Saturday, August 12, 2006

Richard Pombo vs. Fishermen, Rivers, & Constituents

Roger Fleming of the Conservation Law Foundation claims that "Rep. Pombo's bill doesn't look out for fishermen." (source)

Richard Pombo vs. The Klamath River
The Stanford Progressive:
"Fishing rights' clash with aggressive farmers, and the conflict on the Klamath has created a strange bedfellows alliance between commercial fishermen and Native Americans. The two groups, normally opposed on political grounds, have come together with environmentalists and environmental justice groups in lawsuits filed against the U.S. government for failing to adhere to the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and save the few remaining salmon. Each year, the populations of threatened Chinook and endangered Coho salmon coming up the Klamath have dropped.


By September of the following year, the catastrophic dimension of the government's decision to allow irrigation was revealed. The 2002 salmon harvest was tragically small. Approximately 80,000 salmon lay gasping for breath on the banks of the Klamath, unable to reach their spawning grounds alive. Since then, each year's salmon run has gone lower, suffering from disease and high heat, pushing the "endangered" salmon species near extinction and the "threatened" species closer to an "endangered" listing. If Congressman Richard Pombo of California has his way, the Endangered Species Act may yet be reformed and crippled to the extent that the listings as they stand hold even less water, so to speak, than they already do.


California Republican Congressman Richard Pombo has sponsored House Resolution 3824, which the House subsequently approved. Should HR 3824 pass in the Senate, it would undermine the Endangered Species Act, removing every restrictive provision and altering the system by forcing taxpayers to reimburse would-be habitat-destroyers if they voluntarily decided to protect endangered wildlife.

This bill would prove devastating to the future of the dwindling Klamath River salmon population, which was once teeming with life..." (More-At-Source)

What's He Hiding?
Congressman Richard Pombo has yet to respond to the 100+ constituents who submitted a letter asking him to respond to some of allegations of conflicts of interests and corruption surrounding him. ""One can only conclude from this non-response that the “allegations” must not just be allegations." (source)

Who's Next?
Bob Ney (R-Oh), who like Richard Pombo has ties to corrupt Republican lobbyist, Jack Abramoff, has decided against seeking reelection. "Ultimately this decision came down to my family," the six-term congressman said in a statement posted on his campaign website. "I must think of them first, and I can no longer put them through this ordeal." (source)

LA Times on California's "Big Six" California Republicans and Lobbying;
"It is a cozy world where personal relationships count for millions of dollars and a latter-day "Triangle Trade" has developed among powerful committee chieftains...It is also a world dominated by a few California Republicans.

The November elections will decide whether five of California's "Big Six" chairmen...continue to hold their powerful positions...


Washington is no stranger to scandal involving government officials, private interests and well-connected middlemen. But the current controversies reflect a new reality that is defined by several factors, including the increased money involved in lobbying, new fundraising demands on chairs and the increased use of earmarks...


Pombo, who often wears cowboy boots, draws a large portion of the money he raises from groups with interests before his Resources Committee.


Washington has at least 15,000 lobbyists, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. That number has held fairly steady, but spending on lobbying has increased 41% in the past five years to an estimated $2.2 billion, making it the third biggest enterprise in Washington after government and tourism." (More-At-Source)


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