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MaverickX Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-18-03 10:02 AM
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Bush waging a war on parks, forests
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Our national parks, national forests, wildlife refuges, and other public lands total 623 million acres -- 14 times the size of all six New England states, or almost six times the size of California. They constitute a natural engine that cleans our drinking water, purifies the air, produces medicines, provides resources, and enhances our quality of life in countless other ways. Most important, these lands connect Americans directly with the miracle of God's creation.

These natural treasures are also an important part of our heritage. The idea of a national park was born in America: Yellowstone became the world's first in 1872. However we define homeland security, our wilderness and public lands must be at the core of what we seek to defend.

Not for President Bush and his team, however. Fueled by zealous anti-environmentalism and corporate special interests, they have launched what amounts to a sustained and systematic attack on America's public lands. Instead of honoring the public trust that requires protecting these national assets for our children and grandchildren, they have aggressively pushed exploitation by the mining, timber, oil and gas, and snowmobile industries. Well aware of the public outcry that such radical policy changes would provoke, they have pursued this war with stealth and deception.
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