Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Mark Darr: He's sick of "green" (environment, that is)

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Our Lt. Gov., who knows a thing or two about pizza but whose ideas are half-baked, issued a fairly silly diatribe today against the environmental movement, saying it was costing jobs. Here's how it opens (with his punctuation):

I don’t know about you, but I’ve gotten tired of the constant barrage of messages everywhere telling me to “go green”. Sure, I’ve bought some of those corkscrew light bulbs and I haven’t killed any whales, but give me a break.

"Get real," Darr continues — his driving an SUV isn't killing polar bears. No, Darr says, the environmental movement is "about making money and more and more it’s about intruding in our lives and telling us what to do. That has to stop."

You know — all those stupid laws that keep coal out of the air and crap out of our water — those are just ideas to put mucho greenbacks in the pockets of all these damn scientists and lefties and lead-free children. Got that?

This great thinker in the Capitol concludes that environmental regulation costs "way too much money and causing way too many people to lose their jobs." In other words, f*** the future. Hey, the world may not be liveable, thanks to intolerable heat and crop failure and the crowding of 9 billion hungry people onto what land is left, and there's no way we can avoid that using advanced technologies created by a bunch of people who believe in bull like evolution, so let's eat, drink and be merry.

All that Republican hoorah down in Tampa, and maybe the Florida sun, has gotten to this guy. This man needs something to do. Maybe he could pick up a book or two, or read the journal Nature. Someone at the Capitol could help him with the big words.

Full text on the jump. Read it and weep. Or laugh. Or both.

The Green Agenda is Costing Jobs

By Lieutenant Governor Mark A. Darr

I don’t know about you, but I’ve gotten tired of the constant barrage of messages everywhere telling me to “go green”. Sure, I’ve bought some of those corkscrew light bulbs and I haven’t killed any whales, but give me a break.

It’s everywhere now. I love pizza, but I don’t buy it because the box is made from recycled materials. I don’t need to know that. Just make the box and sell me the pizza.

When all of these people selling us on solar panels start putting them on their own houses, I might start taking them seriously.

The movement to dictate new standards to everyone is not about “saving the earth”. I’m all for environmental responsibility but a polar bear is not going to die because I drive an SUV. Let’s get real. This movement is about making money and more and more it’s about intruding in our lives and telling us what to do. That has to stop.

It’s killing jobs and restricting people’s freedom.

We’ve been told we should turn corn (necessary for our food supply) into fuel. Now corn prices are leading to inflation in other commodities, driving up prices for consumers who are already stretched thin by poor economic conditions.

Subsidized green ventures have been tried in other countries and have failed, yet we keep being told that we need to go all in and spend taxpayer dollars on an industry that can’t possibly pay for itself.

New standards are being imposed for the construction of “green buildings” and they are having an adverse effect on the market availability of Arkansas forest products. Energy efficiency is smart when it’s done cost effectively and using natural materials is great, but not when it restricts the use of Arkansas lumber in favor of imported wood from Russia, China, and Brazil, which is what is happening. Of course, it’s not the first time we’ve seen a government regulation that lags behind market realities and defies common sense. Mandates that discriminate against US forestry producers and landowners and threaten American jobs should be called into question and ultimately overturned.

We have a $500,000 solar panel at a state building in Little Rock that was paid for with “stimulus” money. No energy has been saved with this as it has never even been turned on, yet we have been told that it was “100% worth the money.”

We are told that electric cars are the future, yet they still need coal-powered plants to give them electricity and no extension cord is possibly long enough to recharge you if your car dies in the middle of nowhere. What then?

Global warming advocates act as if they can control the weather if we just pass the type of legislation they want. Does this make sense to anyone? It makes them sound like some cartoon villain with a secret weather machine. President Obama said if we elected him the oceans would stop rising. It is the height of audacity for a politician to think he can control the oceans.

My point is that we have been sold a lot of misinformation and messaging that is not based in reality. The reality of it is that it is costing us way too much money and causing way too many people to lose their jobs. The government is paying for “green projects” that aren’t economical and companies are now cutting back or going out of business and real Arkansans are hurting as a result.

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This week, my wife Kim and I are in Tampa, Florida for the Republican National Convention. Kim and I think it is important as Americans, regardless of what party you identify with, if any, to participate in the election process. This is a crucial time for our country. The national conventions, which take place every four years, are a great American tradition. Kim and I are excited to attend our first convention this year and observe the presidential nominating process firsthand.

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