You can’t make this stuff up if you tried. The picture below is Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, a Democrat of course, attempting to cover for the Environmental Protection Agency and prove the water in the polluted Animas River is safe.
The Washington Times reports:
Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper’s big gulp of water from the formerly orange Animas River wasn’t just icky, it was “reckless and irresponsible,” said New Mexico’s top environmental official.
New Mexico environment department secretary Ryan Flynn said Mr. Hickenlooper’s decision to fill up his water bottle from the site of the EPA’s 3-million-gallon wastewater spill in Durango, Colorado, sends the wrong message.
“If it’s true, it’s a reckless and irresponsible act by a public official,” said Mr. Flynn in the Farmington (N.M.) Daily Times. “He might as well stick 15 cigarettes in his mouth and light them all at the same time and take a picture about how that’s good for you.”
Mr. Flynn noted that nobody should drink water directly from a river, even one that hasn’t been flooded with acidic drainage, although Mr. Hickenlooper did put a tablet of iodine in his water bottle first to kill germs before dipping it into the river.
In other words, the Governor is attempting to cover for the EPA by creating this photo-op with the intention of scoffing at the matter. See? It’s no big deal, even the Governor is drinking the water. You and I both know if it was a private company responsible for the spill, the Governor would be standing outside their headquarters with gallons of orange water demanding accountability.