Public distrust of EPA not surprising
One wonders how President Barack Obama and Environmental Protection Agency officials expect the public to trust the agency when it cannot even police its own high-ranking executives.
We refer, of course, to former EPA Deputy Assistant Administrator John C. Beale, who this week was sentenced to 32 months in prison for fraud.
For years, Beale would be absent from his Washington office for long periods at a time. Upon returning, he told co-workers he had been on secret assignments for the CIA.
Beale collected hundreds of thousands of dollars in pay and benefits fraudulently. He even received some bonuses.
He never worked for the CIA – a fact EPA officials could have determined easily, had they bothered to check.
Beale’s office, incidentally, is in charge of developing policy to prevent air pollution. It is entirely possible he played a part in the war on coal and reasonably priced electricity being waged by Obama.
That would be appropriate in view of the fact thoughtful Americans recognize that the anti-coal initiative, like Beale, is a fraud.