John Skvarla's bridge to nowhere

John Skvarla doubled down today in a transparent attempt to blame the Southern Environmental Law Center for his own ineptitude and lack of foresight. He wants to build another "Bonner Bridge" on the outer banks, a bridge that is destined to go nowhere fast.

The issue is not the bridge itself, which no one doubts can be engineered to withstand hurricanes and the threat of constant erosion. The issue is the fragile highway that the bridge leads to. It is a thin ribbon of asphalt that is frequently closed by storms, and which will almost certainly wash away in our lifetimes. No amount of beach hardening, engineering, or wishful thinking will make that road a sustainable solution over the long term.

As evidenced by his dim-witted position on this issue, John Skvarla is very possibly the worst person North Carolina could have leading it environmental protection efforts. If allowed to build his bridge to nowhere, he will have a lasting memorial to that sad fact.


Ignorant and outspoken

Which is a hell of a combination. Here he is attacking a former employee and the News & Observer:

The News & Observer made a surprising decision when it chose to print a Point of View piece by a former Department of Environment and Natural Resources employee on Dec. 16 (“Why I left my DENR job: conscience”). The decision was remarkable considering that once readers plodded through nearly 700 words of emotion, hyperbole and conjecture, a total of one fact remained. This is progress! That sole fact crushes this paper’s previous record of avoiding facts altogether when attacking the agency.

Kind of like a punch-drunk boxer with double vision throwing punches at both of his perceived opponents.

He's a joke

He's spent his career profiting from being able to exploit government policy. And now he's a crusader? Sheesh.

Damn! He is completely qualified... be a regular on Fox News.

What a waste of protoplasm.

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

They're defecating all over the environment

Skvarla in actoin, from the NC Conservation Network (slightly paraphrased; emphasis mine):

Several years ago, state regulators realized that a significant number of air monitors around the state showed exceedances of the arsenic standard. Rather that clamping down on the sources, the state environmental agency convened a Science Advisory Board (SAB) to review the standard, and recommend a new way to calculate safe levels that would allow higher levels. The state’s position is that most exposures to arsenic are through diet – a lot of rice suffers from legacy arsenic pollution from pesticide residues in the soil from decades ago, and in some parts of North Carolina, groundwater has naturally high levels of arsenic. Environmental advocates have opposed the change, arguing that the air standard should be set to protect people from the impacts of cumulative exposures, air and water and food – it doesn’t actually protect people just to set it based on air alone, as the SAB and EMC have. The EMC actually declined to adopt the new, looser standard in June, but then the legislature replaced most of the commissioners, and the new members approved it unanimously in November. The effect of the change is to allow roughly 1/3 of the sources of airborne arsenic in NC to drop out of the program, so we’ll never know exactly how much more arsenic is released into the air as a result.

NCCN hopes to get a sufficient number of citizens to submit letters formally opposing the new rule, which would delay it at least until next spring or summer and make it a bit more difficult to implement.

But so long as we have the right-wing nut job "let's get rid of burdensome (meaning 'protective of people's safety') rules", we'll be fighting this crap.

And it's not just policy, it's public health.

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