Jewish World Review March 14, 2001 / 19 Adar, 5761
George W. Gore?
EVERYBODY in Washington frets about Vice President Dick Cheney's health, but what about his boss? President Bush is beginning to look a
little too green for his own good. He may be in need of ideological defibrillation.
Over the past several weeks, the Bush administration has staked out environmental positions that would make Al Gore and his tree-hugging
pals proud. Start with the Clinton-Gore White House's last-minute executive orders on federal monuments. President Bush gave hope to
conservatives, especially out West, when he delayed his predecessors' 11th-hour rule-making. But after a few weeks in office, the new
administration decided not to rescind the stealthy declaration of nearly two dozen national monuments covering five million acres of public
Clinton-Gore pushed the land grabs through by bypassing most of the state and local officials in the areas affected. Scholars point out that it
would ultimately take an act of Congress to reverse the designations. Nevertheless, Bush squandered a golden opportunity to show
leadership, demonstrate his commitment to devolution, and take a bold stand against his predecessors' abuse of federal power.
Bush's defenders inside Washington say that giving in on the monuments is a matter of "strategy" and political "sophistication."
Conservatives outside the Beltway, however, aren't buying that. The editorial page of the [ital]Oklahoman[ital], which endorsed Bush, recently
wrote: "It's understood the administration has its plate full with tax cuts, education reform and overhauling the military, but unchecked land
confiscation by the federal government, dramatically limiting the taxpayers' uses of those lands, is a big issue in this part of the country. And
[it's] one of the ways many Americans in the Western states, which voted overwhelmingly for President Bush, thought the new administration
would make a break with the Clinton past."
Out with the old, in with the...old.
The Bush team also let stand another Clinton-Gore executive order clamping down on sulfur particles in diesel fuel. EPA chief Christie Todd
Whitman parroted former agency head Carol Browner's line that the regulation will prevent "8,300 premature deaths." But Browner relied on
notoriously exaggerated and misleading health data, supplied by radical groups with direct interests in environmental litigation.
There's no question that particulate matter may pose serious health hazards to vulnerable populations who suffer from asthma, bronchitis or
pneumonia. But science has yet to establish any direct linkage between small-particle exposure and increased mortality rates - a fact that the
EPA's own science advisory board noted. Meanwhile, the sulfur rules will raise the price of new diesel vehicles by $1,200 to $1,900, and the
price of gas by between five and fifty cents a gallon.
Conservative economists rightly reminded us during the Clinton-Gore years that zero pollution is unattainable and unwise in a world of limited
resources. Great progress in reducing air pollution has been made since passage of the Clean Air Act in 1970, but adding new layers of
regulation promises diminishing returns. The price of purging those last molecules of pollution from the air grows exponentially over time.
Bush's costly dalliance with the Clinton-Gore team's junk science legacy is alarming. As
reported by conservative columnist Robert Novak and others, the Bush administration's energy
package initially included an antipollution proposal that would dramatically expand the Clean
Air Act by imposing new limits on four pollutants including carbon dioxide. That approach was
championed by global warming scaremonger Al Gore. Cracking down on carbon-based fuels and
coal-burning power plants is at the crux of the Kyoto Protocol, an Al Gore hobby horse.
On Tuesday, vice president cheney announced a retreat from the CO2 reduction plan – but
president bush’s lips have yet to utter unequivcoal opposition to the Kyoto Protocol. This
treaty would bind the U.S. to drastic cuts in Carbon Dioxide and other greenhouse gases. Yet,
the world's biggest polluters - developing nations like China and India - would be exempt.
These emissions reductions are also based on extremely dubious science. Bush said so himself
during the campaign. Only this much is guaranteed: higher fuel taxes, less energy, and more
Bush's supporters blame liberal members of the administration, led by Whitman and Treasury
Secretary Paul O'Neill, for the White House's radical environmental flirtation with global
warming. But let's remember who hired these eco-zealots. It wasn't Al
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© 2001, Creators Syndicate