(Some of) Bush’s Regressive Environmental Initiatives Foiled
The environmentally challenged Bush administration faced a number of significant setbacks this week in their relentless efforts to undermine America's environmental protections (interestingly, coinciding with civil liberty court losses, indicative of the same autocratic indifference). The administration dropped plans to reduce protection of America's wetlands, and a federal court ruled that the ban on snowmobiles in some National Parks, including Yellowstone, must move forward. And the U.S. Forest Service has decided to drop a proposal to ignore e-mails from people commenting on pending rules and regulations, which is a victory for groups such as Forests.org that use the Internet to express concerns to the government.
It does not seem like much – protecting the nation's water filtration systems, keeping National Parks free from vehicular pollution and damage, and defending free speech. After all, would you defend driving a motorbike through the National Chapel as a form of recreation? Likewise, National Parks are sacred and to be enjoyed in a non-polluting and minimally diminishing manner. In regards to wetlands, I reckon even roughneck Texans drink water. If the past is any guide, rest assured that the Bush administration will again seek to destroy both parks and water, while disregarding the public, but in a more surreptitious manner. However, it is hoped that this week's stunning victories may well represent a turning point.
Let us work to make the end of 2003 the high-point in the Toxic Texan's assault upon the Earth and all its inhabitants. This is an international issue. Given America's natural resource gluttony, and the Bush administration's imperialistic bent, America now threatens the World's environment and security more so than ever. In this spirit, I highly recommend a new web site entitled “Bush Green Watch” at http://www.bushgreenwatch.org/ which is dedicated to “Tracking the Bush Administration's Environmental Misdeeds”, which already number in the hundreds. Much more information on these matters may be found on the Forest Conservation Portal at http://forests.org/america/ .