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Fall 2004, Issue #39

In This Issue 
Go To Article VOTE!
Make a Change For Our Environment
Go To Article Threatened and Saved
Go To Article Power Plants Dodge Clean-Up Go To Article Tollway’s Strategy for Sprawl Extensions
Go To Article Downwind Report - June 2004 Go To Article Sightings, V.8,#4
Go To Article  W&W Group Elections Go To Article Printable pdf W&W News
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Make a Change For Our Environment

Our environment needs better government. In spite of support by over 80% of Americans for protection of our environment, we have just endured four years of the worst environmental Administration and US Congress in over a century. Meanwhile, our  Illinois General Assembly, while improving, has repeatedly failed to protect our air and our waters. Locally, our North Shore Sanitary District is building a new sludge incinerator that will worsen smog, deplete our aquifers, and drain our wallets.

The general election on November 2, 2004, offers Sierra Club members an opportunity to do something good for the environment by changing the political landscape.

Several races offer particularly good opportunities for making a change by replacing mediocre incumbents with progressive environmental candidates. Their victories will add to the growing contingent of representatives protecting our environment, and send a message to those with less courage that we will be satisfied with nothing less.
Candidate District Send Contributions to Phone

North Shore Sanitary District Candidate

Daniel Pierce
Democrat

5

Dan Pierce Committee
675 Wake Robin Lane
Highland Park, Illinois  60035

(847)
432-4489

Lake County Board Candidates

Judy Martini
Republican

1

Friends of Judy Martini
42812 Janette Street
Antioch, IL  60002

(847)
838-2907

Sandy Cole
Republican

11

Sandy Cole for County Board
1315 Osage Orange
Grayslake, IL  60030

(847)
548-0877

Bob Powers
Republican

16

Bob Powers for County Board
1616 Melrose Lane
Round Lake Beach, IL  60073

(847)
546-8557

Illinois State Representative Candidates

Elizabeth Coulson
Republican

17

Coulson Campaign Committee
PO Box 2344
Glenview, IL  60025

(847)
217-3668

Elaine Nekritz
Democrat

57

Citizens for Elaine Nekritz
4259 Commercial Way
Glenview, IL  60025

(847)
257-0670

Karen May
Democrat

58

Friends of Karen May
Box 321
Highland Park, IL  60035

(847)
831-3435

Kathy Ryg
Democrat

59

Friends of Kathy Ryg
50 Lakeview Pkwy
Vernon Hills, IL  60061

(847)
680-3440

Sharyn Elman
Democrat

62

Friends of Sharyn Elman
P.O. Box 8304
Gurnee, IL  60031

(847)
528-6918

Illinois State Senate Candidate

Susan Garrett
Democrat

29

Citizens for Susan Garrett
PO Box 142
Lake Forest, IL  60045

(847)
293-****

US Congress Candidate

Melissa Bean
Democrat

8

Melissa Bean for Congress
715 Ela Road  
Lake Zurich, IL 60047

(847)
304-0056

Mark Kirk
Republican

10

Kirk for Congress
P.O. Box 8
Winnetka, IL 60093

(847)
441-5156

US Senate Candidate

Barack Obama
Democrat

 

Obama for Illinois
P.O. Box 802799
Chicago, IL 60680-2799

(312)
427-6400

Contribute to the Sierra Club Political Committee 

200 N Michigan Ave., Ste. 505, Chicago, IL 60601-5908

For the U.S. House of Representatives: Melissa Bean.

Local voters have another opportunity to make a change in Washington D.C.. This is a race for the U.S. House of Representatives. In the 8th Congressional District Melissa Bean is running for the U.S. House seat presently occupied by incumbent Phil Crane.

A local businesswoman, Bean has run a vigorous campaign which has attracted national attention. Thoughtful, moderate, and independent, she has developed environmental platform which

  • Supports funding of Superfund polluter-pays legislation.
  • Supports strong EPA air and water quality regulations.
  • Opposes oil drilling in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, our national monuments and the Great Lakes.

Incumbent Phil Crane, in contrast, has over the past thirty-five years amassed a voting record of almost unequaled hostility to pro-environmental legislation. One startling example: in 2001, Crane voted to allow oil drilling in Lake Michigan - his district's primary source of drinking water. Crane earned a dismal 10% League of Conservation Voters rating in 2003.

