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Former EPA official: Agency’s goal is to ‘modify the DNA of the capitalist system’

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.

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6 thoughts on “Former EPA official: Agency’s goal is to ‘modify the DNA of the capitalist system’

  1. 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 taxpayers out of nearly $900,000 in unearned pay and bonuses.

    Fixed it for you.

    And thanks to numerous commenters, we know that Mr. Beale’s opportunity to commit fraud was thanks to the “right wing” EPA, and it’s capitalist agenda.

    This objective of Mr. Beale’s is a textbook example of right wing regulation gone wild.

    [/sarc for those of you who missed the thread a few days back]

  2. When the EPA moved to three new quarters In chicago they threw hundreds of cardboard boxes in the trash I steed of recycling then ??????

  3. Where is the coverage by the major news networks. I searched repeatedly online for CNN and other major news networks to cover this story, and nothing. What a shock.

  4. Free markets and the price signal are best…unfortunately the price signal does not capture the cost of pollution…there is an economic incentive to poop in the street, the air, the rivers…
    Who has the right to pollute another man’s property? The air he breathes?
    There is a need for government in the area of pollution.

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