by Jillian Kay Melchior
National Review Online
The Environmental Protection Agency’s anti-transparency shenanigans are as entertainingly bizarre as they are pathetic.
The agency has been stonewalling Chris Horner, a senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute and counsel for the Energy and Environment Legal Institute. If you recall, Horner is the public-records expert who discovered Lisa Jackson, the former EPA head, had been furtively conducting official business under the e-mail alias of “Richard Windsor.” After that discovery, he requested more of the correspondence from the “Richard Windsor” e-mail.
That must have freaked the EPA out. Last October, the agency told Horner it had found 120,000 such records – but it refuses to release more than 100 of those documents a month. In other words, Horner won’t be getting his records for literally a century. (Keep in mind the standard response is due in 20 days.)