The developments so far at DENR — and the ensuing reaction of the loony left and its media allies — are starting to give me some hope for Team Pat in Raleigh.
John Frank at The N&O is sounding the alarm about DENR Secretary John Skvarla and his introductory memo to agency employees, which Mr. Frank believes “creates more questions than it answers.”
What is it that is causing Frank and his comrades such great concern? THIS:
John Skvarla, the new head of the state’s environmental protection department, continues to make environmentalists a little nervous.
On Tuesday, he issued a mission statement cautioning that environmental science “contains a diversity of opinion” and that “all public programs and scientific conclusions must be reflective of input from a variety of legitimate, diverse and thoughtful perspectives.”
The statement comes after comments Skvarla has made in news media interviews indicating he believes climate change is a controversy that remains unsettled. Although most scientists think that it is, there are some who dispute that there is global warming or, if there is, that it isn’t caused by human activity.
On Tuesday afternoon, Skvarla emailed employees of the state Department of Environment and Natural Resources introducing himself and praising the agency. He acknowledged DENR’s core mission remains protecting the environment.
He added that the department will be driven by three principles: customer service, balancing costs with benefits, and making sure that diverse opinions are considered. He attached a copy of the mission statement, which calls for a “collaborative stewardship” among citizens, businesses and regulators. […]