The New York Times wrote an editorial yesterday excoriating Richard Pombo for his Deep Ocean Energy Resource Act (DOER Act) which would give away billions in federal oil shale royalties to Pombo’s special interest buddies in the energy industry.
On the endorsement front, today the Sacramento Bee joined its sister publication, the Modesto Bee in endorsing Jerry McNerney, publishing last week's Mod Bee endorsement almost verbatim. Their joint indictment of Richard Pombo is withering.
Speaking of “withering,” you should check out the Rolling Stone piece ranking Richard Pombo seventh among “The 10 Worst Congressmen.” Their accompanying graphic is very funny.
The Pleasanton Weekly also endorsed Jerry McNerney today. In doing so, the paper heaped almost as much scorn on Richard Pombo as the Bees, but then went on to express admiration for Jerry McNerney.
The better choice is Jerry McNerney, 55, a Pleasanton resident who has attracted bipartisan support in his effort to unseat Pombo. An engineer, McNerney has devoted the last 20 years of his career to the development of viable wind energy technology and is currently CEO of a start-up company that will manufacture wind turbines.
Far from being a political ideologue, McNerney represents the kind of citizen activist who wants to work on solving important problems, not use those problems to curry favor with special interests and as a way to raise campaign contributions.
Meanwhile, the California red-legged frog has emerged victorious in its battle with Richard Pombo. While Pombo’s House bill eviscerating the Endangered Species Act appears to be permanently stalled in the Senate, the EPA has reached a settlement with the Center for Biological Diversity in a 2002 lawsuit that will protect the endangered frogs by banning the use of 66 dangerous pesticides near critical habitat areas. Mother Jones blog has the story here:
Much to the likely chagrin of Rep. Richard Pombo (R-Calif.) the EPA has agreed to protect the threatened California Red-Legged Frog, according to a settlement reached this week in a lawsuit filed in 2002. [...]So get out there this weekend and CANVASS the hell out of CA-11. Do it for the frogs. Just be careful to watch out for half-naked veterans and gun-toting, hate-spewing militia members.
Read more about Pombo’s battle against these amphibians in the name of development in Dick Russell’s story in the current issue of Mother Jones.
And according to poll numbers released today [actually, SNTP wrote about those numbers in depth a week ago] Pombo is neck and neck with his Democratic opponent Jerry McNerney, with Pombo at 41 percent and McNerney at 40 percent.
Frogs should be the least of his worries.
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