Five Reasons the EPA Should Scare the Heck Out of You

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Few people realize just how massive and powerful the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is. Unlike any other government organization in American history, EPA influences policy in virtually every part of the nation, and it even has significant control over how individuals manage their own property.

Watchdog organization Open the Books (OTB) recently published another edition of its informative Oversight Report series, this time focusing on EPA, and many of the findings revealed in the study are truly shocking. Below are five of the most important facts about EPA, drawn from both the Open the Books study and other reputable sources, that should scare the heck out of you.

EPA has developed what amounts to a small special operations police force, equipped with military-style weapons.

According to a detailed review of EPA’s checkbook spending, EPA has created an agency-specific force of 200 “Special Agents” equipped with “tactical sets, kits, and outfits,” night vision equipment, “security vehicle services,” and $330,000 worth of “ammunition through 30MM.”

OTB reports EPA has recently spent $1.4 million on “guns up to 30MM,” $143,380 on “guns over 30MM up to 75MM,” and $146,000 on “optical sighting and range equipment.” To put this in perspective, the heavy machine gun mounted on top of the standard M1 Abrams tank used by the U.S. military is .50 cal., or 12.7mm.

EPA’s 2015 budget totaled $8.13 billion.

According to reporter Ken Artz, writing for Environment & Climate News, OTB’s Adam Andrzejewski says EPA’s budget is so large, EPA would rank 42nd of 51 if it were a state. EPA’s budget is so large the agency could build a new MetLife Stadium—home of the NFL’s New York Giants and New York Jets and the world’s costliest sports arena—and pay for another World Trade Center tower—the world’s most expensive office tower—and still have more than $2 billion leftover to spend each year.

EPA employs more than 1,000 attorneys.

According to fiscal year 2014 data, EPA had 1,020 lawyers on its staff, which OTB says would make EPA the 14th largest law firm in the United States—if, of course, EPA were a law firm. EPA has spent an incredible $1.133 billion on its lawyers since 2007. READ MORE …

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