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Since becoming president, George W. Bush has walked away from the Kyoto Protocol, pushed for oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, undermined protections for endangered species and wilderness, and retreated from his campaign pledge to regulate carbon dioxide. But the president’s agenda reaches deeper than these well-known policies. In Bush Versus the Environ Since becoming president, George W. Bush has walked away from the Kyoto Protocol, pushed for oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, undermined protections for endangered species and wilderness, and retreated from his campaign pledge to regulate carbon dioxide. But the president’s agenda reaches deeper than these well-known policies. In Bush Versus the Environment, Robert Devine shows how the White House is quietly undermining the entire system of environmental safeguards that has developed over the past thirty years. The administration's tactics include: -Encouraging lawsuits against the federal government that challenge existing environmental laws, and then feebly defending the cases in court. -Ignoring science that doesn’t support the president's goals, and pressuring government scientists to produce the results the administration wants. -Using fuzzy math to overestimate the costs and underestimate the benefits of regulations that protect human health and the environment, which can lead to the elimination of much-needed rules. These are just a few of the administration’s strategies, which are being pursued beneath the radar of a public that overwhelmingly supports environmental protections. Bush Versus the Environment is a compelling and important look at one of the most important issues facing America today, one that will have consequences that last long after Bush has left office.


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Since becoming president, George W. Bush has walked away from the Kyoto Protocol, pushed for oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, undermined protections for endangered species and wilderness, and retreated from his campaign pledge to regulate carbon dioxide. But the president’s agenda reaches deeper than these well-known policies. In Bush Versus the Environ Since becoming president, George W. Bush has walked away from the Kyoto Protocol, pushed for oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, undermined protections for endangered species and wilderness, and retreated from his campaign pledge to regulate carbon dioxide. But the president’s agenda reaches deeper than these well-known policies. In Bush Versus the Environment, Robert Devine shows how the White House is quietly undermining the entire system of environmental safeguards that has developed over the past thirty years. The administration's tactics include: -Encouraging lawsuits against the federal government that challenge existing environmental laws, and then feebly defending the cases in court. -Ignoring science that doesn’t support the president's goals, and pressuring government scientists to produce the results the administration wants. -Using fuzzy math to overestimate the costs and underestimate the benefits of regulations that protect human health and the environment, which can lead to the elimination of much-needed rules. These are just a few of the administration’s strategies, which are being pursued beneath the radar of a public that overwhelmingly supports environmental protections. Bush Versus the Environment is a compelling and important look at one of the most important issues facing America today, one that will have consequences that last long after Bush has left office.

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  1. 4 out of 5

    Zach

    Though the book is obviously about the adverse effects on the planet from this administration's policies, the repercussions really don't hit you until we hear about the residents from a small Pennsylvania county whose healthy has been ravished by the emissions from a nearby coal plant that should have had to upgrade its equipment to be more carbon efficient. It's like the California town from Erin Brokovich. From there, this raw emotion quickly turns to anger at how this presidency has done its Though the book is obviously about the adverse effects on the planet from this administration's policies, the repercussions really don't hit you until we hear about the residents from a small Pennsylvania county whose healthy has been ravished by the emissions from a nearby coal plant that should have had to upgrade its equipment to be more carbon efficient. It's like the California town from Erin Brokovich. From there, this raw emotion quickly turns to anger at how this presidency has done its best to trash our environment. While this book does a good job at addressing several issues, often it's too narrative and doesn't give enough of the facts, dates and figures that would help the reader fully understand Bush's terrible actions. Every time I read, "the list of issues is so long I won't go into it here," I kept thinking "Please go into it, that's why I checked out this book." Then again, maybe it's better to just forget about Bush and move on. Interesting note, this book was written in 2004. We could probably make a second volume, just for the second term.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Haleigh

    Out of all the things he's criticized about, these policies were probably the most deserving. The tragic thing is they didn't try to do it on purpose but, just like the public and myself, they don't understand sustainability. Out of all the things he's criticized about, these policies were probably the most deserving. The tragic thing is they didn't try to do it on purpose but, just like the public and myself, they don't understand sustainability.

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