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The EPA: A leftist agenda

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The actions of the Obama administration's Environmental Protection Agency long have made its extremism clear. But speaking just as loudly about how fully the far left has co-opted the EPA are its own words — in newly revealed emails that show the agency collaborating extensively with radical environmentalists.

The Energy and Environment Legal Institute obtained the emails through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit. The Washington Free Beacon reports they show the EPA coordinating with groups that would do away with fossil fuels entirely — in messaging, in petition drives held at agency events and regarding agency rulemaking, in official agency statements and even in pressuring executives of Colorado natural gas utility Xcel Energy.

The EPA followed the lead of the Sierra Club, the Environmental Defense Fund, the Natural Resources Defense Council and other groups by siting hearings on a rule making new coal-fired power plants practically impossible far from coal country. Emails also show the EPA lied publicly about that rule's intent and effects.

And all these emails surfaced just weeks after an EPA inspector general's report whitewashed agency coordination with extremists regarding action against natural gas giant Range Resources — despite clear evidence to the contrary.

The picture that emerges is not of an EPA merely conscripted by the far left to advance extremists' radical political agenda, but of an EPA that is the far left.

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