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Thursday, December 5, 2013

The "New" DEP: Pure Political Poppycock



"Neither nominee had a formal written opening statement for the Committee."
 
 
That pretty much sums it up.
 
Read the rest here.

From a brief online bio regarding Mr. Abruzzo:
 

"He previously served in the state Attorney General’s office prosecuting and supervising cases involving white collar crime, drug investigation and Medicaid fraud."
 
 
Hmmm...white collar crime, drug investigation and Medicaid fraud. Don't know about you, but I'm still not seeing how Mr. Abruzzo is remotely qualified to be PA's Secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection.
 
It took me a while, since most official state websites have conveniently intentionally omitted the information, but I finally found what Mr. Abruzzo's undergraduate degree is in:
 
Marketing.
 

The full details are here. Scroll down a little when you get there.
 
Once again; white collar crime, drug investigation, Medicaid fraud...and marketing.
 
I'm sure Mr. Abruzzo is qualified to do many things, but leading PA's DEP is not one of them. With all due respect; his nomination to this post is pure political poppycock.

And it seems I'm not the only one who feels that way: Read more here.
Abruzzo also said that Pennsylvania is doing "its fair share" to address climate change, and that he does not believe there is anything else the DEP should do, under his tenure, to combat it.
Leach was the only senator to oppose moving Abruzzo's nomination out of committee for consideration by the full 50-member Senate, expected within the next week. He said he believed Abruzzo, a longtime prosecutor who later served as a deputy chief of staff to Corbett, had "no obvious experience in environmental protection, and that manifests itself in things like not knowing the science behind climate change."
"This is not a reflection on you," said Leach. "There are many positions that you would be qualified for. I do not think this is one of them."

Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/harrisburg_politics/A-climate-change-exchange.html#7hQDX4qxlC4VX3XA.99

Abruzzo also said that Pennsylvania is doing "its fair share" to address climate change, and that he does not believe there is anything else the DEP should do, under his tenure, to combat it.
Leach was the only senator to oppose moving Abruzzo's nomination out of committee for consideration by the full 50-member Senate, expected within the next week. He said he believed Abruzzo, a longtime prosecutor who later served as a deputy chief of staff to Corbett, had "no obvious experience in environmental protection, and that manifests itself in things like not knowing the science behind climate change."
"This is not a reflection on you," said Leach. "There are many positions that you would be qualified for. I do not think this is one of them."

Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/harrisburg_politics/A-climate-change-exchange.html#7hQDX4qxlC4VX3XA.99
Seems a lot of folks are taking a "middle of the road" approach toward what's going on in Harrisburg these days. I truly understand the value and need of that tactic from time to time.

Remember the idiom that begins: Give them an inch...

Finally, to PA Sen. Daylin Leach (D., Montgomery):

Good job, and thanks.

"Sen. Daylin Leach (D- Delaware) cast the sole vote against Abruzzo, calling his climate change comments “mind-blowing.”

“This is a reflection of what I view to be a lack of seriousness with which the governor treats environmental issues,” said Leach. “It’s just not a serious nomination.”"

The rest is here
      
 

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