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DeepModem Mom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:08 AM
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LAT: Natl. Environmental Policy Act "at Crossroads" (Bush adm. challenge)
National Environmental Policy Act Is 'at a Crossroads'
The 35-year-old law gives citizens input in the review of land-use proposals. Those who say it slows progress are trying to curb its power.

By Tim Reiterman, Times Staff Writer


SAN FRANCISCO After the National Environmental Policy Act was adopted 35 years ago, the law led to a major design change in one of the nation's most ambitious energy projects the 800-mile pipeline that carries oil from Alaska's North Slope.

As a result of the often contentious ecological review, most of the pipeline was laid above ground so it would not damage the fragile permafrost, and built in a way that would not block the movement of caribou herds.

More recently, the law assured San Franciscans a voice in the conversion of one of the city's most prized historic sites the old Army Presidio into a national recreation area designed to be self-supporting and divided into open space, public use areas and commercial offices, including a recently opened 23-acre digital arts center built by "Star Wars" creator George Lucas.

Now, however, NEPA is facing strong challenges from the Bush administration, Congress and business interests who say the law has been holding up progress on a number of fronts, among them building highways, preventing forest fires and drilling for oil and gas in the Rocky Mountains.

The House version of the pending energy bill would exempt many oil and gas exploration projects from NEPA review. And a congressional committee is holding public hearings with the stated intention of changing how the law works. To expedite a wide range of projects, the administration and lawmakers have exempted some categories of federal actions from NEPA assessments or limited their scope....


http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-ne...
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blindpig Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:21 AM
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1. what is this progress of which they speak?
Sprawl, pollution, resource depletion, species extinction, the march to neofeudalism?

Fuck Progress, ain't near what it's cracked up to be. The Pleistocene is looking better all the time.
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XemaSab Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:25 AM
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2. Agreed. Fuck progress.
Lemme get this straight: they want to make it easier for private companies to rape public land while the taxpayers pay for it?

I see.......
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enki23 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:37 AM
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3. no more EIS for important republican contributers. whee.
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DeepModem Mom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 02:38 PM
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4. Yep, an administration bought and paid for with campaign dough. nt
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enki23 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 09:26 PM
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5. ...ors, dammit. contributors.
Edited on Thu Jul-07-05 09:27 PM by enki23
contributors. i'm going to go write it a hundred times now....
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