Scott Walker and his allies are talking about bringing back a mining bill more bi-partisan and environmentally-sensitive than last year's Assembly-driven, industry-influenced debacle:
Sen. Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau), the incoming Senate majority leader, said he was open to some new ideas coming out of the hearings.Please: Walker & Co. have as much dedication to a cleaner Wisconsin as the transfat producers have to a leaner Wisconsin.
"I'd love to sit down with [Janesville Democratic Senator Tim] Cullen and pick his brain," Fitzgerald said. "Absolutely, I'd love to have a bipartisan bill."
Walker during the last two years has pushed for ending the state's recycling program, and rolling back historic wetlands protections.
He installed industry representatives in top regulatory and administrative positions at the DNR.
He and his legislative allies obstructed wind farms, killed rail programs, weakened efforts to control phosphorus-runoff, and looked the other way when it came time to bring legal action against polluters.
And the mining bill had such a stench - - (an archive of posts, here) - - that even a GOP-controlled Senate couldn't pass it.
The Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters documented much of the Walker 'environmental' record just a few months ago.
And when Gov. Walker says he's for mining that protects the environment, look no further for his notion of environmental protection than his recent support for continued dumping of coal ash by the multiple ton into Lake Michigan by the S.S. Badger.
"Extend their permit," he said - - though the ship's owners have had years to convert their boiler or to find on-shore ash disposal methods.