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Bush Wants to Shaft Endangered Species Before Leaving Office

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Posted on Nov 20, 2008
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Polar bears on parade: Costumed demonstrators draw attention to climate change.

He may be a lame duck, but the president still has the power to mess with America. His latest project: pushing through rule changes that would reduce protections for endangered species. Given the wonky complexities of the rule-changing process, it will be difficult for Barack Obama to undo the damage, but then that’s the whole point.


The Telegraph:

The proposed change would eliminate the input of federal wildlife scientists in some endangered species cases, allowing the federal agency in charge of building, authorizing or funding a project to determine for itself if it is likely to harm endangered wildlife and plants.

Current regulations require independent wildlife biologists to sign off on these decisions before a project can go forward, at times modifying the design to better protect species.

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By JimM, November 20, 2008 at 6:46 pm Link to this comment

This makes it easier for “developers” to ram through their projects with disregard to flora or fauna on the site. When they disrupt species, pave over open space, they call their evil doings “improvements.”
I dont know about you, but I am tired of these scum ruining and raping every piece of nice land they can get their paws on.
I dont even want to talk about the imbecile in charge or his evil minions. thank God they are going away.

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By dasm, November 20, 2008 at 4:34 pm Link to this comment
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Bush is the epitome of the anti-environmentalist. He fights against anything to save the world - climate change, protection of endangered species, organic foods, blocking drilling in parklands, etc. He is the ultimate friend of big oil & oil profits. He & his administration love big oil companies, & rely on them to fill up their coffers. They are greedy money-grabbers. Pathetic.

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By msgmi, November 20, 2008 at 4:00 pm Link to this comment
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GW’s administration has a legacy: BUTCHERS OF THE ENVIRONMENT…government rule by executive order, the spirit of the Spanish Inquisition, fear and stupidity cloaked in chritian piety. The Crawford Ranch needs an executive order for it to be drilled, strip-mined and its water polluted in the name of economic development.

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By purplewolf, November 20, 2008 at 3:57 pm Link to this comment

Midnight regulations should be illegal and if snuck in under the radar, should be null and void the second he signs it. Impeachment should be back on the table before he runs away to his safe haven in Paraquay. And for Dick the chainsaw Cheney too.

After a new president has been chosen, the old president should not be allowed to pass any new regulation to hog-tie the new leaders coming into office. It is sour grapes, but the Repugs are known for being underhanded and sneaky and very anti life-except for the unborn human. When Clinton won over poppy shrub, the harassment done by the repugs was never ending. It looks like we will have the same thing now that Jr. Shrub and the repugs have lost their seat. Anything that is harmful to the planet, wildlife and the environment is something that G.W. has been doing since he entered the W.H.

I have worked with animal rescue groups and am still amazed at the tenacity Bush/Cheney has for destroying all living things. For a person who claims that God talks to him and God ordered the death and destruction in Iraq and everywhere else,  perhaps G.W. should ask God how he feels about all of it’s creations(earth, animals etc.) being destroyed by a psychopath with no empathy for anything except the ultra-rich.

America is inheriting a tragic legacy from this sadistic, anti-social and psychotic sorry excuse for a human being. If God really did/dose exist, people like this would never be born. Why would God allow something to come into existence that will destroy everything it created? God wouldn’t.


YEP! A LEGACY HE CAN BE PROUD OF ALL RIGHT!

A legacy for losers!

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By mud, November 20, 2008 at 3:46 pm Link to this comment

No act of vindictive vandalism left behind.

Like W and his good-ol-boys always say, if you can’t f—k it, kill it.

In the case of America they managed both.

Thanks for helping them hold down the victim throughout it all Nancy P.

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By squeaky jones, November 20, 2008 at 11:40 am Link to this comment
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karmic debt is growing. The Bushs, Cheneys, and all the rest who support destroying the natural world will pay the karmic debt. If Obama’s justice team does nothing, it is silence equals consent. squeaky.

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By Gmonst, November 20, 2008 at 10:17 am Link to this comment

Bush is like a villain from a children’s story.  It’s hard to believe that a person can be so cold-hearted and callous so consistently.  I think we still need to impeach this sorry sorry mess of a president.  He is truly unbelievable.

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By xypher, November 20, 2008 at 8:42 am Link to this comment

from further screwing up America anymore. Make him ‘busy’ fighting off impeachment in his last 61 days.

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By Fahrenheit 451, November 20, 2008 at 8:14 am Link to this comment

Here’s how popular Bush is at the meeting of the G-20; it’s pathetic and laughable at the same time.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/11/20/world-leaders-dont-shake_n_145141.html

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By hippy pam, November 20, 2008 at 8:03 am Link to this comment

We need to enact a law…Once a NEW PRESIDENT IS ELECTED the OLD ONE[bullshit] CANNOT MAKE ANY LAWS ETC….He just has to be ready to MOVE OUT of the WHITE HOUSE….

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