Thursday, December 23, 2004
Breathe, Stupid, BREATHE! Ya Forgot Ta Breathe Again
The Bush administration issued broad new rules Wednesday overhauling the guidelines for managing the nation's 155 national forests and making it easier for regional forest managers to decide whether to allow logging, drilling or off-road vehicles.
The long-awaited rules relax longstanding provisions on environmental reviews and the protection of wildlife on 191 million acres of national forest and grasslands. They also cut back on requirements for public participation in forest planning decisions.
What this does, see, is allow BushCo officials to more easily permit logging, drilling, and other destructive yet profitable practices on formerly protected lands. And it is one of the best examples of the short-sightedness of both Bush and of his corporate cohorts.
In science class, we learned about photosynthesis, the process by which plants process the carbon dioxide we exhale into the oxygen we inhale and the nutrients we gain when we eat the plants, or which animals gain when they eat the plants and we gain when we eat the animals.
When we cut down trees -- the largest plants of all -- we are are doing damage to our atmosphere and our own food chain.
And I really don't think these morons in charge see that.
Here are a few links with stuff you can do to help:
- Action Network
- Bush Greenwatch
- Democratic Party
- EarthRights International
- Forest Guardians
- The Sierra Club
- World Wildlife Fund