Knowing what little I know about the term and those who espouse its tenets, I wonder if the planet can endure such "saving" much longer.
But there he is. A Democrat has emerged to take on Republican Morgan Griffith in the upcoming Congressional election in November. An honest-to-God sustainabilityist.
From today's Roanoke Times:
Democrats pick Douglass, Flaccavento to challenge in 5th, 9th DistrictsYeah. Whatever. He's found a bunch of mindless, moneyless, misguided tree-huggers in Abingdon to nail campaign signs to the area's trees for him.
By Brian Kelley and Lerone Graham
In the 9th District, Democrats held their convention in Dublin, where Abingdon sustainability consultant and farmer Anthony Flaccavento secured the nomination in his bid to challenge another freshman Republican, Rep. Morgan Griffith, R-Salem.
Flaccavento was excited about the nomination, and said that the party appears energized, based on the convention being a packed house.
"I think the Democrats are getting the wind back in their sails," he said.
Flaccavento said he feels that his entrepreneurial background and the ability to both start and finish projects gained the confidence of his party. Now that he has been formally nominated, Flaccavento said he plans to aggressively connect with people in the district to learn their thoughts and concerns. He has more than 400 volunteers for his campaign so far and Flaccavento said he wants to reach out to all demographics of people to make himself known.
"I think it's going to be exciting. We're going to be a very well organized campaign," he said. [link]
So what do we know about this "sustainability consultant" other than the fact that he has a good southern last name?
But what do we know about "sustainability"?
Fortunately for us - unfortunately for him - a whole lot. Something you all in the coalfields of Southwest Virginia might find interesting - the "sustainability movement" and the "climate movement" are one in the same. Cap-and-trade anyone? For coal, to Mr. Flaccavento, is little more than a foul-smelling four-letter word.
And this: If you think that $8 CFL lightbulb is the one thing that is going to save the planet, you'll love the sustainability movement. I'm guessing that part of this Anthony Flaccavento's consulting schtick is to advise everyone to "go green." Well, as we've learned, "going green" means your green - green as in money - is gone. Fossil fuels? Don't make them puke. $800 a month electric bills? Just think what you're doing to save
So we have us a "greenie" running for Congress. In the reddest Congressional District in the entire freaking United States of America. Our District.
Bring it on, big guy. We weren't done with Rick Boucher and we're all still itching to get back to that debate about the damage that his kind - your kind - has done us.
A suggestion for Mr. Flaccavento: Can you get the Bristol Herald Courier to publish a photo of yourself with Barack Obama's arm around you, giving you a big squeeze?
That strategy worked out well for this guy:
Last seen wandering in a daze along some hiking trail in Damascus ...