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People have said environmentalism is dead.  Well, Congressman Pombo is creating so much legislation to hurt the environment that it will hopefully revive the environmental movement.

"One day after Congress Pombo's (R-CA) bill to raze the Endangered Species Act passed out of committee, Pombo released a draft bill to sell off America's National Parks and open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and America's coasts to dangerous drilling. The irresponsible legislation fails to decrease oil dependence or save consumers money, but instead focuses bizarrely on items like selling naming rights and advertising in National Parks and destroying millions of acres of the heritage Americans cherish. The draft bill comes on the heels of Congressman Tancredo's (R-CO) radical bill to sell off 15 percent of America's public land.

He is so evil.  What is his fucking problem???  He want to get rid of the Endangered Species Act.  The Endangered Species Act is a safety net for wildlife, plants and fish that are on the brink of extinction.  The act hasn't significantly increased the population in some of the populations of animals it protects.  Therefore, we get rid of it?  Pombo would like to eliminate independent federal oversight of actions by federal agencies that may harm endangered species.   This man makes no sense.  Make the legislation stronger, not weaker!!!  Has it occured to him that it make take TIME to rebuild animal populations humans brought to the brink of extinction???

Pombo wants to sell off national parks.  Obviously, this isn't going to happen.  I just do not like anyone putting these ideas out there like it is even a possibility!

More on Pombo:

Pombo's ten-gallon hat and winsome mustache belie a fiercely honed instinct to rule. In 2005, he redesigned House Resources Committee protocol so that all bills were funneled directly to him, rather than to subcommittee chairs, and he alone decides how--and whether--to parcel them out. No fan of wilderness designation, he also sent his committee members a stern memo suggesting that wilderness bills would not get past his desk unless they allowed for "mechanized access," which includes vehicles like logging trucks.

The Resources Committee oversees hundreds of millions of acres of public lands in the West as well as the Interior Department, Forest Service and many environmental laws. This is apalling.  He is determined to promote development and making money at the expense of the environment.  This man needs to be stopped.   Every step of the way Pombo is finding ways to chip away at the protection of our planet.  

Pombo is leading a crusade against wildlife protections.  I hope it awakens the hearts and minds of Americans everywhere.

Originally posted to Boppy on Sat Sep 24, 2005 at 07:32 AM PDT.

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  •  Environmentalism never died. (none)
    It simply wasn't new anymore and some people went to other causes.  Keeping up the momentum for saving the earth is not easy.  It is a long term goal and needs a lot of people behind it.
  •  Pombo is also bringing new life (4.00)
    To Democratic politics in his district. We are going to work our asses off next year to make sure he doesn't fuck with the environment ever again.

    I'm not part of a redneck agenda - Green Day

    by eugene on Sat Sep 24, 2005 at 07:37:16 AM PDT

    •  Wonderful!! Can you get a Dem to beat (4.00)
      him in the next election?

      He that chooses his own path needs no map. Queen Kristina of Sweden.

      by Boppy on Sat Sep 24, 2005 at 07:39:53 AM PDT

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      •  Possibly (4.00)
        Going to try, at least. His district is quite winnable.

        I'm not part of a redneck agenda - Green Day

        by eugene on Sat Sep 24, 2005 at 07:49:18 AM PDT

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        •  Good luck. This man needs to be brought down. (4.00)
          I am sure the Dems in district will have all sorts of funding from environmental groups to get Pombo out of office!
        •  Norhtern Californians! (none)
          This jerk is the worst. He's won his district because he's one sharp hustler working an over-looked district and because the Democrat Party simply hasn't done any real work in that district.

          Weird jerrymandered district. Tentative candidates and low money the last two elections. The Northern California Democratic Party just plain needs to focus and concentrate on this district.

          Pombo has been the enemy of conservation, and Mr. Pork. He never met a developer he didn't like. And he's really a good hustler, wraps himself in a flag and an off-road vehicle with ease, stands four square for mom and apple pie, and talks and looks just like your State Farm Agent. With a voting record to match all of that, and worse.

          Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on or by imbeciles who really mean it. - Mark Twain

          by Rolfyboy6 on Sat Sep 24, 2005 at 08:31:58 AM PDT

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          •  Not an easy district (4.00)
            to win, the city of Tracy is in that district, home to many "hate groups."

            Pombo can be beaten, however his district is in "red" areas of Northern CA, to beat him the party is going to have to do a huge amount of work.

            He is also an incumbent, and that makes it even harder.  He is also the ONLY Goper elected to congress around here, so getting rid of him would be ohhhhhhhhhhhhh so wonderful.

            "September 11, 2001, already a day of immeasurable tragedy, cannot be the day liberty perished in this country." Judge Gerald Tjoflat

            by SanJoseLady on Sat Sep 24, 2005 at 09:24:00 AM PDT

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      •  Jerry McNerney is running (4.00)
        McNerney is running against Pombo and he needs strong support. George Lakoff has been a supporter of McNerney, too.

        •  I hope the local Dems (none)
          plan to use this legislation in their ads against Pombo.

          I can't believe a lot of residents would be happy that he's abandoning the protection of bald eagles and looking to sell off national parks.

          A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government - Edward Abbey

          by Naturegal on Sat Sep 24, 2005 at 10:03:27 AM PDT

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    •  Who is "we" (none)
      and how can I help?
  •  Highly recommend! (4.00)
    I feel so incredibly angry.  I don't understand why the Republicans insist on tearing down everything good our government has accomplished.  They are all about the money and will not let anything get in the way of their pursuit of money.  It is truly disgusting.

    How can Congressman Pombo want to destroy this landmark legislation?

    Congressman Pombo's bill is a plan that would rob American children of the natural heritage that is their birthright. It sets principles of conservation that have been around since Theodore Roosevelt was President on their head and turns back the clock to a time when the loss of healthy fish and wildlife populations was considered a reasonable cost of doing business.

