During Wednesday night’s presidential debate between President Barack Obama and Republican contender Mitt Romney, Obama accused Romney and the GOP of destructive attacks on the Environmental Protection Agency rules and regulations. Obama stated that curtailing these regulations would “gut crucial public health protections.” In reply, Romney pointed out how Obama uses the EPA to bypass both houses of the U.S. Congress.
Obama also accused Romney of opposing EPA regulations that provide Americans with clean air and clean water. But Romney claims he opposes the Obama/EPA green agenda and its negative impact on American taxpayers and its policy of “outsourcing” U.S. funds to foreign governments’ green programs. Romney lamented the fact that the Obama agenda is implemented by fiat rather than being passed by both houses of the U.S. Congress.
“People in the coal industry feel like they are being crushed by your policies,” Romney said to Obama. Romney also criticized what’s become known as “crony capitalism” by which the Obama administration picks winners and losers in their pursuit of government funding and contracts.
There are some who believe an investigation — perhaps a criminal investigation — may be in order since much of this financial activity is done without Congressional oversight and without examination of the people involved in these transactions, said former white-collar crime investigator George Lestieri, now a corporate security consultant.
“This is a lot of money switching hands and no one even bothered to vet these recipients,” said Lestieri.
For example, Obama EPA administrator, Lisa Jackson, who launched an enormously expensive program to make America’s minority communities green, has sent millions of taxpayer dollars to environmental causes in nations overseas, including China, Russia and India.
These foreign nations were experiencing economic growth while millions of Americans suffered from joblessness, losing their homes due to foreclosures, and watching their health care being transformed into another government entitlement program, according to political activist Joshua Tallis.
“Ranking members of the U.S. Congress Energy Committee called the program “foreign handouts” amid record deficits, soaring unemployment and a looming debt ceiling in the U.S. The money — $27 million since 2009 — has been issued by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which is headed by Ms. Jackson,” Tallis said.
“It’s a sad situation made sadder by the fact the news media — always looking out for Obama’s best interests — are ignoring this story. If it wasn’t for a public-interest legal group, Judicial Watch, who knows if we’d ever find out about this giveaway before the November election,” said Tallis. The cash was distributed via 65 foreign grants that don’t even include Canada and Mexico, according to a report by Judicial Watch, a watchdog group based in the nation’s capital.
Among the foreign handouts are $1.2 million for the United Nations to promote clean fuels, $718,000 to help China comply with two initiatives and $700,000 for Thailand to recover methane gas at pig farms, according to public-interest group’s investigation, according to the Judicial Watch blog report. An additional $150,000 went to help the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL) combat fraud in carbon trading and $15,000 to Indonesia’s “Breathe Easy, Jakarta” publicity campaign.
This sort of federal spending does not reflect the priorities of the American people, according to a letter that several lawmakers sent Jackson in the report’s aftermath. Since being appointed EPA Administrator, Jackson has gone on a manic spending spree to bring “environmental justice” to low-income and minority communities. Under the program, dozens of left-wing groups have received millions of taxpayer dollars to help poor and impoverished people increase recycling, reduce carbon emissions through “weatherization,” participate in “green jobs” training and avoid heat stroke.
However on Aug. 21, 2012, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit struck down EPA’s costly Cross-State Air Pollution Rule, ruling the agency had acted in excess of its statutory authority