Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Scott Pledges Support for Everglades, Amendment 1 … What?

The Palm Beach Post, in its blog yesterday placed this banner above one of its posts:
           "Scott pledges support for Everglades work, Amendment 1" 

The post reads says,  

“Gov. Scott’s budget plan would advance Everglades work.” 

“Gov. Rick Scott proposed spending $150 million next year on continuing Everglades restoration efforts Tuesday, while largely endorsing land-buying and environmental preservation efforts of voter-approved Amendment 1.” 

“Scott said he is committed to getting the state started on the $5 billion over 20 years in spending that 75 percent of Florida voters approved in November.”  

Sounded promising!  Maybe a new guy?  But then I read,  

Scott said “During my first term, we made historic investments in our springs and Everglades and I am proud to continue to make important investments in our environment this year,”  

Historic investments?  He’s kidding? … No. the man is delusional. Understand this.  He has made no historic investments in our springs and Everglades.  It’s sheer misrepresentation.  A hallucination.  A revisionist lie. (Uneasiness stirs in my stomach.) 
He is also quoted saying,  
“We will keep working to make sure we preserve our natural treasures so Florida can continue to be a top destination for families, visitors and businesses,” he added.
Understand this also.  Rick Scott did more to damage this state’s ability to “preserve its natural treasures” than the volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius did to preserve the natural treasures of Pompeii in 79 AD.  (My stomach is churning.)
Then it reports,   
“The sugar industry also praised Scott’s balancing act.”  

(My stomach begins to shift the natural direction of its contents.)  

Then, I read some guy named Brian Hughes is said to have said, “speaking” for the “Florida sugar farmers”  

“Governor Rick Scott’s financial commitment toward real solutions for the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie rivers should help cut through the rhetoric and begin building storage and treatment where the estuaries need it most,”   

So, at last we know what’s been holding up Tallahassee's commitment to restore the Everglades.  It’s rhetoric!!! (Language designed to have a persuasive or impressive effect on its audience, but often regarded as lacking in sincerity or meaningful content.) Til now, even the Florida Chamber thought it was just Scott’s hubris and ignorance of the problem because he's not a scientist.  (I’m gagging.)  

Then I read,  

“…Florida Sugar Farmers applaud today’s announcement of Florida’s continued commitment to restoration.”  

(My stomach is in full revolt.  I need to find a latrine.)