True colors: DENR's Skvarla will address Chamber of Commerce

Serving the only constituents he cares about:

Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker has canceled her appearance Thursday in Salisbury due to an illness in her family. In her place, John Skvarla, secretary of the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources, will speak at the Rowan County Chamber of Commerce’s breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Thursday at Trinity Oaks.

And he's probably giddy at the prospect, regardless of any potential conflicts that may arise in pandering to a group that cares little for environmental protection:

The Federal and State Affairs Committee continued its agenda in 2012 and took positions on numerous state and federal issues important to the Rowan County business community. We maintained communication with federal elected officials and state legislators via mail, one-on-one meetings in Washington, DC and Rowan County and a Legislative Breakfast

Issues discussed with state legislators and our Congressional delegation included job creation, trade agreements, healthcare, tort reform, American competitiveness, offshore oil and natural gas production, EPA, workers compensation, unemployment benefits, taxes, transportation and other economic development issues.

The Chamber (local, state, national) is notorious for working to undermine pollution protections, and has specifically targeted efforts that would pinpoint industries with high levels of source-point pollution. They don't care about the community, they only care about their dues-paying members. And giving them access to the top environmental officer of the state is like giving a three year-old unfettered access to a candy store. Not good.


You may be noticing a trend

I've been dedicating much more (of my) digital column space to environmental issues lately. While these issues are always on my mind, there are so many other issues that need addressing I haven't had the luxury of being able to focus too much in one direction. Until recently, that is.

Several of you have emerged from lurkdom and contributed diaries on a wide range of subjects, very well thought-out and relevant, and the result has been fantastic. I don't usually like to speak for James, but on this issue I can safely say "thank you" from both of us.


Ah'm John Skvarla, and like you, I'm a businessman. Not an environmentalist. And ah'm not one o' them namby-pambys who thinks that business and environment can thrive together. Nope, ah'm a "business vs. environment" kinda guy, and in my book, business wins ever' time!

Now let's get out there and make some money! Damn the environment, full speed ahead! Woo!

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

where to begin?

When asked by a woman who said her family drinks well water about laws that eased regulations on garbage trucks and landfills, Skvarla said he had a “eureka moment” as he pondered the contaminated wells in the state.
North Carolina will never have enough money to clean up all the wells, he said. So property owners now can pay $100 for higher-level water testing through local health departments and then purchase filters, which he said are no more expensive than a car repair, to clean the water before drinking.
“Everybody thinks the government must solve this,” Skvarla said.
The state has provided a cost-effective solution, he said, but putting the solution in place is “your individual responsibility.”


What an oxygen thief

He's not even worth the fresh air he breathes to keep that bag of bones he calls a body alive.

Pay to have the government test your water? Where are we, Brazil? The government may not be able to clean up all the tainted wells, but it can (and should) take steps to make sure currently clean wells stay that way. Sheesh. What a jackass.

John Skvarla is the new Aldona Wos

Only less competent and more of an asshole.

Individual responsibility?

And what about the "individual responsibility" for the individuals who contaminated the groundwater?

A "eureka moment"? What a laugh. Go back to your bathtub and think on this one a little harder, Archimides.

I'm thinking

that Skvarla's "Eureka moment" occurred on a different bathroom fixture than the bathtub.

The only thing stupider than his so-called "Eureka moment" is publicly talking about his so-called "Eureka moment". We don't know why, but apparently he wanted to firmly establish himself as one of the stupidest people in North Carolina.

He succeeded.

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

I suppose Skvarla would tell WVa residents...

...that it's time to go buy a filter; the National Guard has better things to do?


Made all his money gaming the regulatory system for personal gain. He thinks the rest of the world is just like him.