Lisa De Pasquale

In 1995, the VENONA project revealed that there were pro-Soviet, anti-American saboteurs and spies who infiltrated the State Department, Treasury, Office of Strategic Services, and the White House during the Roosevelt and Truman Administrations. The project revealed that the infiltration into government agencies was more pervasive than anyone originally thought. Today, we have evidence of even more government agents actively working against Americans and their livelihood. It’s an entire government agency, in fact. Meet the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

In July 2010, the EPA overruled the State Department despite having no jurisdiction and blocked the Keystone pipeline project with the blessing of President Obama. EPA’s action ended the prospect of up to 20,000 jobs, denied millions of dollars in tax revenue to several states, and continued America’s dependence on foreign oil. The Soviets wished they were that efficient.

J.C. Watts, a former Congressman from Oklahoma, one of the states affected by the project, wrote in The Washington Times, “[T]he EPA - spurred on by its radical environmental allies - is pushing for more and more job-killing regulations on industries that could play a critical role in our nation's economic recovery. Through regulatory uncertainty and demands for expensive environmental upgrades, the EPA is slowly but surely trying to drive a nail into the coffin of job creators like those in the energy sector.”

Of course, it’s possible for a government agency to simply be incompetent or ignorant to its citizens’ needs. This is not the case with the EPA. They are an agency paid for by American taxpayers that actively works against Americans’ economic interests in order to accomplish their political agenda. Like a villain revealing his devious plan to James Bond, EPA Regional Director Al Armendariz told a group in Texas that his mission at the agency was to “crucify” oil companies into compliance. Armendariz resigned after the video surfaced. Last week noted that Armendariz was a no-show for a scheduled testimony to the House Energy and Commerce Committee. That same day his signature was seen on the sign-in sheet at the Sierra Club.

Bond villains aren’t this insolent.

Lisa De Pasquale

Lisa De Pasquale is is a writer in Alexandria, VA. Miss De Pasquale was previously the director of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), where she oversaw all aspects of the conference from June 2006 to April 2011. Prior to CPAC, she was the program director of the Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute. In 2010, she was named a “Rising Star” by Campaigns & Elections magazine in their annual list of top political leaders under 35. She has written articles for and Townhall Magazine, Human Events, The Daily Caller, Washingtonian, the St. Augustine Record, The Washington Times, The Houston Chronicle, and the Tallahassee Democrat. Originally from Florida, Miss De Pasquale received a B.A. from Flagler College in St. Augustine.

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