Tyrannical EPA caught red-handed for taxpayer-funded covert propaganda
DENVER–The Government Accountability Office (GOA) said the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) broke the law with its “social media” campaign promoting President Obama’s water rule, the Clean Water Rule is better-known as Water’s of the United States or “WOTUS” rule. The campaign, according to the GAO reached 1.8 million people.
The rule received criticism from farming, development, oil and other industries and in the wake of the GAO report the EPA is finding itself once again under scrutiny for violating the American people.
The GAO report focuses on the EPA’s covert propaganda and illegal grassroots lobbying to sway Congress and drum up public support for its new regulation. The full GAO report can be read here.
An EPA spokeswoman said the agency disagrees with GAO’s assessment saying:
“We maintain that using social media to educate the public about our work is an integral part of our mission. We have an obligation to inform all stakeholders about environmental issues and encourage participation in the rulemaking process. We use social media tools just like all organizations to stay connected and inform people across the country about our activities.”
Advancing Colorado Executive Director Jonathan Lockwood released the following statement:
“Americans want the EPA defunded and someone needs to throw the book at EPA Chief Gina McCarthy for overseeing this disaster and possibly criminal behavior.
“Everyone knows the lawless and dangerous EPA dumped toxic waste in our beautiful rivers, turning them toxic-bright orange, and now we are finding out they’ve been pushing their covert propaganda on us and that we are paying for it.
“The budget talks present an opportunity to defund the EPA or at the very least slap budgetary handcuffs on this thuggish organization so we can see much-needed accountability and constraint.”