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.