Stimulus-Funded Weatherization Program Filled With Waste, Fraud, and Abuse
One of the fundamental problems with government is that it over promises and under produces… way under produces.
The federal government allocated $5 billion in stimulus money for a home weatherization program. The goal, according to the Energy Department, is to enable “low-income families to permanently reduce their energy bills by making their homes more energy efficient.”
But, as it turns out, the practice of the program in West Virginia has been fraught with waste, fraud and abuse.
West Virginia received $38 million for its weatherization programs, nearly eight times the normal annual amount allocated to the state. And, according to an audit by the U.S. Energy Department’s Office of Inspector General, the programs have wasted money like a tarpaper shack wastes heat.