Wednesday, December 19, 2012

EPA's Lisa Jackson Leverages NJ Connections for Princeton Job

The Washington Post is asking if EPA Administrator
Lisa Jackson is heading to Princeton:
We’ve known that Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson has been planning her exit from the Cabinet, and now we hear she’s exploring that well-worn path from government-officialdom to academia.

Jackson is talking to some university officials, we’re told, and her name is among those being floated as possible candidates for the presidency of Princeton, the institution where she got a graduate engineering degree.
When news of Jackson's use of an EPA email address under the assumed name "Richard Windsor" was reported, an EPA official claimed that she chose that name... well, here's how Politico reported it:
The name came from that of a family dog when Jackson lived in East Windsor Township, N.J., an EPA official said Tuesday.
Again I ask: who the hell names their dog Richard? And why would a once-respected school like Princeton want to be led by that person?

East Windsor, NJ, is conveniently close to Princeton--just 26 minutes away according to Google:

Maybe her dog, "Richard", has an in with Princeton's Board of Trustees and she's leveraging his connection to get back to her old stompin' grounds.

Monday, December 17, 2012

#SCSen: Representative Tim Scott (R-SC) to be Appointed to Replace departing Jim DeMint (R-SC)

The Washington Post reports that conservative Tim Scott will replace Jim DeMint in the US Senate:
South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) will announce Monday that she will appoint Rep. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) to the Senate, according to two sources with knowledge of the pick.
As Wikipedia notes, Tim Scott's rise to Congress in 2010 was propelled by grassroots Tea Party support and a host of endorsements including one from Sarah Palin. Scott will be an excellent replacement for the conservative favorite Jim DeMint.

Congratulations to Nikki Haley and South Carolina for doing their part to Reboot Congress!

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Climate Data Show Alarmist Trend

The draft of the next IPCC report, AR5, is now available online. The graph above is Figure 1.4 from that draft report. It shows the projected upper and lower temperature anomaly bands over time for the four previous reports: FAR, SAR, TAR, and AR4. The black candlestick marks plot the observational data--the ground truth against which all climate models should be judged.

Watts Up With That notes that this caption accompanies the graph above:
Estimated changes in the observed globally and annually averaged surface temperature (in °C) since 1990 compared with the range of projections from the previous IPCC assessments. Values are aligned to match the average observed value at 1990. Observed global annual temperature change, relative to 1961–1990, is shown as black squares (NASA (updated from Hansen et al., 2010; data available at; NOAA (updated from Smith et al., 2008; data available at; and the UK Hadley Centre (Morice et al., 2012; data available at reanalyses). Whiskers indicate the 90% uncertainty range of the Morice et al. (2012) dataset from measurement and sampling, bias and coverage (see Appendix for methods). The coloured shading shows the projected range of global annual mean near surface temperature change from 1990 to 2015 for models used in FAR (Scenario D and business-as-usual), SAR (IS92c/1.5 and IS92e/4.5), TAR (full range of TAR Figure 9.13(b) based on the GFDL_R15_a and DOE PCM parameter settings), and AR4 (A1B and A1T). The 90% uncertainty estimate due to observational uncertainty and internal variability based on the HadCRUT4 temperature data for 1951-1980 is depicted by the grey shading. Moreover, the publication years of the assessment reports and the scenario design are shown.
With the observed temperature anomaly for the past dozen years trending to the lower bound of the IPCC models, why do governments around the world continue to fund the climate scientists who make inaccurate alarmist predictions?

I've posted the full IPCC AR5 draft report to Scribd (h/t: Alec Rawls of

Friday, December 7, 2012

Infamy and the EPA

Christopher Horner of the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) and author of the Liberal War on Transparency has uncovered evidence that Lisa Jackson uses an email account under a false name in her role as EPA Administrator. Horner believes that the alternate email address has been used to evade Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests including several that he and CEI have filed with the EPA. EPA maintains that Lisa Jackson's account under the name "Richard Windsor" is part of a policy dating back to Clinton's EPA Administrator Carol Browner.

