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Stay Posted on Bush's Environmental Record

If you're tired of trying to explain what's not healthy about "Healthy Forests" and what's not clear about "Clear Skies," then sign up for the Sierra Club's twice weekly e-mail update to help you stay sane as the Bush administration dismantles decades of environmental progress.

The e-mail update is called "RAW: The Uncooked Facts of the Bush Assault on the Environment."

With the updates, the Sierra Club provides facts, figures, quotes, and humor to help people who care about the environment understand why this administration has the worst environmental record in history. Here's just a quick taste of the kinds of information RAW will be presenting.

Recently Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) said that "the environmental extremists and their liberal friends in the press would have you believe that [President Bush] does not have a good record-environmental record, and he has the best record than any president in history."

RAW thinks the senator might be a little confused-and not just about grammar. To give him some perspective, the club had its crack research team dig up a sample of facts about some prominent Republican presidents and their environmental records as compared with President Bush's:

Forests: Theodore Roosevelt created approximately 151,000,000 acres of national forest. George W. Bush weakened protections for millions acres of roadless areas in national forests.

Clean air and water: Richard Nixon signed into law both the Clean Air (1970) and Clean Water Acts (1972). George W. Bush already significantly weakened the Clean Air Act and has announced plans for weakening the Clean Water Act.

Toxic waste: Ronald Reagan reauthorized the Superfund program, requiring polluting industries to pay for the cleanup of toxic waste sites in 1986. George W. Bush opposes reauthorizing the Superfund program, which ran out of money in recent months, thus leaving taxpayers with the bill for cleaning up polluters' toxic waste.

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Winter 2004