The League of Conservation Voters gives Bush an overall grade of F for his environmental actions. To determine this grade, the League of Conservation Voters surveyed environmental leaders about Bush’s performance in protecting our nation’s environment and conducted an exhaustive review of his environmental actions since taking office.
The Bush administration’s approach to the environment demonstrates a clear bias toward the interests of the oil industry, the utility industry and other corporate contributors at the expense of the health and safety of the public. For Bush, corporate interests come first, and the public interest in clean air and safe drinking water comes last.
Initiative after initiative introduced by Bush and his political appointees favor corporate interests such as timber, oil and utilities over the public’s interest in a clean and healthy environment. Administration proposals would weaken and eliminate fundamental protections for our air, land and water, protections that have improved the quality of life over the past 30 years.
Bush has waged a subtle and ominous campaign using deceptive rhetoric, arcane procedural methods, and funding cuts to carry out an anti-environment, pro-corporate agenda. This “starve-and-strangle” approach has administration officials gradually and steadily slashing budgets for key environmental programs. At the same time, deceptively named proposals such as the “Healthy Forests” initiative and the “Clear Skies” proposal would allow logging companies and electric utilities to increase their profits at the expense of environmental protection and the public’s health.
Howard Dean has inspired the greatest grassroots following in history. His campaign used the Internet to engage, excite and expand our numbers and efforts.
We have grown form a few in early 2003 to over 580,000 signed up on the campaign and a MeetUp base of over 177,000, about three times larger than the Clark campaign, the next largest MeetUp base.
We wrote letters to ALL the undecided Iowans, a truly remarkable achievement, and a clear indication of an engaged base.
The grassroots has inspired others to endorse Howard Dean, All Gore, Tom Bradley, and many, many other Democrat leaders. The grass roots have contributed more $40 million, a record amount for a Democratic Presidential candidate. These are clear indication of an excited base.
Campaign manager Joe Trippi points to larger than expected turnouts for caucus training sessions in Iowa this week and an event in Muscatine over the weekend at which almost half of those who attended either had never participated in the caucuses before or were not even registered to vote, a clear indication of an expanded base.
Now we await the outcome of the Iowa Caucus. Will all our efforts to take our country back lead to a win in Iowa? It is pins and needles time for the grassroots.