Tuesday, July 13, 2004

Speak Poorly And Act Like A Big Dick

Wikpedia, on Teddy Roosevelt:

Whenever he managed to spend time in North Dakota, Roosevelt became more and more alarmed by the damage that was being done to the land and its wildlife. He witnessed the virtual destruction of some big game species, such as bison and bighorn sheep. Overgrazing destroyed the grasslands and with them the habitats for small mammals and songbirds. Conservation increasingly became one of his major concerns. "We have fallen heirs to the most glorious heritage a people ever received, and each one must do his part if we wish to show that the nation is worthy of its good fortune."

CBS Market Watch, on the Bush administration:

NEW YORK (CBS.MW) -- Seeking to break an impasse created by contradicting federal court rulings, the U.S. Agriculture Department will let individual states decide whether roads can be cut into national forests in 12 Western states

The move tosses aside a rule adopted in the waning days of the Clinton administration that had nearly put a halt to new roadways into nearly 59 million acres of wilderness.


The decision raised the ire of Democrats, led by Sen. Jeff Bingaman of New Mexico, who sits on the Senate energy and natural resources committee.

"Although the Bush administration promised not to undermine the roadless rule, they broke their promise," he said. "The rollback they proposed today will threaten the future good health of American forests."

The Bush administration said Monday it would reinstate for 18 months a policy that requires the Forest Service to approve any new roads in protected areas.