The Georgia Senate on Thursday booted the lone environmentalist from the state board charged with protecting natural resources.
“It’s one heck of an Earth Day present,” said Sally Bethea, the executive director of the Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper who — until now — was the strongest pro-environment voice on the state’s 18-member Board of Natural Resources.
Senate Majority Leader Tommie Williams said it was because Ms. Bethea is a registered lobbyist for Riverkeepers, which presents a conflict of interest. Ms. Bethea says she’s been one the whole time she’s been on the board. Nonetheless, I think it was a good call because she is a lobbyist for an organization with interests before the board.
However, I’d also note that now there are zero people on the board who are strong environmentalists. And while I’m not one, I think the Board really ought to have one to make sure the business guys aren’t missing something important.