PASADENA, Calif., Sept. 12, 2015 — Republican Congressman Paul Gosar filed articles of impeachment against embattled EPA Chief Gina McCarthy on Friday.
The resolution, which has 20 co-sponsors, charges that McCarthy committed perjury several times while testifying before Congress about the EPA’s new “Clean Water Rule.”
“Perjury before Congress is perjury to the American people and an affront to the fundamental principles of our republic and the rule of law,” Gosar said. “Such behavior cannot be tolerated. My legislation will hold administrator McCarthy accountable for her blatant deceptions and unlawful conduct.”
The new rule hands the federal government control over small streams, tributaries, and small waterways that have typically been controlled by the states.
This move exposes farmers, miners and other groups to cumbersome federal regulations they would not otherwise be subjected to.
McCarthy claimed in front of Congress that these regulations are based on scientific data which now appears to not be the truth, based on memos between the EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers.
The EPA chief misled Congress, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. The list of ways the EPA has betrayed the public’s trust is extensive and egregious.
When McCarthy took the reins of the EPA in 2013, the department was already a scandal-ridden mess. Two years later, not only has nothing changed, it has gotten worse.
Less than a year into McCarthy’s tenure, it was discovered that EPA employees were widely misusing government-issued credit cards to make non-work related purchases.
Over the last two years, the EPA has fully embraced mafia style bullying tactics — not against those who are polluting and endangering the environment, but against ordinary American citizens who are doing nothing wrong.
Most notably, they threatened a family in rural Wyoming with a daily $75,000 fine for building a small pond on their property.
Hillary Clinton isn’t the only one that has trouble accounting for government-related communications with her peers. Gina McCarthy knows that game too.
Earlier this year, McCarthy and several of her top officials were caught deleting thousands of text messages they sent to each other. Those texts qualify as federal records, which make McCarthy’s move a clear violation of federal policy, if not the law.
Like Hillary, McCarthy claimed that the texts were personal. Now we will never know.
This summer’s infamous toxic spill poured millions of gallons of waste into the Colorado’s Animas River, contaminating the drinking water for thousands of residents because of simple incompetence by an EPA contractor.
As it turns out, the EPA was only at that mine in the first place because it had used the previously mentioned tactics of threatening the mine’s owner with massive fines if he didn’t let them in.
It seems that almost every week, the EPA gets in trouble for something. On Friday, reports surfaced that the EPA is in trouble for approving, without adequate research, a dangerous insecticide that is responsible for killing millions of bees.
Not only does the EPA break rules, it often harms the environment it is supposed to protect.
Gina McCarthy’s record as the leader of the EPA is less than stellar. If she were working for a business in the private sector, she would be fired. Impeachment is one way we fire government officials, and it is absolutely fitting in this situation.
While not generally accepted in Washington, there is a theory that tax money should be used wisely. Taxpayers work hard for that money, the government’s hand makes it that much harder for them to earn a living, and malfeasance and misuse of that money shouldn’t be taken lightly in Washington.
Congressman Gosar believes in that theory. The only way to instill real change at the EPA is to impeach Gina McCarthy and appoint someone who subscribes to the same theory of government accountability.