Neal Barton's POV

Environmental madness


POSTED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 5:44pm

UPDATED: Monday, April 23, 2012 - 11:57am

A few times in the past weeks we've been discussing the boondoggles of the General Services Administration.

Once again, this is the arm of the federal government which leases government buildings and is supposed to be good stewards of our money.

They've been caught throwing lavish parties and squandering tax payer money.

The GSA mess has lead to firings and resignation.

Here's another boondoggle for you.

And this one took no investigation and is wide open for everyone to see.

Remember the president's shovel ready stimulus plan.

All this money to build roads and bridges and put people back to work.

Well, in the San Francisco area they were renovating a bridge. A project that costs more than a billion dollars to make happen. Then, this happened On Oct. 16, 2009, Dr. Daniel Gluesenkamp, a botanist who was then the director of Habitat Protection and Restoration for Audubon Canyon Ranch, noticed the Manzanita when he was driving along the highway leading to the Golden Gate Bridge that is now under renovation.

The Manzanita had been previously hidden by other vegetation but was uncovered as the area was being cleared in preparation for road construction.

Prior to the discovery of this "wild" Franciscan Manzanita, the plant had been considered extinct for as long as 62 years-- extinct, that is, outside of people's yards and botanical gardens

So, it must be moved and replanted.

Your cost? Just north of $200,000.

But still more money of yours is needed to fuel the government.


That's my point of view, what's yours?

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Maybe we should try a little experiment. Let's exempt one city from any and all environmental regulations. In fact, let's prohibit environmental regulations in that one city, especially since it appears that most of its residents resent such an abuse of governmental power. Let's make Tyler that city! That way its citizens could enjoy the all benefits that polluted air and water bring to their health and the economy! Welcome to the 3rd world, y'all!

The eeeepeeeeaaaaa is out of control; Congress needs to take away its law-making ability and return it to the advisory body to Congress that it was!!! That way we can hold Congress accountable for environmental actions they take!!!

Really!?! I would have moved that plant for half that money.

The enviro-wackos have co-opted the demoCRAP party to the point they are controlling way too much of our economy through the e.p.a. Eliminate the epa !!!

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