That's interesting because there was a Florida environmental lawyer named Richard Windsor who worked for Carol Browner when she was Secretary of Environmental Regulation for Florida. Sadly, that Richard Windsor died four years ago today.

Christopher Horner filed a FOIA appeal (embedded below) today to reverse the EPA's initial decision to deny his November 12th, 2012, request for emails sent to/from Lisa Jackson's "Richard Windsor" email account. EPA objected to Horner's FOIA request on the grounds that it did not sufficiently specify the records he sought. As Horner points out in the letter:
The stated search parameters in this standard format would be, as follows:
  1. Copies of all emails sent to, from or copied to any email address used by EPA’s Office of administrator (OA);
  2. Filtered on: (Time Message Sent Later Than 12/15/2008 12:00:01 AM
    and Time Message Sent Earlier Than 12/10/2012 11:59:59 PM;
  3. and (Display “To:” Contains “Richard Windsor”
    or Display “From:” Contains “Richard Windsor”
    or Display “CC:” Contains “Richard Windsor”
    or Display “Bcc:” Contains “Richard Windsor”
The ease with which this is done, contrasted with EPA’s unsupported claim that a search is not possible, suggests that EPA’s initial determination is no more than a delaying tactic for a request which it found particularly unwelcome.
That and the other examples Horner provides strongly suggest that EPA is stonewalling. What do they have to hide?

CEI Appeal EPA Richard Windsor FOIA

Unemploymnet Down to 7.7% on 540k Fewer People in the Labor Force

ZeroHedge nails it on today's job numbers:
Confused why the unemployment rate dropped? The same, favorite BLS adjustment - a drop in the labor force participation rate which declined by 0.2% to 63.6% once again, as the number of people out of the labor increased by over 540K to 88,883,000.
The Employment Situation Report (link will break in a month) dismisses the impact of Hurricane Sandy on the jobs numbers:
Our analysis suggests that Hurricane Sandy did not substantively impact the national employment and unemployment estimates for November.
While the falling unemployment rate of 7.7% and the addition of 146k NFP which beat estimates is great news, the big question is: what happened to the half million people that left the work force?

Thursday, December 6, 2012

#SCSen: Senator DeMint to Head Heritage Foundation

The Hill reports that Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) will resign effective this coming January:
Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), a leading Senate conservative and founding member of the Senate Tea Party Caucus, will resign from office in January to become president of The Heritage Foundation.
DeMint will replace Ed Feulner, who will become “chancellor” of the organization.  The Wall Street Journal notes:
Sen. DeMint's departure means that South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, a Republican, will name a successor, who will have to run in a special election in 2014. In that year, both Mr. DeMint's replacement and Sen. Lindsey Graham will be running for reelection in South Carolina.
Put on the popcorn. The 2014 South Carolina Senate races are now the biggest show in the country.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

#MO8: Jumpin' Jo Ann Emerson was in Job Talks Days after Re-election

The Sunlight Foundation's Reporting Group has found that Jo Ann Emerson was in formal talks with electric co-op days after her re-election:
On Nov. 19, nine business days after she won reelection with 72 percent of the vote, Rep. Jo Ann Emerson, R-Mo., began final negotiations for a new job with the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, official documents show.

According to ethics rules set in place meant to avoid conflict of interest, Members of Congress are required to file disclosures with the House Ethics Committee and the Senate Office of Public Records within three business days after they begin to negotiate for a future job while they are still in Congress. However, the definition of "negotiation" is left ambiguous and leaves room for "preliminary or exploratory" talks before any report is required. Reports are filed on paper at the ethics committees offices and, while available to the public, are not posted online.

While the stamp date on the document shows that disclosure was filed on Nov. 16, Emerson appears to have signed the document on Nov. 23. The Reporting Group contacted her office and the ethics committee for a clarification and will update this post if more information is provided.
The Sunlight Foundation has obtained copies of documents Emerson filed with the House Ethics Committee as well as similar documents related to other members who are seeking employment outside of Congress. Those documents are available on Scribd:
Negotiation Docs

Bob Parker Announces Bid for MO-08

Following on the surprise resignation of Jo Ann Emerson (R-MO), her primary challenger in 2010 and 2012 has announced his intention to seek the seat she's vacating. Emerson has held the seat in rural southeast Missouri since 1996.

