What Shutdown?? EIA Wasn’t Told!!!
Somebody forgot to tell the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) that the federal government is shutdown. Its been shutdown for a week.
Naively, the EIA had the audacity to warn citizens today that winter heating bills this year will be higher than last winter.
The warning came in conjunction with a major report the EIA also released today called, “Short-term Energy and Winter Fuels Outlook“. If you’re concerned about winter heating bills then you might wanna read it.
While the Obama Administration purposely maximizes public displays of pain during the shutdown, even denying cancer patients government funded treatments, the EIA manages to stay open for business.
Not only is the EIA website still up and running, unlike most others, but it still keeps putting out useful reports and cranking out its amazing “Today in Energy” daily news briefs.
The EIA gets overlooked by the Administration because it only has a piddly little budget of $99.5 million for fiscal year 2013.
Heck, if your agency doesn’t have a budget of $10 billion then you don’t rate the time of day in Washington DC. Nobody in the federal government wastes time with pocket change!!
Like every other agency, the EIA’s budget was cut back by -5.2% this year because of the much-hated sequestration. We don’t hear much about sequestration anymore.
Yet, even during a shutdown of the federal government, little ‘ol EIA manages to keen on going.
Even the Pentagon got tired of the charade today and brought back fully half of the 800,000 federal employees originally furloughed last week.
The EIA is perhaps the most honest, competent, useful and apolitical agency in the entire U.S. federal government.
The EIA is the little engine that could!
Why can’t the rest of the federal government be like the EIA?