Keeping company with some prominent national Republicans, Idaho 2nd Congressional District Rep. Mike Simpson made a dubious Top 10 list this week.
Simpson was ranked No. 4 by the Los Angeles Times’ editorial board, in a year-in-review list of Congress’ Top 10 “enemies of the earth.”
All 10 “enemies” are Republicans.
Wrote the Times’ editorial board: “Simpson has stepped to the front lines of his party's war on Mother Nature by adding dozens of anti-environment riders to must-pass budget legislation. Among other things, Simpson aims to let mountaintop coal-mining operations continue to pollute streams, prevent the EPA from regulating coal-ash disposal, and exempt pesticide sprayers from complying with the Clean Water Act.”
Simpson was beaten out — if that’s how you’d like to look at it — by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia and House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton of Michigan.
Odd recognition for a guy who has earned plaudits from the likes of the Idaho Conservation League, and criticism from conservatives in his own party, for continuing his decade-long push for wilderness in Central Idaho’s Boulder-White Clouds roadless area.