Thursday, April 05, 2007

Dole asks Navy tough OLF questions

For years Sen. Elizabeth Dole has walked a tightrope over the Navy’s proposed outlying landing field in Washington and Beaufort Counties, where critics say it threatens large migratory waterfowl in the nearby Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge.
Dole has tried to interest the Navy is considering other sites and has asked the service to listen to her constituents’ concerns about the facility, but she has also tried to maintain a kind of neutral stance promoting North Carolina as exceptionally military-friendly. Her work with both sides has earned her some derision from conservationists and from editorial writers, including the Observer’s.
But those who closely watch what she has said and done conclude that she has tried to move the Navy away from its preferred location – and that the Navy hasn’t shown much interest in doing so.
So when she wrote Secretary of the Navy Donald Winter Thursday with a list of pointed questions about the project and asked for written responses within a few weeks, it was a clear sign that Dole thinks the Navy has the wrong site in mind.
It’s not that she opposes this site. But if you read the questions she asked the Navy, you’ll see that she has specific concerns and wants to know why the Pentagon isn’t looking elsewhere. This can't be a good sign for the Navy.

12 comments:

John said...

It certainly looks to me that Elizabeth Dole has been doing exactly what we elected her to do. She has been trying to advocate alternatives to the targetted area that are still within the state of North Carolina, without the potentially devastating environmental impact.

Her approach has been one of a measured response and she apparently now feels that it's time to start exchanging the carrot for the stick.

Never forget that Sen. Edwards, once elected to "serve" North Carolina, immediately began visiting Iowa and New Hampshire! His run for the White House began even before he was sworn in for what was supposed to be 6 years looking after North Carolina!

At least now, we have a real Senator!

Joyce said...

Senators Dole and Burr should have been at the forefront in protecting Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge from the Navy's plans to build a landing field. Literally millions of forms of wildife depend on this site to continue to exist.
I thank Senator Dole for speaking up, albeit belatedly,
Where is Senator Burr?

JAT said...

Jack:

I'd love to read a story about how Kennedy Covington's work has impacted the OLF debate.

That's a concrete Charlotte angle to obtuse story.

LeslieB said...

You obviously have not been following the story. Until overwhelming opposition came from informed North Carolina citizens and most of her fellow elected representatives, Elizabeth Dole was all for this absurd and pilot-killing landing field site.

Now, you say she's asking tough questions. She's practically the only publicly elected official who hasn't.

Since you are so uninformed, I suggest you limit your commentary to other subjects.

Jack Betts said...

LeslieB: Give me a ring, would you? 919-834-8471. Thanks.
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