Parker made his announcement on his Facebook page (screenshot at right) at 6PM Tuesday evening.

Candidates for the 2013 special election will be selected by the committeemen and women of each party. Other candidates are considering the race, so this could turn into a free for all as each scrambles to secure the support of committeemen and women across the district. The Republican committee members for the 8th Congressional District are listed on the Missouri GOP website.

Jo Ann Emerson to Retire

The Washington Post reports that Rep. Jo Ann Emerson (R-MO) will resign from the House of Representatives:
Rep. Jo Ann Emerson (R-Mo.) will resign from Congress next February to become President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, she announced on Monday.
The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) is based in Arlington, VA. Here's how NRECA is described on the group's "About" page:
NRECA is the national service organization for more than 900 not-for-profit rural electric cooperatives and public power districts providing retail electric service to more than 42 million consumers in 47 states and whose retail sales account for approximately 12 percent of total electricity sales in the United States.
Emerson's departure from Congress will result in a special election in Missouri's 8th Congressional District which covers the southeast corner of the state. Because of the compressed election cycle of a special election, there will be no primary contest as the Southeast Missouri Times reported:
Her replacement will be selected by the Republican and Democrat 8th district committees with their nominees to face off in a special election sometime in 2013.
Presumably potential candidates have already begun lobbying the committeemen and women of Missouri's 8th CD. One potential conservative candidate in the 8th is State Senator Jason Crowell (R-MO). Crowell released a statement on Tuesday indicating that he was surprised with Emerson's departure and that he's considering a run:
At this time I have no idea about my future plans, but I am humbled and honored by the confidence so many have shown me.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

America: A Grim Diagnosis

The Wall Street Journal has a must read interview with Harvard's Harvey Mansfield. Professor Mansfield discusses The Crisis of American Self-Government:
Few have thought as hard, or as much, about how democracies can preserve individual liberty and national virtue as the eminent political scientist Harvey Mansfield. When it comes to assessing the state of the American experiment in self-government today, his diagnosis is grim, and he has never been one to mince words.
Further on:
the electorate that granted Barack Obama a second term was unwise—the president achieved "a sneaky victory," Mr. Mansfield says. "The Democrats said nothing about their plans for the future. All they did was attack the other side. Obama's campaign consisted entirely of saying 'I'm on your side' to the American people, to those in the middle. No matter what comes next, this silence about the future is ominous."
Read the whole thing.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Institute for Energy Research Requests Lisa Jackson Emails Sent Under "Richard Windsor" Alias

The non-partisan Institute for Energy Research (IER) has responded to the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) use of 'alias' email addresses by issuing a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for emails sent by EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson from her internal email account which is under the name "Richard Windsor". IER is seeking documents related to the Federal government's rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline.

In this video I speak with Dan Simmons of IER about the Keystone XL pipeline, the EPA's use of alias email addresses, and IER's FOIA request.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Spin Cycle on Overdrive: EPA Launders Fingerprints of Public Officials with "Richard Windsor" Account

The Politico reports on Lisa Jackson's 'Windsor' knot:
EPA officials say the agency wasn’t trying to hide anything by giving Administrator Lisa Jackson a secondary email address to use when corresponding with other government officials. 
But the name she chose to use — “Richard Windsor” — has triggered an inadvertent ruckus for an agency already under fire from conservatives. 
The name came from that of a family dog when Jackson lived in East Windsor Township, N.J., an EPA official said Tuesday.
Could someone in East Windsor Township, NJ, please ask Lisa Jackson's old neighbors what her dog's name was? Seriously, who the hell names their dog "Richard" and why would this country make that person Administrator of the EPA? I should start an office pool on what people think the canine Richard Windsor's middle name is going to turn out to be.

