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|YOU DIDN'T LEAVE ME NO BUFFALO, I AIN'T LEAVING NO CARIBOU
The Administration, House Republican Leaders, Oil and
Gas Interests, and
Organized Labor are on a Collusion Course.
Time Now to Take the Bull___ By the Horns? WASHINGTON - The House voted in August to reject the fuel-efficiency amendment to the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge bill, killing a proposed increase in CAFE standards on light trucks from 20.7 mpg to 27.5 mpg beginning in 2007. The author of The Ire Next Time, Jon Holt, had this reaction: "Apparently the results of the National Academy of Sciences study fell on daft ears. It's hard to follow the 'ploy-by-ploy action' of the Bush-Cheney administration on this controversy." Moreover, The Natural Resources Defense Council tells us that increasing new car fuel-efficiency to a doable 39 mpg over the next 10 years would save many times more barrels of oil ( 51 billion over the next five decades) than even the rosiest estimates of recovery from the Arctic refuge. Needless to say, it is recovery of the refuge, itself, that is also very much at issue here.SLEAZY RIDER: REPUBLICAN STEALTH WEAPON OF CHOICE
Annual Aggressive Anti-environmental Ritual WASHINGTON - An oft-used strategy in Congress is to attack environmental safeguards by attaching provisions, known as riders, to spending bills. These amendments, that would otherwise not stand the light of day, are often added at the eleventh hour, in a murky attempt to become law sans meaningful (if any) deliberations. Which is why polluters and their buddies in Congress resort to using the annual appropriations process to direct their last-minute offensive against environmental and public health protections.
|SCUTTLE DIPLOMACY: U.S. REJECTS KYOTO PROTOCOL
The Administration Is Left Out In The Cold On Global Warming BONN - America, the world's largest producer of carbon-dioxide and other so-called greenhouse gases, is now viewed by our European friends as a "rogue state." The scuttlebutt turns on how quickly supporters of the Kyoto agreement can develop a protective shield against the threat of pollutants drifting in from this part of the globe. One U.N. official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, declared: "When it comes to the evolution of global environmental policy, the U.S. is still the 'control group.'" A British official chimed in: "Indeed. This was a sync or swim situation. Unfortunately, there is no Planet B." Ally oops?
Populace Willing To Pay For Mass Transit And Green Areas ATLANTA - Never mind those who traffic in drugs, what about those who traffic in traffic-- suburban developers, for instance. Some with a near-perfect tract record for channeling growth away from areas with existing infrastructure. Areas now in dire need of a triple-bypass linked to air pollution, traffic congestion, and visual blight. "This is a major political issue," says J. Peters, author of This Is Your Wake-Up Sprawl, "and a key quality of life issue." Playwright Emma Carson, best known for her work, "Aparkalypse Now," sees it this way: "The term 'urban growth' has become a silly, and misleading, oxymoron. What we're witness to is denouement, not development. It should be made clear to Mr. Developer that putting curbs on suburban sprawl does not mean adding new sidewalks." Perhaps a healthy dose of infraustructure is in order.
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