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LAME DUCK BUSH DECLARES WAR ON WOLVES

Posted in Eco Thugs, Endangered Species, Presidential Crimes & Misdemeanors on November 18th, 2008

HELP THE NRDC ACTION FUND TO STOP THE SLAUGHTER

With just about two months left before he rides off into the Texas sunset (and hopefully into a pile of legal quicksand), President George Bush has declared war on the North American wolf with a new plan that would strip wolves in the Northern Rockies of their endangered species protection making them fair game for any asshole with a gun.

Should Mr. Bush be successful in making his plan a reality, it is estimated that as many as 1,000 wolves could face slaughter in just the fist 12 months. This animal genocide would be a disaster for Yellowstone’s wolf population, which is already headed for a crash, according to NRDC Action Fund, which is currently raining funds in the hope of blocking this cruel deed.

Become an NRDC Action Fund Monthly Partner now, and play a frontline role in protecting the greatest icon of the American West from this senseless slaughter.

- – Denis

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COMMENTARY: GEORGE BUSH’S ENVIRONMENTAL LEGACY

Posted in Administrative Arrogance, Eco Thugs, Government Shenanigans, Presidential Crimes & Misdemeanors on August 8th, 2008

CAN AMERICA AND THE WORLD WITHSTAND FOUR MORE YEARS?

oil_well1.jpgAs election time rolls around again, it is important to pause for a moment and savor George Bush and the Republican Party’s environmental legacy.

The question then becomes, can America and the world stand another four years of…

ENVIRONMENTAL DEGRADATION

CONTINUED PETROLEUM DEPENDENCE

CLIMATE CHANGE

GEOPOLITICAL INSTABILITY

Please consider the above when making your decision for president this fall.

-Denis

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COMMENTARY: WHEN PROTECTED IS LITTLE MORE THAN A WORD

Posted in Administrative Arrogance, Eco Thugs, Endangered Species, News Brief, Presidential Crimes & Misdemeanors on June 18th, 2008

BUSH ADMINISTRATION DECLARES WAR ON POLAR BEARS. PERMITS OIL COMPANIES TO “ANNOY AND POTENTIALLY HARM” THE NEWLY PROTECTED SPECIES WHILE DRILLING FOR OIL AND GAS

polar_bear_2004-11-15.jpgQUESTION: When is it ok to kill or maim a protected species?

ANSWER: When species interferes with GEORGE BUSH’s friends making money.

Regular readers of libsearthwatch.com will probably remember that it was just about this time last month that the Bush administration, after years of foot dragging, caved to the will of the people – and the threat of numerous well funded lawsuits – and granted protected status under the Endangered Species Act to the Alaskan Polar Bear.

While I praised the administration at the time for their courageous action, regardless of motive, I maintained that I intended to retain a healthy skepticism that this would be different from previous Bush environmental initiatives (Think: the Clear Sky and Clean Water Initiatives) and not weighed down with paragraph after paragraph of loopholes and concessions to Big Oil and other corporate polluters.

In ending that posting, I quoted Natural Resources Defense Council President, Frances Beinecke’s statement that it would “be years and a number of successful court battles before the legislation offered any real protection” to the polar bear.

Sad to say, both Ms. Beinecke and your humble scribe called this one accurately. Now I can’t speak for Ms. Beinecke on the matter, but I was not at all surprised with the recent Fish and Wildlife Service announcement that the Bush administration has given the go ahead to oil and gas exploration companies to “annoy and potentially harm” the newly protected species as they pursue oil and natural gas deposits in and around the bear’s Alaskan Wilderness habitat. This was, after all, the Bush administration we were talking about.

Needless to say, when the announcement broke, the proverbial shit hit the fan with the more extreme green’s among us claiming that the announcement was merely to pave the way for mass genocide against the offending creatures, whom, I might add, have called the wilderness area home for centuries and know nothing about oil exploration, or that, for their own safety, they needed to stay clear of it.

From their reaction, it is apparent that the administration did not expect such an outburst of support for the bears, probably figuring that with gas approaching five dollars a gallon, manufacturing sector unemployment at an all time high, and people struggling frantically to hold on to their homes, that they would not have time to notice the Fish and Wildlife Service announcement, let alone the mental stamina to raise hell over it.

Well my friends, once again the Bushies were wrong, as they are wrong about so much in America today. So the Shitpublicans did what they normally do whenever they miscalculate the will of the American people, they sent in the damage control wizards.

