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ENVIRONMENT,Bush Directive is an End-Run Around Public Environmental Regulation and Public Scrutiny

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posted on Aug, 4 2004 @ 09:35 PM
I believe if George Bush gets his way on this people will start to see the likes of ‘Love Canals’ popping up throughout the country, with out anyone being the wiser as to what is buried or stored in where-houses in local communities and cities.

Bush Directive is an End-Run Around Public Environmental Regulation and Public Scrutiny

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Green candidates urged Congress and the public to reject a plan by President Bush that would exclude the public from review of decisions that affect public health and the environment.
The plan would also exempt many government agencies, including the Coast Guard, Border Patrol, and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), from environmental regulations, citing the need for national security.more

I thought it only fitting to post what the other Parties believe as well

The Green Party
Waste Management
Quoted from The Green Party Website

1. Legal requirements and standards for businesses applying for zoning permits should be formulated to require disclosure of toxics which may be used.
2. Past violations, illegal use and misuse of hazardous materials have to be remedied appropriately. Those responsible for toxic waste dumping, spills, and contamination on or off their sites should be responsible for costs of complete clean-up. In addition, we call for levying sizable fines on those found guilty of violating such standards.more

Libertarian Solutions,
The Pollution Solution, Stopping the environment's worst enemy
Quoted from The Libertarian Party

Who's the greatest polluter of all? The oil companies? The chemical companies? The nuclear power plants?
If you guessed "none of the above," you'd be correct. Our government, at the federal, state, and local levels, is the single greatest polluter in the land. In addition, our government doesn't even clean up its own garbage!
In 1988, for example, the EPA demanded that the Departments of Energy and Defense clean up 17 of their weapons plants which were leaking radioactive and toxic chemicals -- enough contamination to cost $100 billion in clean-up costs over 50 years! The EPA was simply ignored. No bureaucrats went to jail or were sued for damages. Government departments have sovereign immunity.
In 1984, a Utah court ruled that the U.S. military was negligent in its nuclear testing, causing serious health problems (e.g. death) for the people exposed to radioactive fallout. The Court of Appeals dismissed the claims of the victims, because government employees have sovereign immunity.
Hooker Chemical begged the Niagara Falls School Board not to excavate the land where Hooker had safely stored toxic chemical waste. The school board ignored these warnings and taxpayers had to foot a $30 million relocation bill when health problems arose. The EPA filed suit, not against the reckless school board, but against Hooker Chemical! Government officials have sovereign immunity. more

A New Energy policy
Quoted from Nader / Camejo 2004

We urge a new clean energy policy that no longer subsidizes entrenched oil, nuclear, electric and coal mining interests -- an energy policy that is efficient, sustainable and environmentally friendly. We need to invest in a diversified energy policy including renewable energy like wind and other forms of solar power, more efficient automobiles, homes and businesses – one that breaks our addiction to oil, coal and atomic power. A new clean energy paradigm means more jobs, more efficiency, greater security, environmental protection and increased health. more

[edit on 4-8-2004 by Sauron]


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