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If an official is fired because he’s opposed to timbering in state parks and almost nobody hears about it, should we care?  With the exodus of a number of high-ranking officials from the Corbett administration (like rats from a sinking ship) why worry about a single firing?

Well, maybe because this particular state employee seemed to do his job extremely well in the face of industry pressure.  John Norbeck increased park attendance as well as the accompanying revenue, and even his performance reviews were top notch.  The one thing he didn’t do was knuckle under to the logging and mining interests in the state – some of whom are big Corbett contributors.

Michael Krancer, on the other hand, has been praised by those mining interests.  Though it’s not clear whether these two men ever tangled, you wonder if firing a highly respected public servant who worked diligently to protect our environment, might be even a little dismaying to the head of the DEP…?

Krancer has served Corbett well, but he appears to be a smart guy – not the type to actually deny the reality of climate change.  One wonders if he just got tired of defending such an anti-environmental administration as the leader of the state’s Department of ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION?

Krancer may not be a great loss for Corbett, as he has attracted controversy, and the fewer guys like Norbeck you have, the less you have to worry about annoying things like scientific evidence…So it looks like the administration is lean and mean and in tip top shape for reelection!

Smarter than the av-er-age boors?

Smarter than your av-er-age boors?

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If you had an inkling that Governor Corbett cares little for the health of the Keystone State, you could find plenty of evidence to support that view.  He’s lost three cabinet members within a few months.  They are the Commonwealth’s secretary of health,  the public welfare secretary, and now the head of the DEP.  To have so many public health-related resignations in the middle of a term makes you wonder if anyone’s in charge in that arena.  Granted, the ex-officials weren’t exactly Mother Teresas…Health’s Eli Avila left with egg on his face;

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public welfare’s Gary Alexander was a little Scrooge-like with public assistance;

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and DEP’s Krancer had his own questionable environmental issues.

Some temporary replacements may be better, but some are definitely worse – like a professional politician who was a shill for Pfizer.

So a drug marketer is in charge of our health and a drug enforcer is in charge of our environment.  At least there are no scientists messing up the good “energy” between the governor and his contributors.

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In Pennsylvania guess what’s currently considered one of the greatest threats to:

  • Wildlife and their habitats
  • Agriculture
  • Forestry
  • Human health and safety?

I know what you’re thinking, but it’s not a RIG.  It’s a PIG!  While fracking has been hogging the limelight as a serious environmental threat, our leaders in Harrisburg consider feral pigs even more serious. That’s right, there is an executive order targeting an invasive species of wild pig as a “significant, imminent and unacceptable threat” to the Commonwealth. 

See, the life of a state lawmaker is not all about wining and dining, it’s also worrying about swine!

Some new legislation financially favors Pennsylvania country folk in the (potentially) lucrative Marcellus lottery, and Philly pols were caught between some shale and a hard place.  State Senator Joe Scarnati apparently wanted to give Marcellus gas drillers a break with no severance tax back when the Dems were in power in PA, and now that the GOP is top dog he’s championing well impact fees.  It was southeast PA pols who pushed for a severance tax that reportedly would raise much more revenue than impact fees.  62% of the state population DO NOT live on top of a gas shale deposit, but could benefit from the extra taxes.  Well impact fees will stay close to home and help out the other rural 38% minority.

If Philadelphia pols had not supported the legislation, Mr. Scarnati (a former restaurateur) “strongly suggested” that Philly would get no money when the fees were divvied up statewide.  It’s sort of a deal with the devil.  Republicans have enough power to push through the legislation, so even if our local reps oppose drilling they can’t vote their conscience because that would deprive Philly of needed cash coming from the provinces.  And since we send more money to the hinterlands then we get, it doesn’t make economic sense.

Ironic that some guy from the boondocks is acting like a mob boss from da big city…

So what's it gonna be punk-sutawney?

Our heart goes out to the people of Japan, some of whom we know personally.  Now one of the most pressing concerns there is the state of the damaged nuclear reactors.  Let’s hope they can stave off further disaster and get the situation under control so life can begin to return to normal.

Lucky for us Pennsylvanians, nothing like this could ever happen here.  We really don’t have earthquakes…oh, wait, WE DO have earthquakes!?! But they’re not as bad as, say, California.  Huh!?!  The damage could be WORSE in Pennsylvania!?! This from Lehigh University:

“…Many of the rocks in Pennsylvania are old, crystalline, and fractured. When a magnitude 4 or 5 earthquake strikes Pennsylvania, the energy from the earthquake is transferred much quicker and farther than in the Western United States. An earthquake that causes little damage in California, Oregon, or Washington, may cause considerably more damage in the Eastern U.S.”

Well, at least the Marcellus shale gas drilling activities won’t contribute to increased earthquake risk.   What!?!

But these are all worst-case scenarios — the kind of thing sissy environmentalists and liberals worry about.  We can rest assured that all these facilities have fail safe programs in place just like BP did on their deep drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico….ummm…let me use another example…

It looks like our Governor may spare one of the highest revenue producing industries in the state from any new taxes in the upcoming annual budget.  I guess if the industry is exempt from environmental regulations why not exempt them from taxes as well?

It’s not like they’re doing anything but good – creating jobs, saving us from evil foreign energy and paying landowners for mineral rights.  What’s not to like?  But now that liberal rag, The New York Times has a series of namby pamby articles about gas drilling that makes the process sound worse than originally thought.  A bunch of wussy tree-huggers are panic stricken over a little extra radiation in their drinking water.  Sure the Marcellus shale has a higher than normal level of radioactivity, but nothing to worry about.  And anyone with an 8th grade education knows that fossil fuels are much more valuable than water – we simply can’t afford NOT to drill.

I wonder what gas futures will look like 15 years down THE ROAD?

Gives a whole new meaning to “Killadelphia”…

Once again we’re number one:  we’re fat, we’re dumb, and now we’re poisonous!  Now, it should be stressed that we had some help with this win by including Camden and Wilmington, so the “metropolitan statistical area” surveyed for this ranking goes beyond the City of Brotherly Love.  But no sense squabbling over details.  We are the biggest player so we’re claiming this honor for ourselves.

I’m sure that something good will come out of all this.  Our elected officials will now be embarrassed into insuring our improved environmental health going forward.

The R.I. P-stone State

Our newly elected governor says he wants to proceed with Marcellus shale gas drilling while also protecting the environment.  Yeah, right.  The only thing green about Governor Tom “Corporate” are all the Benjamins funneled to his campaign by energy lobbyists — now his “advisers.”  Here’s a family portrait of some of those fockers.

What a bunch of fockers...