A recent EPA news release touted its green energy grant of $5 million to “clean air projects” in the San Joaquin Valley, California.
The release states:
U.S. EPA Regional Administrator Jared Blumenfeld today announced $5 million in funding that will pay for cleaner locomotives throughout the San Joaquin Valley, including a state-of-the art locomotive operating between the Port of Stockton and Lodi. EPA and its partners in the valley, the California Air Resources Board and the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District made the announcement at the Central California Traction Rail Company in Stockton, CA.
In addition, approximately $16 million in grants was announced to slash diesel emissions, advance air quality and improve public health throughout the state of California. The San Joaquin Valley, one of the most productive agricultural areas in the country, also has some of the nation’s worst air quality and highest rates of asthma. Federal, local and state partners are working to alleviate these problems by channeling significant funds into new clear air technologies.
“EPA’s goal is to reduce the public health impact of diesel emissions from the trucks and trains moving goods through the San Joaquin Valley,” said Jared Blumenfeld, EPA’s Regional Administrator for the Pacific Southwest. “This funding will reduce particulate matter emissions by 210 tons statewide for the lifetime of these projects—the equivalent of removing 1,000 heavy-duty trucks off the road.”
This grant apparently is designed to accomplish two things: Provide subsidies to the makers of “green locomotives” and to damage the trucking industry.
Who makes “green locomotives”? Well, General Electric, for one. And, who is Obama’s Jobs Council Chairman? GE CEO Jeffrey Immelt, who is busy moving large portions of the GE operation (and jobs) to China – including the CFL light bulb industry forced upon us by Congress.