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steward of the land my ass

October 11th, 2004 Posted in Politics

I’m used to politicians stretching the truth, taking statements out of context and misrepresenting themselves and their opponents. So used to it, in fact, that it usually bothers me much less than it should; I just take a look at FactCheck to figure out who’s spinning what (here’s their analysis of Friday’s debate). But when, during the course of the second presidential debate on Friday, Bush referred to himself as "a good steward of the land" — with a big shit-eating grin on his face, no less — I almost sprayed my beer all over my apartment. I mean, I understand he can’t just come out and say "hey, we think the economy is more important than the environment", since he is trying grab swing voters like any good politician. But it seems like there should be some rules against just plain lying. Ooh, now that’s an idea… imagine a live fact-checking panel of experts, present during the debates. Anyways, I digress… back to the environment. Every conservationist group in the country agrees that this administration has the worst environmental record in modern history. Take a look:

  • The National Resource Defense Council says "this administration, in catering to industries that put America’s health and natural heritage at risk, threatens to do more damage to our environmental protections than any other in U.S. history". Take a look at their analysis of the Bush environmental record. And here’s a nice printer friendly version of the Bush Administration’s crimes against the environment.
  • Here's the Sierra Club Magazine’s full coverage of the Bush environmental record.
  • The same thing from the Wilderness Society.
  • Environment2004 is blatantly partisan (and includes on its board former members of the Clinton administration) but the facts are layed out here nicely.
  • A scathing op/ed piece from Republican Russell E. Train, administrator of the EPA during the Nixon and Ford administrations. Hosted at the website of Republicans for Environmental Protection.

I could keep going all day, but I think I’ve made my point. Mr. Bush, you are entitled to the belief that the economy should completely trump the environment. But don’t embarass yourself and every other American by claiming to be an environmentalist.

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