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Bush Trade Agenda a Bust for Environment

New trade deals sought by the Bush administration would allow global corporations to put communities at risk by undermining protections for water, air, and land. Now the administration is seeking to expand similar rules to cover the entire Western Hemisphere through the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA), which would undermine environmental protections and democratic rights in the name of "free trade." In Florida, concerned citizens have planned protests on November 19-20 against the new trade rules, which could bolster efforts by Governor Jeb Bush to sell Florida public water supplies to an Enron subsidiary. For more information on responsible trade, visit: www.sierraclub.org/trade/ftaa.



Refuge Drilling a "Precedent"

The Bush administration has stated time and again that the battle over the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) is not symbolic, but rather about the resources that could be tapped there. But in late September, during a closed-door session of the House GOP leadership, House Majority Leader Tom Delay (R-Texas) said that the battle in Congress to open up the refuge to oil exploration is a fight over whether energy exploration will be allowed in similarly sensitive areas in the future. "It’s about the precedent," Delay told the assembled Republican leaders while making several references to the "symbolism of ANWR," according to GOP sources. Delay then "joked" that a victory on ANWR would allow the oil industry to push into other pristine areas.



Animal Factories Given Right to Pollute

In October, the Bush EPA issued a draft consent decree that proposes to give concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) immunity from the Clean Air Act and Superfund law. The EPA has the authority to restrict and monitor harmful air emissions from CAFOs, but the consent agreement would allow them to pay a mere $500 fine—as opposed to the current fine of $27,000 per day—and buy permanent immunity from lawsuits. The agreement was created behind closed doors with no public input, and the EPA is moving forward in spite of citizen requests that the agency take steps to monitor and control air emissions from these facilities and protect community health.


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