Wednesday, January 25, 2006

'Denying scandal link, congressman pushes oil drilling in Alaska'

Modesto Bee: "Denying scandal link, congressman pushes oil drilling in Alaska

RIPON — Rep. Richard Pombo, a Tracy Republican who has been defending and distancing himself from two influence-peddling scandals, on Tuesday turned his remarks to energy policy and the environment.


In light of Abramoff's guilty plea, Pombo said he decided to give the money to charity because it "was the right thing to do." The $7,000 will go to help establish a Boys and Girls Club on an Indian reservation in Minnesota, a spokesman for the House Resources Committee said Pombo said Tuesday that what he did "exposed what FDIC (Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.) was doing" to "extort land away from a private citizen."


Pombo said drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska makes sense. He said it would yield oil production equal to what the United States gets from Saudi Arabia. He said the area of interest for drilling is just 2,000 acres of a 20million-acre refuge.


In other Pombo news Tuesday, the congressman presented a check for $100,000 to the Boys and Girls Club of Manteca and Lathrop. The money is part of an $85 million federal appropriation for Boys and Girls Clubs nationwide."



Post a Comment

<< Home