Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Hollywood Goes to Texas

JunkYardBlog usually presents a wealth of information on topics of interest. So, interested in the DeLay "indictment," JYB did a little nosing around regarding the Dallas DA and his "film-maker" pal, a guy named Schermbeck.

A couple of weeks ago I spoke via phone with Harold Green, formerly of TXI in Midlothian, Texas. TXI is a cement manufacturing plant; Green was from 1995 to 2000 its director of corporate communications. Schermbeck has spent the past ten years harassing TXI over a permit it sought from the state to burn waste in its kilns. Termed hazardous waste, TXI sought to burn inks and other flammables as fuel in order to manufacture cement. Schermbeck fought against the permit to burn, but on behalf of the hazardous waste disposal industries. Their purpose, according to Green, was to force TXI into paying them to remove the waste from TXI's plant and then burn it--for fuel--themselves. Schermbeck was merely their paid activist foil to force TXI to pay them for services TXI didn't need, and would have had no impact on the environment at all, since the waste would have been burned either way.

About Schermbeck, Green was unequivocal:

"First of all, he's not a filmmaker. Jim is a paid political activist, pro-Democrat, anti-Republican, anti-business liberal activist. Jim will manipulate the truth in order to make it do what he wants it to do."

Paid by whom? By Downwinders at Risk, an environmental advocacy group based in the Dallas area. Schermbeck is the group's only paid staff.

There's much more to the story, and I'm still working on it and am aware of another reporter who is as well,

I happen to think that DeLay could be indicted for Crimes Against Responsible Budgeting in Congress. Of course, if we had such a law, we'd only have about 40 people left in Congress....


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