Monday, January 19, 2009

Bush continues his last-minute attack on the environment

Determined not to leave office without wreaking as much havoc as possible on (what remains of) the United States' pristine wilderness, George Bush has launched a salvo of anti-environment legislation in his last days as President, reports National Geographic.

Victim one: Water
Bush made it easier for mines and farms to dump waste into waterways.

Victim two: Land
Bush also made it easier for industry to mine (minerals, oil and gas) from public lands, including a move to free up 2 million acres of land for oil shale development.

Victim three: Air
Bush nails the hat trick here with a maneuver that makes it easier for factories and power plants to expand their operation without asking for pollution permits.

Truly disturbing
The most insidious move by far is a sudden "reclassification" of hazardous waste as nonhazardous. Why? "The materials are supposedly recycled and should not be considered waste."

Critics described these moves as everything from "hugely environmentally destructive" to "absolutely outrageous and inexcusable."

Even more disturbing
In what critics describe as "a transparent attempt to burnish Bush's environmental legacy," the President launched the "largest marine conservation effort in history," designating three massive areas of the Pacific as marine national monuments.

That's like beating your kid until he's nearly unconscious, and then taking him out for ice cream. Could Congress please reject the marine designations, and could Obama then come in and re-submit them so somebody, anybody else gets credit here?

More on Bush's last minute insanity.

(Photo courtesy
AgĂȘncia Brasil)

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