Didn’t President Obama recently tell us we need to live within our means? If so, why on earth would the administration join an international renewable energy panel, and pick up 22% of the tab? With the price of gas skyrocketing, I can’t imagine most Americans really want to be on the hook for this added spending that will do nothing to relieve prices at the pump or the grocery store.
At a time when congressional Republicans are looking for ways to reduce U.S. funding to the United Nations, the Obama administration has formalized its membership in a new international body – and American taxpayers will provide more than one-fifth of its budget.
The administration on Friday deposited its instrument of acceptance to join the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), State Department spokesman Philip Crowley announced.
After joining in June 2009, the U.S. now becomes the 63rd fully ratified member of IRENA, a European-inspired initiative set up in 2009 to promote renewable forms of energy such as wind and solar power.
Although IRENA is not currently a U.N. agency, becoming one is a goal for some of its proponents, and members’ contributions are calculated according to the same formula used to fund the U.N.
The U.S. therefore will provide 22 percent of IRENA’s budget.
In its fiscal 2012 budget request for international programs, the administration has asked for $5.2 million for IRENA.
The reason given for the formation of IRENA is to battle climate change. Of course. Oh, and you’ll never guess who they invited to their opening meeting.
Among those invited to IRENA’s inaugural assembly on April 4-5, is Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi’s foreign minister, Musa Kusa, the Emirates News Agency WAM recently reported.
Related: Meet the lobbyist behind getting your tax dollars to fund “green” energy projects. It’s all about the green, all right.
And while we’re on the subject of wasting taxpayer dollars, Reaganite Republican has the skinny on how much money we’re sending overseas in foreign aide.
Cross Posted from The Lonely Conservative