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Better Believe It Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-11 09:07 PM
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Environmental groups see Obama's actions as brazen political sellouts to business interests and GOP


Stung by the President on Air Quality, Environmentalists Weigh Their Options
By LESLIE KAUFMAN
September 3, 2011

For environmental groups, it was the final hard slap that brought a long-troubled relationship to the brink.

In late August, the State Department gave a crucial go-ahead on a controversial pipeline to bring tar sands oil from Canada to the Gulf Coast. Then on Friday, leading into the holiday weekend, the Obama administration announced without warning that it was walking away from stricter ozone pollution standards that it had been promising for three years and instead sticking with Bush-era standards.

John D. Walke, clean air director of the Natural Resources Defense Council, an advocacy group based in New York, likened the ozone decision to a bomb being dropped.

Mr. Walke and representatives of other environmental groups saw the presidents actions as brazen political sellouts to business interests and the Republican Party, which regards environmental regulations as job killers and a brick wall to economic recovery.

Read the full article at:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/04/science/earth/04air.h...
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hay rick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-11 09:18 PM
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1. Welcome to the underside of the bus.
Plenty of room here under the Obama 2012 Re-election express. Union members, teachers, the unemployed, and underwater homeowners- please make a little room for the environmentalists. They are now officially fellow non-travelers.
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DJ13 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-11 09:28 PM
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2. see Obama's actions as brazen political sellouts to business interests and GOP
Its not just environmental issues.

Welcome to the club.
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swilton Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-11 11:14 PM
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3. Brazen
is how I would describe Obama's foreign/economic policies as well - and it scares me to think of him in a second term.
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Bluebear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-11 11:15 PM
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4. Sellout is right
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