We are naturally talking about George W. Bush, president of the United States from 2000 to 2008, likely the worst environmental president in the country’s history. His vice president, Dick Cheney, was not only the farthest thing from being an Earth Steward, but also loved to murder wildlife for the sheer sport of it. Cheney frequently went on “canned pheasant hunts,” and was known to have killed 75 of these magnificent creatures in a five-hour period, equivalent to knocking one down every four minutes as they were released for his pleasure. Too bad that Cheney cannot emulate the hunter who changed his mind.
than list here all of the harmful actions against the environment taken
by George “Dubya” Bush and his Republican cowboy administration
over their eight-year reign, it will be much easier to refer the reader
to the facts.
I do have direct knowledge of the attempt Bush made to prevent the public
from knowing about the dangers of global warming. He appointed a young
man (24 years old) by the name of George
Deutsch to the
NASA Public Affairs Office for the purpose of editing and censoring
any scientific findings that would be “inconvenient” for him to
deal with. Deutsch had actually faked his resume from Texas A&M
University to give the appearance that he had graduated, which turned
out to be untrue. Fortunately for our country, Dr. James Hansen of the Goddard Institute for Space
Studies spilled the beans to the press, forcing NASA Administrator Michael
Griffin to issue a public statement that NASA would be careful in the
future to avoid censorship. It also led to the resignation of Deutsch
from his NASA political appointee position.
worst of all, Bush had cost the U.S. and the world eight critical years
during which actions could have been started to slow global warming
and protect biodiversity, rather than eight years of censoring scientific
findings. That last contribution outraged sixty
should have earned for Bush a criminal indictment. President Obama and
the two-party U.S. Congress will have an uphill battle turning this
environmental crisis around with serious action. However, the world
will have great respect for them if they can lead a major green movement
for our planet.