So much happening today it is hard to tell where to begin.
Pombo manages, in just a couple of days, to get yet another bill to drill in ANWR through the House. Of course, it will not make it in the Senate, again. Still, it allowed Pombo to turn out 3 press releases: introduce the bill, it is coming up for a vote today and it passed (225-201). I particularly like this quote from Sherwood Boehlert, a Republican from NY, whose comments were featured in the SF Chronicle story this afternoon. Boehlert told Alaska's Don Young that had Congress passed improved auto fuel economy measures 11 years ago when they were considered, today "we would save far more oil than ANWR would produce."
I add this quote from Boehlert and the count for the vote, just to prove that this is not just Good Democrats vs. Bad Republicans but rather forward thinking legislators vs. opportunistic politicians.
Boehlert gave one Republican's view. Steve Filson had a similar view with a press release today that takes Pombo to task for failure to support CAFE statndards for gas mileage. He made exactly the same point.
If the United States Congress would implement the same efficiency standards California has in place today, the country would be using 13% less gas, saving 41,665,000 gallons every day, far more than we could ever extract from ANWR. (Full release not yet on his site.)
McCloskey and McNerney were both targeting Pombo on the questions related to his
connections to the Marianas, textile king Willy Tan and Jack, the money man, Abramoff. So far, the only comment from Pombo on this has been that McCloskey made this up "out of thin air." But both hammered him again today. (Neither have the press releases up on their site today.)
Jerry McNerney made a telling point that I have long wondered about.
"The result of this human exploitation is shocking: Forced abortions and forced prostitution," said McNerney. "Somehow, I don't think Pombo's constituents -- especially those with strong anti-abortion views -- want a Congressman whose actions directly contribute to forced abortions and forced prostitution."These accusations against Tan Holding (were the current Governor of CNMI used to work) were part of the NPR story mentioned in my previous post on this. This is hardly thin air, though most of the local press has not touched this story, and John Upton of the Tracy Press allowed Pombo's consultant, Wayne Johnson, to get away with the "thin air" comment.