Bean's energy, enthusiasm, and genuine concern for natural world earned her the Club's endorsement and warrant your vote in November.

For President: John Kerry.

The record that the Bush-Cheney administration has compiled on the environment is, almost without exception, horrible. The present administration's policies on conservation of wild lands and wildlife, environmental protection, public health, environmental clean-up and restoration are so poor that the Executive Director of the Club, Carl Pope and Paul Rauber have written an entire book on the subject: Strategic Ignorance: Why the Bush Administration is Recklessly Destroying a Century of Environmental Progress. The League of Conversation Voters' scorecard rating of the Bush Record sums it up concisely: The LCV gave George W. Bush an unprecedented grade of "F" for his performance as president.

The record of the Sierra Club's endorsed candidate, John Kerry, could not be more different. Kerry has a proven track record of protecting the environment over career of over two decades of public service. As summarized in the Sierra magazine (read the entire issue before the election!):

Since 1970, when he spoke at the first Earth Day in his home state of Massachusetts, Kerry has fought for action against acid rain, participated in international climate-change negotiations, and cosponsored successful legislation to protect coral reefs, strengthen limits on offshore oil drilling, and restore estuary habitat as a member of the Senate Subcommittee on Oceans and Fisheries (which he renamed the Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, and Fisheries during his tenure as chair).

In the mid-1990s, Kerry helped beat back Republican attacks on environmental safeguards that were part of their so-called Contract With America. More recently, he has doggedly fought the Bush administration's plans to weaken the Clean Air and Clean Water Acts, drill in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, and gut the Superfund.

For the U.S. Senate: Barack Obama.

Sierra Club endorsed candidate Barack Obama has a rock-solid 100% scorecard record of 100% as graded by the Illinois Environmental Council. His outstanding environmental record in the Illinois state senate bodes well for the future of pro-environmental legislation in Washington when he is elected to the U.S. Senate.

 

Find more on the election at

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 (http://illinois.sierraclub.org/vote/wwg.html)

 

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For North Shore Sanitary District, Ward 5: Dan Pierce.

The North Shore Sanitary District is charged with the environmentally important task of collecting and treating sewerage along Lake County's sensitive lakeshore region. Unfortunately, in recent years the NSSD has mismanaged that duty by building an expensive, mercury-emitting sludge burner and presided over the discharge of raw sewage into Lake Michigan. Dan Pierce, a former Highland Park Mayor, has a long track record as a pubic official and private citizen protecting Lake Michigan and the environment. Dan is now running for NSSD Ward 5 (Highland Park, Highwood, and Lake Forest south of Deerpath Road) dedicating himself to reforming the Sanitary District’s poor relationship with the community and directing NSSD to reach out to help protect our waters in the municipalities it serves.

There you have it: five exciting opportunities to cast your vote for positive change in our environment. Kerry, Obama, Bean, Elman, and Pierce have each exhibited the kind of commitment to the environment which earned them the Club's endorsement and which warrants your vote on election day.

For the Illinois House: Sharyn Elman.

In the 62nd state house district, which includes all of parts of Gurnee, Third Lake, Grayslake, Round Lake Heights, Round Lake Beach, Hainesville, and Old Mill Creek, the voters have another excellent opportunity to pick a pro-environment candidate challenging an incumbent whose voting record shows, at best, profound indifference to the environment. In the race for the 62d district, a local media personality, Sharyn Elman, is running a spirited campaign against long-time incumbent, Robert Churchill.

Elman is making transportation and urban sprawl major issues in her campaign, and offers a real alternative Churchill. She's using her reporting skills to embrace the needs of the district's residents and vows to work with all levels of government develop fiscally realistic means to ameliorate the serious transportation problems that years of poor planning have created in her district. A long-time Sierra Club member, Elman exhibits a deep appreciation for the mission of the Club and

Churchill's development-regardless-of-the-consequences stance created many of the challenges that now plague the 62nd district. Churchill's recent votes against legislation to, for example, promote sensible facilities planning, encourage energy efficient buildings, ban mercury thermometers, and promote bike trails earned his a 30% rating from the Illinois Environmental Council (2003 scorecard).

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Re-elect Environmentalists

 Our opportunity to elect better environmental representatives should not overshadow our need to reelect the outstanding group of our legislators that have earned our endorsement in their present jobs. W&W members can feel proud for electing some of the best legislators in Washington, Springfield and Lake County. Read more about them below and in the left column and remember to support them with your vote on November 2nd.

