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Emails Show EPA’s Regulatory Agenda Gone Wild

Newly discovered emails from former Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 6 Administrator Dr. Al Armendariz show his regulatory philosophy to “crucify” oil and natural-gas companies was not an aberration but part of a prevailing attitude of the EPA whose real agenda appears to restrict fossil fuel development.

Armendariz resigned from the agency following the release of a video where he described his strategy to isolate and punish an oil company in order to send a strong message to others in the industry.

The Washington Times reported that:

“Internal EPA emails released Tuesday show an agency hostile to new energy production in the U.S. and engaged in an effort at “shaming” states into complying with Obama administration environmental priorities, according to the top Republican on the Senate environment committee.”

Senator David Vitter (R-LA) wrote to EPA Assistant Administrator Gina McCarthy, President Obama’s nominee to head the agency, regarding a pattern of regulatory zealousness displayed by EPA bureaucrats.

Natural gas fracking and fossil fuel development can power our economy resulting in job growth and energy independence but the EPA bureaucrats seem intent on carrying out President Obama’s war on fossil fuels.

During the State of the Union Address, President Obama said if Congress didn’t act on climate change he would through the Executive Branch.

The Senate needs to aggressively question McCarthy about her regulatory philosophy during the upcoming nomination hearings and how she plans to reign in this agency gone wild.

Deneen Borelli

Deneen Borelli is the author of Blacklash: How Obama and the Left are Driving Americans to the Government Plantation. Deneen is a contributor with Newsmax Broadcasting. She is a former Fox News contributor and has appeared regularly on “Hannity,” “Fox & Friends,” “Your World with Neil Cavuto,” and “America’s Newsroom.” She has also appeared on Fox Business Network programs “Making Money with Charles Payne,” “The Evening Edit with Liz MacDonald,” and “Cavuto: Coast to Coast.” Previously, Deneen appeared on MSNBC, CNN, the BBC and C-SPAN. In addition to television, Deneen co-hosted radio programs on the SiriusXM Patriot channel with her husband Tom. Recently, Deneen co-hosted the Reigniting Liberty podcast with Tom. Deneen is a frequent speaker at political events, including the FreedomWorks 9.12.2009 March on D.C. which drew a crowd estimated at over 800,000 people. Deneen is also an Ambassador with CloutHub.com, a social media platform that promotes free speech, and with the America First Policy Institute (AFPI) which advances policies that put Americans first. Deneen testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources in May 2011 and before the Ohio House Public Utilities Committee in December 2011. Previously, Deneen was a BlazeTV.com host, Outreach Director with FreedomWorks.org overseeing its Empower.org outreach program, a Project 21 Senior Fellow, and Manager of Media Relations with the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE). Prior to joining CORE, Deneen worked at Philip Morris USA for 20 years. During her corporate career at Philip Morris she worked in various positions, her last as Project Management Coordinator in the Information Management department where she was responsible for the department’s mandated quality processes, communications, sales information and database management. Deneen began her Philip Morris career as a secretary and advanced to positions of increasing responsibilities. Deneen worked full-time and attended classes at night for 11 years to earn her B.A. in Managerial Marketing from Pace University, New York City. Deneen served on the Board of Trustees with The Opportunity Charter School in Harlem, New York. She appeared in educational videos for children, worked as a runway fashion model, and auditioned for television commercials. Her interests include ancient history, pistol target shooting, photography, and volunteering at her church. Deneen currently resides in Connecticut with her husband Tom.

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