Governor Dennis Daugaard has shown his bipartisan stripes by appointing a Democrat to the state Board of Minerals and Environment. Unfortunately, that Democrat is Doyle Karpen. The Union County Commission chairman, who faced no challenge for his seat on that august body this year, now joins the gents in Pierre who review the permits for, among other things, the proposed Hyperion refinery in Union County near Elk Point.
Governor Daugaard calls Karpen a great addition to the BME who will "prove invaluable..." yeah, to promoting Governor Daugaard's Big Oil agenda. Karpen loves Hyperion. When the Union County Commission issued the local permits for Hyperion, Karpen said Hyperion would be "fantastic" for South Dakota, bringing jobs and tax revenue. He sternly hammered down public criticism of the refinery (for which Hyperion has still not turned one spade of earth). Karpen's Hyperion boosterism was bad enough that when he ran for Public Utilities Commission in 2010, I voted for his opponent, Dusty Johnson, the only state-level Republican who got my vote that year.
And now Karpen gets to vote on state-level permits for Hyperion.
If I didn't know better, I would think that some days, Governor Daugaard is looking for ways to drive me nuts.