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E-M:/ Spence's new buddy -- how low can you go??

Enviro-Mich message from "Anne Woiwode" <anne.woiwode@sierraclub.org>

Apparently MI's gift to the Bush the Second Administration, Spencer Abraham,
has hired someone even more appallingly in the pocket of the energy industry
than he is!!

GOVERNMENT: New Fossil Fuels Official Shows where his Loyalties Lie

Mike Smith, the newly named Assistant Secretary for Fossil Fuels at the
U.S. Department of Energy, wasted no time this week in letting the
polluting oil and gas industries know that they had another well-placed
friend. "The biggest challenge is going to be how to best utilize taxpayer
dollars to the benefit of industry, in my opinion," Smith told an audience
in Charleston, West Virginia. Smith also declared his support for drilling
for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, despite the fact that
destroying the Refuge would produce only six months worth of oil, which
would not be available for ten years.  He gave short shrift to
environmentalists' concerns about the Refuge. "It's simply a non-issue with
me," Smith said. "It looks like a desert covered in snow."

For more information on this story, go to:

Anne Woiwode, Staff Director
Sierra Club Mackinac Chapter
109 East Grand River Avenue
Lansing, Michigan 48906
517-484-2372; fax 517-484-3108

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