Former environmental head nails Biden’s EPA for aligning with eco groups tied to liberal dark money network
President Biden’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) leadership is evidently crawling into bed with left-wing environmental groups tied to a sprawling liberal dark money network and consulting with them on policy matters.
The revelation comes via internal agency documents obtained by Fox News Digital.
The accusation takes direct aim at EPA Administrator Michael Regan who was tapped by Biden in 2021. He reportedly met personally with radical green group leaders including the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and the League of Conservation Voters (LCV).
According to Fox News Digital, emails and calendar entries show those two groups have reportedly received funding from both the massive Arabella Advisors-managed dark money network and the liberal Swiss donor Hansjorg Wyss’ funding network.
The groups that Regan is playing footsie with have strongly opposed fossil fuel development via litigation and lobbying efforts.
“It’s so disappointing to see the Biden administration engaging with these extremist groups that push an unfounded ideology that is all about making fossil fuel energy — that literally runs our entire economy — more expensive and less accessible,” Mandy Gunasekara, a Heritage Foundation visiting fellow who served as the EPA’s chief of staff during the Trump administration, told Fox News in an interview.
“We have shortages, and we have people behind on utility payments before a single cold front has moved across the United States,” she asserted. “The Biden administration regularly colludes with these groups to improve their bottom line while ignoring the needs of American families. It is infuriating because we took a completely different approach — we actually improved people’s lives, we improved the health of communities.”
Internal agency documents allegedly reveal that Regan met with the League of Conservation Voters President Gene Karpinski on at least two occasions. The first one in March 2021 included two other senior EPA officials. The second one in October 2021 was a person-to-person call between Regan and Karpinski.
Is anyone actually surprised?
— Bill Kasey (@bill_kasey) November 7, 2022
Regan also spoke at a Natural Resources Defense Council panel event in April 2021. In September 2021, he conducted a video call with the president of the organization, Manish Bapna.
He went on to attend board meetings at both organizations in June and October of 2021.
“The meeting with Administrator Regan was an opportunity to talk about the agency’s important work protecting the environment and public health,” Natural Resources Defense Council spokesperson Jake Thompson stated. “This was about how to make sure the greatest possible benefits accrue to the greatest number of Americans by, for example, confronting the climate crisis in a way that will cut energy costs for our families, strengthen the economy, advance equity and make the country more secure.”
“The administrator’s address to the board of trustees was an opportunity for him to share the administration’s priorities for protecting the environment and public health,” he explained. “Both are examples of the administration engaging with a public interest group to discuss the work it’s doing on behalf of the public.”
imagine that a corrupt president and funny money involved
— leonard (@drleoray) November 7, 2022
Both groups are recipients of funding from the Sixteen Thirty Fund, which is part of the leftist dark money network operated by Arabella Advisors, according to Influence Watch. The League of Conservation Voters received $3.5 million and the League of Conservation Voters Victory Fund received $6.7 million in 2019.
The network headed by Hansjorg Wyss, which includes the Wyss Foundation, Berger Action Fund, and Fund for a Better Future, has also donated heavily to the League of Conservation Voters. Tax filings show that since 2017, the Berger Action Fund and Fund for a Better Future wired at least $14.5 million to the League of Conservation Voters, and the Wyss Foundation reportedly donated $210,000 to the group in 2020.
Regan has met with Center for American Progress (CAP) founder John Podesta on at least three occasions. He has also met privately with Fred Krupp, who is the president of the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), and Tom Steyer, a liberal mega-donor who unsuccessfully ran for president in 2020.
Biden has a whole network of leftist climate change alarmist constantly looking over his shoulder and telling him to get rid of the US oil and gas industry so they can destroy our economy
— Victor Resen (@Resen1Resen) November 7, 2022
The EPA hotly defended meeting with environmental groups, according to Fox News.
“Administrator Regan regularly meets with community members, elected leaders, and other stakeholders on matters of agency policy and regulation as we work to protect human health and the environment,” an EPA spokesperson contended.
“From meeting with environmental groups to walking with community members in underserved areas overburdened by pollution, Administrator Regan is committed to bringing together a broad coalition of leaders and perspectives to inform agency policymaking,” the spokesperson added.
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