by Chris White
Former Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy joined an environmental group that was one of the chief lobbyists for former President Barack Obama’s Clean Power Plan.
McCarthy announced her decision to lead the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) Monday on Twitter, notifying her followers of the new gig. Reports show NRDC pushed and prodded then-EPA chief McCarthy and the agency in 2014 to press ahead with Obama’s chief regulatory victory…
The Energy and Environment Legal Institute obtained and published in 2015 a slew of documents obtained through Freedom of Information Act requests that showed former NRDC members Dan Lashof, David Doniger and David Hawkins effectively wrote the rule. One of the group’s members used private emails to disguise the ploy, The Wall Street Journal reported in 2015.
Michael Goo, who worked at the NRDC before becoming the EPA’s associate administrator for the Office of Policy, used a private Yahoo email account to provide drafts of his options for the rule to officials at the Sierra Club, Clean Air Task Force and NRDC. The emails show Goo kept them regularly appraised about what the agency was doing.