Okay, let’s do it.
The Environmental Protection Agency (the one that is up at all hours thinking about clever ways to protect you from the environment and the environment from you) spent $84,000 in taxpayer
dreams money to study how churches can be used to stop climate change.
Sickened yet? So much for not bringing politics to the pulpit.
That $84,000 has gone to a two year, graduate fellowship at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where 17 (count’em) faith institutions are working to develop workshops for pastors and priests to modify the behavior of their congregants with sustainability initiatives.
Side note: Long-term PDers, doesn’t that remind you of a game we used to play?
The grant titled, Sustainability at the Community Level: The Role of Faith-Based Organizations reads like this, “Climate change which affects traditional faith-based efforts to improve human health, mitigate poverty and redress social inequity is inspiring religious organizations to advocate for clean air and water, restore ecosystems, and conserve resources… The results will provide insights into the role of religion and faith communities in motivating environmental behavior,” and runs until September 2016.
Of course, just looking at the Supplemental Keywords of the grant already gives a lot away: Climate Change, Environmental Justice, Faith Communities.
In other EPA news, the House Oversight Committee said yesterday that there needed to be a full investigation into the organization, due to years of allegations of bribery, theft, and at office porn viewing.
“We’ve seen numerous examples of fraud, unprofessional behavior, cronyism and outright theft at the EPA,” Representative Jason Chaffetz of Utah said Thursday. “It is well past time for someone to be held accountable for these management failings.”
Well past time? Maybe just a few decades…you know, since its inception, but why quibble?