EPA spends millions from Biden's COVID bill on climate change programs, EV Rideshares, 'pruning workshops'

Last April, the EPA announced it was awarding $ 200,000 each to dozens of projectsfocusing on COVID-19 impacts, as well as climate and disaster resiliency” 在 “underserved communitiesthrough its Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem-Solving (EJCPS) Cooperative Agreement Program. The program awarded a total of 34 组织 using $ 4.3 million in funds from Biden’s American Rescue Plan (ARP) 行为, 以及 $ 2.5 million from the EPA’s annual appropriation for environmental justice.

President Joe Biden signs the American Rescue Plan, a coronavirus relief package, in the Oval Office of the White House, 星期四, 游行 11, 2021, 在华盛顿.

President Joe Biden signs the American Rescue Plan, a coronavirus relief package, in the Oval Office of the White House, 星期四, 游行 11, 2021, 在华盛顿. (美联社照片/安德鲁·哈尼克)

One Indianapolis-based organization called Keep Indianapolis Beautiful was awarded $ 200,000 for an initiative calledGreening Urban Neighborhoodswhich included educating residents aboutthe benefits of treesand increasingacceptance of trees in the City.

Another organization, the New Mexico-based Tree New Mexico, received ARP funds to plant trees in theunderserved area of the southeast quadrant of Albuquerque.That project includedpruning workshopsand providingtree care educationwith the goal of more residents becomingcitizen tree stewards committed to caring for newly planted trees and older trees,” and to decrease theheat island effectthat occurs in urbanized areas.

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The Houston-based Black United Fund of Texas received ARP funds through the EPA program for a project developinga shipping container farm, residential gardens, green technology, tree and native habitat planting, workforce development, and public education.

According to the EPA website, 圣. 保罗, Minnesota-based Hourcar was also awarded EJCPS funds, funded by the ARP, to launchEvie carshare, a new all-electric carsharing program featuring 150 shared electric vehicles supported by 70 curbside charging stations, with a focus on service to low-income and BIPOC communities.

The USASpending.gov website, which documents government spending, 说 $ 200,000 in ARP funds for the grant wasobligated.

Just before Democrats passed the ARP in March 2021, 没有任何共和党的支持, Biden described every allocation of funds in the legislation as essential.

We need Congress to pass my American Rescue Plan that deals with the immediate crisis — the urgency,” the president said at the time. “现在, critics say my plan is too big, that it costs $ 1.9 兆. So that’s too much. 好, let me ask them: What would they have me cut? What would they have me leave out?”

我们. President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris deliver remarks about the American Rescue Plan in the South Court Auditorium in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on July 15, 2021 在华盛顿, 直流电.

我们. President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris deliver remarks about the American Rescue Plan in the South Court Auditorium in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on July 15, 2021 在华盛顿, 直流电. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images 摄)

现在, the ARP is facing intensifying scrutiny for its role in the current inflation crisis, which hit a whopping 8.6% 上个月. Some economists, including former Obama administration economic advisers, have blamed the ARP for overheating the economy.

While our nation is $ 30 trillion in the hole and hemorrhaging money on the federal level, news like this should outrage every taxpayer,” 代表. Ralph Norman, R.S.C., who sits on the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, told Fox News Digital in a statement. “These examples are not appropriate functions of government, and are just the tip of the iceberg. The EPA – and I would argue every agency – must be held to account for how they’re utilizing public funds.

Fox News Digital previously reported that the EPA also used $ 5.25 million in ARP funds through its Environmental Justice Small Grants Program in 2021 to award grants for projects that had virtually little to do with addressing COVID-19 or the effects of the pandemic.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) 花费 $  4.3 million in funds from President Biden’s $  1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package on environmental justice and climate change programs, 包含 "pruning workshops."

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) 花费 $ 4.3 million in funds from President Biden’s $ 1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package on environmental justice and climate change programs, 包含 “pruning workshops.(贾斯汀沙利文/盖蒂图片社)

One of the nonprofits that received a grant through that program was the Massachusetts-based organization Speak for the Trees for a project utilizingstorytelling” 和 “tree walks,” among other techniques, aimed toincrease awareness and dialogue surrounding inequitable tree canopy cover and its implications on the health of residents living in [environmental justice] communities.

Clean Air Carolina, based in Charlotte, 北卡罗来纳, received a grant for a project to install a public Level 2 EV charging station and to create an educational video as a way forcommunity members to get involved to mitigate air pollution.

In a statement provided to Fox News Digital Wednesday evening, the EPA said all applications for the EJCPS programwent through a rigorous scoring and approval process to ensure project activities and goals align with statutory authorities and the language and intent of ARP.

All applications selected for funding were reviewed by EPA’s Office of General Counsel,” 声明读. “The EJ grants program funds community-driven projects. A basic tenet of environmental justice is that communities speak for themselves and are in the best position to know how to resolve challenges that they are facing. The EJ grants program, now with almost three decades of experience at awarding effective grants to communities across the country, has a record of investing taxpayer dollars in responsible ways and in places that meet communities’ needs and support longer term goals for community revitalization.

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