Lake County Board

Two previously endorsed candidates for the County Board, incumbents Judy Martini and Sandy Cole, have continued their record of exemplary work.

Martini is currently the chair of the County Board’s Planning, Building and Zoning Committee, and in this position actively supports smart growth policies. She is also a strong supporter of the Stormwater Management Commission, knowing that we must preserve our wetlands. Martini never fails to cast a pro-environment vote.

Cole is an intelligent and articulate defender of the environment who constantly demonstrates that being an environmentalist requires constant vigilance. Cole supports the improvement of local roads, a task that can be done quickly, and with Martini and other trusted board members, opposes the extension of Route 53. She also supports water usage analysis before a new development is approved. A vote for Cole is a vote for the protection of the quality of life in Lake County.

During his first term in office, Bob Powers has been a quiet but effective member of the County Board. Powers pledges; “As a Lake County Board member, I will do everything that I can to protect the water supply by monitoring poor drainage practices, septic systems and impermeable surfaces, and work as hard as possible to prevent explosive growth.” His vote for the environment is assured, and the Club is proud to endorse him.

 

Leadership in Springfield

Karen May, the incumbent in District 58, who was chief sponsor in the House of the Illinois Wetlands Protection Act (HB 422), recognizes this fact. Her tireless efforts to get House approval of HB 422 is greatly appreciated. Her most recent interests are preventing the release of mercury into our air and waters by coordinating environmental efforts throughout the Great Lakes. We need to reelect her so she can continue to help us protect our environment.

In District 57, the first term incumbent Elaine Nekritz, has shown her commitment to the environment by supporting the Wetland Protection Act and voting to restrict ATVs on our state lands. She has an ambitious environmental agenda for the next legislative session, including introducing an Illinois New Resource Review Act. This act will preserve the air standards presently under attack by the Bush administration.

District 59 freshman Representative Kathy Ryg has quickly established a solid environmental record. In her first term she introduced and supported legislation that promotes clean air and water, fights sprawl, conserves natural resources and preserves open space.

Ryg successfully passed legislation to add Context Sensitive Solutions to the IL Highway Code and introduced legislation to encourage business development near transit and housing. She is a strong proponent of expanding mass transit and bike paths, and has worked with the Village of Riverwoods to extend an existing bike path.

She also sponsored legislation to improve appliance efficiency and encourage use of alternative energy sources, and supports legislation to improve air quality and reduce the use of harmful mercury and pesticides.

Ryg was one of only 15 Representatives to receive a 100% rating on the Illinois Environmental Council's Scorecard in 2003.

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In District 29, incumbent Senator Susan Garrett is one of just six Illinois Senators to receive an IEC rating of 100% based on votes for wetlands protection for Illinois, the Energy Efficient Buildings Act, fines for companies that pollute Illinois air and water, and the Local Legacy Act to protect natural areas and cultural resources.

Ms. Garrett opposed construction of thermal sludge treatment plants within one mile of Lake Michigan and the use of state/tax-payer funds to create off-road trails for all-terrain vehicles on public lands.

 

In 2003, every one of these incumbent Illinois candidates were among the few to earn a 100% rating from the Illinois Environmental Council.

 

 


Return to TopThreatened and Saved Before You Even Heard About It:
Buffalo Creek Forest Preserve

by Larry Marvet
Have you heard of Levy 53? Is the 2648 page 1999 “Upper Des Plaines River Feasibility Study” by the US Army Corps of Engineers on your bookshelf? How about the “Water Resources Development Act of 1999”? If you’ve answered yes to these questions, then you may skip the following story...
 

Army Corp plan to bulldoze Buffalo Creek FPD

My family and I moved to Buffalo Grove 4 years ago, and quickly adopted the Buffalo Creek Forest Preserve, at the northwest corner of Lake Cook Road and Arlington Heights Road, as our favorite natural area to walk, ride bikes or bring our friends. And we’ve visited the Preserve during every season of the year. So when I read an article in the Buffalo Grove Countryside newspaper in 2003, discussing plans by the Corps to bulldoze and gouge this Preserve, I was determined to help save it.

