Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund endorses McNerney
The following is a statement of Rodger Schlickeisen, President, Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund.
I am proud to announce our endorsement of Jerry McNerney for Congress. Jerry is a moderate, common sense candidate who understands that clean water, clean air, unspoiled land, and abundant wildlife are the greatest gifts we can leave to our children. He knows that these are all part of America’s natural heritage and part of the legacy we leave to future generations.
The choice voters face this fall could not be clearer. We can count on Jerry McNerney to protect special places like the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge from oil drilling. We know he will fight to keep oil rigs away from California’s coasts and help conserve natural treasures like California’s Yosemite National Park and the Los Padres National Forest. And perhaps most importantly, we know Jerry McNerney will bring his expertise in clean renewable energy to Congress as he works to reduce our nation’s dependence on oil and meet our energy needs, all while keeping California’s economy moving. His vision stands in stark contrast to Richard Pombo, who is all too willing to sacrifice our natural treasures on behalf of special interests.
Richard Pombo is arguably the biggest anti-environmental extremist in the House of Representatives and was the Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund’s 2005 Wildlife Villain of the Year. He has taken hundreds of thousands of dollars from oil, gas, timber and mining companies and turned right around and pushed their agenda in Congress. He has proposed drilling off California’s coast, selling public lands to mining companies, and led the fight to weaken the Endangered Species Act on behalf of developers. His only concern seems to be the dismantling of the environmental laws that protect us all, today and for generations to come.
This fall, voters in California's 11th district will choose between two very different candidates: Richard Pombo, who is working to tear down environmental protections to benefit special interests, or, Jerry McNerney, who wants to conserve our natural heritage for future generations. For anyone who cares about the world their children and grandchildren will live in, the choice could not be clearer.