Secret studies, phony numbers, made-up science and the scam of Global Warming is alive and well in Barack Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency.
As Obama tries to shut down the coal industry, increase electric and gas prices and continues to stall the XL Pipeline – amazingly, the architect of his jobs-killing, anti-business “cap-and-trade” initiative is currently locked up for fraud at Cumberland Federal Correctional Institution.
His name is John Beale and he’s a long-time EPA staff member who was convicted of ripping off taxpayers of nearly a million dollars..
Not only that, he was running around the world, pretending he was a spy – and had his bosses at the EPA completely convinced – they never bothered to check out his story. You gotta read this report:
H/T Phil Kerpen @ Townhall.com:
For nearly two decades, John Beale could do no wrong at the EPA even though he did no work. He flew around the world pretending to be a CIA agent and bilking taxpayers, according to his guilty plea, out of $900,000. While the media played the Beale story mostly for laughs, researchers in Senator David Vitter’s office did the serious investigative work of figuring out why Beale walked on water at the EPA.
What they discovered was that Beale was hired by his good friend Robert Brenner even though he “had no legislative or environmental policy experience and wandered between jobs at a small-town law firm, a political campaign, and an apple farm.”
And it was Beale, who became the EPA’s go-to fixer, who developed the strategy President Obama is now relying on.
In 1997, with a major fight over proposed ozone standards looking bleak for the EPA, Beale developed a memo that turned the tide by relying on claims of outsized health benefits from reducing particulate matter. The benefits were based on two data sets, the Harvard “Six Cities” and American Cancer Society studies. The data was already a decade old and had never been independently verified. But the secret science attached huge alleged benefits to the proposed regulation, and it was ultimately adopted.
Those two studies are still secret, and still the EPA’s favorite trick to get expensive regulations past the finish line. They have gone to the well 33 times, and yet the alleged health benefits from the secret studies get bigger and bigger – when they should be getting smaller, as each regulation further reducing emissions of particulate matter.
Robert Brenner, the EPA policy director who hired Beale, was effusive in his praise, telling Beale in 2011 as he prepared to retire: “legislative, regulatory and international successes came when you were around to develop the strategy and make sure we all did our jobs in carrying it out. There is just no one better at it than you.”
Now Beale is locked up for fraud, but his secret science trick marches on.
Be honest – is anyone surprised? Shouldn’t they all be in prison?