After a years-long effort to protect Jordan Lake, the NC GOP loons decided that we don't need no stinkin' anti-pollution rules. So Jordan Lake gets more polluted each day. As reported in multiple BlueNC posts, the NC GOP solution is to allow upstream polluters to continue to pollute while experimenting with expensive, ineffective automated water stirrers (stirring up the pollution will help, won't it?).
Why? Well, in a series of "Oh, shit, I wasn't supposed to say that out loud" moments, some of the key players tell us just why:
Triad-area businesses need the delay to rebuild after the recession without the added cost of trying to limit their pollution, [Marlene Sanford, president of the Triad Real Estate and Building Industry Coalition] said, adding that there's enough evidence that "we're not going to fix the problem anyway" because Jordan Lake is perpetually polluted.
[Oh shit, I wasn't supposed to say that out loud...I just admitted that it's about increasing our profits and we don't give a flying fig about polluting, and we intend to keep right on polluting. Screw you!]
"They're asking us to do some things that are very very costly upstream, and we do not have any assurances based on knowledge that we have that we'll have any positive material impact on the quality of the lake," [Sen. Rick Gunn, R-ALEC] said.
[Oh shit, I wasn't supposed to say that out loud...let's hope no one realizes my hypocrisy about insisting that we try those stupid SolarBees that offer no assurance based on the knowledge that we have that they'll have any positive material impact on the quality of the lake, not to mention that the one thing we know DOES have a positive impact is reducing upstream pollution]
"It would be wonderful if, when God put this Earth together, he had given us rivers for clean drinking water and other rivers to dispose of our waste, but unfortunately, he didn't give us that option," said Rep. John Faircloth, R-Guilford. "We're dealing with a problem that's caused by us living on this planet, and as we can all see, it's not an easy one to solve."
[Oh shit, I can't believe I said that out loud...that will probably go down as one of the most breathtakingly stupid things ever said]