Our New Secretary May be Almost as Bad as the Old One

From the Endangered Species Coalition Endangered Species Act legislative update: Kempthorne nominated as Interior Secretary President Bush has nominated Idaho Governor Dirk Kempthorne to replace Gale Norton as Secretary of the Interior. The Senate is scheduled to begin confirmation hearings in May 4th. Kempthorne, a former Senator himself, will likely be confirmed, despite his abysmal record on the environment. Throughout his career, Dirk Kempthorne has maintained close ties to timber, mining, and development corporations. Before running for public office, Kempthorne worked as public affairs manager for the agricultural chemical company FMC Corp. and vice president of the Idaho Homebuilders Association. He was elected mayor of Boise in 1986, and served one term in the U.S. Senate from 1992 until 1998. He then retired to return home to Idaho, where he was elected Governor in 1998, and again in 2002. In his 2002 gubernatorial reelection campaign, Kempthorne received more money from timber, mining, and energy industries than any other western gubernatorial candidate. Perhaps not coincidentally, his LCV environmental voting record in the U.S. Senate was a dismal 1% for his six years in the Senate, and as governor of Idaho he has a dismal record on conservation of wildlife and habitat. For more on Kempthorne’s record on wildlife and habitat conservation, visit http://www.kintera.org/TR.asp?ID=M7161192487458786.... We need to state our opposition to Governor Kempthorne’s confirmation so that Congress is aware of his abysmal record on conservation issues. Sign your organization onto this letter to the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee opposing Kempthorne’s confirmation. To view the text of the letter, click here. To sign the letter, send your organization’s name, contact person, city and state to Brian Nowicki at the Center for Biological Diversity at [email protected].