by Bonner Cohen
Senior Fellow, National Center for Public Policy Research
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency routinely collaborates with environmental activist groups to develop stringent regulatory policies and strategies, according to emails obtained under the Freedom of Information Act. The emails confirm longstanding suspicions that EPA pursues hidden agendas on behalf of environmental activist groups.
Avoiding Sign-In Sheets
The Energy and Environment Legal Institute (E&E Legal) obtained emails showing the Starbucks located in the J.W. Marriot Hotel near EPA’s Washington DC headquarters serve as a convenient “off campus” meeting place, where EPA officials and environmental activists plot strategy. By sitting down with government regulators at the local Starbucks rather than EPA headquarters, environmental activists can avoid signing in at EPA headquarters and thus keep the meetings secret.