Someone get King County Executive candidate Susan Hutchison a dictionary. Because, apparently, she has no idea what's meant by the word environmentalist.
A week after finding out that she actually does support something like Tim Eyman's I-1033, we're now learning, thanks to the ever-muckracking Dow Constantine campaign, that Hutchison truly has a gift for the half-truth. Yesterday the Seattle Timeseditorialized in Constantine's favor as an advocate for the environment. To which Hutchison responded:
Hutchison says she's not uninterested [in environmental issues]; as executive director of the Charles Simonyi Fund for Arts and Sciences, she has steered money to environmental causes.
And what causes are those? Glad you asked.
Hutchison's Simonyi Fund has donated more than $100,000 to conservative think-tank the Washington Policy Center. Specifically earmarking some of it to go towards the group's Center for the Environment. In the grand tradition of No Child Left Behind and the Patriot Act (and really, any legislative act of the past century), the Center for the Environment's name is a convenient bit of misdirection. Meant to distract from the fact that this is a group seriously interested in fucking up the environment for a long time.
As you can see from the website, the most visible piece of promotion is for the "most controversial film of the year," Not Evil Just Wrong -- The True Cost of Global Warming Hysteria. Added to that are Op-Eds about the dangers of green jobs and cap-and-trade. and Seattle's "solar agenda."
So, to review, Hutchison stakes her environmentalist bona fides on the strength of financial support to a group of solar-power-opposing global warming denialists. The same breed that thinks Dan Brown writes nonfiction. Why, she's the second-coming of Rachel Carson, I tells ya!