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VA goes green at expense of Vets' healthcare

Green Gone Wrong
Green Gone Wrong
Paul Taylor

If we’ve learned anything from five years of partisan, government-growing Democrat rule in Washington, it is that all of your concerns about the failures and corruption of our bloated central government are fully validated under Pres. Obama’s regime. The weekly stream of U.S. government scandals and waste are unprecedented in our history. Among this chaos is the corruption and failure of our massive U.S. Veterans Administration (VA) to provide and be accountable for promised lifelong healthcare of the men and woman who protect our American way of life and prosperity. This is but one of the numerous misplaced priorities and lawless initiatives of Obama’s liberal-progressive regime.

The VA has also fallen victim to the liberal-progressive obsessions to control global climates with punishing new environmental mandates and government subsidies for unproven renewable energies. The policies seem directed to make “renewables” profitable, whether or not climate change is mitigated.

The administrators at the VA have been more active trying to save the plant with green initiatives, than focused on saving the lives of our military veterans. Solar panels and windmills have taken priority over doctors treating soldiers. The VA has long had an Office of Green Management Programs designed to "help VA facilities nationwide recognize opportunities to green the VA, and to reward innovative 'green' practices and efforts by individual facilities and staff within the VA." According to VA initiatives, it prioritized the mission to "become more energy efficient and sustainable, focusing primarily on renewable energy, energy and water efficiency, carbon emissions reduction, and sustainable buildings." This often means paying more attention to greening priorities than to health care.

Eric K. Shinseki, who was forced to resign as Defense Secretary in the wake of the VA scandal for fraud in patients’ records and care, traveled the country to promote green initiatives of the VA’s Office of Green Management Programs. He performed ribbon cuttings at million-dollar renewable energy projects. "Nationally," he said, "VA continues to expand its investment in renewable sources of energy to promote our nation's energy independence, save taxpayer dollars, and improve care for our veterans and their families.”

VA facilities have become progressive government fronts in the "war on carbon." Calverton National Cemetery spent $742,034 on solar panels. Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery spent $787,308. And, in California the Riverside National Cemetery spent $1.3 million on its solar system. At the Phoenix VA Health Care System where 20 Americans died from incompetence and cover-up, the VA spent $20 million putting solar panels on the hospital roofs. That would have been more than enough money to provide the sick veterans with the health care they deserve. (The Washington Times, June 19, 2014)

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