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Friday, July 15, 2005

Blood Thicker Than Water?

Michael Fumento has some thoughts on how Governor Schwarzenegger could be Terminating California’s Prosperity
Think Tamminen. When Schwarzenegger appointed him California EPA secretary in 2003, environmentalists rejoiced. He "may hold the most powerful environmental job in the U.S. outside of Washington, D.C.," declared an interviewer. And that was BEFORE Schwarzenegger heaved him upstairs to Cabinet Secretary, where he presides over Cal/EPA and ALL the state agencies.

Tamminen is greener than the Jolly Green Giant. Until the Arnold appointment, he was executive director of Environment Now. He was or remains affiliated with a forest of environmentalist organizations including the Natural Resources Defense Council, Baykeepers, Surfrider Foundation, Heal the Bay, Malibu Foundation, the Waterkeeper Alliance, Energy Independence Now, and coalition of about 50 green groups called Clean Farms Clean Water.

He's on the board of directors for the Wishtoyo Foundation, which he approvingly says is "making the environment a cultural and not a scientific issue." Lovely.
Schwarzenegger never promised a "pro-science" administration, but did say he was pro-business. Tamminen's appointments therefore would seem awfully curious except that he admitted to an interviewer that much can be attributed to being a longtime friend of Schwarzenegger's environmentalist wife Maria Shriver, who is also a cousin of outspoken environmentalist and long-time Tamminen colleague Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Blood is truly thicker than water.
More (here). Apparently family relations are more important to The Gov than our economic welfare.

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