"Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat.The President does favors for the big fat cats."
Well, Christmas is fast approaching (and so is the Obama Administration), so President Bush is out looking for some last-minute goodies for his BFFs. A little perusal of the tubes shows ten things on his shopping list:
- Making it easier for coal companies to dump rock and dirt from "mountaintop removal" mining into nearby streams and valleys.
- Letting federal agencies and industry bypass consultation with scientists before building roads or dams in areas with endangered species.
- Barring federal agencies from stopping a construction project because its emissions might contribute to global warming.
- Peeling away federal safety limits on how many consecutive hours truckers can drive.
- Making it easier for employers to deny employees family medical leave.
- Opening up nearly 2 million acres in the mountains of Colorado, Utah and Wyoming for the mining of oil shale and reducing the royalties the oil companies pay for the mining.
- Letting factory farms police themselves regarding wastewater runoff standards and air pollution from animal waste.
- Making it harder for the government to regulate toxic substances and hazardous chemicals to which workers are exposed on the job.
- Making the commercial fishing industry largely responsible for assessing the environmental impact of federal ocean management decisions.
- Easing safeguards against lead-poisoning from industrial pollutants.
Impressive list. I was thinking about asking for uranium mining in the neighborhood park. Or arsenic in my tap water.
So what do you want for Christmas?