June 29, 2011
While President Obama often touts the importance of spending money on the environment, huge sums of taxpayer money earmarked for such purposes are being spent on grants to overseas groups like Interpol, the international police organization.
And now, after The Heritage Foundation exposed how the Environmental Protection agency was doling out your money, the House Committee on Energy and Commerce has launched an investigation into the Obama administration’s dubious grants.
Heritage expert Robert Gordon explains how your tax dollars were used:
[The] EPA may not be just rattling its carbon-trading saber at the American economy. According to a database of grants distributed by the agency, in October of last year EPA awarded a grant to Interpol. While modest, some $150,000, it is not the amount of the grant that is interesting but one of its curious purposes. EPA reports:
The major work to be accomplished will be the development of a program website, support of a climate change project which will ensure that markets operate properly, and that fraud is detected promptly with regard to carbon trading…
We are giving money to Interpol to police carbon trading? Do the embarrassments of the European scheme need to be cleaned up to pave the way? Are we so flush with cash that this makes any sense?
After Heritage published a series of blog entries exposing the misguided grant appropriations, the press took notice. Fox News, the Washington Examiner and CNS News all published stories dissecting the EPA’s system of grant financing.
The committee is asking tough questions too. According to their report, “a review by Committee staff of the EPA Grant Awards Database reveals that millions of taxpayer dollars are being arbitrarily doled out to obscure projects conducted by overseas interests with questionable benefit for the American people.”
What do you think of these EPA spending decisions? Tell us in the comments.