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Rep. Calvert's Appointment To Chair Subcommittee On Environment Sparks Criticism From Democratic Challenger

Tim Sheridan, who is looking to unseat Calvert in the 42nd District next year, said the appointment is bad news for the environment.

Tim Sheridan Photo/Sheridan for Congress
Tim Sheridan Photo/Sheridan for Congress
Republican Congressman Ken Calvert, who represents the cities of Lake Elsinore, Murrieta, Wildomar and other local jurisdictions, was named on Nov. 13 chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies.

That appointment has democratic challenger Tim Sheridan crying foul.

Calvert said he was honored to serve as chairman, and excited to get to work in the new role.

“I look forward to working with my colleagues on the Interior Subcommittee to assess and provide the necessary resources to protect our air and water quality, ensure Americans can enjoy our country’s natural treasures, and maintain our commitment to Native Americans,” he said in a released statement last month. 

Sheridan, who is looking to unseat Calvert in the 42nd District next year, said the appointment is bad news for the environment.

"Mr. Calvert's record on the environment renders his appointment as head of any environmental subcommittee a problem -- not a boon," Sheridan said in a Dec. 3 released statement.

"Mr. Calvert has shown such little regard for environmental issues that in 2012 he earned an abysmal 3 percent score from the highly respected League of Conservation Voters," Sheridan said.

The challenger criticized Calvert for supporting H.R. 4480. The legislation died in committee but was intended to provide for the development of a plan to increase oil and gas exploration on federal lands.

Sheridan said H.R. 4480 would have been terrible for the environment and was "intended to change the definition of air quality from the current standard, which gauges the potential effect on human health, to a standard which considers the 'cost to industry.'"

Sheridan also criticized Calvert's support for H.R. 3409. The democratic candidate said the legislation, if passed, would have gutted the Clean Water Act.

In Calvert's released statement, he outlined his objectives as chairman.  

“I am particularly interested in finding ways to strengthen domestic energy production by utilizing appropriate federal lands. Our economy benefits greatly from reducing our dependence on foreign energy supplies and by putting Americans to work here at home to take advantage of our natural resources. I am deeply concerned by ongoing efforts within the Department of Interior and the EPA to impose unnecessary regulatory red tape that will thwart our energy production and other sectors of our economy.”

Rep. Calvert was named as vice chairman of the Interior Subcommittee in January of 2013. Previously, while serving on the House Natural Resources Committee, he served as the chairman of the Energy and Mineral Resources Subcommittee as well as the Chairman of the Water and Power Subcommittee. While serving on the House Science Committee, Calvert served as chairman of the Energy and the Environment Subcommittee.

Elfbkr December 04, 2013 at 08:43 PM
Glad to see some Democratic opposition to Calvert.
kristin c December 05, 2013 at 12:52 AM
Weve seen the damage democrats cause... no more!
Cindy Petersen December 05, 2013 at 01:37 AM
And what would that be Kristin? Social security? Medicare? G.I. Bill of Rights? Civil Rights Act of 1964? Minimum wage? Clean Air Act? Workers Compensation? Peace Corps? Health care reform? Equal pay for equal work?
Martha L. Bridges December 05, 2013 at 08:06 AM
Right on Cindy! Nothing like a little reminder about the party who has actually helped the ordinary people. With something like 10,000 baby boomers retiring every day, just think what things would be like if they didn't have Social Security. __________________________________________________________ And, before anyone dares to utter a word about entitlements, just remember that the government passed a law which required all of us to contribute to the system. What we collect from SSI now, was paid in over decades of a working life time. __________________________________________________________ Calvert is about as crooked as they come, and I hope the government watchdogs catch him out - big time.
DDMH December 05, 2013 at 10:01 AM
If politics is not your thing; if it bores you or you just don't think it matters, then you don’t realize that politics is in everything and every part of your daily life. You are missing the reality of your world today. Ignorance may be bliss in some ways but in government it is a one way ticket to income inequality and struggle for success and security for you and your loved ones. Getting elected takes lots of work, money and power. Passing the laws that affect everything in our lives and future also requires the same. Until our system is changed and we level the playing field, money and power will rule and politicians who earn $200k/year will literally become millionaires over night by using their knowledge and leverage to profit from their positions and the laws they pass. The laws will continue to be passed to control our lives. That will not change , but the types of laws, their impact and the effect they have on our future is what is at stake. Do you want corporate interests and profits to come first? The air we breathe and the water we drink, the education our kids get, (I could go on) will be controlled by the few over the many. If a law is needed to control a resource or to make something more cost effective or efficient it will be passed by those who put corporate interests first. Health and safety will always be a secondary consideration next to profit and power. Politicians like Mr. Calvert and Mr. Issa before him believe that corporations are people, but they are not. They amass enormous wealth, they live forever and control vast quantities of land, resources, and legislative power through lobbyists in government and if people aren’t paying attention. Its called “Pay to play” and that what runs little localities like ours. Corporate politicians give business a distinct advantage over individuals. Just look at what the mining industry has done to our air and our water and how our hillsides have been blighted. And now big oil is being courted to come into economically disadvantaged communities to start fracking operations because people are enticed by the $$$ waved before them to drill their land. There are only 2 choices. (Maybe 3 if you choose not to participate at all) You can vote for someone who believes that corporations are people even though they can live forever and have nearly unlimited resources, power, and wealth, like Ken Calvert and his Republican party believers, or you can choose someone like Tim Sheridan who has made his life’s work advocating and fighting for the rights of working men and women in his practice of labor law. You can choose the candidate who represents and has repeatedly legislated for wealth and power and the philosophy of trickledown economics, and you can keep praying that something to trickle down to you. Or you can choose to vote for the candidate who believes that the rights, health, and security of the many cannot be bought away or suppressed by the money and power of the very few as Tim believes. Government is supposed to be of and by the People not bought by the corporation. It's your choice my friend. Choose wisely!!
Antonio December 05, 2013 at 11:01 AM
Read today in the Press Enterprise that researchers at USC may have found a link between air pollution and autism. We don't need someone like Ken Calvert in this position of trust over our lives if he votes in favor of the big oil/gas companies and against the health of us people.
Brent Graham December 05, 2013 at 11:23 AM
Ken Calvert is one of the members of this broken congress we unfortunately have that really doesn't do anything for his constituents. We need a representative that might be interested in devoting some of his time to solving the problems of our outrageously messed up transportation system. That would help those of us stuck on the 91 freeway. And all those cars and trucks idling in the traffic jams daily for hors and hours spew even more pollution into our neighborhoods. Instead he plays around in Washington D.C. with lobbyists. This guy has become the local joke!
Local Resident December 05, 2013 at 05:23 PM
I Don't like either candidate.

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