As part of the Environmental Protection Agency’s current push to hand out $15,000 grants to anybody with a heavy hand, the University of California-Riverside will benefit from government backing to develop a way to reduce emissions from backyard barbecue grills.
According to the agency’s grant summary, EPA will hand UC-Riverside the funds in order to “perform research and develop preventative technology that will reduce fine particulate emissions (PM2.5) from residential barbecues.” If the outcome of the research is scalable, it will indicate a “potential for global application.”
How’s that supposed to work? According to the proposal, by modifying current grill designs with a grease-catching tray to reduce “the amount of grease that is volatilized via direct contact with an open flame,” and by equipping grills with a powered “secondary air filtration system” that uses automation or the grill operator’s own hand power to “mitigate the remaining aerosol and particulate matter formed.”
It’s actually a bit more complicated than that — you can read the proposal in greater detail here — but the bottom line, according to a Republican lawmaker from Missouri who says he’s worried about the idea taking hold nationwide, is more government encroachment into personal behavior on private property.
“The idea that the EPA wants to find their way into our backyards, where we’re congregating with our neighbors, having a good time, on the Fourth of July, barbecuing pork steak or hamburgers, is ridiculous and it’s emblematic of agency that’s sort of out of control,” Missouri State Sen. Eric Schmitt told Fox 2 St. Louis. Schmitt also staged a Twitter-based protest: #porksteakrebellion, a PR campaign encouraging people in the Show-Me State to go outside and grill to their hearts’ content.
These fucking idiots could fuck up a cast iron anvil with a rubber mallet.
Are you fucking kidding me?
They want you to stand there and hand crank some kind of fan gizmo so that the smoke goes through some kind of filter.
I have a better idea.
Let's shut them down to the point they can't afford a box of fucking pencils.
We are PAYING for this horseshit with our tax money!
If there is some strange reason you can not read this and come to the conclusion that our government agencies are wildly out of control then you are most definitely part of the problem and you need to get your head out of your ass.