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Obama’s Fair Words and Foul Deeds on the Transition

When President-elect Donald Trump and President Barack Obama met last Thursday, they made a point of being cordial and Obama promised a smooth transition. 

That, of course, was on Obama’s part all for the cameras. 

In reality, Barack Obama has done nothing to quell the riots in which his erstwhile supporters have engaged Gina McCarthysince the election and has moved rapidly to advance last minute regulations that Trump long-ago promised to unwind should he win. 

Obama was quick to empathize with the rioters in Ferguson, Missouri and Baltimore, Maryland – and quick to call for calm when it looked like pre-election riots in Charlotte, North Carolina might hurt Hillary Clinton’s campaign, but arrests, arson and shootings at the post-election riots have elicited total silence from the soon-to-depart President. 

On the regulatory front Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency has continued its war on coal and its plans to pump-out burdensome regulations continue unabated. 

"As I've mentioned to you before, we're running — not walking — through the finish line of President Obama's presidency," EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said in a staff memo obtained by the Washington Examiner after Trump was declared the winner of the election. 

The agency is currently working on regulations for the oil and gas sector, and is finalizing new annual regulations for the nation's ethanol mandate and renewable fuel blending requirements. The agency is also moving rules related to implementation of its landmark Clean Power Plan for cutting carbon pollution from the nation's coal utilities to combat global warming. 

The Clean Power Plan itself is currently under court review after being temporarily stayed by the Supreme Court on Feb. 9 until all judicial review has concluded. Over half the nation is opposing the climate rules along with major industry groups and the coal industry. Trump has made repealing the EPA climate plan a key part of his first 100 days in office noted the Examiner’s John Siciliano in his report. 

So, while promising a “smooth transition” what Obama’s EPA Administrator told the staff there sounds a lot more like intentional obstruction of the future Trump administration’s agenda – all in the name of preserving a “legacy” for Obama. 

According to the transition memo obtained by Siciliano this is in part what EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said:

…We should all be proud of the accomplishments we have made together over the past eight years while keeping in mind the work we need to complete in the weeks ahead that is so important to both EPA's mission and the legacy of this Administration

President Obama has made it clear that a seamless transition is one of his top priorities, and I share his goal. Soon, you will receive an email from [EPA Chief of Staff] Matt Fritz about next steps. As many of you know, we have a process in place at EPA to make sure this transition runs smoothly and seamlessly. 

I look forward to continuing our momentum together. As I've mentioned to you before, we're running — not walking — through the finish line of President Obama's presidency. Thank you for taking that run with me. I'm looking forward to all the progress that still lies ahead

Translation: Obama is still President and his Far-Left liberal policies and agenda will continue unabated until Trump takes the oath of office and Obama’s pen and telephone become irrelevant. 

We can only hope that President-elect Trump follows through on his rumored plan to appoint our friend Myron Ebell as EPA Administrator and that Mr. Ebell will use all of his boundless energy and acute intellect to begin to unravel the mess at EPA and it’s disastrous overreach as fast as President Trump can sign the executive orders and rulemakings.

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