Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), the ranking member and former chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, recently spoke out against a $718,000 grant from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to China to help the developing country set up environmental standards. In an interview with Newsmax, the Senator called the grant “inconceivable,” considering the financial crisis.
“Right in the middle of this financial crisis, we want the public to know that the Obama administration, through the EPA, is sending millions of dollars to countries like China and India and places where we don’t really have those interests,” Inhofe told the conservative news site, which noted that China is estimated to hold $1.2 trillion of the United States’ debt. “To send our tax dollars to China is inconceivable. It’s hard to believe.”
The grant was part of $27 million in funds the EPA recently distributed overseas. “Beijing got (funds) to help China research methane in coal mines and reduce carbon emissions,” the article read. “Other money that was identified by the House Energy and Commerce Committee included $700,000 to Thailand to recover methane from pig farms, $15,000 to Indonesia for a ‘Breathe Easy, Jakarta’ publicity campaign, $1.2 million to the United Nations to promote clean fuels and $150,000 to Interpol to fight fraud in carbon trading programs.”
“Simply put, we are spending too much money,” Inhofe wrote in a July 22 column for The Oklahoman about the need to pass Cut, Cap and Balance. “A moment for leadership has arrived. We should take advantage of it by doing the right thing. For us and for future generations, now is the time to secure our blessings of liberty. Now is the time to cut spending and balance our budget.”