WASHINGTON – The League of Conservation Voters (LCV), which works to turn environmental values into national priorities, today announced Richard Pombo to the 2010 "Dirty Dozen" list. Ex-Rep. Richard Pombo (R-CA) recently announced that he will make a comeback attempt in an open House seat that neighbors the district he lost in 2006.
“Few candidates deserve a spot on the Dirty Dozen more than Richard Pombo because he will side with Big Oil over a cleaner, more secure future for California every chance he gets,” said LCV President Gene Karpinski. “Californians want new clean energy jobs not more industry bailouts.”
Pombo has taken nearly $700,000 in campaign money from Big Oil and other energy interests, and more than $220,000 from lobbyists.* The 2005 Bush-Cheney Energy Bill, which Pombo supported and helped shepherd through the House Resources Committee, contained more than $21 billion in subsidies for the oil and gas industries.** Pombo earned an abysmal 7% LCV lifetime environmental score from the League of Conservation Voters, consistently championing efforts to stand in the way of energy reform during his three terms.***
“No California member of Congress has been more knee-jerk anti-environmental than Richard Pombo,” said California League of Conservation Voters CEO Warner Chabot. "There's no better candidate than Pombo for the Dirty Dozen list."
During his Congressional tenure, Pombo was widely viewed as one of the most corrupt Members and was chair of LCV’s 2006 list of Dirty Dozen candidates. He proposed selling 15 national parks to generate revenue, tried repeatedly to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling and voted twice against greater fuel efficiency for cars and trucks. Pombo is seeking election in a district that includes Yosemite National Park.
LCV's trademark Dirty Dozen program targets candidates for Congress — regardless of party affiliation — who consistently vote against clean energy and conservation and are running in races in which LCV has a serious chance to affect the outcome. Senator Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) and former Congressman Steve Pearce (R-NM) are currently on the 2010 Dirty Dozen list.
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*** The non-partisan LCV Scorecard is a nationally accepted yardstick used to rate Members of Congress on conservation and clean energy issues. Based on key conservation votes in the House and Senate, it is often used by the media to quickly describe a Member's record. For more information, visit www.lcv.org/scorecard.