Thursday, September 13, 2007

Governor Schwarzenegger Sacks His Own Fish and Game Commission Appointee

5:00 UPDATE:
Well, Despite our earnest hopes that the Governor would stand with his conservation-oriented appointee to the Fish and Game Commission, it appears that he has throw Mr. Hanna under the proverbial bus. Much like Governor Schwarzenegger firing former Air Resources Board chairman Dr. Robert Sawyer for being too independent and committed to improving air quality, it appears that Judd Hanna's inclination to actually address critical conservation issues was too much for this Governor.

When push came to shove, the Governor sided with the National Rifle Association and crippled the Fish and Game Commission. This is particularly bad news for the California Condor - the Commission is discussing whether to restrict the use of lead bullets within the range of the condor, because the birds are eating the lead and getting seriously poisoned. Hanna has been an outspoken proponent for requiring non-lead ammunition within the range of the Condor.

The Governor currently has Assembly Bill 821 (Nava) sitting on his desk, awaiting his signature or veto. This bill would require non-lead ammo within the Condor's range. The Administration has previously indicated that this issue should be addressed at the Fish and Game Commission. Today's action dramatically reduces the likelihood that the Commission will take this overdue and appropriate action, and leaves the Condor stumbling, poisoned, toward extinction.

Perhaps the Governor thinks that putting the Condor on the Quarter is good enough - at least you'll be able to show your children the magnificent birds that used to live in California. But we had hoped that he would have stood behind his own good appointee...


EARLIER POSTING:

No Shame.

That’s all I can think of when I see that 34 Republican legislators sent a letter to the Governor demanding the removal of a conservation-oriented Republican from the Fish and Game Commission. Their letter lacks any real, substantive reason for wanting the removal of Judd Hanna, and appears to be at the behest of the National Rifle Association, which adamantly opposes a proposal pending before the Commission to force the use of non-lead ammunition within the range of the California Condor.

Commissioner Hanna is a 66-year old, Harley riding, former fighter pilot, former developer, rice farming, Republican. And he’s a really nice, thoughtful, guy. Yet his support of removing lead from large-caliber ammo – at least within the range of the condor – apparently is enough to get him banished from the good-ole-boy club.

We strongly urge Governor Schwarzenegger not to be bullied by this group of anti-environmental extremists. As the Governor noted at his address to the GOP Convention last weekend, Republican Legislators need to come back into the mainstream. The majority of Republican voters support environmental protection, and are far closer to the positions of the Governor and Commissioner Hanna.

The Governor has established that he’s perfectly willing to buck his party when they are wrong. This is one of those times. The Governor appointed Judd Hanna, and should retain him. Capitulating to the demands of the Anti-Environment faction of the party would send exactly the wrong message.

Governor, you have tried to bring your party back in from the cold, and to reclaim the party of Teddy Roosevelt. Judd Hanna is cut from the same piece of cloth – he’s a Republican who believes in conservation. Please don’t throw him under the bus.

4 comments:

God said...

"But we had hoped that he would have stood behind his own god appointee..."

Uh, wrong, you doofus, that was the Governor's appointee, not mine.

I would have appointed Carl Pope.

gulo gordo said...

appalling.

and completely at odds with the moderate, pro-environment image the Governator has been cultivating, and urging on his party.

big musclebound wimp, is what he is.

Anonymous said...

Arnold Schwarzenegger has been cultivating an image as an environmentally green governor. He would like us to believe that places like Beverly Hills are cleaner because of reduced overall emissions. But overall emissions are increasing. He is simply moving them to poor, minority neighborhoods. His vision of a sparkling clean California is only for the rich white aryans.

In the city of Hayward California, he has already forced a gas-fired power plant on us that is just over one mile upwind from a college and 2.5 miles upwind from two hospitals. Calpine and Bechtel could build their power plant out in California's central valley where it wouldn't hurt anybody, but that would be more expensive.

Now that the energy companies have sized-up Hayward California as a pushover, Tierra Energy is about to get approval for another gas-fired power plant only half a mile away from the first one.

Although these power plants would push emission levels in Hayward well above safe limits, Tierra Energy would not be required to buy Emission Reduction Credits (ERCs). They would only be required to make a "good faith effort" to buy ERCs at "market value". Tierra Energy lawyers insisted that it would not be "blackmailed". The California Energy Commission (CEC) already knows that there are few surplus ERCs available in the local air quality district, from which these ERCs would have to be purchased. What's the point of having an air quality district if energy companies are allowed to say "Emission credits? We don't need no stinking credits"?

The few ERCs that are available are in places such as San Francisco and Napa valley. In the San Francisco bay area, the wind consistently blows from west to east (from San Francisco to Hayward). And just like Los Angeles, the San Francisco bay area is ringed with mountains that don't let the pollution just blow away. People in San Francisco will breathe clean air, oblivious to the people only 15 miles away in Hayward who will not.

During the evidentiary hearing for the second plant, staff members of the California Energy Commission would not rule out the possibility of a third power plant in Hayward.

George Butler, the producer of the 1975 movie "Pumping Iron" in which Arnold Schwarzenegger appeared, has already told us that Schwarzenegger was a "flagrant, outspoken admirer of Hitler". Now Schwarzenegger is doing more than just admiring Hitler. The only thing he hasn't attempted yet is to build public shower facilities for minorities where he can funnel the exhaust gas.

PS - The first plant is officially known as the "Russell City Energy Center" and the second is officially known as the "Eastshore Energy Power Plant"

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