F. Kennedy Jr
designed to protect the commons..."
a book about Bush's environmental record, but it's not so much about
the environment as it is about an excess of corporate power and the
corrosive impact of that on our democracy. And it's not about a Democrat
attacking a Republican."
W. Bush and his corporate pals are plundering the country and hijacking
1. The book is partisan, it is anti-Bush and thus loses credibility:
it attacks Christine
Todd Whitman as being dishonest (pp. 79-80).
it describes the industry as capturing the very agencies they are
regulated by (pp. 21-43).
it suggests that in April 2001, Quinn Shea, a lobbyist for Edison Electric
reversing GWB's campaign promises and
killing the Kyoto Protocol.
2. He suggests the media is slanted against "extremists" and is pro
failure of investigatory
journalism. [Frontline (PBS-TV) WGBS, is nationally the best.]
covering trivial stories while serious regressions are ignored.
getting lost in details while not covering complex issues cleverly enough.
adopting a posture that there are two equal sides to every argument.
3. He suggests
that Bush Administration --in response to a ruling
by a Reagan appointed
Federal judge, that RCRA was violated by North Carolina factory
farms-- rewrote Clean Water rules in collusion with industry advocates.
Then they kept the regulatory rewrite from the public by John Graham's
manipulation of OIRA at OMB (pp. 59-69.).
4. He asserts that the White House as suppressed, altered or rewritten
other scientific studies coming from Federal agency staff scientists in
an effort to:
confuse the public
propagate "junk science," i.e.
mercury is not
that dangerous its in your tooth fillings
there is no relation between carbon dioxide levels and global climate
there is insufficient
data linking coal fire plants and sulfur dioxide deposition
hence acid rain
is an not an attributable problem
acid rain requires further study
non-point sources of pollution (you) are just as bad as point sources.
to web parrots who generate attacks on allegedly "junk science."
5. "While the Bush White House is engaged in a foreign policy seemingly
designed to recruit terrorists and encourage more attacks against our
nation, it is doing little to require corporations to protect American's
from those attacks." (p. 157) His evidence is:
the Cozine bill:
Chemical Security Act; & the NRC protection of nuclear
Crine, 2002 reporting he could enter 60 chemical plants without suspicion
Concepts to remember
"Quis Custodiet, ipsos custodies"
-- Occam's Razor
-- "You can fool some of the people all of the time... all of the people
some of the time...." Abraham Lincoln