hearing on the program featuring Senior Advisor to the EPA Administrator Zealan Hoover on Tuesday in Washington, D.C., with Republican lawmakers describing the program as possibly spawning “the next big government boondoggle.”

Continue Reading…

What Did Climate Czar John Kerry Actually Accomplish During His Stint In Biden Admin?

By Nick Pope (Daily Caller)

Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry is resigning soon to help President Joe Biden’s reelection campaign, leaving behind a checkered record as the Biden administration’s climate czar.

Biden appointed Kerry to his post in the State Department in November 2020, giving him a seat on the National Security Council and a key role in advancing the administration’s massive climate agenda, particularly in coordinating with foreign diplomats to secure international cooperation on climate policies. Kerry helped negotiate several high-profile climate agreements, but the ultimate success of those deals lies in the hands of other countries, including China, a reality that has made Kerry the subject of wide criticism.

Continue Reading…