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Re: E-M:/ Bush Administration frenetically undoing environmental regulations

Enviro-Mich message from "Anna Kirkwood Graham" <grahama9@msu.edu>

You know, in the wake of the current economic crisis, caused by reckless and unintelligent deregulation, and all of the other scandals (food and drug safety, occupational accidents, etc.) caused by reckless and unintelligent deregulation, you would think even this reckless and unintelligent administration and president would have the good sense to back off by now. When will he go away?
And he may still be followed by people with the same attitude toward regulation and the environment, in the persons of John McCain and Sarah ("Bush-in-drag-only-even-whackier") Palin.
All I can say is, Go Obama.

Cyndi Roper writes:

*A Last Push To Deregulate*
White House to Ease Many Rules
By R. Jeffrey Smith
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, October 31, 2008; A01

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/10/30/AR20081030 04749_pf.html

...One rule, being pursued over some opposition within the Environmental Protection Agency <http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/related/topic/U.S.+Environmental+Protec tion+Agency?tid=informline>, would allow current emissions at a power plant to match the highest levels produced by that plant, overturning a rule that more strictly limits such emission increases. According to the EPA's estimate, it would allow millions of tons of additional carbon dioxide into the atmosphere annually, worsening global warming.

A related regulation would ease limits on emissions from coal-fired power plants near national parks.

A third rule would allow increased emissions from oil refineries, chemical factories and other industrial plants with complex manufacturing operations.

These rules "will force Americans to choke on dirtier air for years to come, unless Congress or the new administration reverses these eleventh-hour abuses," said lawyer John Walke of the Natural Resources Defense Council <http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/related/topic/Natural+Resources+Defense +Council?tid=informline>. ...

/Cyndi Roper
Michigan Director
Clean Water Action
1200 Michigan Ave., Suite A
East Lansing, MI 48823
Office: 517.203.0754
Cell: 517.490.1394/

Anna Kirkwood Graham, J.D., Ph.D.
"There is no trifling with nature; it is always true, grave and severe; it is always in the right, and the faults and errors fall to our share."
-- Goethe

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