We'll come back to Richard Windsor, as we always do, but, first, that Politico article has this gem [emphasis added]:
The internal account exists so that Jackson’s communications with other government officials aren’t buried under the crush of emails flooding into her public account,, which got 1.5 million emails in fiscal year 2012, EPA says. The agency says such dual- account arrangements have been standard practice since the Clinton administration, when EPA Administrator Carol Browner was first assigned two email addresses.
How dare Politico besmirch the honor of former EPA Administrator Carol Browner by implying that she's a liar. You'll recall from the Daily Caller:
“You remember Ms. Browner, the lady who suddenly ordered her computer hard drive reformatted and backup tapes erased, hours after a federal court issued a ‘preserve’ order … that her lawyers at the Clinton Justice Department insisted they hadn’t yet told her about?” Horner told TheDC News Foundation. “The one who said it’s all good because she didn’t use her computer for email anyway? That one.” 
So during the Clinton administration Browner justified the destruction of public records by claiming that she didn't use her computer for government email and therefore no public records would be destroyed. Note that backup tapes were erased, too, so it stands to reason that Browner's claim was that not only did she not use her computer for email, but that she did not, in fact, use government email at all; hence, she was not, to her mind, ordering public records to be destroyed when she ordered her computer to be reformatted and, by implication, backup tapes to be destroyed. Yet, today we learn that she had a second, clandestine account.

What was the name on Carol Browner's sockpuppet email account?

I believe that the EPA's Richard Windsor account was created during the Clinton Administration. Was it used by Carol Browner? Was it used by George W. Bush's EPA Administrator? If not, then we have a dormant account that may have been available to political operatives and activists of the party out of power during the Bush presidency, if I'm right about the account having been created twelve or more years ago.

When was the EPA's "Richard Windsor" account created? Who was granted access to it? And when was each custodian granted that access?

Getting back to "Richard Windsor".... The Politico has implied that Lisa Jackson has claimed that she had a dog named "Richard" when she lived in East Windsor Township. The EPA acknowledges that there's a "Richard Windsor" account used by Lisa Jackson. Let's return to the dead Richard Windsor that I wrote about when first taking an interest in this story:
Richard Windsor was a Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) enforcement attorney who, in 1997, began working for Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). In an article announcing Windsor's new job staffing a PEER sponsored environmental hotline, he had this to say:
``Once upon a time, Florida [had] an environmental agency that tried to enforce environmental laws,'' Windsor said. ``That's not the case now.''
Windsor was an attorney in a court case in 2000 involving Florida's DEP. That same year, he corresponded with then EPA director Carol Browner. We know that because of footnote #39 on page 20 of a 2004 letter from Eric Huber of the Sierra Club addressed to Michael Leavitt of the EPA. We know that Richard L. Windsor was an attorney involved in a 2003 case involving Florida's DEP.

And, sadly, The Florida Bar News reported that Richard Lee Windsor shuffled off his mortal coil on December 7th, 2008.
It turns out that the deceased environmental lawyer, Richard Windsor, worked with Carol Browner when Browner was head of Environmental Regulation in Florida. The article about the PEER sponsored environmental hotline notes: "Windsor and Medina worked for 11 years as state regulators." So, Windsor would've worked at DEP from 1986 to 1997 (roughly). Browner was Secretary of Environmental Regulation for Florida from 1991 to 1993.

The deceased Windsor was involved in an environmental case documented in Don Corace's Government Pirates: The Assault on Private Property Rights--and How We Can Fight It.
During the trial, Ocie and his son were painted as dangerous criminals who ignored the goverment's cease-and-desist orders and knowingly polluted the nation's waters. Richard Windsor, an assistant general counsel for the DEP. even compared Ocie to Humpty-Dumpty who was known for creating his own version of reality. (pp 138-139)
Ocie Mills and his son, Casey, served terms in federal prison. In 1993 while trying to have the federal conviction removed from their records, a federal judge ruled that Ocie's property was "probably never a wetland for the purposes of the Clean Water Act." (Ibid. p 140).

