The tsunammi begins

By now, the news is out that Bush has started issuing some pardons. A modest start at only 14 individuals, I expect we’ll be seeing more later on. Surprisingly, “Scooter” Libby, convicted for his involvement in the treasonous act of betraying a CIA officer, did not make the list, although his sentence was commuted earlier.

The first 2 from the above posted link are:

—Leslie Owen Collier of Charleston, Mo. She was convicted for unauthorized use of a pesticide and violating the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act.

—Milton Kirk Cordes of Rapid City, S.D. Cordes was convicted of conspiracy to violate the Lacey Act, which prohibits importation into the country of wildlife taken in violation of conservation laws.

There are 12 others, of course, but why am I not surprised to see environmental offenders on the list? Admittedly, I could not find very much on the specifics of these cases online, but it is consistent with the anti-environment stance Bush has long held. Was he offended by something he saw on a nature hike as a child, I wonder? Have a look at the record. As this shows, the modus operandi has often been as follows.

The Bush Administration shows more finesse than previous Administrations in disguising its anti-environmental agenda. The “bait and switch” method has been used repeatedly. They promise one thing, then a month or a year later quietly do the opposite, often with little media explanation of the turn-about. Examples: wetlands, carbon dioxide, ANWR, mining, roadless areas, and air pollution lawsuits.

Wonderful. My dear Menon, is virtue a thing Bush must yet be taught, or is it something forgotten?


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