[Updated twice since Wednesday] Walker distracted media in Canada Wednesday from his losing, amateurish diplomatic fight with British Prime Minister David Cameron with some absolutely bizarre remarks about drinking water:
While in Canada, Walker suggested that he had qualms about drinking the water in other countries he had visited.
“There are plenty of places around the world I go to that I would not dare do that,” he said. “I would not be drinking water unless they brought it to me in a bottle and I could make sure the top had not been turned . . . because I wouldn’t know if I would get sick or not.”You have to ask: what is wrong with this guy?
First of all: "Plenty of places around the world I go to..."
And where are those "places around the world," exactly?
Walker is not particularly well-traveled, hence his crash course in foreign policy. Though he's recently been to major cities in the modern, industrialized western nations of England, Germany, France, Spain, Israel and Canada - - all places where the tap water is perfectly safe to drink.
And secondly; he's afraid the water would make him sick?
Look at his record helping to create the conditions where you definitely would not want to drink the water right here in Wisconsin where Scientific American is saying he killed the state's environmental legacy:
What about the people his do-nothing DNR put at risk when they got a wrist slap for a politically-active GOP donor who'd wantonly spread human septic tank wastes on farm fields near residences in violation of the permit the DNR decided to barely enforce?
Did you know that the DNR Walker configured in 2011 with what he called " a chamber of commerce mentality" has been so lax in following the US Clean Water Act that the US EPA has been asked to come into Wisconsin to protect residents; drinking water from dairy manure runoff pollution?
If Walker had real concerns about drinking water - - not his, when traveling - - but on behalf of Wisconsinites, we would not see headlines like this:
Environmental groups ask EPA to study drinking water pollution from Kewaunee County dairiesWalker and water quality? You can't put those words into the same sentence without decontaminating the text.
For goodness sakes - - he'd been in office only a few days when he demanded and got the Legislature to pass a bill that prematurely stopped a review of a development proposal by one of his donors to build on a wetland near Lambeau Field in Brown County.
And also began rolling back clean water practices statewide fin 2011, too.
Even earlier, he intentionally let water quality standards fall along the Lake Michigan shoreline at Bradford Beach when he was Milwaukee County Executive, and his record as governor is replete with more examples of water supplies threatened and polluted- - from Green Bay and its expanding dead zone to groundwater near the burgeoning industrial-scale farms and dairies he's enabled, to state rivers where frac sand operations have contaminated the waters, to his support for weakened phosphorous removal planning that keeps Wisconsin rivers, lake and streams choked with stinky weeds.
More details, here.
And he was willing to green light a massive open-pit iron ore mine in the pristine Bad River watershed near Ashland, putting that city's drinking water, as well as Native American tap water and rice-growing estuaries at risk from acid mine drainage and particles from 35 years of mountain top blasting and round-the-clock milling and trucking.
Many of these bodies of water supply Wisconsin communities with their drinking water.
He is the last chief executive to point a finger at any water quality issues anywhere.