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Obama’s EPA Gives Enviro Groups Access While Pressuring Fossil Fuel; IRS Targeting Conservatives May Not Have Ended; Throwing Money At Green Energy In The Red; Coburn To Step Down; Government Wants To Study Hate Speech; California’s Demographic Sea Change – Friday Morning News Roundup 1-17-2014

January 17, 2014 by  

  • Internal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) emails show extensive collaboration between top agency officials and leading environmentalist groups, including overt efforts to coordinate messaging and pressure the fossil fuel industry. The emails, obtained by the Energy and Environment Legal Institute (EELI) through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit, could fuel an ongoing controversy over EPA policies that critics say are biased against traditional sources of energy. Source: The Washington Free Beacon…

 

  • President Obama and Democrats have been at great pains to insist they knew nothing about IRS targeting of conservative 501(c)(4) nonprofits before the 2012 election. They’ve been at even greater pains this week to ensure that the same conservative groups are silenced in the 2014 midterms. That’s the big, dirty secret of the omnibus negotiations. Source: The Wall Street Journal… 

 

  • The massive Federal spending bill passed by the House on Wednesday includes $118 million for the uranium enrichment project in Piketon, Ohio run by USEC, even though the viability of the project and the company are in doubt. Source: Chillicothe Gazzette… 

 

  • Senator Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), a doctor and outspoken fiscal conservative, announced late Thursday that he will step down after the current Congressional session ends early next year. Source: The Washington Post… 

 

  • Thirteen House Democrats have proposed legislation that would require the government to study hate speech on the Internet, mobile phones and television and radio. Source: The Hill… 

 

  • The Latino population is projected to surpass that of whites in California in March to become the single largest “race or ethnic group,” according to a report on shifting demographics in Governor Jerry Brown’s 2014-15 budget proposal. Also, the number of residents 65 and older will jump by 20.7 percent over the next five years, the report said. Source: San Francisco Chronicle… 

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