Extreme “greenies” rallied around the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) new power plant regulations earlier this year by attacking the credibility of critics. Memos circulated by a dozen Democrat governors spelled out talking points and political messaging tips in support of the regulations, the purpose being to “sow doubts about our opponents [sic] motives.”
One memo, sent specifically to Jay Inslee and disgraced former Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber by the Democrat polling firm Hart Research Associates, warns that voters generally shared the concerns of Republican critics of the regulation. In order to combat public opinion, the memo essentially advises the governors to begin circulating lies. Via the Washington Free Beacon,
“The memo, based on Hart research, was particularly troubled by rate hike concerns among ‘our most vulnerable support groups (independents, younger women, moderate Democrats).’ Supporters of the regulation needed to prevent them ‘from turning against the plan,’ the memo said.
“It proposed that Democrats ‘strongly and consistently sow doubts about our opponents motives when responding to any criticism of the Climate Action Plan or its components,’ including EPA regulations.
“‘The key to success is a visible adversary,’ the memo said. ‘In this case, that adversary is power companies, though this line of messaging easily could be adapted to encompass the coal industry or any other dirty energy advocate.’
“The memo suggested blaming rate hikes on power companies themselves despite acknowledging the widespread view that EPA regulations would raise electricity rates. ‘Big power companies are using pollution limits as an excuse to raise rates—and we shouldn’t let them get away with it,’ suggested one talking point.”
Another talking points memo urged governors to attack power companies by labeling them “polluters” who “avoid paying their fair share” on taxes. If this sounds familiar, it’s because these are the exact words Inslee used to push his cap-and-tax proposal during the 2015 legislative session.
But, that’s not where Inslee’s involvement in the deliberate deception ends. Inslee’s office came up with a personalized memo of lies which it circulated to other governors.
According to the Free Beacon, Sam Ricketts, the director of Inslee’s D.C. office, sent a memo to aides serving other Democrat governors with tips on how to blame natural disasters on climate change. The memo included a template on how to defend the EPA rule by blaming some local extreme weather event on climate change. Via the Free Beacon,
“Today’s announcement by the Administration is a welcome sign that [STATE] now has a partner in fighting climate change,” it suggested. “We have seen the impacts climate change is having on our communities, from increased health risks to [LOCAL EXTREME WEATHER EVENT] hurting thousands in [TOWN], and have recognized we can no longer fail to act.”
Apparently, the Climate Action Campaign (CAC), a group responsible for pushing EPA regulations, originally developed the sample statement based on Hart research. Incidentally, Hart has strong ties to California billionaire and extreme green hypocrite Tom Steyer and his Super PAC.
Inslee took his staff members’ advise and ran with it. Our green governor could not wait to politicize the tragic wildfires in Eastern Washington this year by blaming them on climate change, using the template language.
So much for original – and accurate – thinking.