Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Rep. Pono Chong on SB 755, Environmental Protection & the Public Trust
People looking for a rebuttal of Pono's "logic" can read Ian Lind's commentary linked in Larry's previous blog post.
I guess Henry is offering Pono's floor speech as representative of the Speaker faction's explanation/excuse/ spin on the alleged virtues of the bill. But I have come to expect this sort of nonsense from Pono. What pains me is to listen to the comments from other legislators, people I know, offering the same talking points as if they are desperate to believe what they are saying.
I am reminded of Stalinist conformity, whereby each suspect party member is expected to publicly demonstrate their loyalty to the leadership by regurgitating the "party line." Or perhaps a Mafia killing, where everyone present is forced to shot a bullet into the body, thereby making them guilty and preventing them from being able to squeal on the others.
What would be real helpful to democracy and accountability, would be a timeline with the names of the reps and the time of their comments, so we can easily listen to our own rep, or our friends, and hold them accountable for the nonsense they are spewing. A lot of members would look really bad.
What a bunch of crap! We have a number of different environmental laws because each law protects a different resource, does so under different circumstances, or provides different protections. Chong is saying, in effect, that it's OK to get rid of the Clean Water Act because we've still got the Clean Air Act. That sort of intellectual dishonesty is beneath contempt.
"Is 755 a blanket exemption. No!" It just allows the governor to exempt any project he likes.
"The House proposal, narrowly, clearly states which projects are temporarily exempted" Lier, lier pants on fire. No where in the Chapter 343 exemption section are any specific projects named. It simply allows the governor to exempt any project he likes.
"The purpose of the bill is to temporarily remove..." Whoops! There you go again Pono, another lie. Your nose is growing longer by the moment. Read the Bill Pono! If construction has been started on any project then the exemptions are extended. Read the definition of "construction" Pono! It means anything the governor wants it to mean.
"By reducing bloated and redundant environmental review we are stretching taxpayers dollars, and spending them wisely, while preserving, all levels of environmental review." OK. It's upchuck time. Pono, your line of reasoning cannot be called that at all. Your incredibly gross, mischaracterization of the concept of environmental protection is more than disheartening - but is in fact sickining - especially to know that your perspective and twisted logic represents that of the leadership in Hawaii's House of Representatives.
In the latest redistricting maps, Pno Chong, apologist for gutting environmental laws, will be forced to run against Jessica Wooley, one of the best environmentalists in the House.The voters of Kaneohe-Kahaluu-Waikane will have a pretty clear choice. Preserve Hawaii's beauty? Or pave it over? Do we want a legislature which represents our interests or only those of the construction crews?
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