Thursday, June 26, 2008

Waiting For November

We've always known that this administration was against clean air, water, and land. But sometimes the lengths they go to are incredible. We know that they pressure scientists who research global warming. We know that they appoint people to head NASA who don't see global warming as "a major concern." And now apparently they pressure their own Environmental Protection Agency to water down its own reports.

The New York Times (in a great story) reports that the White House refused to open an email that contained a document that concluded that "greenhouse gases are pollutants that must be controlled." It continues to report that:

Over the past five days, the officials said, the White House successfully put pressure on the E.P.A. to eliminate large sections of the original analysis that supported regulation, including a finding that tough regulation of motor vehicle emissions could produce $500 billion to $2 trillion in economic benefits over the next 32years.

This administration has abondoned an American tradition of practical solutions in favor of ideological favoritism. The Supreme Court, NASA, NOAA, and the EPA (along with countless other NGO's and international organizations) have told the administration that they must act to avert an environmental catastrophe. Instead they choose to play party politics.

First the Justice Department, then the EPA, where does it stop? Better question, does it stop?
Cross-posted at Poli-Think

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