No way was this blanket immunity, the men and women who lie for a living told us. Moreover, it covered only a small number of polar bears and Pacific walruses that may be harmed or killed in the course of the companies doing business in the area. Trust us, they said; No way was this open season on polar bears. No way! Of course, with the Bush administrations history with telling the truth, the chance of that happening is not too likely.

But let’s talk specifics here. For instance: How do we know how many bears are killed and injured? Will the oil and gas exploration companies be required to maintain not only accurate records but also transparency in making them available? Then there is the little matter of whether the oil companies will be legally required to chase the animals away from areas where they may be at risk? Lastly, will the oil and gas companies accord the bears the sort of treatment one would expect to be afforded to a protected species, such as will injured bears receive proper medical help or just be left to die at the scene of the accident? Because after all, Polar Bears don’t vote, nor do they have the type of assets, which would make them a candidate for one of the Prez’s life affirming tax breaks. So, no cash, no vote: no access. Is it any wonder these critters are being screwed?

In summation, in the earlier posting I noticed that several environmental groups had already filed notice that they intended to sue the federal government for not imposing harsher regulations for oil development in the polar bear habitat.

While these people are well meaning and the litigation may some day make things better for the polar bear, the only problem is, legislation is a slow drawn-out process and the polar bears are in a race against time. The administration knows this, as they most certainly know that they will eventually loose. Bit is almost as if this maneuver was never intended to win, but merely to stall things long enough for the Prez and his enablers to award all the available leases in the area. Brendan Cummings, oceans program director for the Center for Biological Diversity says it best, “The only thing keeping pace with the drastic melting of the Arctic sea ice is the breakneck speed with which the Department of the Interior is rushing to sell off polar bear habitat for fossil fuel development.”

It is news like this that keeps me humming the words and melody of that prophetic 1960’s folk song immortalized by Barry McGuire during that long ago Summer of Love, “And you don’t believe we’re on the eve of destruction.” Never were a song’s lyrics as true for today as this tale of environmental and political apocalypse. The only thing wrong was it’s timing.

-Denis

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BUSH ADMIN BUCKLES AND GRANTS PROTECTED SPECIES STATUS TO THE ALASKAN POLAR BEAR

Posted in Administrative Arrogance, Corporate Polluters, Corruption Watch, Eco Thugs, Endangered Species, Government Shenanigans, News Brief, Presidential Crimes & Misdemeanors on May 20th, 2008

BUT DID THE RULING COME IN TIME TO SAVE THE POLAR BEAR?

polarbearice_djc.jpgWell, the good news, if you can call it that, is that the polar bear got finally some protection from the Bush Administration last week. The bad news is that in typical George Bush fashion, the ruling granting endangered species protection to the polar bear is chocked so full of loopholes favoring the oil companies and other corporate polluters that many, including Natural Resources Defense Council President, Frances Beinecke, believe that it will be years and a number of successful court battles before the legislation “offers any real protections”.

Sadly this should come as no surprise to anyone familiar with the workings of the Bush administration, particularly when it comes to protecting the environment. Specifically speaking, one can only wonder if the polar bears, already living on borrowed time, will even be around by the time the Bush Administration’s ruling works its way through our court system, and is challenged by every two-bit polluter and oil company despot who ever bribed a congressman, or funneled undeclared money to a lobbyist?

The facts in this matter are indisputable; as I write this, the polar bears natural habitat is melting out from underneath them far more rapidly than even the most aggressive predictions had foreseen. Now I might be paranoid in making this observation, but as I see it, the only reason that the Bush administration finally went ahead and granted endangered species protection to the polar bears, after years of stonewalling, was because they knew that by the time that the ruling had withstood all challenges, Global Warming would have destroyed most of the Polar bears remaining habitat and the matter would become moot. Either way, with less than a year remaining on George Bush’s term, this matter would be someone else’s problem.

As angry as this sort of political gamesmanship makes me, I have to keep reminding myself that we are talking about a species of animal here, and in the Bush administration and corporate America’s worldview – an all too prevalent worldview in America today – the plight of animals means little when weighed against the potential for profit.

It is no secret that the oil companies have been maneuvering for some time now to get the right to drill in the Alaskan Wilderness preserve. Millions of dollars have been spent to sell this to the American people as the only viable way to end our nation’s dependence on middle eastern oil, and by extension the problems that come along with doing business in that region

The only problem with this contention is that it is not true. Granted it sounds plausible and to a nation of people concerned for their and their family’s future, sounding plausible is often all that it takes.

