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Pork Alert: House Energy and Water

CAGW's Pork PatrolSM takes a closer look at fiscal 2011 Energy and Water pork

WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) today released its preliminary analysis of the House version of the fiscal year (FY) 2011 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act. This year's version contains 311 projects at a cost of $329.1 million. This represents a 48.5 percent decrease from the 604 projects and a 42.7 percent decrease from the $574.4 million cost of the bill in FY 2010. House Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Peter Visclosky (D-Ind.) contributed five projects costing $12,250,000.

Here are some examples of wasteful spending in the bill:
  • $13,200,000 for five projects by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), including $5,000,000 for unspecified construction in San Francisco, $1,000,000 for the San Francisco electric vehicle initiative, and $1,000,000 for the San Francisco energy-efficient LED streetlight project.
  • $5,746,000 for eight projects by Reps. Henry Brown (R-S.C.), Joseph Cao (R-La.), Ron Paul (R-Texas), and Don Young (R-Alaska). Rep. Brown is the most egregious spender, with five projects costing $2,825,000. These members are the only four Republicans to violate the House GOP earmark ban.
  • $1,200,000 by House appropriator Patrick Kennedy (D-R.I.) and Rep. Jim Langevin (D-R.I.) for carbon sequestration research at Brown University. With an endowment of $2.04 billion, Brown could surely afford its own research.
  • $1,000,000 by Rep. Bob Filner (D-Calif.) to design and install community vehicle charging stations for electric cars in Chula Vista. According to The New York Times, a single electric car could use three times the electricity of an average home. The state already experiences blackouts and other electricity grid failures; maybe electric cars are not the way to go.
  • $500,000 by Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Calif.) for LED streetlights in Los Angeles. During a time of high unemployment and record deficits, using taxpayer money to update street lights is certain to darken the nation's fiscal situation.
  • $300,000 by Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-N.Y.) for an urban wind demonstration project in New York City. With these funds, the city of New York will "place, test and note the barriers wind turbines face in urban areas." Some of these barriers are called skyscrapers.
Citizens Against Government Waste is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating waste, fraud, mismanagement and abuse in government.

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