01/04/2011 - Year after year, Rep. Doc Hastings has opposed nearly every major bill considered important by environmental groups.
The Pasco Republican has voted no to curbing greenhouse-gas pollutants, no to new federal wilderness and conservation areas, and no to spending more money to upgrade wastewater-treatment plants and make schools more energy-efficient.
Mike Matz, director of Campaign for America's Wilderness, part of the nonprofit Pew Environmental Group, said natural-resources issues often divide lawmakers along geographic faults instead of political lines.
"We work with both sides of the aisle, and we look forward to working with Doc Hastings," Matz said.
Read the article Republican House Puts Doc Hastings into Key Chairmanship in its entirety on the Seattle Times' Web site.