EPA boss, Dem money man Steyer meet behind closed doors

EPA boss, Dem money man Steyer meet behind closed doors
Tom Steyer (Credit: Bridgespan.org)

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy and a deep-pocketed donor to Democrat candidates will convene with climate activists behind closed doors Wednesday at the Mayflower Hotel – keeping uninvited press at bay.

McCarthy will deliver a keynote address to the Center for American Progress (CAP), one of the country’s largest and most liberal activist organizations.

Tom Steyer – a billionaire who The New York Times dubs “the most influential environmentalist in American politics” – will participate in a panel discussion on “climate resilience.”

The panel also features Rockefeller Foundation President Judith Rodin and “CAP Distinguished Senior Fellow” Carol Browner. Browner headed the EPA under Bill Clinton and formerly served as director of the White House Office of Energy and Climate Change Policy for President Obama.

CAP spokeswoman Katie Murphy told Watchdog on Tuesday that the D.C. event was “at capacity” and that no more reporters could be accommodated. She suggested that interested parties view the proceedings at americanprogress.org.

Steyer, whom CAP describes as “an investor, philanthropist and advanced energy advocate,” spent more than $70 million trying to help Democrats survive the midterm elections, with little success.

In Florida alone, he shelled out $15 million to spread a climate-change message on behalf of Democrats. That fell flat, as GOP Gov. Rick Scott beat Charlie Crist.

The Washington meeting comes on the heels of Obama’s visit to China, where the president touted a coal-reduction agreement with Beijing’s communist government.

The deal restricts U.S. coal consumption, enforced by the EPA, but does not bind China to reduce its use.

Though billed by the administration as a “historic” agreement, the Institute for Energy Research called it a “swindle” that will kill American jobs and raise electric rates in this country.

Steyer, in a fit of contradiction, is helping to bankroll a massive coal mine in Australia.

Read more by Kenric Ward at Watchdog.com.

Kenric Ward

Kenric Ward

Kenric Ward is a national correspondent and writes for the Texas Bureau of Watchdog.org. Formerly a reporter and editor at two Pulitzer Prize-winning newspapers, Kenric has won dozens of state and national news awards for investigative articles. His most recent book is “Saints in Babylon: Mormons and Las Vegas.”

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