The EPA’s secret email accounts

The EPA’s secret email accounts

Last week, James Martin, the Environmental Protection Agency’s administrator for Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming, announced his intention to resign for “personal reasons.” The more likely reason for his resignation is that Martin is currently under a microscope for using a nonofficial email account to hide EPA business from public scrutiny, which would violate transparency laws.

If this sounds familiar, that’s because EPA head Lisa Jackson already resigned in January, following the revelation that she had conducted extensive official EPA business with a private email alias, “Richard Windsor.” (The Scrapbook suspects Jackson picked up her expertise in ethics back when she was chief of staff to former New Jersey governor Jon Corzine.) Now, when the head of a U.S. cabinet agency resigns under a cloud of scandal, this usually attracts a great deal of attention and is cause for the media to investigate the matter thoroughly. Judging by the lack of headlines generated by Jackson’s conduct in Barack Obama’s self-declared “most transparent administration in history,” you’d be forgiven for concluding that the media are more -lapdog than watchdog when it comes to Democratic attempts to strangle the economy with environmental regulations.

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