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Letter sent to AG Bondi demanding investigation into misconduct by Florida elected and appointed officials

A coalition of twelve Florida based organizations has sent a letter to Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi stating, “We the undersigned, ask that your office immediately launch an investigation into the possibility of widespread official misconduct potentially involving fraudulent activity and malfeasance, by elected and appointed officials. While our concerns are primarily involved with SE Florida, the results of such an investigation may affect all Floridians, with likely national ramifications.”

The letter is signed by: Taking Our Country Back: Randy McLendon, Tea Party Ft. Lauderdale: Danita Kilcullen/Jack Gillies, Save America Foundation: Fred Brownbill, FL Panhandle Patriots: Brenda Follis-Lengyel, The American Citizen’s League: Bob Knox, The American Coalition 4 Property Rights: Phyllis Frey, Taylor County Tea Party: Bob Root, Tea Party Solutions: Steve Hunter, Martin County 9/12 Tea Party Committee: Cindy Lucas, North Pinellas 912 Project: Debra/Tony Caso, Gilchrist County Tea Party: Charlie Perez, The Highlands Tea Party: John Nelson, Northport Patriots: Sherry Smart and Tea Party of Punta Gorda Mark Zehr. Combined these groups represent over 16,475 Floridians.

Fox News reports, “Through the stroke of the pen, President Obama on Friday [November 1, 2013] used his executive powers to elevate and take control of climate change policies in an attempt to streamline sustainability initiatives – and potentially skirt legislative oversight and push a federal agenda on states. The executive order establishes a task force of state and local officials to advise the administration on how to respond to severe storms, wildfires, droughts and other potential impacts of climate change. The task force includes governors of seven states — all Democrats — and the Republican governor of Guam, a U.S. territory. Fourteen mayors and two other local leaders also will serve on the task force.”

PBS Newshour‘s Margaret Talev states, “What’s really interesting about this [Presidential] task force is that it is really codifying, it’s laying down the policy for the Obama administration for the sort of stuff that he can’t do though Congress because Congress will not cooperate with his policy goals on this front. And so, the real question becomes one of funding. If these agencies said we need x amount of dollars to rebuild this bridge; shore up this shoreline; work on roads and infrastructure and be prepared for wildfires and excessive heat; it will still be up to Congress to decide how to appropriate. But to the extent that he can use executive power to further his policy goals and say ‘hey, I believe climate change exists and we need to take it seriously. ‘This is his effort to do that.”

The letter states, “At the heart of our allegations is what appears to be a long-term conspiracy by numerous SE Florida officials and their science advisors to deceive Floridians about the full range of causes and effects of climate change. This conspiracy involves the use of the unproven hypothesis of mankind being the primary agent of climate change. We believe it can be shown that the citizens of Florida have been injured by local and state officials’ inappropriate use of this flawed hypothesis and associated, potentially fraudulent, unreliable, and manipulated data, and untrustworthy climate science reports. The source of this bad climate science is primarily from the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (UN-IPCC) and similar unreliable climate reports from agencies within the US government, State of Florida offices, as well as governing documents and policies of city and county governing bodies.”

The letter concludes with, “Further, although there is much money available to those who have been pushing man made climate change, we as individual citizens or groups of citizens cannot mount an expensive effort to fight this climate charade. We therefore call on your office to fully fund and lead this necessary investigation in the interest of all Floridians. If required, we would be willing to supply a list of independent conflict-free, national and international climate science experts who would add greatly to the investigation’s credibility. We look forward to your response to our request and respectfully ask that you provide it by Thanksgiving, November 28, 2013.”

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Dr. Richard Swier

Dr. Rich Swier is Publisher of www.DrRichSwier e-Magazine. Twitter: @drrichswier He holds a Doctorate of Education from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, CA, a Master's Degree in Management Information Systems from the George Washington University, Washington, D.C., and a Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts from Washington University, St. Louis, MO. Richard is a 23-year Army veteran who retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1990. He was awarded the Legion of Merit for his years of service.

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