For the record, the only way to break our dependence on foreign oil is for this country to get behind cleaner, more modern power technologies such as wind, solar, hydrogen and cellulosic ethanol. Corn based ethanol, the standard in this country, is a fine example of what happens when corporations are allowed to dictate policy to politicians. Not only has this movement created worldwide food shortages, but the little publicized fact is that it takes more than a gallon of fossil fuels to make a gallon of corn based ethanol. More importantly, a gallon of corn based ethanol is only about 70% as effective as a gallon of the fossil fuels that it aims to replace.

So who benefits from this exercise, other than the corporations making the ethanol and receiving generous federal subsidies to do so? Certainly not you and me, that’s for sure! But this is a matter for another posting, so we won’t dwell on it here.

Returning to the protected species ruling, the oil companies’ official position is that it will prevent them from drilling in much of the wilderness. They further note that the ruling will force the establishment of buffer zones to protect nursing mother bears and their cubs from the deafening seismic testing, frequent spills, and other distractions so much a part of modern energy exploration.

Now in a better world, this ruling would be a catalyst for change, a reason to begin aggressively developing new sources of energy. But not here! Here it is just a cause for law suits pitting well heeled hired guns against an already overworked and underpaid infrastructure, bled to the bone by a president concerned for little other than that which benefits his rich friends. Sharing the blame for this is a corporate structure that would rather exploit existing technologies regardless of their potential harm to mankind then to spend the money required to make any of the newer technologies commercially viable.

To change this will take leadership the likes of which this country has not seen in seventy years, not since the days of Franklyn Delano Roosevelt and the New Deal. To change this will take great courage, courage of the sort exemplified by George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and the previously noted FDR, but which we have not seen lately in this country.

One thing is certain, we cannot continue for much longer on the path on which we are heading, not and retain the essence of what is great about this country.

So my friends, it is up to each and every one of us to make this happen. The alternative is just too horrible to consider.

-LIB

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NEWS WATCH! BUSH EASES CLEAN-AIR PROTECTIONS FOR NATIONAL PARKS AND WILDERNESS AREAS

Posted in Administrative Arrogance, Corporate Polluters, Eco Thugs, Global Warming, Government Shenanigans, Health Watch, News Brief, Presidential Crimes & Misdemeanors, Toxin Alert! on May 17th, 2008

THIS LATEST GIFT TO POLLUTERS WILL MAKE IT EASIER TO BUILD POLLUTING POWER PLANTS NEAR PROTECTED AREAS

coalfiredpowerplant.jpgThe administration’s war against clean air and water scored another victory today with the announcement that Corporate America’s man in the White House is putting the finishing touches on a plan, which would make it easier to build power plants near national parks and wilderness areas.

The new regulations, expected to be finalized this summer, rewrite a key provision of the Clean Air Act as it applies to “Class 1 areas,”, Beltway shorthand for these precious natural resources.

This initiative is the latest in a series of administration efforts to weaken air quality protections at national parks.

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NEWS WATCH! JUDGE TELLS BUSH TO STOP STONEWALLING THE POLAR BEARS

Posted in Corruption Watch, Eco Thugs, Endangered Species, Global Warming, Government Shenanigans, Humane Treatment of Animals, News Brief, Presidential Crimes & Misdemeanors, Sustainable Values on May 8th, 2008

ADMINISTRATION ORDERED TO DECIDE ON POLAR BEARS ELIGIBILITY FOR ENDANGERED SPECIES PROTECTION BY MAY 15th

polarbearice_djc.jpgGood news for our furry white friends, the Polar Bears, came earlier this week when a courageous federal judge ruled that the Bush Administration had violated federal law by delaying it’s decision as to whether it will allow polar bears to receive protection under the Endangered Species Act.

In her ruling, Judge Claudia Wilken of Federal District Court in Oakland, Calif., ordered the Bushies to make such a decision by May 15th or be held in contempt of court. Additionally the judge ordered that the decision take effect immediately, setting aside the usual 30-day grace period

Currently, our nation’s polar bear population faces the threat of extinction from rising temperatures and rapidly melting sea ice, two conditions, which have caused food shortages, and led to the destruction of much of their native Alaskan habitat.

Kudos to our friends at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), the Center for Biological Diversity, and Greenpeace for pursuing and financing the litigation, which led to this important victory.