In 1996 one of the jurors, Quentin Wise, contacted Ocie. The juror alleged that Ocie was railroaded:
...the jury foreman, Thomas J. Smith, had told jurors during the trial that his sons worked for the DEP, that he had learned that Ocie had threatened officers with a gun in the past, and portrayed him as a terrible polluter. Wise confessed that he and the other jurors had been intimidated by Smith and that they had agreed to convict Ocie and his son. (Ibid. pp 140-141.)
In short, the deceased Richard Windsor is a hero of enviro-fascists everywhere.

I said earlier that I believe that the EPA's Richard Windsor account was created during the Clinton Administration. I've shown that Clinton EPA Administrator Carol Browner would have known the deceased Richard Windsor. I've mentioned that Browner was once Secretary of Environmental Regulation for Florida. And, now, I'll note that she was Senator Al Gore's legislative director from 1988 to 1991. In fact, Wikipedia notes that Browner "became known as a Gore protégé."

With Al Gore's close loss in Florida in the 2000 Presidential election, is it that far-fetched to suspect that Browner had a clandestine email account setup for an activist environmental lawyer in Florida named Richard Windsor? The key questions that remain for the EPA:

When was the EPA's "Richard Windsor" account created? Who was granted access to it? And when was each custodian granted that access?

Update: Thanks to Instapundit for the link! Checkout my other coverage of this story especially my interview with Chris Horner of the Competitive Enterprise Institute who wrote The Liberal War on Transparency and got the ball rolling on this story. Please consider hitting my tip jar or buying one of the books mentioned here--that puts a little money in my pocket at no additional cost to you. Thanks!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Video: Christopher Horner on The Liberal War on Transparency

I spoke with Christopher Horner, author of The Liberal War on Transparency: Confessions of a Freedom of Information "Criminal", about EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson's efforts to thwart access to public records. Horner talks about the lawsuits that he and his employer, the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI), have filed because the EPA has not been responsive to their Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests.

Horner has alleged that Lisa Jackson is using "alias" email addresses including one under the name "Richard Windsor". I ask him about the evidence he has to show that--two senior EPA employees are his sources.

Jackson has called Horner's FOIA requests "criminal". I ask Horner about that. We also discuss what Horner describes as "cyber bonfires". He alleges that the EPA has engaged in policies and practices that have led to the destruction of public records. He details some examples during this interview and refers to his recently released book, The Liberal War on Transparency, for additional examples.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Sockpuppeteer Lisa Jackson Must Go

Last May, the Washington Post reported on a flurry of emails between EPA officials who found themselves at odds with a White House policy:
An Aug. 30, 2011, e-mail exchange among Environmental Protection Agency officials, obtained by the Center for Progressive Reform under the Freedom of Information Act, provides a glimpse into how agency officials thought the White House failed to adequately capture their work on anti-pollution rules opposed by Republicans and industry officials.
That email exchange, which I've put on Scribd, is of interest because it includes emails from one "Richard Windsor". Multiple FOIA requests for Richard Windsor's emails have gone unanswered leading to lawsuits from the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI). Chris Horner of CEI took to the pages of National Review with the simple question: Who is Richard Windsor?
“Richard Windsor.” That is the name — sorry, one of the alias names — used by Obama’s radical EPA chief to keep her email from those who ask for it.
If Horner is correct, and I believe he is, then EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, has been using a sockpuppet email address at EPA. Sockpuppetry within a government agency subverts transparency since government records and documents that Jackson creates as "Richard Windsor" are not obviously connected to her. As such, FOIA requests for her work products are unlikely to catch such records.

