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Letters: Plambeck's accusations

Posted: July 13, 2012 8:00 p.m.
Updated: July 13, 2012 8:00 p.m.
 

I must take exception with much of Lynne Plambeck’s scurrilous accusations against city commissioners (“Commissioners must ask the hard questions,” July 11).

Firstly, one gets the sense that Ms. Plambeck believes that most city commissioners do not read their information packets thoroughly. This is insulting, but it belies an even bigger problem that I have noticed in the environmental community. Whenever someone takes a position counter to that of the environmentalists, they must either: A.) be on the payroll of Big Oil or the project developers, or B.) not have studied the environmental expert’s supposed data on the matter.

I assure you, Plambeck, we are all well aware of the arguments for and against greenhouse gas emissions and their alleged connection to global warming. We also take seriously claims made by environmentalists that a project will negatively impact an animal or plant species. You see, we have our authorities on these matters, too. And, oftentimes, they counter the claims made by environmental scientists.

Species disruption claims have been overturned numerous times on proposed energy projects in the Mojave Desert. But it’s the credible evidence against the theory of manmade global warming that represents the best evidence yet of the need to question California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) data.

Beyond these disagreements is the deception of “Greenmail,” or environmental extortion. This is when Big Labor unions, under the guise of environmental concern, register as an intervener in the CEQA process and then hold a project ransom for a union-only Project Labor Agreement to be negotiated by the local union business managers.

So, please excuse me and some of Santa Clarita’s respected and learned commissioners if we continue to reject or at least look skeptically at information provided in the environmental process of construction project approval.

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