In typical Clallam County fashion, the Clallam County Democratic Party adopted their 2014 platform a little over a week ago. (You can't rush quality..?) Here are a few excerpts from said platform (typos included):
Economy and Jobs:
We encourage efforts to recruit and attract environmentally responsible employers...Tax dollars shall be responsibly invested in our common future...We understand and support the need for a vibrant business community, and encourage socially and environmentally responsible business...
We accept responsibility as stewards for our natural world and recognizethe need to develop, the implement policies and to encourage lifestyles consistent with long-term sustainability and viability; We support applying ! the best available science to all decisions affecting our environment, so our air, water and natural habitats are protected; Restrictions on practices by individuals or corporations should be in accordance with protecting and conserving our environment or repairing degraded areas...
b. We affirm that our commitment to environmental health and the need to mitigate the effects of climate change extends to the entire North Olympic Peninsula...
f. We oppose the construction of any new facilities that burn timber waste unless there is clear scientific evidence that such projects will not come at the expense of air quality and health risks;
No, really, it's been a pleasure to funnel American tax dollars to your
company to help you burn up our forest resources!
So, given all this nice, passionate language about the environment, and environmentally responsible employers and all, I trust that the Clallam County Democrats will no longer be supporting Steve Tharinger, who has been a vocal supporter of Nippon and their biomass facility, and sponsored legislation that gave them tax breaks for burning up these same environmental resources the local Democrats are suddenly so interested in. If you know Tharinger (and I do), and if you take the time to read the minutes from Democratic Party meetings (and I do), you'll see a strong, steady pattern in his political career of kowtowing to Nippon. His "concern" for the health of the environment has never been anywhere near as strong as his concern for the financial health of Nippon.
Lee Whetham (left-leaning voters were duped) and Paul Martin (right-wing nut).
I trust the Democrats will also no longer permit Paul Martin to come to their meetings. Aside from having a long history as a Republican, Martin is also a fellow traveler with Nippon. When he was managing his friend Mike Chapman's last campaign for County Commissioner, and biomass was a hot issue, Mike had a brief period of wobbling, given the vocal public upset over the biomass plant expansion. Paul Martin helped steer Chapman back "on message" and away from expressing any concerns with biomass.
So yes indeed, Clallam County Democrats, I look forward to seeing how your 2014 platform plays out, given the history of your own party leaders. Will actual environmental concerns come to the fore, or will hypocrisy continue to be the dominant theme?