Worst op-ed ever?
A guest column by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, along with his buddies Scott Pruitt (EPA chief) and Rick Perry (Dancing with the Stars), has to be in the top ten worst ever. They’ve decided that last Saturday’s Earth Day would be better named Energy Day.
They write about “sound science to keep our environment and economy healthy and strong.” If their science is so sound, why did tens of thousands take to the streets for Saturday’s worldwide March for Science?
That’s just the start. Damn near every line in their opinion piece is a whopper. It’s in the Billings Gazette so please take a look, but here’s a sampling:
“Superfund sites shouldn’t languish on a list for decades without cleanup.” So the Trump budget targets the Environmental Protection Agency, which is in charge of Superfund sites, slashing it’s funding by 31 percent.
“Other countries may continue to lag behind in responsibly deploying energy resources in a way that minimizes negative impact to the environment, but America is already leading the way.” Huh? Besides being one of the most convoluted sentences ever conceived, keep in mind that Trump, Zinke, Pruitt and Perry want to pull America out of the Paris Agreement, and that the U.S. ranks behind such countries as Uruguay, Nicaragua, Morocco and China in renewable energy development.
“By investing in technology that reduces emissions without destroying jobs and industry, and executing strong reclamation plants after resources have been extracted, America can continue to provide leadership in responsible energy use.” Has anyone seen the bills or budget line items that invest in “technology that reduces emissions?” Or how about the “strong reclamation plants?” Perhaps they meant “plans.” Can you show me those plans or plants or whatever?
That’s just a taste.
There’s some controversy over the latest Rob Quist ad showing him shooting a TV with the old family 30-30 rifle. It’s in response to the constantly running Greg Gianforte spots telling folks that Quist wants to confiscate your guns, ads purchased with help from the NRA.
Most Democrats are singing the praises of the Quist commercial. Two websites take a different point of view: Flathead Memo and Last Best News. The Memo’s James Conner says he’s about to pull his support for Quist following the spot. (Don’t do it, James. I’m sure it was the Quist “consultants'” idea and not Rob’s, and being a political neophyte, he took their advice.)
The News’ Ed Kemmick sums it up this way:
Quist’s ad won’t stop the attacks on his stance toward guns … Montana Democrats, resist the temptation. It’s an arms race you can’t win.
I’m sure Quist’s commercial plays well with some demographic but I prefer his earlier ones: simple, mellow “get to know me” spots, as opposed to the nasty, negative ads Gianforte is running. Conventional wisdom says it’s the negative ads that work but let’s prove the conventional wisdom wrong.
My favorite Quist message to date comes from Paradise Valley resident Doug Peacock. He nails it.
Fishing not shooting
Maybe Gianforte’s PR people suggested that a fly fishing photo might be more appealing than a picture of pregnant prairie dogs getting blown to bits. There’s been no mention of Donald Trump Jr. and Gianforte’s prairie dog safari since the initial stories. This photo appeared on Gianforte’s Facebook page with him, Junior and Sen. Steve Daines, stalking the wily trout. Well, they’re not exactly fishing but looking good in their brand new Simms waders.