John Skvarla likes to joke that he was surprised as anyone when Deputy Assistant Governor McCrory named him to lead the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. Of course, that's total bullshit. Skvarla had been lobbying for more than a year to land the job, for which he is spectacularly unqualified. His mission? Find a way to gut environmental protections so vultures (like him) can make money trying to fix things after the fact. And that's just what he's doing.
Problem is, almost everything Skvarla is doing undermines federal guidelines for environmental stewardship. He is methodically destroying water and air protections, leaving North Carolina at the mercy of business interests whose only agenda is profit taking.
The latest move to lay out the red carpet for Titan Cement is but the latest in a crush of irresponsible, short-sighted actions that threaten North Carolina's present and future.
It's time for the federal government to step in and rule that DENR, the Governor, and the General Assembly are unfit to carry out the responsibilities that have been delegated to them. Just as the feds step in when a bank is failing, they have the authority to step in when a state agency is failing. And if any state agency is failing in every way to do its job, that agency is the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources.
The state of North Carolina has shown itself unfit, unable, and unwilling to meet the minimum requirements for environmental protection in accordance with federal guidelines. Americans cannot trust our state to do its part in preserving our country's natural resources. It's time for the federal government to take back the responsibility for environmental stewardship in North Carolina.