It’s baaack! The plan to kill talk radio. Group advising White House wants to restore controversial policy
Posted on February 1, 2012 at 11:16 PM EST
By Aaron Klein
An organization that helped to craft President Obamaâ€™s environmental policies has recommended the reinstatement of the Fairness Doctrine, purportedly as a method of silencing critics of the theory of global warming.
The Presidential Climate Action Project, or PCAP, last year released an extensive list of recommendations for the White House in a 75-page paper entitled, â€śBuilding the Obama Administrationâ€™s Climate Legacy.â€ť
Primary among the PCAPâ€™s recommendations is that the Department of Energy should join the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) what is known as the Partnership for Sustainable Communities.
The Partnership, which distributes over $1 billion in grants, says it aims to â€śhelp communities nationwide improve access to affordable housing, increase transportation options, and lower transportation costs while protecting the environment.â€ť
Another key recommendation in the report is the reinstatement of the Fairness Doctrine.
Reads the PCAP report: â€śNational discourse today is tainted â€“ and in some cases poisoned â€“ by unbalanced ideological use of the public airwavesâ€¦ To improve and better inform public discourse, it is time for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to reinstate the Fairness Doctrine.â€ť
The Fairness Doctrine was a policy of the Federal Communications Commission that required the holders of broadcast licenses to issues of public importance in a manner that was, in the Commissionâ€™s view, honest, equitable and balanced.
Critics have attacked the doctrine as an attempt to regulate news and talk radio and as an attack on First Amendment rights.
The University of Coloradoâ€“based PCAP draws up climate-policy recommendations for the White House and has been working with members of the Obama administration.
Following Obamaâ€™s victory in 2008, the PCAP began working with John Podesta, co-chair of Obama’s transition team, to help the incoming president formulate an initial 100-day environmental agenda. Podesta is President and CEO of the highly influential Center for American Progress.
William S. Becker, the PCAPâ€™s executive director, confirmed to KleinOnline in a November, 2009 interview his groupâ€™s initial proposals received a â€śvery positive reception from the moment we delivered (the 100-day proposal) last November to John Podesta, co-chair of Obamaâ€™s transition team.â€ť
â€śWe continue to work with some colleagues inside the (Obama) administration, as well as continuing to push for bold action from the outside,â€ť he said at the time
Becker said the White House â€śadopted quite a few of our recommendations or variations of them.â€ť
He cited a few examples of the influence of the PCAP and other environmental groups on Obamaâ€™s policies:
*The PCAP recommended that the U.S. reach a bilateral climate deal with China prior to the upcoming U.N. Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen. The U.S. has since signed several agreements with China to share technology that reduces greenhouse-gas emissions.
*The PCAP recommended an executive order that removed the gags from federal climate scientists. This became one of Obamaâ€™s first actions on environmental policy.
*The PCAP recommended an overhaul of federal energy management to beef up efficiency requirements for federal agencies and to restore absolute carbon reduction targets that had been rescinded by the Bush administration. The Obama administration issued a new federal energy management order in October, including a requirement that agencies develop absolute targets for greenhouse-gas reductions.
*The PCAP recommended (as did many others) that the Environmental Protection Agency embrace Californiaâ€™s vehicle emission standards and begin the process of regulating greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act. The EPA is doing both.
*The PCAP recommended major budget increases for states and communities to engage in energy and climate actions and to weatherize the homes of low-income families. This was part of Obamaâ€™s stimulus package.
The PCAP describes itself as seeking to engage the â€śbest thinking of Americaâ€™s leaders in government, science and civil society to identify actions that will empower all elements of society to meet the challenges of energy security and climate change.â€ť
The group actively promotes the theory of global warming.
While the PCAP coordinates with the White House, KleinOmline previously exposed how Obamaâ€™s controversial former â€śgreen jobsâ€ť czar, Van Jones, is one of twenty members of the PCAPâ€™s advisory board.
Jones name appeared on the groupâ€™s most recent recommendation paper.
Jones resigned in September after it was exposed he founded a communist revolutionary organization and signed a statement that accused the Bush administration of possible involvement in the 9/11 attacks.
Meanwhile, the PCAP is not alone calling for the silencing of the critics of global warming.
As KleinOnline was first to report, just prior to his appointment as Obamaâ€™s so-called regulatory czar in 2009, Cass Sunstein wrote aÂ lengthy academic paper suggesting the government should â€śinfiltrateâ€ť social network websites, chat rooms and message boards.
Such â€ścognitive infiltration,â€ť Sunstein argued, should be used to enforce a U.S. government ban on â€śconspiracy theorizing.â€ť
Sunsteinâ€™s official title is Administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs.
Among the beliefs Sunstein classified in his paper as a â€śconspiracy theoryâ€ť is advocating that the theory of global warming is a deliberate fraud.