DIDIER SAYS “JOIN ME IN RICHLAND TONIGHT,
AND OLYMPIA IN JANUARY.”
Congressman Doc Hastings has asked Clint Didier and his supporters to join him for the 2012 Election Night Victory Party on November 6th.
It will be held in the Shiloh Inn’s International Room # 1.
Doors will open at 7:00pm to watch the results come in from around the nation. At 8:00pm the program will begin.
Clint has been honored to meet so many great people and I want to extend the invitation to all of his supporters to join us on this night.
2012 ELECTION NIGHT VICTORY PARTY
November 6, 7:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
Shiloh Inn, International Room # 1
50 Comstock Street Richland, WA 99352
We look forward to seeing you there!
All Media Contacts should be directed to Chuck Skirko's phone and email, listed below.
Thank you for your time and consideration.
Media Contact: Chuck Skirko, Campaign Manager,
Clint Didier for Lands Commissioner
PETER GOLDMARK’S SOLYNDRA? Clint Didier Doubts Goldmark’s Honesty, Says Project “Looks More Like Solyndra Than Success.”
During his campaign for reelection, Lands Commissioner Peter Goldmark has been touting the accomplishment of the production of bio-fuel. Goldmark has convinced numerous reporters and maybe even himself that he has been successful. But a deeper look into the facts reveals something that “looks more like Solyndra, than success.” said Didier, candidate for Commissioner of Public Lands.
As Washington State’s Commissioner of Public Lands, “Peter Goldmark has used his Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to promote a personal agenda of creating bio-fuel” from forest bio-mass, said Didier.
Goldmark has touted this agenda since he first took office nearly four years ago, and has spent a great deal of DNR resources promoting it. Goldmark’s mantel piece for this project has been Springdale Lumber / Borgford Bioenergy in Stevens County. In 2009, Borgford Bioenergy received $5 million to create bio fuel from wood debris. Both the company and its “product” have been promoted heavily by Peter Goldmark on the DNR website.(1, 2) Goldmark touts the creation of biofuel as an accomplishment in his reelection campaign pitch to the press and the public, but there's a slight problem with the story.
They haven’t produced a drop of fuel!
Didier says, “As with so many ‘green energy’ ideas promoted by the government, the narrative doesn’t match the facts on the ground.”
Since the beginning of operations, Borgford Bioenergy has yet to produce any fuel. “Five million dollars is a lot of money to pay for no fuel” remarked Didier, while reviewing the situation.
It appears the price for bio-fuel is much more expensive than that, and it appears even Goldmark is skeptical of the Borgford Bioenergy’s progress. Nearly two years after touting the company, Goldmark announced support of two separate grants totaling $40 million dollars to study bio-fuel creation at WSU and UW.
Didier is appalled at what appears to be another waste of taxpayer money, saying, “We’ve now spent at least $45 million in Washington State without a result, yet Goldmark claims this as good thing.”
Didier says “I will not be risking taxpayer dollars on a “personal agendas and pipedreams. As your Lands Commissioner, I’ll be more fiscally responsible with the taxpayers’ dollars, and more honest with the results.”
PRESS RELEASE October 5, 2012 SEE VIDEO BELOW DIDIER SAYS THERE’S A BETTER WAY TO
MANAGE PUBLIC LANDS “You don’t have to have a PHD to see the land is mismanaged, you can even look at Goldmark’s own admissions.”
Mudslides were a large feature of Peter Goldmark’s 2008 campaign against then Lands Commissioner Doug Sutherland. The campaign used press releases, video posts and TV commercials to blame Sutherland for a few terrible mudslides. Mr. Sutherland hadn’t summoned the rain, nor had he pushed the mud flows down the hill, but that didn’t stop Goldmark from blaming him.
Here we are 4 years later; over 285,000 acres of Washington State land burnt or burning since July 5th. By Goldmark’s own admission, there is a way to protect against this type of devastation and create healthier forests, while creating more jobs and more revenue for the trustee land. Goldmark has simply refused to allow that process to occur on the land entrusted to his care and on private property as well.
