Oregon’s EnviroCrime Gangbangers

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Oregon Attorney General John Kroger has established the new Environmental Crimes Enforcement Unit (the “ECEU”). The purpose of this unit is allow the state to get more aggressive in pursuing “criminals” guilty of environmental non-compliance. After all, Kroger was elected after promising to increase the prosecution of environmental crimes. From the article in Oregon Business Report:

Mr. Kroger’s plan to dramatically increase the number of criminal prosecutions for environmental noncompliance is a departure from past practices. Historically, most of the environmental noncompliance in Oregon has been punished by way of civil and administrative penalties. Criminal prosecutions, which have been handled by harried county district attorneys, have been spotty and reserved for only the most egregious violations.

So now, people who don’t perfectly conform to arbitrary laws created by special interests — the people-hating EnviroCommunists and businesses that profit from such laws — will be deemed criminals and will serve jail time.

In fact, Kroger has said that big business will not be his main prey — he intends to go after small businesses, who he believes “have a competitive advantage because they are not paying the costs associated with compliance.” So now, Mr. Kroger is a CFO and a cost expert, too? Impressive! Except that Mr. Kroger has already failed the test. Small businesses are always at a disadvantage wherever regulation and associated costs are concerned. And big business lobbyists understand this fact. Congratulations to Oregon’s wealthy and powerful business lobbyists who have helped establish this evil brainchild and the plans for driving up costs and increasing the likelihood incarceration. More business competition destroyed, and that’s the plan.

Now ….. remind me why you want to remain a business owner in Oregon?

6:23 am on December 6, 2009