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Red_Chili
09-24-2008, 12:52 PM
I got this press release. AAE is a pretty rabidly pro-energy-industry group, but then again The Wilderness Society, Sierra Club, Nature Conservancy, et al are pretty rabidly the other way. Guess that is what makes democracy work, eh?

Congressional Probe Urged Of Enviro Group Lobbying Of Interior Department Agency

For Immediate Release: Sept. 24, 2008
Contact: Greg Schnacke, 866-416-0869



Washington, D.C. -- Potential illegal coordination between U.S. Interior Department officials and several national environmental groups, currently being investigated by the Interior Inspector General, should also be investigated by Congressional oversight committees, according to Americans for American Energy.


Americans for American Energy Wednesday asked U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall (D-WV), Chair of the House Resource Committee, and U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-NM), Chair of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, to convene oversight hearings on the matter.


News of the IG investigation was unveiled late last week by U.S. Rep. Rob Bishop (R-UT), ranking Member on the U.S. House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Parks and Public Lands, who said that he was informed of the investigation involving the Wilderness Society, National Wildlife Federation and possible improper contacts with the National Landscape Conservation System (NLCS) on September 18.


Bishop indicated in a statement that e-mails and other documents collected by the Inspector General’s office of the U.S. Interior Department show extensive coordination between environmental lobbyists and NLCS top officials.


These activities appear to include coordination of lobbying, agency requests for budget language from environmental lobbyists, setting up NLCS events, review of official memorandums, and other potentially illegal exchanges, Bishop said.


The Interior IG is also collecting and reviewing travel documents as part of the investigation, the Congressman added.


“The Inspector General needs to quickly determine how far this goes, but the Congressional oversight process must be brought into play as well,” said Greg Schnacke, President and CEO of Americans for American Energy, a non-profit grassroots energy education organization based in Denver, Colorado. “The Wilderness Society and the National Wildlife Federation spend millions of dollars pursuing an anti-American energy political agenda. The question we have is how far does this extend and does is it more extensive than simply the NLCS?”


AAE also called on Congress to shelve action on Omnibus Public Land Management Act (S. 3213), and in particular the portion of the bill directly affecting the NLCS, the “National Landscape Conservation System Act” (S. 1139).


"This investigation calls into question any action that might be taken this year on S. 3213, particularly the inclusion of the National Landscape Conservation System Act (S. 1139), until this situation is concluded. The cloud hanging over the NCLS alone should disqualify any consideration of this legislation this year. The allegations of collusion between the national environmental groups lobbying hard for this bill and the staff of the Interior agency that would be the subject of the this legislation are enough under any reasonable assessment to shelve this legislation immediately until justice takes its course,” Schnacke stated in his letter to Rahall and Bingaman.


Published reports indicate that NLCS officials met regularly with environmental groups, often at the Wilderness Society’s Washington, D.C. offices to coordinate federal lobbying strategy and messaging. Federal law generally prohibits federal employees from using appropriated funds or their official positions to lobby Congress.


"It is the job of the Congress to provide oversight and investigate whenever there are such allegations of misconduct and misuse of taxpayer dollars," Schnacke said. "If the committees refuse to conduct such oversight, it will be sending a message to the American people that it intends to turn a blind eye to such activities."


“You can’t tell me this is an isolated incident,” added Schnacke. “The political agenda of the NWF and the Wilderness Society is too broad and touches more in the Interior Department than just the NLCS. I am sure the leadership at Interior will also be very interested whether other employees in other agencies may be a little too cozy with the Wilderness Society and the National Wildlife Federation.”


“AAE encourages the IG to get to the bottom of this immediately, and the U.S. House and Senate to investigate this as well. These investigations should begin prior to this election, given that some of these individuals may be planning to get jobs and important policy positions in the new Administration,” said Schnacke.


When you got the money, you got the access to the lawmakers and government officials. That, friends, is illegal. The highest ends do not justify the means - except in some of these organizations.

The legislation mentioned would close off much of our access.

Crash
09-24-2008, 01:42 PM
Wasn't it Deep Throat, no not that one, that said "Follow the money"? Please folks, read the article in the most recent Blue Ribbon Coalition magazine regarding how heavily financially backed enviros are not-so-subtly naming groups that purport to be on the side of off highway enthusiasts whose true desires are to Trojan Horse their anti-trail usage campaigns into new laws. They've learned how to "dirty tricks" their agenda against us. Beware, brother, beware!

Red_Chili
09-24-2008, 01:54 PM
There is a similar 'hunting' group strategy with the gun crowd. Actually support the kinds of gun control that would ban many hunting rifles and ammunition. Some 'hunting' group.

Apparently all these people drink at the same bar.

SteveH
09-24-2008, 04:00 PM
Ref: #3 - the 'American Hunters and Shooters Association' which is clearly anti-gun and a fraud. I've seen their ads appearing on gun-related pages. This organization gives cover for some congresscritters - but only with clueless constituents.

Red_Chili
09-25-2008, 09:15 AM
Of which there appears to be no lack.

Kinda how support for 'wilderness' happens. Who could be against 'wilderness'? Don't we have a responsibility to preserve nature and not develop it and destroy habitat? Who could be against that?

I talked to a mountain biker friend who basically parroted that, then pointed out there is a difference between 'wilderness' and Wilderness - he cannot go into the latter with his mountain bike. And there are many less draconian ways to protect the environment. He got real quiet after that.