Sorry, Jordan Lake, we simply don't care

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]

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Restore Jordan Lake rules?

Environmentalists urged legislators to restore the Jordan Lake rules that are intended to limit pollution in the already impaired lake.

But Sen. Rick Gunn, R-Alamance, told them no legislation is planned when the General Assembly reconvenes in late May.

Sorry about all that crap we put in your water. May we stir that for you?

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"I will have a priority on building relationships with the minority caucus. I want to put substance behind those campaign speeches." -- Thom Tillis, Nov. 5, 2014

I wish I had saved

the e-mail update I get (for some strange reason) from Rick Gunn's office. There was a couple of paragraphs of happy talk about how important Jordan Lake's water quality was to him and his colleagues. No substance of course, but a lot of "we're working hard" and other misleading stuff. Guh.

Here's an older version:

As co-chair of the research committee on Jordan Lake, Senator Gunn has overseen several meetings this month as the committee continues to review its findings on Jordan Lake’s water quality. As a major source of drinking water, it is essential that the water quality of Jordan is safe and clean. The committee continues to review the history of the lake’s water quality conditions, evaluate the current conditions, and receive input and analysis in order to develop solutions to ensure the future quality of the lake’s water.

To seem rather than to be.

holy sh*t is what is being spewed

I spent years trying to educate Rep. John Faircloth, R-Guilford (my guy) about what a bad idea fracking is to no avail. Now I can see why...

"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,"

In reality based thinking, you choose sustainable practices that allow for both those things simultaneously.
In God based thinking, we don't have that option.

Progressives are the true conservatives.

God ...

... hears Rep. Faircloth and wonders why he is stupid enough to s**t in his own bed and expect God to clean up his mess.