Environment

Water Wars: The Man-Made Drought

In the summer of 2002, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and several other local environmental activist groups in California announced their radical agenda to combat the “drought” in California by removing 1.3 million acres of farmland from production in the San Joaquin Valley. The effort to remove such a vast amount of farmland from production was due to an effort to save a 3-inch long minnow called the Delta Smelt.  The burden that water policies in California have had on taxpayers is often overlooked and widely misunderstood.  It is worth understanding what these policies mean and how they affect not only California, but the rest of the country.

The Moral Hazard of Subpriming Solar

In January 2016, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker announced the launch of the $30 million Mass Solar Loan Program (MSLP).  MSLP will provide residential solar customers income-based loan support and interest rate buy downs.  The program will also include a subprime loan loss reverse scheme to reduce the risk to lenders, opening the door for financial chaos to ensue.

CAGW Names California Gov. Jerry Brown February Porker of the Month

For Immediate Release Contact: Curtis Kalin 202-467-5318
February 24, 2016  

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) named California Governor Jerry Brown its February Porker of the Month for wasting state funds on a multi-billion dollar boondoggle as his state languishes from a historic drought.

CAGW Releases February 2016 WasteWatcher

For Immediate Release Contact: Curtis Kalin 202-467-5318
February 18, 2016  

(Washington, D.C.) – Today Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) released its February WasteWatcher, a monthly dispatch to members of the news media, highlighting some of the most prominent fiscal issues affecting American taxpayers.  The stories from its February edition of WasteWatcher are listed in part as follows:

CAGW Releases November 2015 WasteWatcher

For Immediate Release Contact: Curtis Kalin 202-467-5318
November 19, 2015  

(Washington, D.C.) – Today Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) released its November WasteWatcher, a monthly dispatch to members of the news media, highlighting some of the most prominent fiscal issues affecting American taxpayers.  The stories from its November edition of WasteWatcher are listed in part as follows:

A Baffling Ban on Selling Bottled Water

The most essential nutrient for people is water.  This is particularly true when someone is exercising or otherwise engaged in activities that require more than a “normal” amount of water.  Those activities would include strenuous walking or hiking, such as one might do while visiting one of America’s national parks.

EPA: The Intersection of Invasive and Inefficient

There is no shortage of government agencies that fritter away hard-earned tax dollars by imposing hostile rules and regulations on businesses and individuals.  But the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has practically cornered the market on invasiveness and inefficiency.

Senator Reid Out, Yucca Mountain In?

On March 27, 2015, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) announced that he will not seek reelection in 2016.  Supporters of the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository hope that the exit of one of its most powerful opponents will breathe new life into the long-stalled project.

IG Finds 30 percent of EPA’s Expensive Research Equipment Sat Idle for Years, Some More Than a Decade

Nearly $3 million dollars’ worth of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) equipment has been gathering dust in a warehouse, according to a March 16, 2015 Inspector General’s (IG) audit.

Navy Showers for All?

It is bad enough the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) squandered $2 million of taxpayer money on grants and projects to capture methane gas from agricultural waste and landfills in foreign countries, $15 million on fraudulent credit card use, and in spite of several employees' illicit behavior, such as watching pornography or running a business while at work, not one has been fired.

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CAGW Names Rep. Mike Rogers November 2018 Porker of the Month

Rep. Hoyer is CAGW's Porker of the Month for his support for being a leading proponent of a wasteful sixth military branch called the Space Force.