John Beale’s EPA – An amazing fraud by an architect of government climate policies

Have to post a link to this amazing story as a matter of record.
This will be played down or spun by the MSM – like being released on Christmas in hope it will be quickly forgotten.
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Last month we told you about John Beale, the Environmental Protection Agency employee who bilked taxpayers out of almost $900,000 by pretending to be a secret agent. Telling EPA colleagues that he was a CIA operative, Beale was paid for long absences while on imaginary missions for “Langley.” Now there is a disturbing new question about John Beale that goes to the heart of the EPA’s mission. What was he doing when he actually showed up for work?

In September, Beale pleaded guilty to theft of government property and agreed to pay $886,186 in restitution and to forfeit another $507,207. On Wednesday he was sentenced to 32 months in federal prison.

The Beale affair is a classic story of government waste, fraud and mismanagement. But it is much more than that, because Beale was no low-level bureaucrat, unknown to senior officials and operating in the depths of the agency. He was among the EPA’s most senior, most highly paid officials, one entrusted with formulating the agency’s most controversial policies. Thus the consequences of his EPA tenure go far beyond the specific fraud for which he will now go to prison.

From 1989 until 2013, Beale was employed in the EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation (OAR), which develops policies and regulations related to air pollution and climate change. It is the most powerful office within one of Washington’s most powerful agencies, given the costs it can impose on American business and consumers. And for much of his time Beale was senior policy adviser. According to his plea agreement, his specific duties included assisting the head of OAR “in planning, policy implementation, direction, and control of EPA programs.”

From 2009 until 2013, the head of OAR was Gina McCarthy, who is currently the EPA Administrator. So not only was Beale within view of senior managers as he pulled off his astounding fraud, he was directly managed by the woman who now runs the place. And if there was any doubt about how influential John Beale was in formulating key EPA policies, it seems to have been put to rest by E&E Publishing’s Greenwire. Via a Freedom of Information Act request, the trade publication obtained a collection of agency emails related to Beale.
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At 10:44 a.m. EST on December 3, 2010, Ms. McCarthy wrote to her staff at OAR and reported: “I am pleased to let you know that John Beale will be resuming his role as the Immediate Office’s lead for all of OAR’s international work.” She added: “Most of you know John well as he has been a very large presence in much of OAR’s work for over 20 years. In addition to lead roles in the 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments, the early implementation of the Act, the development and negotiation of the National Low Emission Vehicle Program, and the 1997 [National Ambient Air Quality Standards] review, John served as OAR’s lead for international work from 1990 thru [sic] 2005. Beginning in 1999, John managed OAR’s work on climate change as well as all other international work.”

Ms. McCarthy further gushed that “I am very excited to finally get the opportunity to work closely with him. In addition to the international work John will continue to work on various special projects for me.”

There’s more. In an odd conclusion to that December 2010 staff bulletin, Ms. McCarthy wrote that Beale “is supposed to be sitting in [office] 5426B of Ariel Rios North, but good luck finding him. We are keeping him well hidden so he won’t get scooped away from OAR anytime soon.” Few CEOs in private business could keep their jobs after lauding and entrusting with key responsibilities the perpetrator of a fraud against the company.

Beale’s attorney John Kern says his client “has come to recognize that, beyond the motive of greed, his theft and deception were animated by a highly self-destructive and dysfunctional need to engage in excessively reckless, risky behavior.” Mr. Kern adds that Beale was motivated “to manipulate those around him through the fabrication of grandiose narratives” because of “his insecurities.”

Are we now supposed to believe that in contrast to his other lies, the work Beale chose to perform at EPA is the product of careful and honest analysis? What Congress needs to examine is whether the policies that the head of EPA says were shaped to a large degree by Beale were also based on fraud. Oh, and what Gina McCarthy knew or suspected, and why she so admired a fraudster.

3 thoughts on “John Beale’s EPA – An amazing fraud by an architect of government climate policies”

  1. I wonder if he worked under cover with Australia’s super spy Flannery? Did Beale have links with our DoCC?
    Will (more) corruption, fraud and dishonesty be uncovered in Canberra?
    This will become even more interesting as it develops – it will likely lead to exposing other serious crime in the EPA.

  2. This whining by the GreenLabor ACT Govt to be bailed out by the Feds is another unpleasant news item “managed” into the world at Christmas.

    THE ACT government is calling for a Holden-style multimillion-dollar bailout package from the Commonwealth to help it survive an expected downturn caused by mass public service redundancies in the territory.

    Chief Minister Katy Gallagher said the impact of the Holden closure in South Australia would be smaller than that of the public service cuts in the ACT.

    “I’ve got officers working on a structural adjustment package to present the Commonwealth government with and I’ve made no secret of that in my meetings with the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister,” Ms Gallagher said.

    If the Feds choose to entertain the idea then their first condition should be that all the elected assembly rabble are fired – disbanded – whatever and the Commonwealth appoints a thrifty administrator.

    There are other bad news items from the GreenLabor ACT Govt managed out at Christmas

    Southside Housing Aboriginal Corporation placed into administration
    Gotta love this – imagine how bad it is if they are releasing this!!

    A Canberra-based indigenous housing organisation has been put into administration amid chaotic accounting and spiralling debt.

    An investigation into the Southside Housing Aboriginal Corporation found glaring financial irregularities within the organisation, whose documents were ”either non-existent, incomplete or did not match the amount withdrawn from the corporation’s bank account”.

    In addition to substantial debts, investigators found the current directors of the corporation were all tenants in the properties handled by the organisation.

    And our electricity & water utility ACTEW has spiralling debts – stellar pay structures and is long overdue for surgery

    ACT Govt to consider water, energy overhaul

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