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I come not to praise but to bury scandal plagued Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber, who was forced to resign amidst the growing weight of public scandals, ethics investigations and criminal proceedings concerning political payoffs related to various green energy schemes and the governor ha pushed.
I don’t know if Kitzhaber’s support for energy efficiency, low-carbon energy standards, carbon-dioxide limits and renewable electricity was strictly driven by the quest for filthy lucre for his friends or if Kitzhaber was a blind true-believer in the green energy schemes he supported. I suspect the later, which makes his resignation even better in my opinion.
After all, a corrupt politician usually stops pushing bad policies when he/she stops receiving payoffs to support them whereas a true believer will push them regardless of the harm done in the belief that despite harming the people they are supposed to serve, “its the right thing to do.”
I suspect the jobs for is fiancé and green energy cronies were just added benefits received in the pursuit of environmental boondoggles that the Governor deep-down believed in.
My suspicion is that not all governors who support unreliable, expensive, environmentally harmfully green energy schemes are true believers. Regardless, it might be fruitful for muckraking purposes or from the perspective of legitimate investigative journalism to examine the books of green energy companies, and the governors, political advisors and gubernatorial appointees doing business in states at the forefront of the highly subsidized green energy revolution and attacks on reliable, relatively inexpensive fossil fuels that consumers, voting with their dollars, indicate they truly love.
Could other green governors be tied to similar scandals? As one who despises paternalistic intervention in individuals’ lives and the effect crony capitalism has on the economy, I hope so!