The Post-Tribune, while offering the opinion that Mitch Daniels has been a decent governor for Indiana, finds his environmental record to be very bad, noting that Gov. Daniels has done the following:
Since Daniels came into office, under the direction of Easterly and his boss, Indiana has:
* Closed the IDEM office of enforcement.
* Weakened enforcement rules, making it necessary to demonstrate environmental degradation before the state takes action.
* Ended contracts with local air pollution monitors, including some in Hammond and Gary.
* Removed nearly all references about global warming in the state’s educational material for kids.
* Appointed a coal industry attorney as IDEM’s lead counsel.
* Fast-tracked the BP Whiting expansion permit, weakening it in the process and potentially endangering the much-needed capital project.
Daniels, who generally has been a good governor for Indiana, has failed so miserably on environmental issues one could conclude that his actions are intentional.