I don't suppose we could've expected any better, and I don't think Kempthorne will likely face any major opposition. Still, we ought to speak out on this: Environmental Action has created an action alert with letter to send to your Senators. I suppose there's the slight chance that Republicans in Congress could use Kempthorne's nomination as another venue for distancing themselves from the President -- I'm not counting on it, though.
As Senator and Governor, Kempthorne has proved hostile to a variety of environmental issues.... Notably, as Senator Kempthorne co-sponsored a bill to take polluters off the hook for millions of tons of lead, zinc and other toxic metals into the Coeur D'Alene River Basin-instead leaving taxpayers with the clean-up bill.
- Supporting drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
- Opposing the protection of 60 million acres of wild forests
- Working to weaken the Endangered Species Act and Safe Drinking Water Act
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