species, energy top House Resources Committee chairman's agenda
WASHINGTON (01/11/05) --
Congressman Richard W. Pombo (R-CA) outlined plans for his second term
as chairman of the House Committee on Resources last week after he was
reappointed chairman of the panel for the 109th Congress. Pombo said strengthening
the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and increasing
domestic energy supplies will be the committee's top priorities in
his second term as chairman.
"We have ambitious goals
at the Resources Committee, so we will get to work right away and build
on our great record of accomplishment during the last Congress," Pombo
said. "I want to change the debate on the challenges that lie ahead of
us. The discussions on updating the ESA and producing energy in ANWR have
been so mired in inane hyperbole that facts and true analysis have completely
escaped the debate. This has done federal policy and the American public
a real disservice."
Pombo said he would continue
the committee's bipartisan efforts to strengthen and update the ESA, which
has posted a less than 1% success rate for species recovery in the last
thirty years. Last year the committee set a benchmark in its effort to
achieve this goal and has already begun discussions with the Senate, the
Bush Administration, and the Governors to shape legislation that will pass
Congress in this session.
"Enacting a comprehensive
energy plan that increases domestic production on public lands such as
ANWR will top my agenda again," Pombo continued. "The House has passed
comprehensive energy plans four times in the last four years, only to have
its efforts strangled by obstructionists in the United States Senate. In
that time, American consumers have endured huge increases in energy prices,
suffered through electricty blackouts, and sent more than $600 billion
overseas to import a product we can make more of here at home."