In the unlikely event anyone still doubts the Environmental Protection Agency has a collectivist economic agenda and is completely out of control, a fallen EPA bureaucrat presents a smoking gun:
A former high-ranking EPA official who recently was sentenced to prison for fraud told lawmakers last month that, before he left the agency, he was working on a “project” examining ways to “modify the DNA of the capitalist system.”
The startlingly blunt comment was included in newly released transcripts of John Beale’s deposition before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.
In the transcripts, Beale
spoke in great detail about meetings he supposedly had with EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, back when she was heading the Office of Air and Radiation. …
Beale recalled telling her about a project he wanted to work on, which he described as “green economics.”
He argued that environmental regulation was reaching its “limits” because “the fundamental dynamic of the capitalistic system is for businesses and individuals to try to externalize all costs.” So he said he began working on his plan.
This, he said, involved “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.”
Beale is a swindler conspicuously lacking in personal credibility, but this could be said of literally everyone involved in implementing radical environmentalism, which is a thinly disguised attempt to impose through regulation a command and control collectivized economy.
The Institute for Energy Research notes that Beale’s schemes fit smoothly with the Obama Administration’s envirosocialist agenda:
“This is the smoking gun. For years, we have been saying the real agenda behind this administration’s energy and environmental policies is the just what President Obama has said it is: to fundamentally transform America,” Senior Vice President Dan Kish said in a statement. “In his testimony under oath, Beale, perhaps unwittingly, has laid bare the administration’s end goal. The President’s policies are not about carbon, they are not about coal, they are not even about energy and the environment. … These policies are not about energy, but power.”
Obama said from the beginning that he wanted to cause electricity prices to “skyrocket.” Why would anyone who means the economy well want to do a thing like that?
On a tip from Mysterium Delecto. Cross-posted at Moonbattery.