Hey Look, Another Lie From Allen West

Former congressman and now alleged serial sexual harasser Allen West has been caught lying yet again. It’s a standard-issue right-wing lie, taking a minor little story and turning into “OMG TYRANNY!” This one involves his claim that Obama and the EPA are going to attack your right to have a backyard BBQ.

Ladies and gents, I just cannot ascertain when the absurdity of this current administration will cease. The weather is finally warming up and one of the rituals of spring and summer is the family BBQ. Well, it is for now until the Environmental Protection Agency has its way.

As reported by Fox News, “the EPA is funding a $15,000 University of California-Riverside study to look at the particulate emissions you breathe when grilling over an open flame. Along with the drip tray, the emission removal system includes the use of a “secondary air filtration system is composed of a single pipe duct system which contains a specialized metal filter, a metal fan blade, a drive shaft, and an accompanying power system with either a motorized or manual method,” according to study. ”

Why is the EPA concerned about BBQ grill emissions? Who are these people and why are they using one single dime of American taxpayer dollars for this tomfoolery?…

This is yet another example of how the administrative bureaucratic state is far out of control. I would like to know the name of the person who signed off on this grant. One thing is for sure, some folks aren’t taking this lying down.

PolitiFact rates this claim as false. I call it a lie.

So West’s claim hasn’t been made up from whole cloth. But it’s still pretty misleading.

Most importantly, there’s a big difference between funding a small scientific grant and actually seeking to regulate an activity. The EPA makes clear that this grant isn’t exactly the camel’s nose under the tent. “EPA does not regulate backyard barbecues and does not plan to in the future,” the agency said in a statement to PolitiFact. (The Fox News article did mention this disclaimer toward the end of its story.)

The difference between supporting a study and setting national policy is especially wide in this case, because the funding comes from a national student design competition — the “P3 Awards: A National Student Design Competition for Sustainability Focusing on People, Prosperity and the Planet.”…

By West’s standard, would projects hosted by the White House at its science fair on March 23 also constitute a roadmap for future policymaking? Will the high school projects for a wearable breathalyzer wristband, or a system for turning algae into a biofuel — two real projects hosted at the science fair — automatically become guideposts for future federal rulemaking? We don’t think so. (West’s press office didn’t reply to two emails for this article.)…

But it’s wrong to say, as West does, that their existence demonstrates that the EPA “wants to” regulate backyard barbecues. The EPA says it isn’t seeking to do so, and the projects in question are examples of scientific inquiry, not examples of federal rulemaking.

It’s just more of the usual demagoguery from the right.

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  • http://kamakanui.zenfolio.com Kamaka

    the projects in question are examples of scientific inquiry

    Which is precisely why West doesn’t get it.

  • Chiroptera

    And besides that, maybe some people would like to know whether and how much barbecuing puts their health at risk.

  • John Pieret

    Yeah, the first thing the government does when it is about to undertake a major new regulatory scheme is spend a whole $15,000 dollars on a study of the subject. Amazingly miserly of the government that conservative usually call bloated and out of control.

  • gshelley

    The lack of any scientific curiosity is depressing. Sure, it might not be the most pressing matter, and bbq emissions are likely to be trivial compared to all other sorts, but when someone says “lets see what sort of emissions there are and if any could be harmful”, to stick your fingers in your ears and shout “I don’t want to know, and no one else should know either” is utterly bizarre.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    Chiroptera “And besides that, maybe some people would like to know whether and how much barbecuing puts their health at risk.”

    Not in my America. Take your tyranny of knowledge back to Europe, elitist!


    True Fact: The Puritans sailed here on the Santa Maria, bringing with them only steaks and charcoal briquettes. This country was founded on the Freedom to grill meat! Free the Meat! Free the Meat!

  • D. C. Sessions

    Free the Meat! Free the Meat!

    Modus, I’d be a lot more comfortable if you weren’t fingering your fly when you say that.

  • daved

    D.C., relax. He’s not yelling “Free the Kraken,” after all.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    D. C. Sessions “Modus, I’d be a lot more comfortable if you weren’t fingering your fly when you say that.”

    “Fly”? Who’s got time for pants?


    daved “D.C., relax. He’s not yelling “Free the Kraken,” after all.”

    Now you’re just being ridiculous. I’m not even a plumber.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jason.criley jason the cripple

    But, don’t you see, they’re wasting 15,000 American Dollars! Don’t your realize how many bullets that could buy? Don’t you understand how many brown people we could kill with that money? And you want to waste it on scientific curiosity? On something that might make our lives a little safer? ARE YOU INSANE?

  • theguy


    $15000 would buy a lot of bullets for West the war criminal to fire next to detainees. If we really had an out-of-control government (or really just a government that prosecutes war criminals, as it’s supposed to do) he’d be in prison.

  • http://www.pandasthumb.org Area Man

    But, don’t you see, they’re wasting 15,000 American Dollars! Don’t your realize how many bullets that could buy?

    Indeed. How else are we going to come up with the $195,000,000,000 that Republicans are proposing to increase the defense budget by? If we just get rid of this grant and thirteen million similar ones, we’ll have it paid for. For two years anyway.

  • sezme

    As reported by Fox News…

    That’s where West went off the rails.

  • skinnercitycyclist

    To be fair, we never had a problem with asbestos and lead paint until those meddling feds stuck their oar in and investigated it.