Buffalo Creek FP
Buffalo Creek FP

As you certainly know if you live around here, the Des Plaines River and its tributaries have overflowed their banks as a consequence of drainage of the land, causing damage to development in an expanded floodplain. So, as is the case for really BIG projects like damming the Colorado River, the Army Engineers were called in to develop solutions. Thus the Des Plaines River Feasibility Study (actually a flood control study) was born.

The “Locally Preferred Plan”

And buried within this giant, hard to get document (it took me over a month) were 2 small items directly affecting my neighborhood: plans to increase the reservoir at Buffalo Creek FP, thereby holding more flood waters, and designs for Levy 37 in northwest Cook County to protect some adjacent roads and buildings. And since flood control is a popular issue, our Congressional delegation immediately jumped into action to get money approved for these projects. In fact, the impending time limit on the federal Levy 53 project money lead the Corps, Congressman Mark Kirk, local and state officials to push the project hard. However, the design for Levy 53 could not withstand the surges delivered by drainage of the watershed upstream, and the project required a major new detention area be built to hold more flood water upstream. By authorizing Lake County's Stormwater Management Commission, Illinois gave it the power to reduce flooding of the Des Plaines River by recovering wetlands and other water retention areas throughout the watershed, but SMC has not used that authority to improve the status quo. So instead, the Corps chose the Buffalo Creek Forest Preserve as the so-called “Locally Preferred Plan” location to dig a big pit.

Luckily, there was some serious resistance to destruction of the FP. Adjacent Long Grove objected loudly—and actually approved money to fight the plan! Much of the Lake County Forest Preserve Board, lead by Sierra endorsed Ann Maine, also rejected the plan.

Interestingly, nearby Buffalo Grove appeared to tacitly approve the plan, apparently hoping to get better flood protection for their beloved golf course and some houses on the Creek. And cities far from the forest preserve, like Des Plaines, had little interest in its protection.

To break the impasse and use the federal funds before they were lost, a self-styled “Local Planning Commission” (LPC) was formed, including the nearby cities, state agencies and the Corps. No citizens or citizen groups were invited to participate on this group. And though the Commission members would take pains to say the meetings were open to the public, each meeting was in the middle of the work day and I was clearly discouraged by many, especially the Corps, from obtaining additional information beyond the meeting minutes. Apparently, both the Corps and many of the municipalities believe that true disclosure of information to regular citizens would cause some sort of hysteria, so they must protect us from ourselves.

The charter of the LPC was to find places where flood waters could be stored to replace those planned for the Forest Preserve, thereby saving it. Over a few month period, the Corp’s contractor, CDC, identified a number of possible sights, many of which were not forest preserve or public lands. In July, the LPC agreed by consensus that, instead of the Buffalo Creek Forest Preserve, new flooding facilities should be built either on the private farmland in Wheeling or in one of Wheeling’s active parks. And so, before you even knew about it, the Preserve was preserved.

Here are some of the lessons that can be taken from this experience. First, it is relatively easy to keep this sort of governmental decision making out of the public eye. Through mid-day meetings (when most of us work), restricted committee memberships and general silence from the participants, projects like this can be brought to a relatively final stage before any of us hears a thing. In this particular case, had not Long Grove or the Forest Preserve Board objected, we citizens would only get 3 minutes to speak at a contrived Corps public hearing just before bulldozers rolled. Gaining allies like Ann Maine and Mike Talbett of the Forest Preserve Board or Tony Dean, Village President of Long Grove provide resistance to bad ideas and communication paths to the Club that can activate regular citizens.

Our FPD Commissioners to the rescue

Perhaps another lesson is that, as wonderful as you think your city/state/representative/officials are, there are complex motivations that can change your assumptions. As an example, I was surprised to learn that the nice and progressive people at the Village of Buffalo Grove valued improvements to their golf course over the degradation of their Forest Preserve; and they agreed with the Corps that citizens should have minimal access to the decision making process to avoid messy hysterics.

The moral, I think, is to have more, rather than fewer, partners; to have a broad range of allies, from village trustee through the US Congress; and to keep your eyes and ears open. The next Corps bulldozer could be coming to your local park!

Chair’s note:

Larry was previously a Conservation Chair with a Sierra Club Group in Florida. He has been a welcome participant at our monthly ExCom meetings. We encourage more to get involved as he has!

