GOP non-solutions: Jordan Lake "fix" nothing more than a Band-Aid

And it's wasting taxpayer dollars better spent elsewhere:

The state project to use SolarBee circulators is a Band-Aid being sold by the General Assembly and the McCrory administration as a cheap fix for a polluted lake. Jordan Lake is huge. The amount of nitrogen, phosphorus, cyanobacteria, septic, auto, dirt and chemical runoff is unprecedented and growing. Jordan has been rated as “impaired” for years. Adding machines to stir up water may prevent some algae from blooming in a few places but won’t actually clean the water or reduce the pollutants. They won’t clean up toxins downstream, either.

As usual, Greg hits several nails on their heads in this piece. Jordan Lake's problem is an incredibly complex issue. Just as the nutrients and toxins didn't originate in the middle of the Lake, the solutions won't be found there, either. The way we develop land for homes and businesses, our approach to guarding against high flood waters, the methods we employ in water treatment and the disposal (discharge) of the slurry of crap we clean from water, and then toss right back in. Many things need to change, not the least of which is our head-in-the-sand belief that doing nothing is a viable and justifiable option. Negligence should never be an option, and neither should wasting money on dubious silver-painted bullets.

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Those are the best water mixers you can get

at least for the sort of bid that our state put out.

It calls for specifics -- such as “adjustable float arms with a one-inch diameter shaft and turnbuckle,” “Type 316” stainless steel, and polystyrene foam beads to absorb water – that line up in many respects with the features of the SolarBee, a water circulator made by Medora Co., headquartered in North Dakota.

The representatives question whether the budget item is so specific that it would eliminate some companies whose products don’t, for example, “weigh approximately 850 pounds.” That is the exact weight of Medora’s SB10000HW v18 High Wave mixer – and such detail is a warning sign that the legislation could improperly favor Medora, according to McGrady and Glazier. “The provision reads very much like the terms of a purchase and sale contract,” the letter states. “Further, there is only one company of which we are aware that makes a technology that meets the specifications.”

You simply can not get a better water mixer that meets the specs of that bid.

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"What I see from the folks who are opposing our agenda is whining coming from losers." -- Thom Tillis

There's got to be more to this

than just "choosing" a product and then writing the bid. Some money changed hands, somewhere along the line.

Back door

Yep. This stinks to high heaven. I'd not be surprised to find that a friend of a friend has connections that drove this sole-source contract.

Beth Wood needs to be looking into this before a dime gets spent.

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We are not amused.

Beth Wood and Roy Cooper

Roy should be reminding the crooks in the NCGA that the law is unconstitutional while Beth gets to the bottom of whatever unseemly actions led to the stink.

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"What I see from the folks who are opposing our agenda is whining coming from losers." -- Thom Tillis

He probably caught somebody's ear

So says the WRAL story And "he" is

Medora Vice President and Director of Science Ken Hudnell is a former EPA neurobiologist who is an adjunct faculty member at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

The story also makes it painfully clear that the law as written is unconstitutional. At least two representatives, including one Republican, pointed this out, but the people bent on ramming it through apparently joked, winked and passed it.

According to the story, key parties swear there haven't been campaign contributions. It's probably a good bet, though, that various parties look to reap various benefits from this monumentally stupid experiment that took $1.3M from the clean water fund that needs every penny it can get and spent it on electric mixers:

Cape Fear Riverkeeper Kemp Burdette says..."The idea of using SolarBees in Jordan Lake seems a bit like trying to put out a forest fire with a spray bottle.”

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"What I see from the folks who are opposing our agenda is whining coming from losers." -- Thom Tillis

Reminder

Perhaps we're making too much of this. We covered this topic back in September when we recognized, that, hey, perhaps:

Any clear-thinking, red-blooded American who hates Obama and pledges allegiance to ALEC can see through the left-wing nonsense. Anyone with an ounce of business sense who's not a dirty hippy knows that there are probably dozens, if not hundreds, of businesses who produce aerators that weighs about 850 pounds, have adjustable float arms with a one-inch diameter shaft and turnbuckle, use "type 316" stainless steel and use polystyrene foam beads to absorb water.

Yep. All you left-wing conspiracy theorists just need to calm down.

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"What I see from the folks who are opposing our agenda is whining coming from losers." -- Thom Tillis

We think it's real important that this technology be used

So says Sen. Rick Gunn in the News & Record.

[Travis Fain] asked state Sen. Rick Gunn about this [back in July]. He's an Alamance Republican and a primary supporter for this plan to delay the Jordan Lake rules and look to this technology for clean up. He said he doesn't know who wrote this section of the budget, and bristled a little bit at my suggestion that it appeared to be based on SolarBee's specifications.

We've noticed that phenomenon...most of the wing nuts bristle at the truth.

[Gunn] said DENR has vetted this technology, that a lot of people have contacted the state to endorse this technology and that "we think it's real important that this technology be used."

Maybe Rick can tell us about all those people who contacted the state to endorse this technology. From what we've seen, all the authoritative people and knowledgeable scientists are, at best, dubious. And I'm sure Skvarla can produce the details of DENR's vetting process for this technology. We'll bet that the vetting process consisted of "lunch with that SolarBee VP guy". We'll also bet that the SolarBee guy paid for lunch.

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"What I see from the folks who are opposing our agenda is whining coming from losers." -- Thom Tillis

FOIA request.

Nt

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We are not amused.

+1

Here's hoping you get "about 850 lbs." of response. If Deputy Assistant Guvnor Pat tries to charge you for the records, let us know. We're all in. Even if we have to sell our turnbuckles.

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"What I see from the folks who are opposing our agenda is whining coming from losers." -- Thom Tillis

Whatever the connection between

Professor Hudnell and the NCGA, you have to seriously wonder about the ethics of a scientist who pushes vigorously to get the government to pass laws that will directly benefit him financially.

And just to say it, I don't doubt the dangers of hazardous algal blooms, nor do I think these SolarBee's will be totally ineffective. But I do believe they will be used to justify more years of delay in taking the necessary steps in mitigating the impairment of the lake.

They don't clean anything

They just mix the water up. Meanwhile, the pollution continues. The lake has been impaired for years. Allowing more pollution to be injected into the lake and then mixing up the water to possibly prevent some algae blooms is, at best, a band-aid for a severed artery. Nothing's getting cleaned.

In the big picture, this stupid experiment will allow more harm to occur to the lake.

But under McCrony-Skvarla, we'll need to get used to pollution and spoiling our state's environment.

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"What I see from the folks who are opposing our agenda is whining coming from losers." -- Thom Tillis

McCrory's Legacy...

....Sh!t stirrers.

Indeed

And not just the floating pumps, but also to include Aldona, Skvarla, Little Ricky, Tata, Pope Art I and others.

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"What I see from the folks who are opposing our agenda is whining coming from losers." -- Thom Tillis