John Beale, a former senior adviser and official at the Environmental Protection Agency — and phony CIA agent — was sentenced last month to 32 months in prison for bilking his employer out of nearly $900,000 in unearned pay and bonuses. A deposition transcript released today by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee shows Beale was a man of big dreams at the EPA, too (h/t to the Institute for Energy Research). Here is Beale talking about a major project he wanted to work on:
There were several phases of this project as we had outlined it. There’s an enormous boy 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. It’s not a God-given system that was created once and never changes. It changes all the time.
Grain (or ton) of salt and all that, but talk about delusions of grandeur. Is this sort of mentality inside the agency a widespread thing? Love to hear him define and describe what exactly is the “capitalist DNA.” I am guessing it is something about cheap energy fueling economic growth. But who knows. Unsettling.