On August 23rd, Lands Commissioner Peter Goldmark declared a Forest Health Hazard Warning for a number of counties. By his own declaration “Proactive measures like responsible forest thinning will create jobs in rural communities where they are needed most.” Goldmark also stated that these restoration efforts “can restore the health of our forests and reduce the effects of catastrophic fire.” As far back as 2009, Goldmark remarked how he was observing the growth of devastation in our forests as he flew over it on a regular basis.
In the following video, you’ll meet a couple who were denied a permit to perform the very function now encouraged by Goldmark’s DNR. They live at the base of the fire on Table Mountain. Goldmark needs to be asked why private property owners were denied the ability to protect their property from fire, while at the same time creating a healthier forest and a few local jobs.
Goldmark also needs to be asked: Why wasn’t this Forest Health Hazard Warning issued earlier? Why aren’t more counties included in the declaration? More importantly, why isn’t the Dept. of Natural resources using this same tool to protect the State land in this same manner?
It’s time to put real land management practices back into the DNR, and onto the land entrusted to its’ care.
Clint Didier is running for Commissioner of public lands to do just that. He’ll restore the forest health by removing the dead and dying, bug infested trees. Thousands of acres were infested before Goldmark took office, his solution was to wait until campaign season and announce that he will study the problem. Now his solution seems to be to let the fires burn the bugs out.
There’s a better way, and Clint Didier has it.
DNR’s model under Clint Didier’s leadership will include removing the dead, diseased, bug infested trees from the forest managed by DNR. Didier knows this will create local jobs, and the revenue from thinning the forest will generate revenue for the trustees. Didier also knows that revenue will be utilized for things like new school construction, which means more jobs.
Clint Didier knows we must act right after the fire as well, harvesting the burnt timber where possible and replanting the burned out forest to create lush, vibrant, new forests. Under Goldmark’s leadership, this has not occurred.
Clint Didier’s campaign for a healthier forest and more jobs is the right path for Washington’s DNR lands. If you look at Goldmark’s Forest Health Hazard Warning, you’ll see that Goldmark agrees with the results, he’s just refused to allow it to happen.
PRESS RELEASE September 26, 2012 DIDIER SAYS “Catastrophic Fires A Direct Result Of A Failure To Practice Good Stewardship.”
Clint Didier, candidate for Public Lands Commissioner says the intensity and scope of the catastrophic fires ravaging Washington’s forests this year represent a failure by the current commissioner to practice good stewardship of the public’s forests. “Peter Goldmark didn’t light the fires in Eastern Washington,” Didier says, “but they are a direct result of his failure to implement fire reduction tools available to him by law over a period of nearly four years.” READ MORE
CLINT DIDIER UNDERSTANDS SUSTAINABILITY AND HOW TO CARE FOR THE LAND
Restore, Manage, Utilize As Commissioner of Public Lands, Clint Didier will work with the public and the state’s employees toward being good stewards of Washington’s natural resources. He will protect the land and promote its potential. As a second generation farmer, he understands sustainability, and that in order to receive a yield, year after year, you must take good care of the land.
Under the current supervision of Commissioner Goldmark, it has been reported time and time again, that he chooses to not cooperate with his employees, nor will he address the concerns of the state’s customers who lease the public lands. He has shown himself to not be a team player. He has been mismanaging the public lands and this has caused a great loss of revenue for our state and its trustees.
Clint has found a way to recycle yard signs from his senate run in 2010.
Can the other candidates say the same?
Clint Didier believes the Commissioner of Public Lands should be utilizing the forest’s potential by proper management and harvesting. Think of the jobs that would be created by:
• Managing the forests to prevent or minimize fires
• Harvesting the timber
• Transportation of logs to mills
• Mill work to make lumber
• Transportation of lumber
• Selling the lumber
Clint Didier will use current solid scientific and environmental research towards restoring, managing, and utilizing the forest resources that can bring in substantial revenue to the State of Washington.
