[env-trinity] Earthjustice on Kempthorne Nomination

Byron bwl3 at comcast.net
Thu Mar 16 15:59:57 PST 2006

Earthjustice Statement on Nomination of Gov. Dirk Kempthorne As Interior

Contact: Todd True, 206-343-7340 ext. 30 or John McManus, 510-550-6707, both
of Earthjustice; Web: http://www.earthjustice.org

WASHINGTON, March 16 /U.S. Newswire/ -- The following is a statement by Todd
True, Earthjustice staff attorney, on the nomination of Idaho Governor Dirk
Kempthorne as Interior Secretary:

"I wish President
<http://search.news.yahoo.com/search/news/?p=President+Bush>  Bush could
quit that man. Between the two of them, they've wrecked a lot of fine

"As Governor, Kempthorne led the charge to strip protection from 60 million
acres of America's last wild forests and he's consistently fought against
protection for wildlife like grizzly bears and salmon in his home state of
Idaho. He's openly hostile to America's natural areas and wildlife -- which
puts him outside the mainstream of what people want to see for their
children and their future.

"As a one-term Senator, Kempthorne only cast one pro- environmental vote in
six years, according to the League of Conservation Voters Scorecard. He also
introduced a bill to undermine the Endangered Species Act that was
unanimously opposed by conservation and scientific groups.

"Gov. Kempthorne has built his career by pushing an anti- environmental
agenda and catering to the oil, mining, and timber industries. Kempthorne is
cut from the same cloth as Gale Norton. He will be a cheerleader for the
Bush administration's efforts to open public lands to industrial



Byron Leydecker

Chair, Friends of Trinity River

Advisor, California Trout, Inc

PO Box 2327

Mill Valley, CA 94942-2327

415 383 4810 ph

415 383 9562 fx

bwl3 at comcast.net

bleydecker at stanfordalumni.org





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