The GOP effectively blocked Gov. Carney’s pick to head up DNREC — Sean Garvin. Garvin was the Regional Administrator for the EPA under Obama, so it isn’t as though he doesn’t have the qualifications — you can still count on Democrats to care about basic competence for the job — but the GOP waves its hand at some BS charge of Garvin being business unfriendly.
It is ludicrous, of course. And particularly ludicrous for a state that relies on being able to draw a ton of tourists here to enjoy our beaches and water. Environmental regulations serve to protect our resources — air, water, land — so that we are protected from the effects of pollutants that some businesses and industries produce as part of their doing business.
The point of environmental regulations is to make sure that companies do not improve their bottom lines by contaminating our environment. And the regulations here aren’t all that onerous. Besides, if you follow the news, plenty of companies are bypassing the rules anyway and some who are seen to be problematic by their neighbors. Last year, <a href=”http://delawarepublic.org/post/locals-dismayed-allen-harim-prepares-double-chicken-capacity-harbeson”>the Allen Harim plant in Harbeson was a source of contention</a> — one that even Rep. Steve Smyk noted could have some environmental issues.
Delawareans — besides the GOP in the GA — care about a clean environment. They care about business and jobs too, but shouldn’t be bamboozled by the GOPs foolishness here. We have genuine long term pollution issues (we can start with the inland bays) and we can’t just add to it because the GOP doesn’t value either our environment or our health. The GOP is advocating that Delawareans should bear the cost and risk of more pollution so that companies can make more money. That’s the calculation — more shifting of risk and costs to you, the taxpayer.
If you want to realistically minimize pollution to our air, water and land — preserving not only a vital tourist industry but your own lifestyle here — CALL YOUR REPRESENTATIVE TODAY. This is especially important if you are represented by one of these GOP Senators who clearly don’t care about the health of you or your family. Or about your property value, either.
And here is a note to Governor John Carney: this is what “working together’ looks like to a GOP who can throw their weight around. As in, there IS no working together. There are real values here at stake and we need you to provide some leadership on those values and stop prioritizing “bipartisanship” at the expense of that leadership.