A recently uncovered memo shows that the Environmental Protection Agency wants to tie global warming to Americans’ “personal worries.”
The document says that the EPA should attempt to tie global warming to Americans’ health issues. It reads:
However, if we shift from making this about the polar caps and about our neighbor with respiratory illness we can potentially bring this issue home to many Americans. There will be many opportunities to discuss climate-related efforts this year. As we do so, we must allow the human health argument to take center stage.
The memo also states that the health of children should be tied to global warming by the agency. It states:
This justifies our work at the most base level. By revitalizing our own Children’s Health Office, leading the global charge on this issue, and highlighting the children’s health dimension to all of our major initiatives — we will also make this issue real for many Americans who otherwise would oppose many of our regulatory actions.
Chris Horner, an attorney and senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, obtained the document via a Freedom of Information Act request. He stated about the revealed memo:
In it, we see the birth of the breathtakingly disingenuous ‘shift from making this about the polar caps [to] about our neighbor with respiratory illness. It also shows the conviction that if they yell ‘clean air’ and ‘children’ enough, they, the media and the green groups will get their way.
The document was first circulated as lawmakers debated cap-and-trade legislation during President Obama’s first term. The House passed the legislation, but the Senate did not.
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