House GOP to Probe Alleged Influence of ‘Extreme’ Environmental Group

House GOP to Probe Alleged Influence of ‘Extreme’ Environmental Group

  • April 30, 2024

Katabella Roberts, NTD

A panel of House lawmakers is set to examine the alleged influence of “extreme environmental activist groups” at the Biden administration’s Department of the Interior (DOI), according to a newly published internal memo.

The Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations—which oversees multiple federal agencies, programs, and policies— will hold a hearing regarding the issue on April 30.

The White House is “beholden” to activist nonprofits, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and “those aligned with leftist social and environmental justice agendas,” Republicans said in the memo.

The latest hearing comes after a government watchdog organization said late last year that it had obtained internal documents showing that the Biden administration waived development fees for a wind energy company just one week before the company’s attorney began working with the DOI.

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), an agency within the DOI, waived the development fees for the Vineyard Wind project after the latter requested a payment deferment because it was “unnecessarily burdensome for lessees because, at that point, they have not begun receiving project income,” Protect the Public’s Trust (PPT) reported.

Tommy Beaudreau, an attorney who represented Vineyard Wind, LLC, was later sworn in as deputy secretary of the Interior, according to the watchdog.

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