Congress cuts page program while EPA announces paid liberals-only internships

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Just as the House of Representatives was ending the 200-year-old page program to save $5 million a year, the Obama administration’s Environmental Protection Agency sent out an email touting the expansion of its “Eco-ambassador program” to include $6,000-8,000 paid internships just for those with an interest in “environmental justice.” In short, a liberals only internship.

Says the announcement:

EPA’s Student Diversity Internship Program EJ eco-Ambassador Focus
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing the Environmental Justice (EJ) eco-Ambassador program. Last year Administrator Lisa P. Jackson introduced the EPA eco-Ambassador program with the goal to empower communities to be safer and healthier. We are happy to launch this internship program to focus on environmental justice, one of Administrator Jackson’s top priorities.

EPA is looking for energetic and highly motivated graduate level students to work on addressing environmental justice. Numerous opportunities are available within EPA for students to gain valuable work experience while contributing to the mission of protecting human health and the environment. Student internship opportunities are available at EPA’s regional offices nationwide through the EJ eco-Ambassador program.

Notice who who should apply:

(Students who) Have previously been involved or have a strong interest in environmental justice , social justice issues and/or environmental health disparities in an academic, volunteer and/ or employment setting.

So with one hand, the Republican-controlled House of Representatives shuts down a venerable non-political opportunity for high school students to save money the federal government doesn’t have. And with the other hand, on the same day, the Obama administration announces it is expanding a liberals-only internship program that we don’t need with money we don’t have.

Even though this web page doesn’t appear to have anything to do with “environmental justice” this is where the EPA’s email says you can apply to be part of this boondoggle.


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David Mastio

David Mastio, former Deputy Editorial Page Editor at The Washington Times, was an editorial writer and op-ed editor for USA Today, Washington correspondent for The Detroit News, editorial writer for The Virginian-Pilot, founding Editorial Page Editor of The Washington Examiner and speechwriter for World Bank President Robert Zoellick when he was the United States Trade Representative under President George W. ...

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