 


Return to Top Power Plants Dodge Clean-Up

by Verena Owen

In a report issued on 9/31, the Illinois EPA clearly identifies the public health issues stemming from coal plant pollution, yet the report comes to the astonishing conclusion that it would "irresponsible" for IEPA to tighten Illinois regulations for coal fired power plants. IEPA recommends to do nothing. The Governor agrees with the findings.

In the face of a growing asthma epidemic in Illinois and mercury laced fish unfit for consumption in every Illinois body of water,  Blagojevich reneged on ( his spokesperson calls it "delayed") one of his most important campaign promises: to clean up the Illinois coal plants.

The Governor and our EPA instead look to the  Bush Administration to clean up  the grandfathered coal plants.

The report is available on the IEPA website: http://www.epa.state.il.us/air/section-910-report/index.html

Call the Governor (312-814-2121), call your elected officials, call the IEPA, write letters to the editor.

 


Return to Top Tollway’s Strategy for Sprawl Extensions

The Tollway just approved their 10-year $5.3B plan. For a moment, we can all heave a sigh of relief that in it they have abandoned the devastating Rt. 53 extension, handing it back to the Illinois DOT. It’s tempting to think that the Forest Preserves and wetlands that the 53 extension would decimate are no longer threatened, and the rural spaces imperiled will be better used by local communities.

Bait and Switch: Repairs camouflage new road

Our sense of relief is shattered by actually reading the plan. The plan’s marquee says it fixes the roads first and relieves congestion, but in reality it first builds the similarly destructive 355 extension through Will County, while implementing radio tag (I-Pass) tolling to increase capacity. Reconstruction (not just superficial resurfacing) is only planned as a third priority, and for only half of the Tollway’s crumbling roads. The plan amounts to a tollway extension project camouflaged by a sideshow of partial repairs and cool gadgetry.

The 355 extension is fraught with all the problems that plague the misguided 53 extension: Forest Preserve destruction, insufficient local roads to support the increased traffic, and burdening toll payers on the rest of the system with 65% of its $750M cost. Radio tag tolling, which they dub “open-road tolling,” will rapidly result in more induced traffic, and that reveals the real source of the billions they expect to raise.

The induced traffic also puts in question their statements about improved air quality. A Sierra Club report titled Highway Health Hazards issued at the end of July collected 27 peer-reviewed studies linking busy roads with childhood and adult asthma, leukemia, cancer and heart attack. More cars, SUVs and trucks on the tollway will generate more pollution, not less, and the plan only perpetuates the false promise of quick long distance commutes that clogs our local roads, and pollutes our neighborhoods.

The only successful long-term method for relieving traffic congestion on superhighways has been with light-controlled on-ramps, in use in Portland, OR.
 

New tollways can’t fix overdevelopment

Mayors from Will County, desperate for anything to reduce the congestion caused by the sprawl they have courted, traveled to the hastily held Tollway hearings around the region to plead for the vaguely explained 355 plan. They were joined in Lake County by a contingent of equally desperate, but empty-handed local mayors looking for Rt. 53 to cover their over-development. Average drivers frustrated by congestion on Rt. 94 bought the Tollway’s “open-road tolling” story, and by not objecting so far, have endorsed the strategy to sell new Tollway extensions as part of a repair scenario.

The lesson has not been lost on Lake County’s Rt. 53 hawks, and they have been busy trying to repaint the “lack of consensus” and opposition to Rt. 53 here as misunderstood support. If they fail to sneak 53 into the plan now, there will be another chance when the tollway returns with a new plan to reconstruct the other half of the roads not included in this plan.

No Public Accountability

Once most drivers are using I-Pass, though, increasing tolls to finance another new extension will be less visible. That’s why the tollway should be more accountable to the public, and why we need the IL Assembly and the Governor to pass SB1041 , the Toll Highway Authorization-Finances bill this fall.

 


Return to Top Join Our Free E-mail Lists! 

Members are invited to join the W&W group's e-mail lists. On the ALERTS list you will receive infrequent timely posts from the Group Chair (only), primarily on local issues. Some of these appear on this website, and if you subscribe you will learn about them in time to help. The ISSUES list allows you to share in a discussion with other W&Wers. To sign up, just visit each of these websites and click Join :

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We do not share e-mail address lists, and you can remove yourself from either list at any time.

 


Return to Top Downwind Report - June 2004

by Harold J. Rafson

This is the time of year when most of us get outdoors as much as we can. We are much more conscious of the environment. We ask you to keep your eyes, ears and nose open for assaults on our local environment. Let us know what you run into.

