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E-M:/ governor's annual state of the state fib
- Subject: E-M:/ governor's annual state of the state fib
- From: "Dave Dempsey" <email@example.com>
- Date: Thu, 20 Jan 2000 00:03:39 -0800
- List-Name: Enviro-Mich
- Reply-To: "Dave Dempsey" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
More reliable than the solstice, more demonstrably
false than the tooth fairy, is the annual statement about the condition of
Michigan's environment made by Governor John Engler in his State of the State
The 2000 version uttered by Engler Wednesday
"We celebrate the fact that our water, and our air,
are cleaner than they've been since monitoring began."
The truth is a lot more complicated. Some
indicators are cleaner, some are worse. Michigan's ozone problem worsened
last summer; levels of toxic chemicals in Great Lakes fish are stable or
slightly climbing. Developers are gobbling up farmlands, wetlands and open
spaces at manic rates.
Celebration is due -- for the sacrifices of a
previous generation. No credit is due to the man who has opposed and
undermined the laws that past generation put in place to provide us a better
future. Under his lack of leadership we have lost precious time.