EPA’s top “climate change expert” was just sentenced to prison for fraud

John Beale was absent for years at a time, did no work, and traveled first-class.

Will Rogers once said It’s a good thing we don’t get all the government we pay for.

Here is news of the EPA’s highest paid “climate change expert,” John C. Beale, who was just sentenced to 32 months in prison for fraud.

Beale drew a salary and bonuses of $206,000 a year at the EPA.

Beale failed 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.”

Beale took 33 airplane trips between 2003 and 2011, costing taxpayers $266,190. On 70 percent of those, he traveled first class and stayed at high end hotels, charging more than twice the government’s allowed per diem limit. But his expense vouchers were routinely approved by the EPA.

Beale “retired” in 2011 and his retirement party aboard a yacht was attended by the HIGHEST EPA OFFICIALS, including the EPA director. Yet Beale continued drawing salary for another year and a half.

Beale got away with absences for so long because he was a crusader for “the mission” of promoting the government’s climate-change hysteria. It was Beale who headed up EPA delegations to United Nations conferences on climate change in 2000 and 2001, and helped to negotiate agreements to reduce carbon emissions with China, India and other nations.

There are doubtlessly thousands more just like him in the federal government (and many state governments). Beale was prosecuted largely because of his track record of lying about his specific whereabouts and claiming he was on CIA missions.