EPA Email from Richard Windsor
Email internal to EPA sent by "Richard Windsor"
That has drawn the attention of the House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space, and Technology which issued a letter to Jackson this past Friday. That letter reads in part:
Unfortunately, time and again, actions by the Administration on transparency have fallen far short of the President's rhetoric, in many instances trending away from transparency and toward greater secrecy. I write you today regarding yet another troubling revelation - the use of private email and alias accounts to conduct official government business. I am concerned that this behavior appears to violate the Federal Records Act (FRA), and perhaps the Presidential Records Act (PRA), the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), as well as many other statutes designed to facilitate transparency and oversight.
Here's the screenplay of that EPA email exchange that the Washington Post reported on as it unfolded. Lisa Jackson is reading the lines of "Richard Windsor" in our little re-enactment--I've italicized her lines so they're easy to spot:
Betsaida Alcantara: This just went out, it focuses heavily on the executive order to reduce burdens of regulation.
Lisa Jackson: Did anyone get any heads up on this letter?
Bob Perciasepe: We did not get contacted
Daniel Kanninen: I have spoken with Chris Lu, who also was unaware of the letter and it's release prior to it going out the door.
He is following up with OIRA now. I made several points to him for that purpose. First, that we've spent a great deal of time and energy framing these rules with the public health and environmental benefits, and when and how they are driven by statutory, scientific and legal obligations, which this letter and appendix do not. And second, that in the interest of both accuracy and situational awareness tighter coordination would be been appreciated and in this case would have avoided a fairly significant error.
Chris found those to be compelling points and I'm sure will relay them to OIRA (Cass and/or Fitzpatrick was the inference), but I would certainly endorse relaying that message to others.
Lisa Jackson: Sorry. I haven't reviewed the POTUS letter carefully. What is the significant error?
Gina McCarthy: Quick look: The numbers in the appendix re: Ozone and MATS, are accurate, but approximate. Re: the Major Source Boilers, looks like they pulled the $3 billion from the April 2010 proposal, which is accurate, but we finalized (and immediately reconsidered) a significantly less costly boiler rule in February 2011 ($1.4 billion).
It's pretty clear from that exchange who's in charge: the Richard Windsor stand-in, Lisa Jackson.

Two final points about "Richard Windsor". First, email sent to does not bounce as of Saturday (11/17/2012) evening. That means that the Richard Windsor email account is active and that suggests that Windsor is an employee of the EPA. That brings us to the second point.

The EPA does not have any employees with the last name "Windsor". None. You can go check for yourself on the agency's "Locate an EPA Employee" page. A search for Lisa Jackson returns a page like the one below; however, I get "no records found" when searching for "Windsor"

For subverting government transparency within the Environmental Protection Agency, Lisa Jackson must either resign or be fired. She has to go.

Friday, November 16, 2012

America's Privileged Class of Administrators

Citizens Against Government Waste produced the video above to accompany their recent issue brief: Public Servants or Privileged Class: How State Government Employees are Paid Better than Their Private-Sector Counterparts. While that policy paper focuses on state employee salaries, federal employees do quite well, too. For instance, the EPA has an opening for Deputy Director, Office of Information Collection, with a salary range from $120k to $180k.

The Office of Information Collection (OIC) is within the EPA's Office of Environmental Information (OEI). The $180k/yr Deputy Director would work for the Director of OIC (Andrew Battin) who in turn answers to OEI's Principal Deputy Assistant Administrator (Renee P. Wynn) and/or OEI's Assistant Administrator and Chief Information Officer (Malcolm Jackson). The Office of the Administrator has ultimate oversight--Deputy Administrator (Bob Perciasepe) and Administrator (Lisa Jackson). With benefits, that chain of command must cost taxpayers a million dollars annually.

Lisa Jackson: Working the EPA's Graveyard Shift

Earlier this week The Daily Caller reported that EPA chief, Lisa Jackson, used an 'alias' email account:
The name Richard Windsor may sound innocuous, but it is allegedly one of the secret “alias” email accounts used by Obama EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson.
Remember that name: Richard Windsor.

The Daily Caller continues:
“That is the name — sorry, one of the alias names — used by Obama’s radical EPA chief to keep her email from those who ask for it,” Chris Horner, senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute and author of the new book “The Liberal War on on Transparency,” told the Daily Caller News Foundation in an email.
Just one? Richard Windsor is just one of the aliases used by Lisa Jackson!? A member of President Obama's administration commands a squad of sock-puppet email addresses. It's like JournoList meets the West Wing.

