Faux “Conservative” Group Runs Attack Ads re Fixing PA DEP

We have more evidence that a so-called “Conservative” environmental group, calling themselves Conservatives for Responsible Stewardship, is anything but conservative. Let’s strip the euphemisms away, shall we? Conservatives for Responsible Stewardship is a group of liberal Democrats pretending to be conservative Republicans. It is a pretense. A lie. How do we know? It all goes back to the budget bill passed by the Pennsylvania Senate. Republicans, which control both the House and Senate in Pennsylvania, passed an unbalanced budget of $32 billion. Problem is, there’s only $30 billion of projected revenue. So after passing the spending part of the budget, the legislature (i.e. Republicans) now have to “come up with” $2 billion to cover the difference. The pressure has been intense to punish the successful Marcellus industry by stealing even more of their money (PA already takes an overly generous portion of their profits). Senate Republicans caved to the pressure and floated a spending plan that includes a severance tax (see Traitorous PA Senate Republicans Pass Severance Tax Bill). The House, so far, has resisted the siren song that wants to lure them onto the rocks of killing the Marcellus industry. The Marcellus industry has, for years, complained about the sloooooooow response times in approving drilling permits by the Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP). As an olive branch to the industry, Senate Republicans also included (in the budget bill) fixes to the slow DEP, to speed things up (see PA Senate’s “Olive Branch” of “Relaxed Regulations” for Drillers). So-called Conservatives for Responsible Stewardship are now spending big money advertising against the Republicans who voted for the budget bill because of the DEP fix included. Thing is, a LOT of PA Senate Democrats (11 of 17) also voted for that budget–but “Conservatives” for Responsible Stewardship isn’t spending a dime to run advertising against the Democrats. What does that tell you?…

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