Monday, April 19, 2021

On Earth Day 4/20, Evers to stem Foxconn $$ runoff, too

Perhaps remembering the money WI taxpayers lost when Republicans broke the Talgo train deal, Gov. Evers appears poised to announce he's reworked the Walker-Vos Foxconn Sprawl-Inducing-Fiasco.

A deal which Vos - newly-self appointed to the state development agency board - is already crapping on and lying about even though the details this latest Democratic cleanup of a Republican created mess haven't been released, according to this report

On Sunday while appearing on "UpFront" on WISN-TV, Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, R-Rochester, said Evers was "playing politics" with the development and that Foxconn is "meeting all the goals that we set." 

“Foxconn is making concessions because they are having their back up against the wall even though they are meeting the goals that were set by the last administration and by the legislation we enacted,” Vos said, referring to the original deal signed by then Republican Gov. Scott Walker and backed by Republicans in the Legislature. “The governor doesn’t seem to want to keep the state’s deal, which is why he’ll come forward with a new proposal.”

Here's a 400+archive of posts about how Walker and Vos got Foxconn Fever.

Ironic, isn't it, that Evers' plan to steer a wetland-filling, pollution-enabling demolition of prime ag land for a never-built flat-screen TV factory away from further damage to taxpayers will be announced Tuesday, April 20 when Earth Day 2021 kicks off - because from its earliest days the whole Foxconn Fiasco was as far from earth-friendly as a project could get.


Foxconn flooding poured downstream to mainstream media; 3 takeaways

Flooding poured downstream from the Foxconn site and into mainstream media, too.

So a meteorological event became a media event. What did all that teach us?

While this blog reported on the event - - here and here (and was also presaged, here) - - there are at least three lessons in this Journal Sentinel story, for example, that sent, amplified or created strong messages.

1.  Activism gets results. So props to "A Better Mt. Pleasant" and its savvy, dedicated allies.

2.  Visual images like this one carried the story.

3. Foxconn's damage control extended beyond onsite repairs to a memorable analysis and pledgein the newspaper's story:
Claude Lois, who is managing the Foxconn project for Mount Pleasant, said in a statement that “runoff that resulted from the unusual rain event on Monday was short-lived and was addressed promptly that same day by the team.  
“Additional proactive measures were completed yesterday that are intended to prevent any similar events in the future.” 
The rain events were "unusual' and "short-lived" and are not likely occur "in the future?" Just another proof that the DNR really should have left the climate change material on its website it struck and deleted in 2016, including this key section (what is in yellow remains):
Human activities that increase heat–trapping ("green house") gases The reasons for this change at this particular time in the earth's long history are the main cause. Earth´s average temperature has increased 1.4 °F since 1850 being debated and researched by academic entities outside the eight warmest years on record have occurred since 1998Wisconsin Department of Natural ResourcesIncreasing temperatures have led to changes in rainfall patterns and snow and ice cover. These changes could have severe The effects on of such a change are also being debated... 

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