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The smell of collusion?

Gazette staff August 20th, 2013

Resident climate-change denier U.S. Sen. James Inhofe, R-Tulsa, smells a rat. Well, actually he smells collusion, but we hear that rats and collusion do have similar scents.

Credit: Brad Gregg

Specifically, Inhofe smells collusion between the White House, federal agencies and Organizing for Action (OFA), an advocacy group — all to promote the Obama administration’s initiative on climate change.

On Aug. 14, the senator fired off a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ).

He groused that the OFA had released a list of members of Congress who dispute manmade climate change at roughly the same time that the White House and CEQ were holding environmental advocacy events in New England.

“Clearly OFA is now engaging in political activities and it appears as though they are closely coordinating efforts with EPA and CEQ, negating their independence,” Inhofe wrote. “The involvement of CEQ and EPA at these events, highlighting the work of OFA, brings a level of legitimacy to an otherwise dubious organization.”

Inhofe contends the Hatch Act is being violated and is demanding copies of all correspondence relating to the events in question. The Hatch Act, in case you were wondering, makes it illegal for most federal employees in the executive branch to engage in political campaign activities.

“There seems to be a coincidental coordination between the White House, the president’s campaign, and the liberal media that is weaving a false and potentially harmful narrative of alarmism,” Inhofe charged in a written statement. “This agenda will leave our nation less secure, less prosperous and less informed.”

Both the EPA and CEQ assert there was no coordination with the OFA. Somehow, we suspect that won’t mollify the senator who has called manmade climate change “the greatest hoax ever.”

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