Paul Bassett: Protect environment

February 16, 2013 

Protect environment?

First there was the embarrassment of North Carolina’s sea-level rise law, which called for ignoring scientific studies when considering coastal development. Now we learn that John Skvarla, newly appointed head of the state’s environment protection agency, is apparently a climate-change denier (“Skvarla hints at views on global warming” Feb. 10).

Obviously one of the goals of this Republican-controlled General Assembly is to gut any environmental regulations deemed “unfriendly” to business, so why not stop insulting our intelligence and just disband the state’s Department of Environment and Natural Resources altogether? Or at least rename it to something that doesn’t imply its mission is to actually protect the environment.

Paul Bassett

Pittsboro

News & Observer is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service