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Saturday, October 09, 2004

Before the Fall, Yell "Timber!" 

Here was another great moment from the debate. Bush was asked about the environment. So he fumbled for a bit, and then started parroting his line about the Orwellian named "Healthy Forests" program. But he Cheneyed that up too.

See, here's the deal. The timber lobbyists (which we now know Bush is personally connected to) got the pResident to pass a law allowing them to mine timber from the national forests. To get this through without too much trouble from the public, they named the program "healthy forests" and came up with some lame argument that to protect forests from forest fires, we needed to cut them down.

Now, I'm sure Bush was coached on what to say about this. I'm sure he was told to use words like "Thin the forests" or "create a natural fire-break." But instead he used a word that I'm sure had Karl Rove once again pulling his hair out. And what word was that?
We proposed and passed a healthy forest bill which was essential to working with -- particularly in Western states -- to make sure that our forests were protected. What happens in those forests, because of lousy federal policy, is they grow to be -- they are not -- they're not harvested.
Harvested? Is that why we have a national forest? For Bush's pals to harvest?

What an ass.


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