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Heritage Forests Campaign Week In Review
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293 days have passed since Agriculture Secretary Ann Veneman promised to uphold the roadless rule with minor changes, but there is still no sign that Bush administration will keep its word and announce its proposed revisions.
"President Bush has broken his promise," said an angry Reid shortly after the White House decision. "All Americans should be concerned, not just because he lied to me or the people of Nevada and indeed all Americans, but because the president's decision threatens American lives."
"President Bush, who won the White House while promising to put the nation's public lands 'back to work,' is aggressively encouraging more drilling, mining, and logging on much of the 700 million acres controlled by the Interior Department and the Forest Service.
"Yet the Bush administration has opened the door to so much new development of public lands that the 'greens' can barely keep track of the proposed projects.
"The Bush administration's budget contains an obscure section that advocates removing sections of national forest land from the national forest system to form new charter forests that would be managed by private entities."
Read My Lips - Paying Lip Service to Conservation
"But they know that most Americans feel very differently than they do, so they keep saying one thing, while quietly trying to do another. Now, if we could only make a car that ran on hypocrisy..."
Bush v. T.R...
"They [conservationists] say habitat protections, recovery programs and funding are being neglected or scaled back - allegations the Bush administration denies.
"Balancing the protection of plants and animals with the needs and rights of businesses and homeowners has been a tricky endeavor since the Endangered Species Act took effect in 1973.
"Now some environmentalists believe private interests, backed by conservative lawmakers and a Republican administration, are starting to tip the balance."
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