And this is not the first time that the EPA has had issues with transparency. During the Clinton administration, EPA chief Carol Browner had her computer hard drive reformatted and ordered backup tapes to be erased at the same time a federal court ordered her to preserve that data.

Government transparency advocate, Chris Horner of the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) filed a lawsuit in September over Jackson's use of secret email accounts (court filing). The suit seeks to compel the EPA to comply with FOIA requests about those accounts; however, the EPA continues to stonewall.

Over at National Review, Horner has raised the question: Who is ‘Richard Windsor’?
Ms. Jackson is the “eco-warrior”, “most progressive EPA chief in history” — pushing Obama’s backdoor march (other ways “of skinning the cat”) toward cap-and-trade. 
Or, as you may come to know her, “Richard Windsor.”
While today "Richard Windsor" may be the sock-puppet of EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, I think a related question is in order: Who was Richard Windsor?

Richard Windsor was a Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) enforcement attorney who, in 1997, began working for Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). In an article announcing Windsor's new job staffing a PEER sponsored environmental hotline, he had this to say:
``Once upon a time, Florida [had] an environmental agency that tried to enforce environmental laws,'' Windsor said. ``That's not the case now.''
Windsor was an attorney in a court case in 2000 involving Florida's DEP. That same year, he corresponded with then EPA director Carol Browner. We know that because of footnote #39 on page 20 of a 2004 letter from Eric Huber of the Sierra Club addressed to Michael Leavitt of the EPA. We know that Richard L. Windsor was an attorney involved in a 2003 case involving Florida's DEP.

And, sadly, The Florida Bar News reported that Richard Lee Windsor shuffled off his mortal coil on December 7th, 2008.

Can't an environmental lawyer be left to feed the tree in peace? Seriously, why is a member of President Obama's administration, Lisa Jackson, leveraging the credibility of a deceased environmental lawyer, credibility that Richard Windsor accrued over a lifetime, to further her own agenda?

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Drones for Journalism: Traffic Reporters Hardest Hit

The Columbia Missourian reports on a grant awarded to research drones as reporting tools:
Journalists may soon be able to report from new heights, thanks to drones. 
The small, flying robots are being explored as tools for reporting from the air. Scott Pham, content director for KBIA/91.3 FM, has received a $25,000 grant from the MU Interdisciplinary Innovations Fund to develop drones for journalism use.
The research will look at using drones to report on wild fires and natural disasters, but the single most lucrative application of drones in journalism would be to replace rush-hour traffic reporters flying around in helicopters with an unmanned aerial vehicle like the Global Hawk pictured above. That's never mentioned in the article, which focus on incorporating much smaller and commercially available drones like the Parrot Quadricopter available from Amazon; however, the post does imply that there are some regulatory hurdles that must be overcome before traffic reporters find themselves behind a desk remotely controlling traffic drones:
The flying robots won't be hovering over residential areas anytime soon, though. Restrictions include flying under 400 feet and away from airports and other populated areas.
Local ordinances will have to be adjusted to facilitate this innovation.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Election Night Watch Party Photos

Photos from the Dave Spence and Ed Martin watch parties in the St. Louis area.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

#MOAG: Ed Martin Votes in South St. Louis City

Ed Martin, Republican candidate for Attorney General of Missouri, and his wife, Carol, voted in south St. Louis city this morning. After voting, Martin, took a couple of questions. First, he explained the role of Attorney General. Next he provided details for his election night watch party at the Drury Inn on Hampton near 44.

Here are some photos from Ed Martin's visit to the polls this morning:

Monday, November 5, 2012

#MOAG: Ed Martin on the 2nd Amendment

Ed Martin, Republican candidate for Attorney General of Missouri, talks about 2nd Amendment issues and endorsements ahead of Tuesday's election. Martin's opponent, Chris Koster, was endorsed by the NRA despite the fact that both Martin and Koster received the same "A" rating from the group. When two candidates earn the same rating, the NRA has a policy of endorsing the incumbent.

