|Pombo slammed in New York Times, Sacramento Bee, and San Jose Mercury editorials|
Friday, Nov. 26, 2005, New York Times:
“While lawmakers are in recess, it is worth reflecting on one particular part of the mess they have left behind. Last week, a budget bill scraped through the House, 217 to 215. Democrats and moderate Republicans had already stripped a provision to allow drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. But the House bill left intact an evil trap to be sprung on the American public: Richard Pombo’s plan to put a few hundred million acres of publicly owned land up for sale in the American West….
“This is a blatant fraud on the American people, expressed in bland legislative legalese. The question is, Who is going to stop it? “
Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2005, San Jose Mercury News:
“Richard Pombo, the rancher and member of Congress from Tracy, has been on a roll. He’s been rolling over the Endangered Species Act. He’s been rolling over the moratorium on offshore oil and gas drilling. He’s been rolling over the notion that public lands ought to be managed for the public good.
“In general, Pombo has been using his position as chairman of the House Natural Resources committee to flatten the laws that protect the natural wonders of his home state and the rest of the states as well.“
“This environmental destruction is written into the budget act as a way — a shortsighted way — of raising revenues.
“Environmental blindness is a Pombo specialty. He’s pushing for a highway from the Central Valley over Mount Hamilton into East San Jose. There’s only one reason to build it. A river of concrete through an unspoiled landscape would be a symbol of the swath of destruction Pombo is cutting through environmental protections.”
Sunday, Oct. 30, 2005, New York Times:
“While the East Bay and Central Valley are still nominally Republican, it is far from certain that they will continue to support a man of Mr. Pombo’s radical turn of mind.”
“[Pombo's bill] is, in short, a sleazy piece of work, written by a man who appears to be able to conceive of property rights as something that only a private individual or a corporation can have; a man who betrays no awareness that the American public has a shared right in the refuge and the national parks and the millions of acres he wants to sell to developers.
“Mr. Pombo’s only idea, and it is a terrible one, is to treat this nation the way he treats his Congressional district, as if it were ripe for exploitation.”
Saturday, Oct. 29, 2005, Sacramento Bee:
“Since Hurricane Katrina, Pombo has been a one-man Category 5 environmental disaster zone.”
“Pombo comes from a centrist district in the Central Valley. If he were true to his district, he would be proposing some energy supply efforts along with real demand-reduction measures such as tougher fuel efficiency standards. Instead, he is dancing to the tune of the drillers, the diggers and the property rights wackos. As resource policy goes, he has led the full House off the proverbial cliff. The nation can only pray that the Senate won’t follow.“