What Skvarla does not have is an extensive environmental background – until he joined Restoration Systems in 2005. The firm restores damaged waterways, and has pioneered in North Carolina the niche of “mitigation banking” – collecting credits for improving one site that can be used to offset development elsewhere.
I'm not going to get into a deep discussion about environmental offsets. Suffice it to say it can be a (net) benefit, but it can also mask environmental degradation while flying a "green" banner. But while these words might sing in the ears of a business-worshipping Republican, they are wildly inappropriate:
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