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24 11, 2014

E&E Legal Letters V: The Big Green Bust of 2014

2016-12-11T17:07:56-04:00November 24th, 2014|E&E Legal Letters, FME Law, Green Groups, Sierra Club, Smith|

by Clifford Smith FME Law Counsel When someone has a good stretch of luck in Las Vegas, there sometimes comes a moment where they decide to throw caution to the wind and put all their chips on the table. This past election cycle, the radical environmentalist crowd shouted “Everything on green 14!” Typical of a [...]

24 11, 2014

E&E Legal Letters V: Internal Affairs and Undue Influence at the EPA

2016-12-11T17:07:56-04:00November 24th, 2014|E&E Legal Letters, EPA, EPA Collusion, Smith, Transparency|

by Clifford Smith FME Law Counsel In the blockbuster film “The Dark Knight,” Gotham City’s heroic District Attorney, Harvey Dent, first made his name as the head of the Office of Internal Affairs in the notoriously corrupt Gotham Police Department. In that position, he investigated corrupt payoffs and crooked cops, which made him a lot [...]

18 09, 2014

E&E Legal Letters Issue IV: Summer 2014

2016-12-11T17:07:57-04:00September 18th, 2014|E&E Legal Letters, Mandelbaum, Schnare, Smith|

Click here to download a complete pdf version of E&E Legal Letters Issue III. Click on headlines for the full article. Bootleggers and Baptists . . . and Hucksterism by Dr. David Schnare, E&E Legal General Counsel Thirty-one years ago, Bruce Yandel coined the phrase “Bootleggers and Baptists” to describe how these strange bedfellows work [...]

4 09, 2014

E&E Legal Letters Issue IV: Demanding Transparency: It’s Not Just for Obama Haters Anymore

2016-12-11T17:07:57-04:00September 4th, 2014|E&E Legal Letters, FME Law, Smith, Stonewalling|

by Cliff Smith FME Law Counsel From the beginning of the Obama Presidency, the Administration has gone to great lengths to portray any investigation into its behavior as an ideological crusade against them. As the scandals mounted, the firing of several Inspectors General, the Fast and the Furious gun running scandal, the false-identity Richard Windsor [...]

4 09, 2014

E&E Legal Letters Issue IV: Mischief Not Managed: The NRDC Gets Laughed Out of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

2016-12-11T17:07:57-04:00September 4th, 2014|E&E Legal Letters, FME Law, Green Groups, Smith|

by Cliff Smith FME Law Counsel What do you get when you put dozens of “green”lawyers together with nothing in particular to accomplish and more money than they know what to do with? Someone could be excused for thinking that this sounds like the start of a really bad lawyer joke. Unfortunately, it’s anything but. [...]

27 06, 2014

Legal Letters Issue III: Tennessee Valley Authority FOIA Foibles: Why the TVA is starting to look like the Obama IRS

2016-12-11T17:07:58-04:00June 27th, 2014|"Climate Change", E&E Legal Letters, Smith|

by Clifford Smith FME Law Counsel When most Americans think of the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), they probably think of the Great Depression and Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal public works programs designed to employ the unemployed masses in the rural south.  The program was popular and fairly successful in providing cheap power  to area [...]

27 06, 2014

Legal Letters Issue III: Hocking Halos for Profit and Political Gain – The Obama Administration and the American Lung Association

2016-12-11T17:07:58-04:00June 27th, 2014|E&E Legal Letters, New EPA CO2 Emission Regulations, Smith|

by Clifford Smith FME Law Counsel On June 2, the Obama Administration’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) unveiled regulations that require states to cut carbon emissions 30 percent by 2030.  A radical, unilateral move that will cause energy prices to “skyrocket”, cost countless jobs, and disproportionally hurt the poor, it's not surprising that the Obama Administration sought [...]

11 03, 2014

Legal Letters Issue II: Bankrupting Coal for Fun and Profit – The Obama EPA

2016-12-11T17:08:00-04:00March 11th, 2014|E&E Legal Letters, Smith|

by Clifford Smith, FME Law Counsel (photo courtesy of humanevents.com) In 2008, Candidate Obama said that his energy policy would allow someone to make a new coal plant, but “If someone wants to build a new coal-fired power plant they can, but it will bankrupt them because they will be charged a huge sum for [...]