Rep. John Torbett sees no reason to continue to consider the environmental impacts of major public projects.
With little discussion and no study of the potential consequences, state legislators are looking to gut an environmental protection law that has been on the books since 1971.
The law is meant to ensure that when state or local government agencies spend tax dollars on major projects, there is public input, all the possible impacts are considered and alternatives are evaluated.
The right-wing extremists continue to deny their right-wing extremism.
“This isn’t any right-wing, extremist attempt to do anything,” said [right-wing extremist] Rep. John Torbett, a Republican from Gaston County and a co-sponsor, who told the House Environment Committee that he was raised to be a conservationist.
Not to disparage those who raised Rep. Torbett, but I don't think the "conservationist" part of his raising took hold. Google tells us:
noun: conservationist; plural noun: conservationists
a person who advocates or acts for the protection and preservation of the environment and wildlife.
A conservationist you ain't John.
Of course, before gutting this law, they will carefully consider the ramifications and hear from all concerned parties, right? Hahahaha...um, NO.
Lawmakers had questions for officials from the state Department of Environment and Natural Resources. But staff members who attended a committee hearing said they hadn’t analyzed the bill.
The bill was caught up in the tidal wave of legislation that lawmakers are rushing through to meet an April 30 cutoff date. The committee discussed the issue for less than an hour in a meeting as three other bills were taken up.
The only opponent allowed to speak, [state Sierra Club director Molly] Diggins, who said she was also speaking for the Environmental Defense Fund and the N.C. Wildlife Federation, was given one minute and then cut off when she went over the allotted time.
Yes, Rep. Torbett, this most certainly is a right-wing extremist attempt to destroy the environment in favor of the almighty dollar.