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eppur_se_muova Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 04:03 PM
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Bush Policy Irks Judges in West (WaPo) {Bu**sh** slammed on environment}
Rulings Criticize Agencies for Not Protecting the
Environment

By Blaine Harden
Washington Post Staff WriterFriday, October 6, 2006; Page A03

SEATTLE, Oct. 5 -- Using language that suggests they are fed up with the Bush administration, federal judges across the West have issued a flurry of rulings in recent weeks, chastising the government for repeated and sometimes willful failure to enforce laws protecting fish, forests, wildlife and clean air.

In decisions in Oregon, California, Montana and Wyoming, judges have criticized the judgment, expertise and, in some cases, integrity of the federal agencies that manage natural resources on public lands.

The rulings come at a time when an emerging bipartisan coalition of western politicians, hunters, anglers and homeowners has joined conservation groups in objecting to the rapid pace and environmental consequences of President Bush's policies for energy extraction on federal land.

Specialists in environmental law cite a noticeable increase in the number of recent court rulings in which federal judges in the West have ruled against the administration, using blunt language that shows impatience and annoyance.

"You are seeing frustration in the federal judiciary," said Dan Rohlf, a law professor at Lewis & Clark Law School, in Portland, Ore. The law school has the nation's oldest environmental law program. "When judges express that frustration on paper, which is not all that often, they are often reflecting what they see as a systematic effort to get around the law."
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more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/20...
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Kurovski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 04:10 PM
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1. K&R. Great to see.
We're all fed up to the gills with Bushco's willful abuse of the environment.
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Double T Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 04:18 PM
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2. "...systematic effort to get around the law"............
Edited on Sun Oct-08-06 04:20 PM by Double T
sounds like criminals that need to be indicted, tried and sent to gitmo. The environment can NOT survive two more years of bushco.
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Kurovski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 04:25 PM
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3. And yet they'll be called "activist judges", out of habit. Like a parrot.
Willful ignorance is a mighty tool of BushCo.
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Kurovski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 05:33 PM
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4. Kick. Dag, just needs one more vote.
Or has the time elapsed?
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