GOP Lawmaker Slams EPA’s $20 Billion ‘Radical’ Energy Grants

GOP Lawmaker Slams EPA’s $20 Billion ‘Radical’ Energy Grants

  • April 5, 2024

Naveen Athrappully, The Epoch Times 

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) hit out at the Biden administration’s recently announced multibillion-dollar green energy grants, accusing the government of prioritizing the green agenda over American citizens.

On April 4, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced $20 billion in grants to eight entities to “deliver clean energy and climate solutions to communities across America.” In a statement on Thursday, Ms. Rodgers criticized the “green slush fund awards,” stating that the Biden administration was prioritizing “its radical rush-to-green agenda over the needs of the American people.”

The grants will end up benefiting “leftwing special interests,” she said. In addition, the Biden administration has not yet explained how these funds will not benefit China, which dominates the supply chain of the renewables industry, the GOP lawmaker stated.

The $20 billion comes from the $27 billion Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund (GGRF) created under the Inflation Reduction Act.

Protect the Public’s Trust (PPT), an NGO that had earlier warned that the GGRF has “massive potential for cronyism and conflicts,” called the EPA’s $20 billion grant announcement their “worst fears” coming true.

One of the fund recipients is the Coalition for Green Capital, which receives $5 billion of the $20 billion EPA allocation. PPT pointed out that David Hayes, “who reportedly ‘assisted in developing and implementing climate-related provisions of the IRA [Inflation Reduction Act]’” serves on the board of Coalition for Green Capital.

Power Forward Communities, which receives $2 billion, has links with Arabella Advisors, “which reportedly spent hundreds of millions of dollars to help elect Joe Biden,” PPT stated. The group is formed by a coalition of five investment groups, including Rewiring America.

“Rewiring America also has numerous former operatives from the Democratic Party and left-leaning special interest groups, such as NARAL [National Abortion Rights Action League], MoveOn.org, and Media Matters for America, and features perennial Democratic candidate for Georgia governor, Stacy Abrams, on its staff,” PPT stated.

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