At the behest of the U.S. delegation, the U.N. World Heritage Committee is taking Everglades National Park off its list of endangered sites, against the advice of the committee’s science advisors and the advice of the U.S. National Park Service.

Who is the head of the U.S. delegation? Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Interior Todd Willens.

Who is Todd Willens? Former legislative director for Rep. Dick Pombo, former policy director of the House Resources Committee, and leader (with Pombo) of the fight to destroy the Endangered Species Act — a fight which is ongoing.

(Also recipient of corrupt Abramoff money and contributor to notoriously corrupt Rep. John Doolittle.)

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Remember, the federal Republican leadership is green in one way: it never discards its evil hacks. It just recycles them.