It’s been a bad couple of days for environmental extremism wackos: First, news surfaced about New NASA Data Blow Gaping Hole In Global Warming Alarmism; next, news surfaced about a scientist under investigation for “integrity issues” related to his observations about polar bears allegedly drowning in the Arctic Ocean; and, finally, President Barack Obama’s nominee to be assistant secretary for Fish, Wildlife and Parks for the Department of the Interior blew it before a Senate committee meeting this morning.
At a Senate Energy and Natural Resources hearing this morning, Rebecca Wodder refused to retract her previous statement that hydraulic fracturing “has a nasty track record of creating a toxic chemical soup that pollutes groundwater and streams…” despite being given the opportunity to do so by Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Ala.).
“Ms. Wodder’s testimony today has only confirmed my initial concerns about her nomination,” said Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. Senator Inhofe went on to point out that the nominee is beholden to an extremist environmental agenda and had made statements that run counter even to the testimony of EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson and several Obama administration officials who have repeatedly said before Congress that there has not been a single confirmed case of groundwater contamination due to the hydraulic fracturing process.
“The selection of Ms. Wodder for this position is a clear demonstration of the Obama administration’s hostility towards natural gas development,” Senator Inhofe concluded. “I am calling on the President to withdraw her nomination. If he does not, I will work with my colleagues to defeat her nomination in the Senate.”
UPDATE 7/29/11 at 3:21 p.m. Central: Wodder recants! In a written response to Senator Inhofe, Wodder conceded that, “I am not aware of any proven case where the fracking process itself has affected water….” Click here for details.
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