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Old 10-03-2006, 05:26 PM   #1
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Bravo Mr. Bush!!

U.S. President George W. Bush joined a chorus of conservationist voices Tuesday by calling for a halt to all types of destructive fishing practices, such as bottom trawling, in international waters.

Bush sent a memo to the secretaries of state and commerce, directing them to promote "sustainable" fisheries and to oppose any fishing practices "that destroy the long-term natural productivity of fish stocks or habitats, such as seamounts, corals and sponge fields, for short-term gain."

On Tuesday, U.S. President George W. Bush called for a halt to all types of destructive fishing on the high seas.

Bush also said the U.S. will work with other nations and international groups to change fishing practices and create new international fishery regulatory groups, if needed.

The directive comes one day before the start of United Nations negotiations in New York over high-seas fishing.


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Bush doesn't deserve credit for this declaration but he does deserve credit for adding the voice of the US to try and mitigate the devastation done to the world's oceans. Hopefully, this is something the countries of the world can finally agree on and start the slow healing of the oceans.

Or maybe he read conservation as conservative and got confused.
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This is cool. Bush did something right for a change.
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yea but considering his environmental policies have been so bad this doesn't justify shit
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yea but considering his environmental policies have been so bad this doesn't justify shit
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it doesn't need to justify anything, does it? he's finally shown he can do something right.

it could be a load of hot air, though. 'if needed' to create an international regulatory body on illegal fishing? what planet does this idiot live on? is he unfamiliar with south east asia? japan?
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^I know but I just had to recognize the doofus for something positive although I doubt anything will come of this even with US backing.

We use the ocean as toilet and rape it for food. There are already dead zones all over the oceans incapable of supporting life, coral reefs are dying, and entire ecosystems have been erased thanks to overfishing and bottom trawling. Better go get your fish sticks now while they are still using real fish.
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yea but considering his environmental policies have been so bad

9-11 took 3000 lives

In estimates from 12 scientists who had been hand=picked by the EPA, all agreed that more lives would be saved if the EPA had chosen a stricter standard. Most of them put that number at more than 4,000, each year.




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October 3, 2006 · Internal government documents indicate that the Environmental Protection Agency could have saved thousands of lives each year if it set a stricter standard for soot in the air we breathe.

Last month, when EPA administrator Steven Johnson set a new standard for how much soot is safe to breathe, he rejected EPA's scientific advisors recommendation to make it tougher. A draft EPA analysis shows that if he had taken their advice, the stricter standard would have saved about twice as many lives each year.

John Walke from the environmental group Natural Resources Defense Council says the documents show how deadly Johnson's decision will be for Americans.

"What these explosive charts reveal is that by refusing to strengthen our air quality protections," Walke said, "EPA's political boss sacrificed the lives of five to 10,000 Americans each year, who will now die from air pollution related strokes and heart and lung disease."

Walke provided the documents to NPR. A Bush administration official confirmed their authenticity.

The documents show estimates of how many lives would be saved by the new soot standard -- and how many more would have been saved by the stricter standard recommended by the science advisors.

In estimates from 12 scientists who had been hand=picked by the EPA, all agreed that more lives would be saved if the EPA had chosen a stricter standard. Most of them put that number at more than 4,000.

New York University Medical school professor Morton Lippmann was one of the 12 experts whose opinion was listed. Lippmann said that the decision has serious consequences, because fine particles from power plants, vehicles and factories are lethal.

"You can mention a few other things that affect public health more," Lippmann said, "like cigarette smoking, but you have to get to an issue like that before you get something with more impact than the effect of fine particles on mortality."

Lippmann was also a member of the scientific panel whose advice was originally rejected when EPA announced the new standard. The scientists wrote a letter to EPA Administrator Steven Johnson. According to the letter, the standard "does not provide an adequate margin of safety requisite to protect the public health."

In most cases, the EPA releases analysis of the costs and benefits of a new standard when it announces changes. But in this case, that still has not happened.

Lippman says that the EPA seemed to go out of its way to ignore the strong message scientists were sending -- and to make it hard for the public to see just how strong that message was.

"There's very little doubt that it's not only inappropriate to ignore the evidence readily at hand," Lippmann said, "but it doesn't seem to be consistent with past practice either."

EPA officials declined to speak on the record. In a statement, EPA press secretary Jennifer Wood did not comment on the internal documents. She said that the soot standard is the most protective in history. And she said EPA officials still are working on an analysis of the risks and benefits of the new standard.
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that move would earn him the hellfire just 1°C cooler. bastard!
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Trawling must hurt one of his bottom-feeding friends.
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9-11 took 3000 lives

In estimates from 12 scientists who had been hand=picked by the EPA, all agreed that more lives would be saved if the EPA had chosen a stricter standard. Most of them put that number at more than 4,000, each year.
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Asbestos Could Have Saved WTC Lives

Friday, September 14, 2001
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Asbestos fibers in the air and rubble following the collapse of the World Trade Center is adding to fears in the aftermath of Tuesday’s terrorist attack. The true tragedy in the asbestos story, though, is the lives that might have been saved but for 1970s-era hysteria about asbestos.
As far as Bush's calling for a halt to destructive fishing practices, that's fine with me. As long as I still get to eat fish.
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it doesn't need to justify anything, does it? he's finally shown he can do something right.

it could be a load of hot air, though. 'if needed' to create an international regulatory body on illegal fishing? what planet does this idiot live on? is he unfamiliar with south east asia? japan?
yes its good he's taking a step in the right direction, but isn't it too little too late?
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'tis. i agree. trevster post started on it. mankind is too busy shooting off in other directions to take the time to study and repair the damage we've already done.
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Good to see that you can be so lame as me sometimes
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Good to see that you can be so lame as me sometimes
Hey, nothing like a little lameness sometimes, is there? Hey, if you and I were exciting all the time, people would come to expect it from us and we'd never get any peace.
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