Drive-bys: NCGOP wants to KILL you.

liberal-media-biasThe EPA is only 44 years old. The North Carolina Department of the Environment and Natural Resources is 43 years old.  The Earth is MILLIONS of years old.  Humans have been thriving on this here planet for thousands of years.

Yet, the drive-by media wants us to believe that Republican-inspired budget cuts are endangering human life and putting the planet at risk.  The Raleigh office of the AP teamed up with the folks at Low-T state HQ to deliver the most recent scare tactic:

When Republicans took control of the North Carolina legislature four years ago, they promised to do away with environmental regulations they claimed hurt economic growth. But environmental groups say lawmakers have gone too far, gutting laws aimed at protecting the public’s health.

In the last few years, GOP lawmakers have scaled back pollution control programs, lifted a moratorium on natural gas exploration using hydraulic fracturing and pushed to remove key scientists and experts from state environmental oversight boards.

In the last week alone, they considered several controversial environmental measures. One would stop the state environmental agency from disclosing complaints and investigations on farms. Critics say that would shield farm operators from public scrutiny and discourage citizens from reporting violations. Another provision tucked in a regulatory reform bill would reduce the number of air quality monitoring stations in communities across the state.

“What this provision would do is say we’re going to get rid of air quality monitors unless the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) specifically requires us to have them,” said Molly Diggins, state director of the Sierra Club. That means communities would have “less protection from harmful air pollution than they have today with no clear benefit to the public.”

What ??? Doing exactly what the feds require — nothing more, nothing less?  *THAT’S OUTRAGEOUS.*

Now, who are these “environmental groups” the authors say are so upset with the Republicans?  The Sierra Club and The Southern Environmental Law Center.  Two virulently anti-Republican non-profits. They couldn’t seem to find anyone who doesn’t worship at the altar of eco-fascism.  For instance, John Droz.   Or Paul Chesser.   Or The John Locke Foundation. or the folks at Civitas. 
Everybody knows the deal with The Sierra Club. But let’s look at the Southern Environmental Law Center.    In the reporting period ending in March 2012, the SELC pulled in $13.8 million and spent $12 million. Total salaries, benefits, and other compensation hit the $8.4 million mark in that period.
They pulled in $12.6 million in grants, contributions, and gifts.  From 2007-2012, the SELC racked up $61.4 million in “public support.”
SELC is currently involved in three  different North Carolina-related lawsuits against the federal and state government.  SELC’s director pulled down  $343,257 for the period ending March 2012. (For reference, the president of the United States makes $400,000 per year.)
Environmentalists typically blast global warming skeptics for an alleged lack of scientific credentials and background.  Well, the apparent scarcity of scientific credentials on SELC’s board of trustees is a real eye-opener.
Believe it or not — there are plenty of credible people and sources out there to dispute the radical left’s version of environmentalism.  But don’t count on the drive-by media to let you hear from them.