Bad EPA! The Truth, the Bumpersticker
Two Words Speak Volumes
Coeur d'Alene--"The EPA has replaced the IRS as Public Enemy #1," said U.S.
Representative Helen Chenoweth (R-Idaho) at a town hall meeting at North Idaho
College last year.
Since its inception in 1971, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has grown
from being a 7,100 employee, $1 billion bureaucracy under William Ruckleshaus to a
$7 billion federal octopus with over 19,000 employees.
According to the Forbes magazine article "Carol Browner, master of mission creep"
(October 20, 1997), U.S. businesses spend $3 billion and 115 million hours each
year to comply with the EPAís massive reporting system.
Prior to President Clintonís approval of the EPAís new ambient air quality standards,
the EPA estimated that the proposal would cost $8.5 billion. The agency revised the
estimate up to $47 billion after the presidentís approval.
Americans pay taxes (and fines) to support the EPA. The EPA is the federal
enforcement arm of militant environmentalism. Militant environmentalists, according
to their own literature, want to return a substantial proportion of American soil
to wilderness areas that are off limits to humans. Bad EPA!
John Wiegman of Osburn was pleasantly surprised with the response he received after
a recent mass mailing of BAD EPA! bumper stickers. Wiegman, himself a victim
of abuse by environmental activists, produced and mailed hundreds of the fluorescent
green BAD EPA! bumper stickers to businesses throughout Idaho in mid December.
"Things are looking up for people who oppose environmental extremism," commented
Wiegman, whose bumper sticker story was reported in the Coeur díAlene Press last
Wiegman, 55, a former broadcast engineer, said that people called, wrote and emailed
him with their stories of abuse by government agents and agencies and environmental
organizations. "I find that many other people have been damaged by the EPA far worse
than I have. This is a big iceberg and the part under water has teeth and venom,"
Wiegman also said that some of his respondents have been medium-sized businesses that
have been targeted by armed government officers. "It is especially frightening to
innocent people," he said, "when government officials do not explain themselves.
One of the responses to BAD EPA! bumper stickers was a graphic description of how
armed EPA agents walked into a business and took records and whatever else they
wanted," Wiegman explained.
One respondent to Wiegmanís direct mail campaign said that an agency took him to
court alleging environmental law violations. The defendant "won" his case but was
forced to pay the governmentís eco-activist lawyer thousands of dollars in what were
called "legal fees."
"The litigious aspects of militant environmental extremism are really mind-boggling,"
Wiegman said. "If I am correct, environmental extremists make accusations against
environmentally sound businesses. Then the extremists, working with lawyers, file
or threaten to file suits. Often the suits are frivolous. When victims discover how
expensive it is to defend themselves in court, they typically settle out of court by
paying attorneys thousands of dollars for nothing," Wiegman explained.
In the case of OZ Technology, an environmentally sound company which produces
environmentally sound refrigerants and which has been in perpetual litigation with
the EPA since 1993, nearly $2 million has been spent on attorneys over the last five
Wiegman calls it, "the scam of the 90ís," though it is hard to prove that the
What can be proven are the governmentís own printed threats of imprisonment and fines
for dubious crimes. Most middle management executives in the U.S. receive regular
EPA demands for reports on innocuous subjects. Wiegman says that he was once
required to prepare a 29-page report to explain what happens to rainwater that falls
on three small buildings and a parking lot. The price of the yearly report was $3,000.
Wiegman said, "We did the work because governmentís printed demands warned that the
company executive, a petite grandmother with a terminal disease, would go to jail if
we didnít. Prison would have killed her in weeks. We figured the government would
merely have claimed that it had been working within the framework of well-established
law had she died while being imprisoned for non-compliance."
Wiegman described one heart-tearing response to his bumper sticker mailout by
recounting the story of a recent suicide of a North Idaho man who was refused help
in his legal battle with the EPA. Rather than testify in court in a vain attempt to
defend his innocence, he took his own life. Government officials are alleged to have
told the man, "Weíll ruin you." They did, and when the widow showed up in court on
the dead manís behalf, the EPA officer blandly said, "Iím sorry." The same officer
continued business as usual. No charges against the government are pending.
"One has to wonder how many Americans have decided to take their own lives rather
than allow them to be stolen by the EPA through the court system," commented Wiegman.
"These are hard times," says Wiegman. "But I am very happy about a strong response
to the mailing and I believe you will see many more cars with bumper stickers that
say BAD EPA!
Wiegman said that his goal is to win people over to the side of industry and the
planet. "The people who opposed environmental extremism with spotted owl recipes on
T-shirts had a joke and nothing more. That joke failed to win people over or
interest them in the issues. Most likely, it only made environmental activists
mad," he said.
Wiegman wants to win friends to his way of thinking. He says he will do it by
selling bumper stickers, $34.50 for 20, and by asking schools to teach children
about the tight links between industry and the planetís health. "Extremism is a bad
deal any way you look at it."
Wiegman, who is committed to exposing people to the rights-usurping reality of
environmental extremism, is not stopping at BAD EPA! bumper stickers. Weigman
is also seeking the funding for a feature length animation called "Sprockety Saves
Wiegman can be contacted through email at firstname.lastname@example.org
When the employees of organic, hydrocarbon refrigerant OZ Technology of Rathdrum
heard about the BAD EPA! bumper stickers, they ordered 30 of them. Though the owners
of the vehicles pictured never put bumper stickers on their cars, they made an
exception in this case. Since the day OZ began producing the answer to the worldís
post-Freon era refrigeration dilemma in 1993, the EPA has done everything in its power
to put OZ out of business. OZ has been forced to spend over $2 million in attorneys'
fees defending the integrity of its environmentally sound refrigerants against the
federal agency which is supposed to be protecting the environment.
Perpetual EPA Persecution
Hydrocarbon refrigerant manufacturer OZ Technology of Rathdrum was raided by the
EPA September 4, 1996. The EPA seized all of OZís records, including insurance
papers and articles of incorporation. The EPA even seized attorney/client privileged
documents which were to be used two days later in Idaho Federal District Court in
Boise where OZís motion for temporary injunction against the EPA was to be heard.
OZís motion for temporary injunction was ultimately denied seven months later by
Presiding Federal Judge Edward Lodge "on jurisdictional grounds."
The EPA was ultimatelely court ordered the following May--eight months after the
raid--to provide OZ with copies of the documents it had seized. The raid was
ostensibly conducted under a warrant to secure documents which will aid the EPAís
never ending "conspiracy" investigation against OZ.
Though over a year has come and gone and no charges have been filed against OZ, the
EPA continues to subpoena OZ documents and similarly harasses OZ customers and
distributors throughout the country.