Not surprisingly, the boys and girls in the executive branch have used the delay to ram through questionable gas and oil leases in the area in question.

Additionally, if I had to venture a guess as to whether the polar bears will receive endangered species protection from the Bush administration, my guess would be no. Drilling in the Artic has long been a goal of the Bush administration and granting polar bears protected status would bring an end to such activities.

Thankfully, the NRDC, for one, has pledged to continue the good fight until all of America’s polar bears win the protection they so urgently need. Should any of our loyal readers have a few spare bucks lying around – I know, what’s the chance of that in this economy – consider sending them off with a letter of support to the good people at any of the groups listed above.

- LIB

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COMMENTARY: MORE OF THE SAME GIBBERISH

Posted in Administrative Arrogance, Clean Energy, Corporate Polluters, Eco Thugs, Global Warming, Government Shenanigans, News Brief, Presidential Crimes & Misdemeanors, Toxic Living on April 17th, 2008

BUSH’S LATEST ENVIRONMENTAL NON-PROPOSAL ALLOWS CARBON DIOXIDE EMISSIONS TO PEAK IN 2025

s-bush-and-the-bunny-large.jpgWith the release, yesterday, of the latest White House plan to stop the growth of global warming emissions, George Bush all but guaranteed his standing as the most anti-environmental president in US history.”

The administrations proposal, sketchy that it is, calls for letting U.S. carbon dioxide emissions peak in 2025, though Mr. Bush has proposed no specifics on how to do so.

The President was specific, however, in refusing to consider any new taxes, trade barriers, or plans to abandon nuclear power, saying that the coal-burning electric utilities — the biggest single source of U.S. carbon dioxide emissions — need to find new high-tech ways of trapping greenhouse gases.

Per da prez, “if we fully implement our strong new laws, adhere to the principles I’ve outlined, and adopt appropriate incentives, we will put America on an ambitious new track for greenhouse gas reductions,” he said, before adding, “we’re doing a lot to protect this environment.”

Now any even marginal student of environmental issues knows that the president has no plan, whatsoever, to implement conservation policy at this late hour in his presidency, and this entire discussion is just empty words intended to placate an ever more environmentally aware population.

From the day he took office, Mr. Bush and his administration have rejected any and all attempts to enact any serious legislation to curb carbon dioxide emissions, citing on the rare occasion that he deemed to explain his actions, his belief in the Market Economy and the ability of corporations to self regulate.

We all know what a lot of crap that that is!

Moreover, I am willing to go out and a limb and speculate here that we will not see any significant change in environmental policy until Barrack Obama is sworn in as the 44th President of the United States.

-LIB

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LOOSING YOUR RIGHT TO SUE FOR DAMAGES

Posted in Administrative Arrogance, Corporate Greed, Government Shenanigans, News Brief, Presidential Crimes & Misdemeanors on March 27th, 2008

TWO BILLS, WHICH WOULD TAKE AWAY YOUR RIGHTS TO HOLD THE DRUG COMPANIES AND DRUG EQUIPTMENT MANUFACTURES TO TASK FOR SHODDY MATERIALS AND WORKMANSHIP

handshake.jpgThroughout most of our country’s history, we as consumers have had the right to bring the individual or corporation responsible for manufacturing a faulty product to task for their carelessness or incompetence. Traditionally this recourse took place in a court of law, where all aspects of the situation would be explored, guilt or innocence established, and damages, when appropriate, accessed. But now, thanks to the Bush administration and their corporation-loving allies in Congress and on the Roberts Supreme Court, these days may be gone forever.

This attack on our rights as consumers began with the Supreme Court decision, several months back, which stripped patients using medical devices of the right to sue the manufacturers of those devices when they fail.

Now, this would be cause for distress at any time, but is particularly relevant at this point in our history when virtually everything is outsourced. While I personally am against most aspects of outsourcing, and believe that we could live quite well without the Wal-Marts of the world with their row upon row of cheaply made, inferior Chinese goods, outsourcing, from the look of it, is apparently here to stay. For this reason, our corporations need to be constantly vigilant in policing their foreign sub-contractors to insure that these organizations maintain the stringent standards for quality and workmanship that Americans are accustomed to demanding of their products. To date they have not done so, and probably will not unless forced to do so by law, a situation, which is unlikely, at least as long as George Bush remains in the White House.

The recent recalls of toxic toys and health care products from China should serve as an unforgettable example of what happens when the corporations stop at nothing to shave prices, but do so without providing for the infrastructure necessary to see that their outsourced products are safe.

