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<div class="quote-block">WASHINGTON, DC, January 20, 2003 (ENS) - The Bush administration undermined America's landmark environmental laws on a daily basis in 2001, two new reports suggest. The reports document more than 100 anti-environmental actions by the administration last year, and point to ongoing efforts to undermine existing protections and delay proposed new rules that could help the environment.<br><br><br><br>
For the second year in a row, federal agencies announced dozens of regulatory changes that will weaken safeguards for the nation's air, water, wetlands, forests, wildlands, wildlife and public health, finds a new report from the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). The report highlights the fact that the administration intensified its assault on environmental protections after the November mid-term congressional elections, and reveals how the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) played a central role in coordinating the onslaught.</div>
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The Bush government is gonna leave its marks in the history books......<br><br><br><br>
So sad, so sad...............<br><br><br><br><br><br>
(wondering how far it has to be pushed before people wake up.....)
 

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<a href="http://www.timesunion.com/AspStories/story.asp?storyID=181159&category=LEBRUN&BCCode=&newsdate=10/19/2003" target="_blank">http://www.timesunion.com/AspStories...ate=10/19/2003</a><br><br><br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block">Published on Sunday, October 19, 2003 by the Albany Times-Union (New York)<br><br><br><br><b>Bush Undoes a Century of Progress</b><br><br><br><br>
by Fred LeBrun<br><br><br><br>
A century ago this week, President Teddy Roosevelt gave us the bountiful and enlightened National Wildlife Refuge System.<br><br><br><br>
As a result, there are national wildlife refuges in every state, important centers for the preservation of a sense of wildness in each place. In addition, these refuges have served as models for states like New York, which have created their own supplemental patchwork of refuges large and small. As much as anything, the refuge safety net has created a long-standing public policy for establishing wildlife sanctuaries, and the tacit understanding that without them, wilderness is doomed.<br><br><br><br>
For a century, a critical underpinning of America's view of wilderness has been that we can't live without it. It's our heritage. National forests and parks have steadily grown in numbers and size, and public appreciation.<br><br><br><br>
We've consistently recognized that significant pieces of our natural environment need to be set aside. It hasn't been a Republican thing or a Democratic one; it's been a remarkably bipartisan vision. Democrat Lyndon B. Johnson signed the far-reaching Wilderness Act 40 years ago. Republican Richard M. Nixon gave us the Environmental Protection Agency and the Endangered Species Act, and Republican Ronald Reagan signed more wilderness protection legislation than any other president. I offer this short, historical brush stroke only to paint a backdrop for what the Bush administration is attempting, which seems to be nothing less than total reversal of a century of environmental flow in this country.<br><br><br><br>
At every turn, this administration is thumbing its nose at every president who's gone before, back to Teddy Roosevelt. It is staggering how much environmental progress Bush is trying to undo. There is a cumulative sense over the last couple of years of a level of greed and exploitation encouraged by the White House that at some points of our history would have been the stuff of impeachment.<br><br><br><br>
Mining, lumbering, oil interests and developers in general have never had it so good on public lands, much of which were set aside explicitly or in the spirit of protecting wilderness. Sadly, public reaction has been surprisingly muted.<br><br><br><br>
The topper has to be the latest: an attempt to export the Bush brand of exploitation abroad and turn on its head the Endangered Species Act.<br><br><br><br>
Under a proposal being floated by the administration, trophy hunters, circuses and the pet industry would be permitted to kill, capture or legally import certain desired species, many of which are at the door of extinction.<br><br><br><br>
The sick premise being that poor countries can use the money raised by selling some of their endangered wildlife to support badly needed conservation efforts for the others.<br><br><br><br>
A sort of "Sophie's Choice" for endangered species. The jaded part of this plan is that only foreign endangered species would be involved: trophy hunting for rare beasts, exporting Asian elephants for circuses and zoos, resuming a partial African ivory trade, encouraging shadowy collectors to retrieve rare birds from the Amazon. American endangered species are not part of the proposal, probably because the hue and cry that would result nationally would deafen a few ears in Washington.<br><br><br><br>
Worldwide, and especially in poorer countries, the black market trade in endangered species is a huge problem, tying up all kinds of international policing resources. But at least at present there's something of a cap on the illegal activity.<br><br><br><br>
With the Bush proposal, we may as well put up billboards telling poachers they now have a place in line behind lumbering, mining and oil.<br><br><br><br>
And please, after you've shot the last elephant, turn out the lights.<br><br><br><br>
© <i>2003 Times Union, Capital Newspapers Division of The Hearst Corporation</i></div>
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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>veganinohio</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
Waiting patiently for a Bush apologist to post a response to this one...</div>
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Before and IF he becomes apologisitic which I doubt, here is where you can help<br><br>
vote Bush out at Care2.com... (as part of helping safeguard the environment)...<br><br><a href="http://veggieboards.com/boards/showthread.php?t=10820&highlight=vote+bush" target="_blank">http://veggieboards.com/boards/showt...ight=vote+bush</a>
 

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I dont know and not familiar with all of the policies, but with CRP CREEP he has done great by allowing more farmers more land in each preogram.<br><br>
My bigest concern is for the "oil fields" of Alaska. I have been to the Alaskan wilderness once, and it like that area NW of BC is truely wild and prestine. I like 90% of what Bush has done...yes i know not everyone will feel this way.... but I wish he/other elected officals would just leave Alaska alone and write/ pass a law where by autos owned by pvt citizens need to all be alternative fuel in 10 years, hybrid in 3. The auto makers would freak, but Christ if we put a man on the moon in ten years the big three can do this, we can sure as hell have cars that are atleast double fuel economic in 3 and alternative in ten.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>American</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
I dont know and not familiar with all of the policies, but with CRP CREEP he has done great by allowing more farmers more land in each preogram.<br><br>
My bigest concern is for the "oil fields" of Alaska. I have been to the Alaskan wilderness once, and it like that area NW of BC is truely wild and prestine. I like 90% of what Bush has done...yes i know not everyone will feel this way.... but I wish he/other elected officals would just leave Alaska alone and write/ pass a law where by autos owned by pvt citizens need to all be alternative fuel in 10 years, hybrid in 3. The auto makers would freak, but Christ if we put a man on the moon in ten years the big three can do this, we can sure as hell have cars that are atleast double fuel economic in 3 and alternative in ten.</div>
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Alright American! Thank you for not being one of those party line guys and actually having an opinion.
 
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