Continuing their war on the environment and war on cities all in one fell swoop, the extremist loons of the NCGA, led by Brent Jackson & Andrew Brock, now propose to do away with all types of tree protection.
State legislators may act this summer to bar cities, towns and counties from imposing tree-protection rules on private property owners, if a study committee gets its way.
The language on tree-protection laws is direct, barring both cities and counties from adopting or enforcing any ordinance or regulation that governs “the removal, replacement and preservation of trees on private property within its jurisdiction.”
Of course, Guvnor McCharlotte is caught in the middle again, because he liked to at least pretend to be a moderate in his previous elected job.
The bill could create a political dilemma for Gov. Pat McCrory, a former mayor of Charlotte who in the past has claimed credit for helping pass that city’s tree-protection rules.
McCrory, a Republican, in 2007 told a U.S. congressional subcommittee those rules were a highlight of Charlotte’s attempts to protect the environment.
There is no rational basis for this bill. It's the height of stupidity. Protecting trees, as even Guvnor McRarelycorrect points out, is good for the environment AND for economic development.
Of course the GOP is protecting their corporate darlings, in this case developers, as they usually do, but we can think of no other explanation for this bill other than:
- Brock & Jackson want to demonstrate their power and punish North Carolina's cities (that's where the Democrats mostly live, you know); and
- Jackson & Brock want to push the boundaries of extremism even further.
Sadly, their stupid political games have real, harmful consequences for this state, some of which will surely be irreparable. But they don't give a shit; they're pleasing their ALEC-corporate masters.
If this one goes through, though, some of their right-wing base will be cursing Jackson & Brock. People like trees in their neighborhoods, and even the "because freedom!" nuts tend to like the idea that their neighbors can't just bulldoze a forest on a whim.