More beach closings

As the summer is warmer there will be more ozone alert days and beach closings. We have just passed through the days of peak rainfall, and this year we have had more than our share, as the people living near the Des Plaines and Fox rivers can testify. If you want a clear example of why not to build on flood plains, this year was it.

More ozone alert days

How can you help on ozone? - use your car less and use less energy. Raise the thermostat temperature controlling your air conditioner a degree or two. You will save energy, money, and the electric company will burn less coal or natural gas. Use your car less, and you will save ney and put less CO2,CO,Nox, and VOCs in the air.

How can you help our beaches? - check that your town is doing a good job cleaning the beach sands, and volunteer for cleanups where possible.

Summer reading list

If you are looking for some summer reading, here are some current books about the environment -

  • A Natural History of the Chicago Region - Joel Greenberg
  • Power to the People - V.V.Varlheeswaran
  • The Hype about Hydrogen - Joseph J. Powers
  • The End of Oil - Paul Roberts
  • Safe Food: Bacteria, Biotechnology, and Bioterrorism - M. Nestle
  • This fine Piece of Water. Long Island Sound - Tom Anderson

Have a happy summer.

Harold Rafson

 


Return to Top W&W Group Elections

Our Executive Committee elections are held in the fourth quarter every year and three of five terms expire this year. Those wishing to serve on the Nominating Committee,

The NomCom Needs YOU!

composed of at least 3 non-candidate Group members, will be appointed by November 4th and announced on our ISSUES list. The NomCom may be e-mailed at ww-nomcom@illinois.sierraclub.org, and will nominate its candidates by November 18th.

Any member not nominated who collects and submits at least 25 member signatures (1% of the Group) on a petition for his candidacy by December 2nd will also be included on the ballot, as will any issue similarly supported. The Election Committee will be appointed by December 2nd, will prepare and mail ballots as soon as possible thereafter, and count the returns by January 6th. Please contact a member of the ExCom if you would like to serve on the NomCom and/or the ElectCom. See Contact Us on the website for the Group Bylaws, and past W&W News for ballots from prior years.

 


Return to Top Sightings: Two Republican Presidents - A Comparison

by Donald R. Dann
Teddy Roosevelt said: “Shortsighted men…in their greed and selfishness will, if permitted, rob our country of half its charm by their reckless extermination of all useful and beautiful wild things…The nation behaves well if it treats its natural resources as assets which it must turn over to the next generation increased and not impaired in value”. On Earth day in 2002 George W. Bush said: "…every morning when I go to the Oval Office I sit at the same desk he used… and it reminds me of what a huge responsibility I have. And I'm grateful for that.”

Here is a partial comparison of the respective environmental records of Roosevelt and Bush.

The area of the United States placed under public protection by Theodore Roosevelt (our 25th President) as National Parks, National Forests and other federal reservations, approximated 230 million acres or about 84 thousand acres per day.

The areas preserved and activities for conservation by Roosevelt include:

  • 150 National Forests
  • 51 Federal Bird Reservations
  • 4 National Game Preserves
  • 5 National Parks
  • 18 National Monuments
  • 24 Reclamation Projects
The area of the United States placed under public protection by George W. Bush (43rd President) during his first 3 years in office was 882,865 acres. This excludes state grants provided under the Land and Water Conservation Fund, typically less than 1/3 of the federal portion. (Our 7 prior Presidents protected over 105 million acres, including significant amounts from Nixon, Ford, Reagan, and senior Bush.) During the same period his administration has opened our lands (and provided subsidies) for extensive resource extraction and road building, thus weakening protection for 234 million acres, amounting to 1/3 of our public land or 1/10 of our nation’s total landmass.

Some of Bush’s other conservation actions include: ·

  • Promoting “Clear Skies” in lieu of our current Clean Air Act, thus worsening air quality.
  • A “ Healthy Forests” program that increases logging but not near populated areas, where needed. 
  • An energy policy focusing almost entirely on fossil fuels and largely ignoring conservation.
  • Urging blanket exemptions for the Department of Defense from a variety of environmental laws.
  • Near elimination of the enforcement arm of the Environmental Protection Agency.

Mr. Bush acknowledged his “huge responsibility”. The question is: how is he discharging it?

  
 

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