The forests have been neglected under Goldmark’s supervision:
• Insect infestations could have been sprayed in order to save the trees
• Lack of maintenance by not cutting down beetle infected trees
• Leaving fallen timber and not cleaning up excessive undergrowth
• Increasing restrictions on cattlemen and making it more difficult for ranchers to participate in the grazing programs offered.
Due to the poor management of our forests by Goldmark, it has actually increased the risks to endangered species due to wild fires that could burn out of control like those recently in Colorado.
Though the forests are important, they are just one of the public lands that need protection. The Commissioner of Public Lands also oversees range land, commercial, agricultural, aquatic resources, and mining operations. All of these resources can generate revenue for public schools, state institutions, and county services, while protecting wildlife, water, and the state’s recreational opportunities.
If you believe that the State of Washington deserves someone you can respect and trust, a man known as a team player, elect Clint Didier for Public Land Commissioner… He is offering: BETTER DAYS THROUGH BETTER WAYS!
Clint Didier will see that the people’s resources are RESTORED… MANAGED… UTILIZED.
• He was born in Washington State
• He is second generation farmer/businessman
• Graduated from Connell High School
• Married 30 years to wife Kristie / four children / two grandchildren
• NFL Player 1982-1989 winning two Super Bowl Rings
• Inducted into Portland State and Central Washington Football Hall of Fame
• Coached Connell football teams to four final high school playoffs
• USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA)
• State Committee member 2000-2008
• Non-Profit Tournament Director - Fighting Children’s Cancer 2004-2010
• National Rifle Association lifetime member
• Washington State Farm Bureau member
Lewis County Republican Party
As the Secretary of the Lewis County Republican Party, I am pleased to inform you of the endorsement of the Lewis County Republican Party as voted by a majority of the assembled Precinct Committee Officers on September 10th.
WA State Farm Bureau PAC Board of Trustees Endorses Clint Didier for Public Lands Commissioner
"It is our pleasure, on behalf of the Washington State Farm Bureau PAC Board of Trustees, to inform you that you have received our endorsement for the 2012 General Election." READ MORE
CSRIA Endorses Clint Didier for Public Lands Commissioner
Columbia-Snake River Irrigators Association "believes that the DNR leadership must work with its agricultural lease holders and neighbors to promote all the best interests of irrigated agriculture - not just those of DNR alone."
Spokane Home Builders
The SHBA Board of Directors is proud to announce the following Candidate Endorsement in the 2012 General Election. READ MORE
IF YOU HAVEN'T ALREADY BEEN INTRODUCED, I’d like you to meet Boo Boo the bear.
Photos courtesy of KAJ18 news, Montana
Boo Boo has become famous this week in Idaho for being a cute bear cub found by fire fighters clinging to a tree with badly burned paws. The sad reality is that Boo Boo is lucky to have survived, it’s not likely that his mother did. Wildlife is often a forgotten victim of a forest fire, and we’re usually only reminded of the tragedy when there is a survivor.
Thousands of animals are killed each year in forest fires, and the fire does not pay attention to the endangered species list. “Back Burning” to control the pine beetle and the bud worm will produce thousands of unnecessary deaths to wildlife, protected or not. At the same time, back burning in this manner denies property owners the ability to recover their costs by harvesting the timber. In many cases, the property owner is YOU; the public lands are all of ours. We must protect the public lands, we must manage them, and we must utilize them to pay for schools. We can no longer afford to let them rot, we cannot afford the fires that ravage through these dead and dying infested forests, and the wildlife within them cannot escape the brutality of a forest fire.
Boo Boo has fully recovered and has been released into the wild. TOP OF PAGE
Clint Didier for Public Lands Commissioner
P.O. Box 157
Eltopia, WA 99330 509-389-7437