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2004-10-02 - 10:44 p.m.

Has President Bush Taken Care of our Part of the Planet?

DNC has a great video, Faces of Frustration, on their website...worth the time to download. And please read Bev's blog when you have time and welcome the caravan if it comes to your city on its way to D.C.

After hearing Gale Norton thanking the folks at U.S. Geological Survey today with Mount St. Helens in the background and then reading bastion’s blog tonight, I decided I had to write about the environmental policies of the Bush administration. It is pathetic on all fronts. I hope the Town Hall questioners will ask some pertinent questions. I went to the Sierra Club’s page for a quick survey.

As they say in their introduction, The Sierra Club's members are 700,000 of your friends and neighbors, who are inspired by nature. They work together to protect our communities and the planet. The Club is America's oldest, largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization.

The Mission Statement
1. Explore, enjoy and protect the wild places of the earth.
2. Practice and promote the responsible use of the earth's ecosystems and resources.
3. Educate and enlist humanity to protect and restore the quality of the natural and human environment.
4. Use all lawful means to carry out these objectives.

What kind of grade do you give the Bush Administration on:

Clean Air
May 11, 2004
We’ll give credit where credit is due. Some good news for a change: EPA Administrator Mike Leavitt signed a rule that will reduce pollution from “non-road” (i.e., heavy equipment) sources. The rule, to be phased in starting in 2006, reduces the sulfur in diesel fuel by 99%, while also requiring that new engines have pollution control technology. For other clean air news, some not so good: More about Clean Air....

Clean Water
July 9, 2004
Bush Administration Weakens Clean Water Act Requirements for Power Plants
The Bush Administration’s EPA issued a rule that would make it easier for power plants to avoid installing the best technologies to reduce the large amounts of cooling water they use.
More about Clean Water....

Global Warming and Clean Energy
April 20th, 2004
Bush Administration Lets Nissan Off the Hook
Once again, the Bush administration has shown that it is willing to bend any environmental regulation for its corporate friends. Just this week, Nissan was exempted from a regulation governing the fuel economy of their vehicle fleets.
And, of course, the big one -- pulling out of Kyoto Accords. More about Energy and Global Warming....

Human Rights and the Environment
March 1, 2004
EPA Not Fully Implementing Executive Order on Environmental Justice
The Environmental Protection Agency has not fully implemented the Executive Order on environmental justice signed by President Bill Clinton in 1994, requiring the EPA and other federal agencies to achieve environmental justice as part of its mission, according to the Agency's Inspector General.

More about Human Rights and the environment....

Protect National Forests
June 28, 2004
Bush Administration Attacks Roadless Forest Protections
A Federal Register notice indicates that the Bush Administration intends to replace the Roadless Area Conservation Rule with a state petition process that essentially eliminates federal protections from logging and mining in millions of acres of national forests.

More about National Forests....

Check back tomorrow for more about the environment.

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