Helping the corporations along in their march to irresponsible profitability is the Bush administration, who independent of the above referenced legislation, has spent the bulk of their time in office devastating the ranks of federal inspectors – the men and women who in previous administrations served as “we the people’s” last line of defense from shoddy materials, workmanship and the unchecked greed of our corporations.

Historically, perhaps the most effective recourse we have had keeping our manufacturing sector in check has been our ability to sue, and exact damages for poor quality products. Take this away and the corporate sector will become all-powerful and more out of control than it already is.

And as if the situation was not already bad enough, in the months to come, the Supreme Court is expected to take up Levine v. Wyeth. Levine v. Wyeth, according to a story published in a recent Washington Independent, will “examine the legality of a lawsuit preemption clause quietly written into an innocuous FDA labeling law in 2006”. Should the court side with coporate America as it is expected that it will on this matter as well, you and I would be barred from suing the drug companies when their products kill or maim.

Both of these affronts against the poor and the middle class are in keeping with the Bush administration’s adherence to a series of flawed theories, among them the one that awards to the corporation the rights enjoyed by, and the status of the individual.

Followers of this line of thinking believe that the corporation does not need outside regulation, that the FREE MARKET will force the corporations to self regulate, and innovate as they compete for the taxpayer’s dollar.

I only wish that this was true, but recent American history has shown the fallacy of this line of thinking. As proof of this, you need to go no farther than the damage done to the Medicare system by the Bush administration’s disastrous Part D. Drug Plan.

While this plan, as conceived, does help many of our fellow citizens, at least until they reach the gap of coverage a few thousand dollars in, it has done far more for the drug companies and insurance companies for whom, to be honest, the bill was written.

In one of those Bush administration gifts that keeps on giving, Part D drug coverage legislation prohibits Medicare, the nation’s largest insurer and purchaser of prescription drugs, from negotiating discount prices for the drugs that they purchase. This little throw-away has the net effect of transferring billions of dollars a year from the federal treasury to the coffers of drug companies in a move that can only be considered immoral and unethical.

But morals and ethics are not real concepts for the Bush administration, merely words that can be thrown like raw flesh to the cheering mobs of middle and lower class church goers who have bought George Bush’s ‘holier than thou’ bullshit.

Make no mistake; this administration is about profit, Profit for itself as in the case of Dick Cheney’s burgeoning portfolio of Halliburton stock, and profit for their followers. But this loyalty does not come cheap. Expect to see George Bush and Dick Cheney reap the riches that only a thankful corporate community can bestow when they leave office. This will come in the form of high paid directorships, consultancies and massive honorariums for appearing at dinners and sharing a few grunts.

But while this might be great for them, it does absolutely nothing for us. So what can we do?
First, it is important that we make our feelings known to our elected officials about Levine V. Wyeth, and what it would mean to us if this abomination passes. While there is probably not all that much, which we can do to sway the opinion of the Supreme Court, we can inundate our elected officials with our concerns and force them to address the matter legislatively.

The idea that anyone or anything can cause you or I bodily harm and potential loss of life and we have no recourse after the fact is downright wrong. Let your Congressman and Senator know that you think that this stinks. More importantly, remind them that this is an election year and if they cannot do the job, which you elected them to do, you will find someone who can.

And be vocal when you do this. Politicians do not react to nice talk. Sadly, it is a case of the old squeaky wheel getting action. I wish it was not so, but then, that is why I am supporting Obama.

-LIB

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PRESIDENT OKAYS DRILLING IN POLAR BEARS NATURAL HABITAT

Posted in Endangered Species, Global Warming, News Brief, Presidential Crimes & Misdemeanors on January 18th, 2008

SAYS ALL THE ACTIVITY “WON’T HURT THE POLAR BEAR”

polar_bear_2004-11-15.jpgThe Bushies defended their plans to allow their friends in Big Oil to drill for oil and natural gas in the Chukchi Sea off northwestern Alaska, today, claiming that they are confident that the process “would not harm the polar bears”, that call the area home.

As one who lives in an area populated by numerous oil drilling sites, I can only wonder how they will manage to do this without seriously impacting the area and it’s animal occupants.

Today’s comments come as the Bush administration continues to stonewall environmentalist’s demands that the polar bear be afforded protection under the endangered species act.

