The Center for Public Integrity examines the stimulus funding grants awarded by the Obama Administration to some of America’s worst polluters. As billions of dollars from the US Treasury are being funneled to energy and chemical corporations with the worst environmental compliance records, federal officers in charge have waived environmental review of 90% of the funded projects.
While the track record of grant recipients might seem logical, federal administrators state that violation records are irrelevant in exempting them from review.
While federal stimulus funds undoubtedly do some good, categorical exclusions for known violators sends a clear message. As in the banking bailout, that message is that crime pays.