Wednesday, January 06, 2010

The Devil Will Not Die: Richard Pombo's attempted redux

Ya'll remember Richard Pombo, don't you? He was the Congressman hell-bent on disassembling the Endangered Species Act in 2005. Fortunately, he was defeated and driven from Congress in 2006.

And then he became a lobbyist, which was basically all he was as a legislator.

Now, it appears he's ready to wreck wildlife recovery once again.
Former seven-time Rep. Richard Pombo, the Tracy GOP rancher who tried to dismantle the Endangered Species Act and pushed for more oil drilling in Alaska, wants to return to Congress - and national environmental groups said Tuesday they plan to return to the Central Valley to thwart him.
When he lost the last election, it had everything to do with the mass mobilization from enviros to support his opponent. Hopefully, this time, his own record will damn him:
And here’s the Sierra Club’s list of “Pombo’s Greatest Misses”:

* Proposed selling off our national parks, including the only national park in his former district
* Took more than $337,000 in campaign cash from Big Oil
* Tried to gut the Endangered Species Act
* Went on a taxpayer-funded cross-country family vacation
* Backed the George W. Bush administration’s misguided and disastrous effort to decimate our national forests, the so-called Healthy Forest Initiative
* Backed the George W. Bush administration’s efforts to gut the Clean Air Act
* Tried, repeatedly, to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to drilling
* One of the most vocal proponents of disastrous Bush-Cheney energy policy, written by, and for, Big Oil, Dirty Coal, and the nuclear industry
* Named one of the “most corrupt members of Congress” by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, based on his ties to disgraced and convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff and numerous other alleged violations of Congressional ethics rules and federal laws.
We shall see. If not, try this. Can't hurt, might help.(**UPDATE- ya'll know we're kidding, right?**)

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