‘Given the unlimited resources of the Left … we can expect future court challenges before it’s etched in stone…’
(Michael Barnes, Liberty Headlines) A federal district court for the District of Columbia has upheld the Trump administration’s crackdown on cronyism within the Environmental Protection Agency.
Tuesday’s ruling in the case Physicians for Social Responsibility vs. Wheeler was a big win for the Trump administration—but the case is far from settled, said Steve Milloy, a member of the Trump EPA transition team, following Tuesday’s ruling.
“Given the unlimited resources of the Left … we can expect future court challenges before it’s etched in stone,” Milloy said
Milloy is also a senior policy fellow and The Energy & Environment Legal Institute, a nonprofit environmentalist organization supporting energy development and economic growth.
He said he first raised the issue of President Barack Obama’s radical departure from the EPA’s committee appointment system more than eight years ago.
Traditionally, the agency’s scientific posts were awarded on the basis of merit and without overt political considerations, thereby minimizing the risk of favorable treatment to a given administration.
That changed under Obama, especially in regard to the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee Particulate Matter Review Panel, the court found.
Under Obama, influential EPA advisory committees were improperly staffed with scientists who actively endorsed the administration’s political agenda, particularly its “War on Coal.”
Many of the scientists were also being paid from separate EPA grants worth hundreds of millions of dollars, creating a clear conflict of interest.
“The EPA has stacked the panel, which is required by law to be independent and unbiased, with researchers who have received over $190 million in discretionary grants from the EPA,” Milloy said. “This clearly violates the law and makes a mockery of the notion of ‘independent’ scientific review.”
But the ruling will almost certainly be appealed.
The lawsuit brought before the court wasn’t against the Obama administration, but rather the Trump EPA for banning conflicted science advisors.
The group that sued, Physicians for Social Responsibility, is a well-known leftist organization with significant funding ties to activist billionaire George Soros and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, said Craig Richardson, E&E Legal’s president.
“Organizations led by Soros and the Rockefeller heirs have a long history of using front groups like PSR to push ‘global warming’ and now ‘climate change’ to eradicate fossil fuels in America, thereby killing our economy, destroying jobs, and sending countless poor and elderly into ‘energy poverty,’ Richardson said.