While many in the environmental community believe that this protected status for the polar bear will eventually come to pass, it is pretty apparent that this will not occur until all of the leases in the area have been awarded and drilling begun.

Taking up the cause of the polar bear is Democratic Representative, Edward Markey, of Massachusetts’ 7th District. Markey has demanded endangered species protection for the polar bear before the first Chukchi Sea lease is allowed to change hands, an event that is now scheduled for February 6, 2008.

It is unlikely that this will happen.

Like many of the world’s creatures, the polar bear is a casualty of global warming. Best estimates are that the continued melting of sea ice will cause a two-thirds drop in the world polar bear population by 2050, with overall extinction in as little as seventy-five years.

-LIB

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US DELAYS ENDANGERED SPECIES PROTECTION FOR POLAR BEARS

Posted in Eco Thugs, Endangered Species, Global Warming, News Brief, Presidential Crimes & Misdemeanors on January 13th, 2008

THE DELAY IS ALLEGEDLY TO ENABLE THE OIL COMPANIES TO SELL THE OIL LEASES IN THE POLAR BEARS NATURAL HABITAT

polarbearice_djc.jpg It is a particular peeve of mine when anyone plays politics with life. This is true whether that life is the life of a fellow citizen, a mammal, animal, or any of the couple of million other species who also call this planet home. Man has no right to play god with their existence, particularly not for something so base as money.

So it was particularly galling this past week to see George Bush and his merry men playing politics with the fate of the polar bear.

Few species have suffered as much in recent years as the polar bear. This marvelous creature has seen its numbers reduced significantly in the past decade or so, much of it the result of the destruction of significant amounts of its natural habitat brought about by the melting of the polar ice.

Without endangered species protection, it is estimated that the polar bear’s numbers will continue to fall, with extinction in as little as seventy-five years.

Now one would think that it would be a simple matter adding the polar bear to the protected species act. A quick flick of George Bush’s pen to some hastily thrown together legal mumbo jumbo and zap, the polar bears would be protected. As a protected species, what remains of their habitat areas would be off limits for any development, whatsoever.

For a while there it looked like the Bush boys were on the same page with environmentalists on this subject. To that end, deadlines were established at which time the administration was to officially rule on granting the polar bears protected status. But now, the initial deadline, and a second, more recent one, has passed, and the fate of the polar bear still swings in the Artic wind.

Now I’m sure it is not that George Bush particularly hates polar bears. I doubt he has any opinion at all on these creatures, or if he could recognize one in a photo lineup. It’s just that he likes oil barons more. And the oil barons are against the polar bears receiving endangered species protection, as it would prevent Big Oil from carving up and selling off the oil leases located in the polar bear’s natural habitat.

Now if the past seven years have taught us anything, it is that George Bush does not like to see his friends’ loose money, and will use all of his powers to prevent that from happening. If you doubt this statement, consider for a minute the war in Iraq. Saddam is dead; there are no weapons of mass destruction, and still over one hundred thousand American troops continue to occupy Iraq with an almost equal amount of so-called “contractors” there as well. If you think that this is for any reason other than to protect the oil leases, then what does that say about you’re powers of reasoning? Protecting Big Oil’s interest in this situation means stalling any attempts to grant the polar bears endangered species protection.

Among the first transactions projected to benefit from the administrations stall tactics is one in the Chukchi Sea in Alaska. In the works for some time, this deal is scheduled to close in a matter of weeks.

Particularly distressing is that the area in question provides one-tenth of the habitat for the world’s population of polar bears, which would most certainly be destroyed if or when drilling is to commence.

Taking the point and the heat for the administration on this issue is Dale Hall, USFWS director. His contention, as ridiculous as it is, is that his department has never declared an animal endangered because of climate change, and this fact has “complicated the decision.” Don’t you just love it, the old; we can’t make a decision because we never made a decision on this matter before. Thank God that the men that created our nation did not feel that way or we would still be having meetings to decide whether or not to issue the Declaration of Independence.

Lets get real boys and girls. Never before, or at least not in any of our recollections this time around, has global warming been the problem that it is today. So this excuse does not wash. While we are being real, lets call a spade a spade as Kert Davies, research director for Greenpeace USA does in this fantastic quote reprinted from DigitalJournal.com.

“The Bush administration has squandered seven years denying the devastating scientific evidence of global warming.” “Stalling has cost us dearly, putting the polar bear at risk of extinction and jeopardizing the future welfare of billions of people around the world”.

I could not have said it any better myself.

-LIB

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