Democratic Underground Latest Greatest Lobby Journals Search Options Help Login

ChimpCo Sticking To "Safe, 2nd-Tier Issues" On Environmental Policy - WP

Printer-friendly format Printer-friendly format
Printer-friendly format Email this thread to a friend
Printer-friendly format Bookmark this thread
This topic is archived.
Home » Discuss » Topic Forums » Environment/Energy Donate to DU
hatrack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 12:14 PM
Original message
ChimpCo Sticking To "Safe, 2nd-Tier Issues" On Environmental Policy - WP

In September, the Environmental Protection Agency unveiled new proposed air quality standards that the agency's chief proclaimed were the toughest in U.S. history. Environmentalists said the standards fell short of what scientists -- including EPA's own experts -- recommended as safe. In June, Bush consulted with such boldface environmental names as underwater explorer Jean-Michel Cousteau -- Jacques Cousteau's son -- and marine biologist Sylvia Earle to set up the massive Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Marine National Monument, the world's biggest ocean reserve. Doniger and others were appreciative but ultimately unimpressed.

"Who could be against setting aside a Hawaiian park?" Doniger asked rhetorically in a telephone interview. "But these are safe, second-tier issues that don't offend any of the industries that they care about." These industries, Doniger said, include coal, oil, auto making and electric power.

In his 2004 re-election campaign, Bush got more than $4.7 million from the energy industry, $4.8 million from the transportation industry, $4.9 million from agribusiness and $33.8 million from the finance, insurance and real estate industries, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, which keeps track of federal election statistics. Brendan Bell of the Sierra Club also cited Bush's ties to oil, autos and utilities as helping to shape what he said was an "atrocious" environmental policy. "The Bush administration on every issue has made it an art to say what the public wants to hear and do the opposite," Bell said by telephone. He cited the 2003 Healthy Forests Restoration Act, which he said aided in cutting down trees. The official White House Web site,, said the plan was meant to cut "the risk of catastrophic fires by thinning dense undergrowth and brush in priority locations."


U.S. action on global warming is key to solving the problem, according to Michael Oppenheimer, an environmental expert at Princeton University. "Until the U.S. acts, it is unlikely that developing countries will begin to deal with the problem," Oppenheimer said in a Web chat with reporters last week. "Unless the big developing countries, as well as the U.S. and Europe, start limiting emissions significantly over the next 15 years or so, we will have no chance to meet such an objective."

Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
nam78_two Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 12:20 PM
Response to Original message
1. K&R
sounds about right :eyes:
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
DU AdBot (1000+ posts) Click to send private message to this author Click to view 
this author's profile Click to add 
this author to your buddy list Click to add 
this author to your Ignore list Tue Jan 16th 2018, 08:37 PM
Response to Original message
Advertisements [?]

Home » Discuss » Topic Forums » Environment/Energy Donate to DU

Powered by DCForum+ Version 1.1 Copyright 1997-2002
Software has been extensively modified by the DU administrators

Important Notices: By participating on this discussion board, visitors agree to abide by the rules outlined on our Rules page. Messages posted on the Democratic Underground Discussion Forums are the opinions of the individuals who post them, and do not necessarily represent the opinions of Democratic Underground, LLC.

Home  |  Discussion Forums  |  Journals |  Store  |  Donate

About DU  |  Contact Us  |  Privacy Policy

Got a message for Democratic Underground? Click here to send us a message.

© 2001 - 2011 Democratic Underground, LLC