Posts Tagged ‘Cheney’

Cheney: Leaving No Tracks

April 24, 2008

GottlichFrom the Washington Post Leaving No Tracks by BARTON GELLMAN & JO BECKER 27 jun 2007 Staff researcher Julie Tate contributed to this report click to read more.     Sue Ellen Wooldridge, the 19th-ranking Interior Department official, arrived at her desk in Room 6140 a few months after Inauguration Day 2001. A phone message awaited her.     “This is Dick Cheney,” said the man on her voice mail, Wooldridge recalled in an interview. “I understand you are the person handling this Klamath situation. Please call me at — hmm, I guess I don’t know my own number. I’m over at the White House.”     Wooldridge wrote off the message as a prank. It was not. Cheney had reached far down the chain of command, on so unexpected a point of vice presidential concern, because he had spotted a political threat arriving on Wooldridge’s desk.     In Oregon, a battleground state that the Bush-Cheney ticket had lost by less than half of 1 percent, drought-stricken farmers and ranchers were about to be cut off from the irrigation water that kept their cropland and pastures green. Federal biologists said the Endangered Species Act left the government no choice: The survival of two imperiled species of fish was at stake.     Law and science seemed to be on the side of the fish. Then the vice president stepped in.     First Cheney looked for a way around the law, aides said. Next he set in motion a process to challenge the science protecting the fish, according to a former Oregon congressman who lobbied for the farmers.     Because of Cheney’s intervention, the government reversed itself and let the water flow in time to save the 2002 growing season, declaring that there was no threat to the fish. What followed was the largest fish kill the West had ever seen, with tens of thousands of salmon rotting on the banks of the Klamath River.     Characteristically, Cheney left no tracks.     The Klamath case is one of many in which the vice president took on a decisive role to undercut long-standing environmental regulations for the benefit of business.     By combining unwavering ideological positions — such as the priority of economic interests over protected fish — with a deep practical knowledge of the federal bureaucracy, Cheney has made an indelible mark on the administration’s approach to everything from air and water quality to the preservation of national parks and forests.     It was Cheney’s insistence on easing air pollution controls, not the personal reasons she cited at the time, that led Christine Todd Whitman to resign as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, she said in an interview that provides the most detailed account so far of her departure.

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How many Bush administration officials does it take to change a light bulb?

April 24, 2008

From Zaius Nation The answer is seven:

1 One to deny that a light bulb needs to be replaced.

2 One to attack and question the patriotism of anyone who has questions about the light bulb.

3 One to blame the previous administration for the need of a new light bulb.

4 One to arrange the invasion of a country rumored to have a secret stockpile of light bulbs.

5 One to get together with Vice President Cheney and figure out how to overpay Halliburton one million dollars for each light bulb. 

6 One to arrange a photo-op session showing Bush changing the light bulb while dressed in a flight suit and wrapped in an American flag.

7 And finally, one to explain to Bush the difference between screwing a light bulb and screwing the country.

Bush Administration Suppressed Science

April 24, 2008

Image from www.grinningplanet.comHot Politics Suppression of Science From PBS Frontlinee by Oriana Zill de Granados click to read more and see video and check your state’s CO2 output and see who is doing the most to curb emissions.  Hot Politics Web site reports by the Center for Investigative Reporting, Inc.     Profiles of three scientists and one official who say their work on climate change was suppressed by the Bush administration.     Since 2004, a string of government scientists have charged the Bush administration with attempting to suppress scientific data concerning climate change. The alleged tactics vary from case to case, but taken as a whole it appears that White House officials have tried to tone down the connection between climate change and human activity, such as burning fossil fuels.     According to current and former government scientists, Bush administration officials worked to bury a major report on the possible consequences of rising temperatures; improperly edited major reports to downplay the role of human activity in rising temperatures; and tried to keep scientists working on hard-hitting climate research from speaking to the media.     A 2007 probe by the nonprofits the Union of Concerned Scientists and the Government Accountability Project surveyed nearly 300 researchers and found that nearly half experienced — or perceived — pressure to purge references to global warming and climate change from reports and other documents.     Congressional investigators in both the House and the Senate are now examining the allegations and requesting documents from an array of government agencies.