Jun 12

Heh. The Obama administration is so very “transparent” that there is nothing at all to see.

Via Green Hell:

House Republicans Darrell Issa and James Sensenbrenner are calling for an investigation of whether Obama climate czar Carol Browner’s secrecy in developing Obama’s CAFE standards and EPA’s CO2 endangerment finding was a “deliberate and willful violation” of the Presidential Records Act.

According to the letter,

… Mary Nichols, the head of the California Air Resources Board (CARB), revealed to the New York Times that the White House held a series of secret meetings with select special interests as they were crafting the new CAFE standards. Nichols was a key player in these negotiations because of California’s determined efforts to regulate fuel economy standards at the state level. Nichols admitted there was a deliberate “vow of silence
surrounding the negotiations between the White House and California on vehicle fuel economy [standards]. According to Nichols’ interview, “[Carol] Browner [Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change] quietly orchestrated private discussions from the White House with auto industry officials.” Great care was taken to “put nothing in writing, ever.” This coordinated effort, led by Carol Browner, to leave no paper trail of the deliberations within the White House appears to be a deliberate and willful violation of the Presidential Records Act. This Act requires the President to take, “all such steps as may be necessary to assure that the activities, deliberations, decisions, and policies that reflect the performance of his constitutional, statutory, or other official or ceremonial duties are adequately documented and that such records are maintained as Presidential records.” Clearly, Browner’s actions were intended to leave little to no documentation of the deliberations that lead to the development of stringent new CAFE standards.

So much for President Obama’s Jan. 21 committment to unprecedented openness in government.

The entire Issa/Sensenbrenner letter is here.

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Jun 02

Today’s editorial in The Oregonian confronts some of the complexities of the GM, aka Government Motors:

…this is not a comfortable place for either General Motors or the government to be. We share the hope expressed by the president that the bankruptcy of General Motors will lead quickly to the emergence of a trimmed-down manufacturing company with a fighting chance to survive on its own four wheels, without being towed along by the taxpayers.

Obama officials say they have taken “rigorous” steps to avoid interfering in the operations of General Motors, yet a majority stake in the company provides an obvious opportunity for an activist government to micromanage the business for social and policy purposes. The government now has the leverage it needs to put its thumb on the scale in ways that hurt competitors, interfere with trade relationships and impede profitability.

In recent years, General Motors’ most profitable vehicles have been gas-chugging behemoths like the Cadillac Escalade and the GMC Sierra. The Obama administration is pushing tougher fuel standards and encouraging the development of smaller, more efficient cars. This creates a natural, internal tension that won’t be eased until the federal government is out of the car business.

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