Sen. Eric Schmitt is a big man. A former basketball player at Truman State University, Schmitt claims to be the largest State Senator in history. He likes tax cuts, and he likes his backyard barbecues.
Now the EPA is looking into whether backyard barbecues are hazardous to the environment. The EPA is finding out…don’t mess with Eric Schmitt’s backyard barbecues.
“Fired up! Let’s fight the #PorkSteakRebellion together,” Schmitt tweeted earlier this month upon learning of the EPA study. ““The idea that the EPA wants to find their way into our back yards, where we’re congregating with our neighbors, having a good time, on the 4th of July, barbecuing pork steak or hamburgers, is ridiculous and it’s emblematic of an agency that’s sort of out of control,” Schmitt told Fox Business News.
The EPA is funding a study on propane grill emissions that suggest pit masters use a special tray to catch grease drippings and a “catalytic” filtration system to reduce air pollution. The $15,000 University of California-Riverside study looks at the particulate emissions you breathe when grilling over an open flame. Along with the drip tray, the emission removal system includes the use of a “secondary air filtration system composed of a single pipe duct system which contains a specialized metal filter, a metal fan blade, a drive shaft, and an accompanying power system with either a motorized or manual method,” according to the study.
Sen. Schmitt says the best way to protest what he sees as an irresponsible way to spend taxpayer dollars is to fire up the grill.
“We are encouraging everybody in our great state and across the country to protest against this use of taxpayer money as a further intrusion into our lives by grilling this weekend and enjoying your favorite cut of meat on the grill,” said Schmitt.