Top EPA Global Warming Expert Also Lied About Working for the CIA

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


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Not only is the planet not in immediate danger of exploding because of Global Warming unless John C. Beale saves us from it, but John C. Beale also wasn’t a CIA spy in Pakistan, he never caught a fish that was that big and his girlfriend, whom you’ve never met, does not live in Canada.

But once you tell a lie for a living, it can be hard to stop.

That was the problem faced by John C. Beale, who was paid to be an ecoscammer for the EPA, so he decided to lie about not doing the job that was a lie. And then it all got confusing.

The EPA’s highest-paid employee and a leading expert on climate change deserves to go to prison for at least 30 months for lying to his bosses and saying he was a CIA spy working in Pakistan so he could avoid doing his real job, say federal prosecutors.

Unfortunately Beale’s real job involved lying to the American people. So he was lying to avoid lying. It’s almost moral.

John C. Beale, who pled guilty in September to bilking the government out of nearly $1 million in salary and other benefits  over a decade, will be sentenced in a Washington, D.C., federal court on Wednesday. In a newly filed sentencing memo, prosecutors said that his “historic” lies are “offensive” to those who actually do dangerous work for the CIA.

Also his claims about cow flatulence endangering the planet are offensive to cows.

“With the help of his therapist,” wrote attorney John Kern, “Mr. Beale 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.” Kern also said Beale was driven “to manipulate those around him through the fabrication of grandiose narratives … that are fueled by his insecurities.”

Grandiose narratives? Like pretending that the planet will burn up unless we all bike to work?

Two new reports by the EPA inspector general’s office conclude that top officials at the agency “enabled” Beale by failing to verify any of his phony cover stories about CIA work, and failing to check on hundreds of thousands of dollars paid him in undeserved bonuses and travel expenses — including first-class trips to London where he stayed at five-star hotels and racked up thousands in bills for limos and taxis.

Why would they? They were neck deep in their own lies.

Until he retired in April after learning he was under federal investigation, Beale, an NYU grad with a masters from Princeton, was earning a salary and bonuses of $206,000 a year, making him the highest paid official at the EPA.

Not to mention the CIA and MI6.

Beale perpetrated his fraud largely by failing to show up at the EPA for months at a time, including one 18-month stretch starting in June 2011 when he did “absolutely no work,” as Kern, Beale’s lawyer, acknowledged in his court filing.

Considering that the EPA’s idea of work is manufacturing frauds and storming guitar factories with guns drawn… that was a good thing.

At one point he claimed to be urgently needed in Pakistan because the Taliban was torturing his CIA replacement, according to Sullivan.

And everyone at the EPA believed him, because they had lied so much that they lost the ability to tell apart lies from the truth.

He also claimed to be suffering from malaria that he got while serving in Vietnam. According to his lawyer’s filing, he didn’t have malaria and never served in Vietnam. He told the story to EPA officials so he could get special handicap parking at a garage near EPA headquarters.

So Beale could have also been the Democratic nominee for President in 2004.

Kern, Beale’s lawyer, declined to comment to NBC News. But in his court filing, he asks Judge Ellen Huvelle, who is due to sentence Beale Wednesday, to balance Beale’s misdeeds against years of admirable work for the government. These include helping to rewrite the Clean Air Act in 1990, heading up EPA delegations to United Nations conferences on climate change in 2000 and 2001, and helping to negotiate agreements to reduce carbon emissions with China, India and other nations.

  • DogmaelJones1

    As the article states, this is par for the course for the EPA. Lies, lies, more damned lies, then an EPA employee who lies to the EPA. Maybe that “global warming” went to his head and cooked his brains.

  • Days_of_Noe

    I’m about convinced that nearly all of these bureaucrats fancy themselves as being some kind of super spy with permission to steal from the treasury and lie to Congress. We act like these people are doing us all a favor and as if we would collapse into a heap without these life-long bureaucrats to save us. In actuality, we need to purge every single office and cubicle in the whole system every 4 to 6 years. That includes the lying politicians who write one law for us and another for themselves. Historians will be our biggest critics when they study how we allowed this to happen and did nothing to stop it. We will be exhibit A in someone’s proof of the dumbing down of America.

  • onecornpone

    Actually storming guitar factories is not quite as destructive as formulating policy that interferes with food production, as EPA’s ‘scientist’ did in the Chesapeake Bay case testimony, whose ‘research’ was attempted to be duplicated, without success. Further study proved their “dead-zone” conclusions were erroneous, nevertheless they are going full steam ahead to inhibit farming in thousands of acres that make up the Mississippi River Watershed using the very same faulty science.

    Not surprisingly, with the farmers in the Chesapeake driven out, they have no opponent to go forward with the suits that would reverse the environmental restrictions put in place as a result of phony science.

    Lois Alt of WV is suing EPA over the fines (designed to bankrupt) they levied on her poultry operation due to exhaust fans that deposited ‘dust’ in ditches that flowed with runoff after rains, around the perimeter of her poultry barns. Under Clean Water/Air restrictions EPA’s overzealous, fuzzy-faced, newbie legal beagles tried to weave a case to close her operation. She beat them, and has turned the tables.

    These legal battles are LONG & EXPENSIVE. Most entrepreneurs pay the fine and close their business, rather than fight a decade long court fight that leaves them bankrupt from legal fees.

  • jackdale

    Since Beal did nothing, he clearly had no influence over anything.

  • 808independent

    I’m sure this is just the tip of the iceberg. How many useless bureaucrats sit in offices all day doing little or nothing? There is no accountability, no personal responsibility. Not only should he be fired, but his managers as well. How can someone go so long without being detected? You’d think that if he was, in effect, working for another branch of the government someone would have said, “Well shouldn’t that be coming out of their cost center then?” Between affirmative action, political bias, and nepotism, our government is rife with ineptitude. This is just one of the more egregious examples.

  • Laquisha7

    THIS SHOULD BE FRONT PAGE NEWS ON ALL NEWSPAPERS AROUND THE WORLD, UNFORTUNATLY, ALL HAVE TO GO ON NET TO READTHE REAL NEWS! WHAT A “JOKE” THAT EPA HAS ANY LEGAL RIGHTS TO EXIST.

  • Robert Upshaw

    Beale’s immediate superior was Gina McCarthy, current head of the EPA. And the HR dept was raising red flags about all of this years ago, ones McCarthy ignored. She should be gone, too, Of course, she replaced Lisa Jackson, who has her own “story.” And it is par for the course at the EPA.

    A wretched hive of scum and villainy: http://thepondsofhappenstance.blogspot.com/2013/12/the-epa-wretched-hive-of-scum-and.html