It wasn’t like this wasn’t predictable, but commentary, posing as journalism is still a shame. In Kate Queram’s piece at the StarNews on DENR today, such commentary slips in:
That mindset, coupled with a Republican super-majority in a state government that has in recent years slashed both DENR’s budget and its oversight capabilities, could spell disaster for protective measures currently in place to preserve natural resources, according to environmental experts.
But the quote from the Coastal Resource Commission does NOT assert that there is any looming disaster:
“It will absolutely be easier for deregulation to take place under this administration,” said David Webster, a biologist at the University of North Carolina Wilmington and a member of the state’s Coastal Resources Commission. “I’m always suspicious of the influence that special-interest groups have on the political process. By nature, they are advocates for their own narrow agendas and unfortunately, our political process allows that.”
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