Clown of the Year 2010 and 2011: Rick Perry
He performs his acts in a state that encourages unethical behavior between industry and state regulators. He skates by any investigation or inquiry into these practices while proclaiming that Texas is open for business. As the state continues to slide into becoming the dirtiest state in the country and his other clowns help to continue the masquerade, the rest of us pay the price with a dirty environment and ill health.
The Dallas News said on December 30th:
As the year began, we offered this goal: Reduce Texas’ greenhouse gas emissions with an eye toward losing the title of carbon dioxide king. We’re here to report there was little to celebrate in 2010. The can not only was kicked down the road – it was booted almost out of sight.
State officials spent 2010 fighting the Environmental Protection Agency’s efforts to compel Texas to do more. Gov. Rick Perry and others wasted time litigating environmental regulations instead of cleaning up our air.
As a result, Texas is the only state refusing to abide by new rules requiring regulators to issue greenhouse gas permits. The EPA even stepped in last week to take over Texas’ permitting process. Elected officials complain the EPA is targeting Texas, but 49 other states are playing by those rules, even though some also are suing the EPA.
There was one bright spot: Work began on identifying strategies that could reduce carbon and reduce costs for consumers and businesses. The “No Regrets” bill called for an advisory committee and Texas’ comptroller to outline ideas that could reduce both carbon and costs. But no final decisions have been made on what, if anything, might be implemented.
Bottom line: This was not a good year for Texans and their air.
As head clown Perry continues his ridiculous fight against the EPA, our state is the only one in the 50 that continues to refuse to allow the EPA to oversee the permitting process of polluters. Yesterday, the clown and the state lost once again in this fight. Read here
The Texas Railroad Commission and the TCEQ both have continued to ignore polluters, stonewall investigations, and taken money right in front of everyone’s eyes and it’s all within the state laws. Ethics do not count anymore. Rick Perry and his buddy Harold Simmons continue their plans to make West Texas a nuclear waste dump that will put our state in peril for thousands of years. Money talks and the rest of us can “go to hell” if you choose to ask questions.
We could go on, but there is too much to rehash on this blog. Just search out his name and spend some hours catching up on his oily and self promoting ways. Embarrassing as it is to say, we have a clown for a governor. The Texas circus continues, so step right up and enjoy the sights. In the center ring, Clown of the Year; Rick Perry!
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