Speaking of “climate desperadoes,” did you catch the latest about John Beale (who we discussed here and here), the top EPA climate policy expert who bilked the government out of more than a million dollars by claiming for nearly a decade to have been a CIA agent?
You may not heave heard the latest, because the media have lost interest, naturally. Our friends Travis Fisher and Alex Fitzsimmons at the Institute for Energy Research have been reading through the depositions of Beale taken by the House Committee on Government Oversight and Reform, and relate this gem about our EPA at work:
Beale testified under oath on December 19, 2013 and discussed a three-phase project that he and then Assistant Administrator Gina McCarthy devised over a private lunch on or around April 29, 2010. Beale explained in his sworn deposition:
“There were several phases of this project as we had outlined it. There’s an enormous body of literature on the subject. Sometimes it’s referred to sustainability literature, sometimes it’s referred to green economics. And so phase 1 of the project was for me to become very familiar and transversant with that literature. Phase 2 would have been out and interviewing academic experts, business experts, people in other countries that are doing things.
“And then phase 3 would have been coming up with specific proposals that could be – could have been proposed either legislatively or things which could have been done administratively to kind of modify the DNA of the capitalist system…”
Because the government is so good at rearranging the economy at will.
Needless to say, the House Committee should call McCarthy, now EPA director, and grill her about this project.