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Pete Williams, Published October 19 2010

Berg blurts out his real intentions

In the wake of the BP oil catastrophe in the Gulf, Republican U.S. House candidate Rick Berg’s plan to open our national parks to oil drilling is a slap in the face to anyone who values our natural lands. His use of Theodore Roosevelt National Park as a proposed drilling site is an affront to the cherished legacy of Teddy Roosevelt, not to mention the outdoors jobs such as tourism that the park sustains.

Berg quickly flip-flopped on his drilling scheme, exposing his reckless disregard for protecting our environment. We need a stable voice in Congress who thinks through decisions before charging in. Who knows what other ill-conceived schemes Berg would blurt out as North Dakota’s only congressman?

Although Rep. Earl Pomeroy, D-N.D., disappointed environmentally concerned people like myself by voting against President Barack Obama’s American Clean Energy and Security Act, a vote for Berg could turn out more disastrous than the Gulf spill. Voters should take the time to carefully consider the implications of gutting our national parks because, clearly, Berg has not.