Thursday, March 11, 2010

It’s Not Easy Being Green in the Land of Make Believe

Since his announcement for Governor, Allegheny County Dan Onorato has often touted his record of transforming Allegheny County into “a leader in green technology, environmental stewardship and sustainable development,” on the campaign trail.

The facts: Dan Onorato has a dismal record on the environment as evidenced by the Pittsburgh metropolitan area’s 2nd worst in the country air quality ranking, according to the American Lung Association. Recently, Pittsburgh area environmentalists sharply rebuked Allegheny County’s air quality plan as “too little, too late”, declaring that the plan, “fails to provide the basic protections of the [federal] Clean Air Act.” I find it laughable that he mentions “stopping urban sprawl”, in the embedded video above, while reputable publications such as Business Week noted that Pittsburgh was the most sprawling region in the US in 2006, Dan Onorato’s 3rd year as Allegheny County Executive.

The most egregious example of his two-faced record on the environment is his overnight flip-flop on taxing natural gas drilling in Marcellus Shale. Once again, Dan Onorato has experienced a sudden change of heart on another major issue in this race. As recent as January 11th, he expressed opposition to a tax on natural gas drilling. Strangely enough if you take a look at the bottom of page four in his position paper: “The Onorato Plan for Sustainability” it states that, “Onorato supports an impact tax on the natural gas that companies extract, which will bring Pennsylvania in line with other gas-producing states.”

More failures, fabrications and flip-flops, I guess it’s not easy being green in the land of make believe.

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