Martin was endorsed by another 2nd Amendment group, the Gun Owners of America (GOA). In their statement endorsing Martin, GOA said:
Gun Owners of America Political Victory Fund is proud to endorse Ed Martin for Attorney General. 
Ed Martin is a strong supporter of the Second Amendment who is dedicated to protecting the rights of Missouri’s gun owners. 
As state Attorney General, Ed will stand against unconstitutional intrusions of the federal government. He understands that the U.S Constitution is a check federal power—not a grant of unlimited authority.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

In the Fight: Episode 68

Episode 68 of In The Fight produced by the Defense Video & Imagery Distribution System. Here's their description of this half-hour show:
On this episode, service members head home after their final deployment to Afghanistan, a new Afghan organization looks to rid corruption from within its ranks, we meet a team tasked with responding to crises at American embassies, a group of combat engineers find themselves between a rock and a hard place, and an annual event aims to assist local veterans in need.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Jay Nixon's Failed Policies Led to Mamtek

Dave Spence is the Republican candidate for Governor in Missouri. He's running against 26 year career politician and current Governor, Jay Nixon. Spence is critical of Jay Nixon's failed leadership. One example Spence gives in the video is Missouri's Department of Economic Development (DED) and especially the role DED played in the Mamtek-Moberly debacle:
Mamtek received $39 million in industrial development bonds from Moberly and authorization for up to $17 million of state incentives to build an artificial sweetener plant in the central Missouri city about 30 miles north of Columbia. Construction was halted on the partially completed facility after the company missed a bond payment in August 2011.

Bruce Cole, the chairman and CEO of Mamtek, has been charged with theft and securities fraud and is accused of using bond revenues to avoid foreclosure on his home in Beverly Hills, Calif. The federal Securities Exchange Commission also has filed a lawsuit against Cole seeking financial penalties. Last week, the remaining assets for the plant were sold at auction by UMB Bank, the trustee for bondholders.

Nixon's administration frequently has said no state incentives were paid to Mamtek, but Spence countered that the state incentives helped prompt Moberly to issue its bonds.
In the video, Spence then talks about the role that government should play. As someone who turned a small business into a multi-million dollar operation, Spence believes that government has to have small business owners back by reducing the red-tape and creating an environment that encourages business in Missouri.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

#MOSen: Claire McCaskill's backdoor support for Cap and Trade

While campaigning in south St. Louis county, Todd Akin explained how Claire McCaskill supported cap and trade. While it's true she did not vote for the cap and trade legislation introduced in 2009, she did vote for it in 2008.

More recently, she voted to grant authority to the EPA to regulate carbon emissions. That effectively allows the EPA to implement cap and trade and other policies that will increase the cost of energy. As Americans for Tax Reform wrote the other day:
She supported the Administration’s efforts to classify carbon dioxide as a pollutant, and voted over and over against amendments to block the EPA from regulating CO2 and other greenhouse gases. Even the Missouri AFL-CIO president said these EPA regulations “will both threaten jobs and increase costs on energy consumers in Missouri.” Bear in mind, humans exhale carbon dioxide. From an economic standpoint, this policy is devastating – St. Louis’ Meramec power plant is older, and is likely to close because of these policies.
Claire McCaskill supports the same policies of Barack Obama under which the price of energy derived from coal, oil, and natural gass will necessarily sky rocket.

#MOGov: Dave Spence Speaks in North St. Louis

IMG_1918Both of Missouri's gubernatorial candidates were invited to speak at Greater Bethlehem Baptist Church in north St. Louis earlier this week. Incumbent Democrat Jay Nixon was a no show, but Republican challenger Dave Spence was there. The ten minute video above is of Spence's prepared remarks. He also answered questions submitted by the audience.

The full play list from this event is available on YouTube. Prior to Dave Spence's remarks, Stephanie Patton and Dr. Lance McCarthy also spoke. Spence also answered questions submitted by the audience.