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AJC PolitiFact gets it wrong on Jones

July 1, 2010 6 comments

PolitiFact Georgia | Jones says he helped turn “trash into cash.”.

After reading this article by Eric Stirgus of the AJC, I have to wonder how they could rate this as mostly true. It seems to me that the statement is true, period. If you are not familiar with PolitiFact, it is a series where the AJC fact checks statements by various people. They give them a rating of true, mostly true, half true, barely true, false, and Pants on Fire (liar liar). Vernon already has a pants on fire rating for a statement he made about transit and Hank Johnson. This one though seems a bit off base. Here is the statement they were analyzing –

“I have a record on the environment of creating green energy by capturing methane gas at our landfills and selling it to Georgia Power and they in return selling it back as green energy — taking trash and turning it into cash,

So what is the problem with this statement. They almost admitted that the program was making money with this statement:

And how much has DeKalb collected from the program? Walton said $3.9 million thus far. DeKalb projects it will collect nearly $1.1 million this year and slightly more in 2011.

So let me get this straight, the county has made 3.9 mil so far will grab another 1.1 mil this year and more than 1 million next year. If my math is correct, that is nearly Six million dollars. The entire cost of of the facility, excluding maintenance,  has been covered in 4 years. If it continues at this pace, it will be a money maker in the next couple of years, maintenance included. Sorry AJC, but me smells some bias.

BTW, this is no way in support of the Jones campaign, just wanted to give credit where credit is due.