Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Now Showing: The War on Endangered Species

This is a crosspost from Jessica at Cellar Door, who voices the rage I also feel at learning about this outrage. I've been covering this Administration's war on the Environment for quite some time, but now it seems that it's not just the Administration but the entirety of the Republican party who have completely given up on (or actively declared war on the idea of) protecting the Earth and its species. Here's the meat of what you need to know:

The measure, which drew quick denunciations from groups like Environmental Defense, Defenders of Wildlife and the Natural Resources Defense Council, was proposed by the House Resources Committee chairman, Representative Richard W. Pombo, Republican of California. It was immediately put on a fast track, which is expected to bring it before the full House early next week.

In a news conference Monday, Mr. Pombo said his legislation "will put the focus on recovery where it should be and will eliminate a lot of the conflicts we have had with private property owners."

That's right, the rules have changed: an ounce of cure is apparently now worth a pound of prevention. And who is the most important in all of this? Private property owners, which you might as well read as "major corporations". Don't think for a second that they're really concerned about whether Joe's ranch has a nest of bald eagles. This is about allowing unimpeded land development for major corporations, no doubt about it. Want proof? Let's take a look at Mr. Pombo's biggest contributors.

First of all, this scum is tied to the whole DeLay scandal that's been going on. If nothing speaks of an upstanding representative who cares about his constituents, it's involvement with DeLay.

And oh, gee, look, his supporters have connections to a war over tribal land. Here's a hint: he's not on the side of Native Americans in this. Land grab, anyone?

His two biggest contributors? Agribusiness and Real Estate, both of which look to prosper from this decision.

I'm seconding Jessica's call to write to your Congresspeople. I live in a Republican-dominated area, but I'm still going to be doing this. We have to do something to stop this mockery of humanity.

Posted by crimnos @ 10:54 AM

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Do you diary on Daily Kos? If so, you might post it up there too...since you have more information than I do.

Posted by Blogger Jessica @ 11:20 AM #

Oh, no, unfortunately, I don't. I've been meaning to do so for ages, but I just can't find the time to do it. Perhaps I should email it someone who does...

Posted by Blogger crimnos @ 11:23 AM #

do it! Members are HIGHLY active, literally keeping these people's contact info on speed dial.

Posted by Blogger Jessica @ 11:44 AM #

I forwarded all the information to Thom Hartmann and Tony Tripiano, I know Tony will read it over the air, but I don't know if I got it to Thom in time...

Posted by Blogger Jessica @ 12:13 PM #

Whoah, awesome! I was stuck in a meeting and hadn't had a chance to send it out. Thanks, you rock!

Posted by Blogger crimnos @ 12:59 PM #

I second Jessica regarding a diary on dailykos.

Thanks for blogging on this, Crimnos. I read stuff like this and think, we have a lot of work to do when we kick these assholes out in 06 and 08.

Posted by Blogger alice_pants @ 1:30 PM #

Yeah, I'm trying to find the right person now; unfortunately, I'm very constricted because I'm at work right now.

And seconded on that thought. It might take four years just to reverse these losses. And what if the tide turns in 06 and 08, just in time for the new Congress or President to be blamed when these policies finally come home to roost?

Posted by Blogger crimnos @ 1:46 PM #

I posted three petitions on my blog...

Posted by Blogger Jessica @ 1:58 PM #

Thanks, signed all three. I'll try to post those here later on.

Posted by Blogger crimnos @ 2:08 PM #


I'm willing to post it on Kos if you are willing to put together the information. I don't think I am nearly as eloquent as you are.

Posted by Blogger Jessica @ 2:51 PM #

Thanks; I can do that. Do you have an email address I can send it to?

Posted by Blogger crimnos @ 2:57 PM #

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Posted by Blogger Jessica @ 3:10 PM #

Okay, got it, if you want to go ahead and delete your information.

Posted by Blogger crimnos @ 3:11 PM #


hopefully I didn't muck us up too bad...definately have to do more of that.

Posted by Blogger Jessica @ 1:37 AM #
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