What do you do if you don’t like the results?

If you are the government, you have the power to either cover them up, or ignore them.  Twice this week articles have been written demonstrating this “troubling” practice.

In the first such article, the EPA has simply “deleted” certain information it apparently didn’t want the public to know.  In May of this year, the EPA issued its proposed rule that will affect all coal fired power plants.  Many companies have said that the rule will force them to close power plants as the cost of compliance is prohibitive.  This, of course, raises questions about whether we will be able to generate sufficient power to meet our needs.

This, from the EPA’s original draft:

the EPA concedes that it ‘is aware that concerns have been expressed by some, even in advance of this proposed rule, that this regulation may detrimentally impact the reliability of the electric grid.’ The agency admits that what it calls ‘sources integral to reliable operation’ may be forced to shut down—those would be the coal-fired plants the EPA is targeting—and that these retirements ‘could result in localized reliability problems.’

“Localized reliability problems” is government speak for blackouts, brown outs and rolling outages.

Mysteriously, though, in the final document all of that language was gone…poof.

In the second article, we learned that in connection with a separate rule regarding coal itself,

A former Interior Department consultant said officials told him to change his firm’s calculations after they led to an estimate that a proposed coal-mining rule could cost as many as 7,000 jobs.

That disclosure was made this week before a congressional hearing that is seeking to postpone this proposed rule until 2014.  The disclosure was made by J. Steven Gardner, president of a consulting firm hired by the government to assess the impact on jobs.  According to Mr. Gardner, his firm was asked,

to revisit the [coal] production impacts and associated job-loss numbers, and with different assumptions that would then change the final outcome to show less of an impact.

Mr. Gardner testified that, his company,

unanimously refused to use a fabricated base line scenario.

His firm was fired, and a new company has been hired who may or may not agree to “use a fabricated base line scenario”.

This type of conduct is becoming increasingly popular with this administration (See: Obamacare).  Hide the truth, conceal the facts, and do whatever is necessary to get what you want.


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The Sound Off Sister was an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, and special trial attorney for the Department of Justice, Criminal Division; a partner in the Florida law firm of Shutts & Bowen, and an adjunct professor at the University of Miami, School of Law. The Sound Off Sister offers frequent commentary concerning legislation making its way through Congress, including the health reform legislation passed in early 2010.


  1. ricbee on November 19, 2011 at 10:57 pm

    2012 can’t get here soon enough-can’t Congress do something?

  2. Gary J on November 20, 2011 at 8:53 am

    Isn’t this how commies work?? Sos how do you find these things? Congress can do nothing by itself. There has to be agreement by the senate ans well as the President. Now we are going to have the Court going along with Obamacare. We are doomed, doooooooooooooooooooomed. The people I feel the most for are my 30 year old kids and grand kids. Shame they will never know a truly free USA where all things are possible. The way it was from say 1948 to 2000 when the ridiculous change started.

    • Dimsdale on November 21, 2011 at 9:56 am

      “Pravda” is to “truth” as ?bama is to transparency.? Or honesty.? Or competency.? Etc., etc.

  3. JBS on November 20, 2011 at 11:04 am

    Disband the EPA!!!
    The U.S. economy is being regulated out of existence. These bureaucrats in the regime don’t care abut ow their rules will effect anyone. They have a mandate from the W.H. to implement certain policy directives; they are only following orders (heal click).
    The ZerO’s regime is doing everything it can to hobble the U.S. economy and make us into a socialist nation.
    I can only hope that the 2012 election heralds the end of the current Regime. Four years of BO has left this country deeper in debt, mired in unemployment, personal investments devalued, countless homes lost, and the prospect of more of the same to come. The 2012 election is the only spot of hope to an end of this national and personal tragedy that is Obama.
    God help us!

  4. kateinmaine on November 20, 2011 at 11:05 am

    would that this were an isolated incident, confined only to the epa.? no such luck.? clearly, the administration’s guiding principle is ‘ignorance is bliss’.? unfortunately, their practical application of that chestnut is more reflective than projective.? it is indisputably apparent that their ignorance will have a protracted ‘bliss’tering effect.? as will our apathy–one hearkens back to the salad days of the soviet union, where rationing power was one of the ‘go to’ methods used to control people/production and keep them subjugated to the government.? good times.? if you found the recent power outages entertaining, you will be thrilled with this.? ideology at any cost continues unabated.? have we already passed the point of no return?

    • JBS on November 21, 2011 at 9:18 am

      I hope we are not past redemption.

    • Dimsdale on November 22, 2011 at 4:15 pm

      I hope they aren’t past criminal conviction….

  5. Lazybum on November 21, 2011 at 9:28 am

    Obama’s EPA is less than transparent? Obama’s EPA is a lying, deceitful, misleading tentacle of his pro-socialist Gubermint organization???

  6. Dimsdale on November 21, 2011 at 9:56 am

    They know what to do: issue waivers.?


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