The Eco-Regulatory Conspiracy
Here’s another major federal government scandal crying to get legs in the press. Under a law known as the Intergovernmental Personnel Act, the federal government “lends out” 1,200 to 1,500 well paid federal bureaucrats to left-wing non-profit organizations each year.1
If anyone wonders how the United Nations Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO) fit in with the federal government’s regulatory agencies, there is a simple answer: They often trade employees back and forth—most of whom are on the federal payroll.
A while back, we reported that the relationship between eco-whacko groups and United Nations NGOs and federal agencies, like the EPA, was so tight it appeared there was a revolving door between them.
Fact is, most of these people are kept on the federal payroll, even while working for the NGOs. They can even get overtime and promotions while working for private groups.
Some over budgeted federal agencies give grants to nonprofit groups. Often, federal regulatory agencies even offer grants to nonprofit organizations that use the money to sue the granting agency. It’s all a big game, with a well orchestrated game plan. The bureaucratic plan is to grab more power, and their game plan works quite well.
The idea is for nonprofit NGOs to use taxpayer funds to force federal agencies to regulate the American public in ways the NGOs desire. Many of the laws, rules and regulations these NGOs want promulgated would be much too harsh to get passed through normal means. So, they trump up some “need” or “violation,” whether environmental or health, and the NGO sues the regulatory agency in court.
It’s a synergistic relationship. As is part of the arrangement, the federal agencies intentionally lose in court. Because, by losing in court, the regulatory agencies gain more power over the American people.
The courts “force” the federal regulatory agency to regulate whatever. The federal regulatory agency ends up with more power and churns out even more regulations, forcing American citizens to act according to the wish of the NGO. It’s all very simple and very effective. And, our elected representatives in Congress are kept completely out of the loop.
For instance, over the years, a not-for-profit organization called STAPPA/ALAPCO—two groups sharing the same offices and staff—has received 49 grants from the EPA, totaling $13,190,826.2
What does this organization do to earn those grants? They held a few useless (and lightly attended) forums over the years. Mostly, though, they schedule regular appearances before congressional committees to promote and implement the policies of the EPA—and lobby for more tax dollars to do it.