Tuesday, November 10, 2009

More suppression of dissent at EPA

Two lawyers at EPA say that the cap-and-tax bill currently in Congress will work poorly. They produced a video explaining their position. Their video clearly states that they are presenting their personal opinions: "Nothing in this video is intended to represent the views of the EPA or the Obama administration." That, however, wasn't good enough. The EPA is threatening them with disciplinary action. The New York Times reports:
The Environmental Protection Agency has directed two of its lawyers to makes changes to a YouTube video they posted that is critical of the Obama administration’s climate change policy.

The agency, citing federal policies, told the two lawyers, Laurie Williams and Allan Zabel, who are married and based in San Francisco, that they could mention their E.P.A. affiliation only once; must remove language specifying Mr. Zabel’s expertise and their years of employment with the agency; and must remove an image of the agency’s office in San Francisco.

They have been told that if they do not edit the video to comply with the policy, they could face disciplinary action. [Emph. added]
Under Obama rules, EPA employee Mr. Zabel loses the right to his own resume!

Their video does not dispute anthropogenic global warming. Their argument is merely that cap-and-trade is an ineffective and counter-productive approach for dealing with CO2 emissions. The EPA attack on their video began after the Zabel and Williams published an op-ed on cap-and-tax in the Washington Post.

Hat tip: Michelle Malkin

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