Before Calling the EPA a “Job-Killer,” Michele Bachmann Asked for Money from the Agency to Stimulate “Long-Term Benefits” to the Local Economy

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"Before Calling the EPA a “Job-Killer,” Michele Bachmann Asked for Money from the Agency to Stimulate “Long-Term Benefits” to the Local Economy"

Republican Presidential candidate Michele Bachmann calls the Environmental Protection Agency the “job-killing organization of America” and has threatened to have the agency’s “doors locked and lights turned off.” But before her strong anti-EPA rhetoric aimed at firing up the Tea Party during election season, Bachmann solicited the help of the agency to bring “long-term benefits to the environment and the economy.”

The Huffington Post is reporting this morning that Bachmann asked for direct assistance from the government 16 times – many though the stimulus package, a program that she said made President Obama a “gangster.” On numerous occasions, she urged the EPA to fund projects in her community to realize economic benefits:

In February 2007, well before Obama was in office, Bachmann co-signed a letter to the EPA urging its officials to help fund technical assistance programs and rural water initiatives “in small communities across Minnesota.” The authors of the letter, which included nearly the entire Minnesota congressional delegation at the time, noted that FY 2006 funding for the National Rural Water Association had been set at $11 million.

“We need to continue these efforts in 2007,” they wrote.

In other communications with the EPA, Bachmann was far colder to agency policy, criticizing spring 2009 federal management standards for coal combustion byproducts and 2008 National Ambient Air Quality standards. But in other instances, Bachmann turned to the EPA for constituent-related problems. In a Feb. 2, 2010, letter to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, she asked the agency to support a $270,806 grant application (filed with the EPA’s Clean Diesel Grant Program) that would help a St. Cloud bus company replace two older motor coach vehicles.

“Voigt’s Bus Service, with Community Transportation, Incorporated, is committed to bringing long-term benefits to the environment and the economy and they wish to accomplish this through the Clean Diesel Grant Program,” she wrote.

Even while railing against government intervention, Bachmann sought funds from the Department of Transportation — asking for money to replace half a dozen transit buses with new models that run on compressed natural gas, rather than letting the private sector handle it on its own. She also requested funds from the DOT through the stimulus package for six different transportation-infrastructure upgrade projects in her home state of Minnesota. The agency did not fund any of those requests.

This is not the first contradiction in Bachmann’s environmental record. She has voted against repealing tax subsides in the oil and gas sectors, but in 2008 opted to raise taxes on renewable energy companies by voting against tax credits extensions for wind, solar, geothermal, hydro and biomass companies.

Bachmann has also been a very vocal opponent of climate science, calling it “voodoo, nonsense, hokum, a hoax.”

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  • Prokaryotes – · Top Commenter (signed in using Hotmail)

This woman and her so called party caused the economic turbulence and is nothing less than one big Fraud, which must brought to justice.

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Peter S. Mizla · Top Commenter · Vernon, Connecticut

How true

and if they win in 2012- wanna see a country go over a cliff completely?

Just wait and see- make a pitcher of Martini’s. sit back and see chaos.

2 · Like · Reply · August 10 at 4:44pm

  • Prokaryotes – · Top Commenter (signed in using Hotmail)

If nothing change for the better, its not a matter of opinion or what i want to see – civilization is already on the brink of collapsing.

2 · Like · Reply · August 10 at 5:30pm

John Poteet · Top Commenter · Chico, California

Um. Peak Oil, Climate Change, Financial Meltdown, multiple drug resistant bacteria and malaria. You might want to rethink that “brink” word. The best we get to do from this point onwards is claw our way to a stable ledge halfway down the cliff.

1 · Like · Reply · August 10 at 6:36pm

catman306 (signed in using Yahoo)

No one with an IQ above 85 will vote for Michelle Bachmann except those the Influence Of Francis Schaeffer And Nancy Pearcey.

Listen to Tuesday’s podcast of Fresh Air on NPR. Bachmann is a wackjob but you already knew that.

3 · Like · Reply · Subscribe · August 10 at 1:29pm

mtmariner101 (signed in using Yahoo)

“This is not the first contradiction in Bachmann’s environmental record.”

Of course not! Republican politicians are two-faced liars!

2 · Like · Reply · Subscribe · August 10 at 1:24pm

Peter S. Mizla · Top Commenter · Vernon, Connecticut

Bachmann brings both hypocrisy and duplicity to new peaks of revulsion. Trouble is a brain dead electorate will believe her over Obama, simply because she has a big mouth.

1 · Like · Reply · Subscribe · August 10 at 4:25pm

Prokaryotes – · Top Commenter (signed in using Hotmail)

Bachmann a loon, watch this crazy face http://tiny.cc/dozy5 might be a presidential candidate for a past AAA country!

1 · Like · Reply · Subscribe · August 10 at 2:51pm

  • Prokaryotes – · Top Commenter (signed in using Hotmail)

What a surprise the link does not work out of a sudden…

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  • Prokaryotes – · Top Commenter (signed in using Hotmail)

Another photo http://skydancingblog.com/2011/03/12/exactly-how-stupid-is-michelle-bachmann/michele-bachmann-crazy-eyesarge300/

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  • Prokaryotes – · Top Commenter (signed in using Hotmail)

Another version of the photo i posted first… http://www.nickcolemanmn.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/bachmann-batboy_thumb21.jpg

The other version is gone…

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andrewsdanielj (signed in using Yahoo)

Maybe getting her requests turned down has made her vindictive and out to get the agencies that wouldn’t give her money?

1 · Like · Reply · Subscribe · August 10 at 12:45pm

Carmen Rasmussen · UW Madison

Good grief

1 · Like · Reply · Subscribe · August 13 at 7:04pm

Carol Widder · Special Education Teacher at Fayetteville Public Schools

And this is the woman who won the straw poll in Iowa?!?

Like · Reply · August 14 at 12:01pm

John Poteet · Top Commenter · Chico, California

Ah, the Rick Perry school of federal government criticism. They sound like petulant teenagers who want to insult you while eating a dinner you’ve cooked for them.

Like · Reply · Subscribe · August 10 at 6:33pm

Denise Caskey · Central Wyoming College

You can’t have it both ways. You can’t beg for money while spitting in someone’s face.

Like · Reply · Subscribe · August 11 at 11:04pm

Terence Plumb

Flippity floppity flappity…

Like · Reply · Subscribe · August 11 at 6:11pm

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