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This week’s award goes jointly to the Environmental Protection Agency and Congress for spending millions to remove wood-burning devices in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s district — while providing tax credits in the COVID-relief bill in December to incentivize the installation of wood-burning systems.
The EPA is spending $2.1 million in a cooperative grant with the Bay Area Air Quality Management District to replace residential wood-burning systems such as stoves and fireplaces with electric heat pumps in the San Francisco Bay Area. The BAAQMD will be kicking in $205,000 toward the program.
The project — part of the EPA’s Targeted Airshed Grant program — aims to reduce particulate matter emissions, and funding will be prioritized for “environmental justice communities,” “low-income residents,” and those most impacted by these emissions. The grant program has spent tens of millions of dollars over the past several years.
While the EPA claims on its site that it normally issues grants and funds cooperative agreements under this program for a 12-month period, there are exceptions, and it can negotiate project periods with each applicant.
This grant for Pelosi’s district is an exception, and the projected period is for five years.
While the EPA is adding to the millions it has already spent on removing wood-burning devices, wood heat tax credits were part of the $900 billion COVID relief package Pelosi helped shepherd through Congress in December.
A 26% credit will be given for the installation of home heating and hot water systems that use wood pellets, chips and cordwood at a certain efficiency. The credits will decline slightly after the first year, Energy News reported .
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“It’s duplication nation,” said Adam Andrzejewski, CEO & Founder of the public spending watchdog group, OpenTheBooks.com. “Thoughtful and careful legislating is a thing of past. Simultaneously giving tax credits to install wood-burning devices and grants to replace them (to save the environment) is a great example of congressional insanity.
“Congress has created a maze of bureaucracy and overlap. One agency doesn’t know what another agency is doing. Duplicative programs cost taxpayers billions of dollars, and it is government waste and mismanagement as far as the eye can […]
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Most “Conservative” News Outlets Are on the Big Tech Teat
Not long ago, conservative media was not beholden to anyone. Today, most sites are stuck on the Big Tech gravy train.
I’ll keep this short. The rise of Pandemic Panic Theater, massive voter fraud, and other “taboo” topics have neutered a majority of conservative news sites. You’ll notice they are very careful about what topics they tackle. Sure, they’ll attack Critical Race Theory, Antifa, and the Biden-Harris regime, but you won’t see them going after George Soros, Bill Gates, the World Economic Forum, or the Deep State, among others.
The reason is simple. They are beholden to Big Tech, and Big Tech doesn’t allow certain topics to be discussed or they’ll cut you off. Far too many conservative news outlets rely on Google, Facebook, and Twitter for the bulk of their traffic. They depend on big checks from Google ads to keep the sites running. I don’t necessarily hold it against them. We all do what we need to do to survive. I just wish more would do like we have, which is to cut out Big Tech altogether.
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