Last week, the State Department announced a $397,000 U.S. taxpayer-funded grant for universities and private organizations to help the country of Morocco “go green.” Per Duke University:
Morocco and the U.S. share a strong commitment to combatting climate change which they are tackling aggressively at the international, national, and local levels. […] The proposed competition will assist Morocco in breaking down barriers between government, academia, and the private sector to encourage the formulation of strong, climate friendly public policies, foster local clean energy economies, and support Morocco’s renewable energy goals. [Emphasis added]
Since when have American taxpayers been responsible for Morocco’s renewable energy goals? Furthermore, on a global scale, the African nation’s carbon emissions are relatively nonexistent. Countries like the U.S., China, Russia and India, and the European Union overwhelm all others in terms of pollution production.
The United States is over $19.4 trillion in debt. Spending is expected to increase by $161 billion next year, which will result in a deficit of more than half a trillion dollars. But, yes, why not ship $400,000 to the African country of Morocco? After all, $400,000 is only the equivalent of seven U.S. median household incomes (but of course, I’m sure no one in the U.S. could use those resources).Perhaps the truly funny (no, actually, sad) issue with this grant — aside from the fact that this is actually happening in the first place — is that the rules prevent any applicants from fulfilling all requirements for less money! The grant specifically demands: “Applications should not request less than $396,000 and no more than $396,000”
With all the problems America is facing: swelling debts and deficits, a depressed median household income, higher taxes and healthcare costs, and a pivotal presidential election, you would think Washington bureaucrats and politicians would realize it is precisely these kind of practices that have Americans upset.