Let us for good reasons reprise the ugly environmental record of high profile/small deerslayer, fake nose fancier, retired (mercifully) US EPA official and Scott Walker corporate cudgel Cathy Stepp's snotty rant (now unavailable, but saved here, and below) against both Karner Blue butterflies and the Wisconsin DNR employees she ended up 'managing' who were trying to help save the species.
The most crushing/controversial rules that businesses have to follow in our state are--most times--done through the "rule making process" of our state agencies. Without bogging everyone down with some really boring procedure talk, suffice it to say that many of these great ideas (sarcasm) come from deep inside the agencies and tend to be reflections of that agency's culture.For example, people who go to work for the DNR's land, waste, and water bureaus tend to be anti-development, anti-transportation, and pro-garter snakes, karner blue butterflies, etc...This is in their nature; their make-up and DNA. So, since they're unelected bureaucrats who have only their cubicle walls to bounce ideas off of, they tend to come up with some pretty outrageous stuff that those of us in the real world have to contend with...
- so please enjoy with me the content and its ironies in Tuesday's DNR news release as Earth Day approaches: