Friend of pesticides and hormones for livestock nominated to be Chief Agriculture Negotiator-

He even criticized Michelle Obama’s organic garden, but still got the nod.  And the Republicans say Obama is some kind of anti-corporate socialist!

Islam Siddiqui, Obama Nominee, Under Fire From Environmentalists. The Huffington Post. Jenna Staul

Questions for a Trade Official. New York Times editorial saying this is a bad nomination.

Obama represents big business first and foremost. Orange County Populist Examiner. By Joe Sabet

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Ralph Maughan

Dr. Ralph Maughan is professor emeritus of political science at Idaho State University with specialties in natural resource politics, public opinion, interest groups, political parties, voting and elections. Aside from academic publications, he is author or co-author of three hiking/backpacking guides, and he is President of the Western Watersheds Project.

12 Responses to Islam Siddiqui, Obama Nominee, Under Fire From Environmentalists

  1. avatar Virginia says:

    How can anyone criticize someone growing an organic garden? This shows an amazing ignorance of the damage pesticides and herbicides have done to our environment.

  2. avatar gline says:

    What is going on with Obama???

  3. avatar April clauson says:

    As soon as Obama hear’s he bashed Michelle’s garden, he is out! LOL, I doubt he will get in. At least I hope not. Lets wait and see before you start blaming Obama. Just because it says Obama does Obama directly did this, but he can stop it, and I bet he does. Anything anyone in the white house does now a days turns into Obama did it, good lord folks, he can not be and do everything, others do that for him, then he reviews it. he is not a wizard with a wand that can magically fix all overnight, and a lot of Americans think he can. One thing I have learned that there is alot of stupid people in this world that believe every little e-mail or article they read.

  4. avatar gline says:

    Obama was not the environmentalists first choice (at least the die hard environmentalists, I remember arguing with my brother about this)… neither was mcClain of course, for that matter there is no “environmental” president. progress on global warming is great, but there is so much more… he just does not seem to be for environmental causes – Salazar?? That was the end of any hope…

  5. avatar gline says:

    Hey Virginia – it wasnt ignorance, but power issues. The pesticide companies didn’t/don’t want the First lady proclaiming the goodness of organic gardens on national TV! Takes away their immoral business money…

  6. avatar Mike says:

    …..and rightfully so. This nomination is absurd.

  7. There are a number of web sites to protect this nomination. Ironically, and sadly I guess, some of the opposition to this big pesticide advocate will come from those who won’t vote for a Muslim.

    If you are really ambitious, write an old fashioned, hard copy letter by hand to your U.S. Senator.

  8. avatar jimbob says:

    “Obama represents big business first and foremost”–I’ve said that all along! Nobody was suspicious that a relative newby to politics (and an African American) didn’t draw more grief when chosen to represent the party as presidential nominee? The businesses were behind him! No surprise here…

  9. avatar jimbob says:

    by the way….cows are starting to show up here in Arizona on Federal lands, in big numbers. INCLUDING newly burned and drought stricken lands near my home. You don’t think Obama represents big business first?

  10. avatar Layton says:

    “Anything anyone in the white house does now a days turns into Obama did it, good lord folks, he can not be and do everything,”

    Why not — Bush was and did!! At least that’s what the “left side” was saying! 8)

  11. avatar April clauson says:

    jimbob Says:
    November 19, 2009 at 2:13 PM

    by the way….cows are starting to show up here in Arizona on Federal lands, in big numbers. INCLUDING newly burned and drought stricken lands near my home. You don’t think Obama represents big business first?

    That is AZ BLM and such, not Obama. And the fight to keep cows off land in AZ has been going on long before Obama. Did ya miss the big front page picture of dead cattle all over historic land sites in AZ? they are left out in the desert and forest with no supervision or food. They either make it or not, since we have not much rain in years there is nothing much for them to eat, nothing to drink, ranchers should not just put them out and expect to round them up whenever…make sure you check your maps, are you sure it is federal land? Not Indian land or state land? And AZ is in bad shape due to our wonderful representatives not getting a budget going, the powers to be in AZ will allow anything to happen to the land and wild life as long as some money is coming in…

  12. avatar jimbob says:

    April, National Forest Land is Federal. The state has no jurisdiction (and many times they don’t work together) BLM land will probably always be used as rangeland (unless they put it out to bid—then they probably would retire it first!) Don’t bet on Obama to stop grazing…

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‎"At some point we must draw a line across the ground of our home and our being, drive a spear into the land and say to the bulldozers, earthmovers, government and corporations, “thus far and no further.” If we do not, we shall later feel, instead of pride, the regret of Thoreau, that good but overly-bookish man, who wrote, near the end of his life, “If I repent of anything it is likely to be my good behaviour."

~ Edward Abbey

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