Dear Representative Frelinghuysen (R-NJ)
I see you voted Yes on HR5226. I oppose H.R. 5226 as it appears to further encumber government with additional unnecessary and excessive bureaucracy. To be honest, it looks like an ill-conceived partisan effort to undermine the EPA under the guise of transparency.
If you had any decency or common sense, you would have withdrawn support of H.R.5226 as soon as the former attorney general for the State of Oklahoma Scott Pruitt, our new head of the Environmental Protection Agency, was appointed. Why? Because while your colleagues were wringing their hands over the EPA using social media to raise awareness, Mr. Pruitt was copying and pasting letters WRITTEN BY LOBBYISTS WHO WERE GIVING HIM MONEY onto official letterhead of the Office of Attorney General of the State of Oklahoma, signing, dating and sending them to federal agencies as if he had personally written them.
Yeah, in case you haven’t heard, more than 7,500 pages of newly released emails from the Oklahoma attorney general's office have exposed Pruitt's relationship with Devon Energy, including evidence of him allowing the energy giant's top lobbyists to draft and edit letters sent to top federal officials on behalf of Oklahoma and other state attorneys general. The emails confirm years of cushy ties between Pruitt and Devon Energy dating back to at least October 2011, when Pruitt also signed a letter drafted by Devon Energy officials and sent it to the head of the EPA. That exchange was first reported by The New York Times in December 2014 (any chance you read that article?). It seems this type of quid pro quo occurred multiple times.
For example, the emails revealed that Pruitt was working with other groups in an effort to weaken federal environmental regulations including, but not limited to, the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers association, major oil and gas producers, electric utilities and political groups with ties to the libertarian billionaire Koch brothers. According to Arnold Hamilton, editor of the Oklahoma Observer, Pruitt is "supposed to be the people's lawyer. He's supposed to be a voice for the people, an independent voice. And instead, he comes across very much looking like a toadie for big money financial groups." Yet you obviously feel there is still more work to be done in dismantling the EPA. I wonder, Representative Frelinghuysen, who lines your pockets? I mean, why else would you continue to support policies that will lead to the evisceration of the EPA, even after the appointment of Pruitt? Hmm… Honestly, I don’t know. Hey, how about you introduce legislation that says it’s ok for Attorney’s General to submit letters on government letterhead that were written by lobbyists? Ya know, in the interest of transparency and all.
Regarding your ignorance of the Federal Register, I’d like to share some cool info with you: The Federal Register is published daily and includes notices, proposed rules, new rules and other significant documents. All Federal Register documents since *1994* are posted to https://www.federalregister.gov/ YOU CAN EVEN SUBSCRIBE TO IT AND GET A DAILY EMAIL FROM THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES AND RECORDS ADMINISTRATION.
FYI, today's issue of the Federal Register be found here: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/current and includes rules from almost every department of government. It also breaks down topics into six easy to search categories: money, environment, world, science & technology, business & industry, health & public welfare. Each category is broken down into additional subparts, including identifying how many new documents were added in the last year. The EPA provides our state much need funding. When are you going to start representing the people of your district?Good luck in the next election.