Whenever one of Art Pope's Puppets interviews a scientist, you can be sure it'll be a doozie. Like this interview with Robert Balling, a shill for the wingnuts who happens to be a professor at Arizona State. Balling's premise is simple: North Carolina can't affect overall climate change, so why bother doing anything at all to alter our oil gluttony. Go read the article yourself, but pay special attention to this typical winger refrain:
“And if the state begins to implement a policy that costs the taxpayer any amount of money, the taxpayers are going to demand to know: ‘What is it I get from this investment?’” Balling said. “I stand up and tell them the answer’s absolutely nothing.”
Absolutely nothing? What a d*ckhead. Does he mean nothing, as in a cleaner environment and less impact on natural resources? Or perhaps strategic solutions to the inevitable crisis that will come with peak oil?
To conservatives who hate to conserve, anything that restrains their ability to rape, pillage and plunder the environment is bad policy. And the freedom to do whatever they hell they want, no matter what the costs to the common good, is their holy grail.
PS This story was written by a guy named Mitch Kokai, who used to be a local sports guy on WCHL in Chapel Hill. Now he's a Pope Puppet. Go figure.