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If You Can’t Beat Them – Eat Them!

January 25, 2010 - 1:50 PM | by: Robert Lee

CHICAGO-UPDATE

Not giving up the fight to shut down the locks that are connected to Lake Michigan, Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox and fellow Attorneys Generals in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin are calling on President Obama to help them prevent the further invasion of the Asian Carp. After the press release listed below came out, Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois (D) spoke out asking for an end to politics. Watch his reaction here..{VignetteVideo assettitl=”Dick+Durbin” id=”A853F58E21366935B92A3F96D4FC68C4″ width=”375″ aspectratio=”1.77″ height=”211″ autoplay=”on” }

January 25, 2010

Press Release

The Attorney General has issued the following Press Release: Great Lakes
Attorneys General Ask Obama for Chance to Talk Carp

Office of Communications
517-373-8060

A copy of the press release is listed below:

Great Lakes Attorneys General
Ask Obama for Chance to Talk Carp
Cox Joined by Ohio, Indiana, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin AGs in
Requesting a Seat at the Table for Upcoming Asian Carp Summit
LANSING – Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox and his counterparts in
Ohio,
Indiana, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin today called on the Obama
administration to
immediately meet with them to hear first-hand the concerns of job makers
and families
across the region over the immediate threat of Asian carp.
“It is our hope the bi-partisan team of Attorneys General leading the
battle to
protect jobs and the Lakes will have a seat at the table with the White
House to help find
a solution to this crisis,” said Cox.
Published reports in the news media state that Nancy Sutley, Chair of
the
Council on Environmental Quality, proposed a meeting with governors to
address the
Asian carp crisis during the first week of February in either
Washington, D.C. or the
Midwest.
Today’s letter was signed by Attorney General Cox, Indiana Attorney
General
Greg Zoeller, Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray, Pennsylvania
Attorney General
Tom Corbett and Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen.
Cox also said that President Obama, who pledged a zero tolerance policy
for
new invasive species in the Great Lakes, should act immediately to at
least temporarily
close the locks. Last week new DNA evidence of Asian carp was found in
Lake
Michigan at Calumet Harbor, past both the so-called electrical barrier
and the O’Brien
locks. The Great Lakes $7 billion fishery and over 800,000 Michigan jobs
connected to
the health of the Lakes were further jeopardized when the U.S. Army Corp
of Engineers
learned of the devastating new DNA evidence but failed to alert the
Supreme Court
Great Lakes Attorneys General Ask Obama for Chance to Talk Carp
January 25, 2010
Page 2
before it announced, four days later, it’s decision not to grant an
immediate injunction
closing the locks.
If President Obama continues to favor Illinois at the expense of other
states, Cox
said Michigan and the other states backing his efforts will need help
from Congress. He
praised the bi-partisan efforts of Michigan’s Congressional delegation
on the issue,
including Rep. Dave Camp, Rep. Vern Ehlers, Rep. Candice Miller, and
Senators Levin
and Stabenow.
Cox also said that public pressure on President Obama will play a vital
role in
changing the Obama administration’s position. He urged citizens to sign
an online
petition to protect the Lakes at www.StopAsianCarp.com.
Though the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said allowing Asian carp into
the
Great Lakes would be an “ecological and economic disaster,” the Obama
administration
and Illinois officials are fighting against Cox’s efforts to protect the
Lakes.
Below is from 1.19.10

CHICAGO -The U.S. Supreme Court has decided to deny an emergency request to shut down 2 Illinois locks that could give the Asian Carp access to Lake Michigan.

By claiming that an invasion of the Asian Carp if they reach the Great Lakes would destroy a multi-billion dollar fishing industry, the State of Michigan had sought to close down waterways in Illinois that connect to Lake Michigan and had tested positive for the Asian Carp DNA.

In Chicago today U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL), who opposed the plan to close the locks, spoke to Fox News about the High Court decision and where the battle against the invasive Asian Carp goes from here.  Watch his interview here.{VignetteVideo assettitl=”Dick+Durbin” id=”DB888535D389B43CEAF11FD6476F8D2B” width=”375″ aspectratio=”1.77″ height=”211″ autoplay=”off” }

below is the blog from  1-12-10

At a briefing today to discuss the ongoing threat of the Asian Carp and the lawsuits associated with them, one reoccurring topic kept rising to the surface…dinner.

“They taste like chicken!” said Cam Davis of the EPA who joined a panel that included U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), Rep Judy Biggert (R-IL) and members of both federal and state offices.

Although the thought of eating a carp may disgust some, what if you were asked to try Silver Fin? Well that’s one of the possible name changes being cast out to lure in possible commercial business.

Watch excerpts of the panel here and see video of the Asian carp…best known for their jumping out of the water.{VignetteVideo assettitl=”Asian+Carp+Debate” id=”FE19C5C7DB3520077DBC4B94FEBF12BE” width=”375″ aspectratio=”1.77″ height=”211″ autoplay=”off” }

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