    A look at Congressman Pombo's staff analysis shows his draft bill would:

    1. Eliminate conservation measures on tens of millions of acres of land around the country, the "critical habitat" of endangered species, and prevent such conservation activities in the future.

    2. Repeal established conservation measures that prohibit the killing or injuring of hundreds of threatened species such as the Bald eagle.

    3. Require the federal government to pay developers, the oil industry and other special interests to keep them from killing or injuring publicly owned fish and wildlife.

    Eliminate conservation measures on tens of millions of acres of land around the country!

    Of course.  There is development to be had on this land.  I am sure we do not have enough retail out there.  We need more big boxes and McMansions sitting on golf courses and fake ponds.  Do you have those where you live?  They build housing developments out here in the suburbs of Minneapolis with small man-made ponds.  Sometimes they throw in a fountain.

    What Pombo has had to say:

    But now Pombo speaks of "updating" and "modernizing" the law.

     "The act isn't working to recover species now," he said during a recent visit to Snohomish County. "At the same time, it's caused a lot of conflict with private property owners. We have to have an act that works and eliminates a lot of those conflicts we have."

    Pombo and other detractors say the law is broken because only a handful of species have ever recovered to the point they no longer require protection. Conservationists, however, point out that it's done a very good job of keeping species from going extinct.

    Yes.  Property owners.  We cannot protect our earth at the expense of the property owners.  Make money first.  Everything else be damned.  This is the Republican mission statement.

    only a handful of species have ever recovered to the point they no longer require protection.

    Because we destroyed so many species to the point we needed a law to protect them, now we should change the law because it hasn't worked fast enough for the Republicans?  Maybe rebuilding the populations with endangered species will take time.  What a crazy idea!  

    Thanks for letting me vent.

  •  This is very disturbing. (none)
    Do you have more info on the national parks and Pombo's legislation?
  •  Since this diary is about the environment, (4.00)
    I am adding a link to a very sickening story.

     The residents of Huangmenying village are poor, even by Chinese standards, but more and more are opting to splash out for bottled water rather than drink from local wells.
    Well water, they say, gives you cancer.

    Their fears are backed by the unusually large number of cancer cases in this village of fewer than 2,500 in central Henan province. The village gets most of its water from a fetid tributary of the Huai River, probably the most polluted stretch of water in China.

    Kong Heqin, a 30-year-old woman suffering cancer of the throat and intestine, cannot afford the luxury of filters and pumps water that stinks of rotten eggs and contains grainy sediment from a communal well into a red plastic pail.

    The poor everywhere are treated horribly.

  •  Democrats Joining Pombo (none)
    Six Democrats signed up as co-sponsors for Pombo's bill to gut the Endangered Species Act. We can't change Pombo, but we should be able to demand that these so called "Democrats" renounce the bill and Pombo.

    The Democrats supporting Pombo are listed at Words Have Power
    •  I didn't know about this. Thank you. (none)

      He that chooses his own path needs no map. Queen Kristina of Sweden.

      by Boppy on Sat Sep 24, 2005 at 08:36:03 AM PDT

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    •  Here is the list. (none)
      Mr. Dennis Cardoza (CA-18)
      Mr. Marion Berry (AR-1)
      Mr. Mike Ross (AR-4)
      Mr. Joe Baca (CA-43)
      Mr. Bennie Thompson (MS-2)
      Mr. Jim Costa (CA-20)

      If any of you out there are represented by these people, could you please contact them about Pombo's legislation and ask why they are selling out the environmental interests of the Democratic Party?

      He that chooses his own path needs no map. Queen Kristina of Sweden.

      by Boppy on Sat Sep 24, 2005 at 08:39:52 AM PDT

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  •  Fighting another Roosevelt (none)

    It's been clear for some time that the current GOP intends t revoke FDR's New Deal.

    Now they are aiming at the accomplishments of Teddy Roosevelt.

    Unlimited and unnecessary deficits,
    Selling off and logging off the national parks,
    Ignoring states rights whenever it conflicts with their agenda,

    Where, oh where, has the GOP gone?

  •  Pombo is at war (none)
    The point that I think needs to be made is that Pombo and all the co-signers and industry supporters and their media echo jocks are, in their minds, at war with those of us concerned about the environment. They see us as the enemy that must be defeated by any means available. The animals and habitat that will be lost are simply unfortunate casualties of that war, like the people of Iraq. The first casualty of war is the truth, and the very title of the bill, the "Threatened and Endangered Species Recovery Act" is a total lie. Pombo's press release says "I believe the ESA should be enhanced and refocused on its original goal - species recovery." But the bill would actually ignore and legitimize the destruction of species and habitat for short term economic goals. So to me the issue is the decency and character of Pombo and anyone who supports this bill, and their tendency to go to war to get what they want. Exposing the utter immorality of the bill is what will defeat it, in my opinion.
  •  The ESA isn't a safety net for wildlife only. (none)
    It's part of our safety net.  The problem with the environmental movement is the treehugger emphasis.    Most people do not relate to it and fail to see the safety ans economic aspects of environmentalism.
  •  The Dems in CA have to get this guy out (none)
    It's like he knows this is his moment -- before the 2006 backlash -- to try and push through all his anti-environmental legislation.

    For those of you who hate Chafee -- know that he is the main hope in the Senate to derail Pombo's plans, because the ESA legislation in the Senate will have to go through Chafee's committee first, and Chafee is taking a much slower and more deliberate approach.

    Let's just hope Chafee holds true to his environmental roots.

    A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government - Edward Abbey

    by Naturegal on Sat Sep 24, 2005 at 09:45:44 AM PDT

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