One has to wonder what is going on with Senator Johnson right now. Why isn’t he getting behind Senator Thune and Congresswoman Noem in an effort to stop the pine beetle.
Sen. John Thune and Rep. Kristi Noem said Thursday that they are optimistic that Congress will be receptive to their plan for fewer environmental regulations and more pine-beetle-control work in the Black Hills.
But their efforts of persuasion might have to begin in their home-state delegation. Democratic Sen. Tim Johnson isn?t quite ready to endorse the legislation by his two Republican colleagues.
I can’t think of an easier no-brainer for members of South Dakota’s delegation, yet Johnson is still playing “present” instead of focusing on what’s best for the black hills.
He stopped short, however, of endorsing the legislation by Thune and Noem.
?I support the overall goals of increasing the flexibility of the Forest Service to respond to the pine beetles in the Black Hills, and especially increasing the use of cooperative agreements,? Johnson said.
It isn’t a complicated issue. His inaction indicates that maybe Johnson would be more comfortable to just have the black hills burn one beetle infested tree at a time?