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Conspiracy Theory

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Did you hear that the EPA wants to use your taxpayer dollars to spy on people in the shower? No?

The Rand Paul presidential campaign is apparently fundraising off this conspiracy theory.

via Media Matters

According to National Journal, Paul's campaign sent out a fundraising email on Tuesday claiming the "'EPA is announcing it wants to use our tax dollars to track how long hotel guests spend in the shower so they can start working to 'modify their behavior'!" The Journal also noted that the grant has similarly "been attacked in conservative circles and was subject to coverage by several conservative websites and news outlets last month."

I probably don't need to tell you, but the EPA is not going to spy on people in the shower in an effort to "modify their behavior."

The EPA awarded a small grant of $15,000 to the University of Tulsa which is developing technology to monitor water consumption, not the duration of your shower from the time you step in to the time you step out. The goal of the program is to reduce waste, not to creep on people.

The only surprising thing about this story to me is that the technology for monitoring water consumption is not already in place. I'd say that demonstrates how reckless we've been in the past about our water usage.

I'll be very disappointed if an EPA spy cam blocker does not make an appearance at the Rand Paul store.

  • Christopher Foxx

    The EPA awarded a small grant of $15,000 to the University of Tulsa which is developing technology to monitor water consumption

    $15,000? Hell, I would have done it for half that. Sure, I’d have pocketed $7,470 of it. But that first 30 bucks would have been well spent.

  • Scopedog

    I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again…who the hell would want to stand with Rand now?

    • Victor the Crab

      If he’s standing on the edge of a steep cliff, I would. >:D

  • Draxiar

    More meat for the beasts.
    His supporters will believe this shit without a shred of evidence, just his word. Yet when 99.9% of climate scientists warn of the impending effects of climate change (and it can be observed in real time…Hello California) they scream that it’s a hoax. Just staggeringly myopic.

    • ninjaf

      I am so tired of the ideologues running our country. It used to be that they would shut their yaps when facts proved them wrong. But in the last 15 years, facts are not absolute; only party orthodoxy and dogma matter.

      And our country is the worse for it.

  • muselet

    The people who buy into this nonsensical story are the same ones who used to brag about going to Canada so they could buy a 6-gallon-per-flush toilet (you know, the good kind) rather than save water. They’re the same ones who idle SUVs and hold ceremonial tire fires on Earth Day. They’re the same ones who loudly proclaim that all those atmospheric scientists and climatologists are on the take and are just plain lying about climate change.

    These folks:

    So it’s no wonder Rand Paul is trying to hoover as much money out of their wallets as he can before his presidential campaign evaporates like the morning dew.

    Since the device developed by the University of Tulsa students is a wireless device, I think we should warn the paranoiacs that they must stay away from all Wi-Fi signals to keep the EPA and the NSA spying operations at bay.