29 June 2003

Bush Receives "F" For Environmental Issues on LCV 2003 Presidential Report Card

League of Conservation Voters says Bush is "worst president ever" when it comes to protecting the environment.
"President Bush is well on his way to compiling the worst environmental record of any president in the history of our nation," said Callahan. "Bush’s dismal Report Card is dominated by a disturbing trend: time after time, Bush favors corporate interests over the public’s interest in a clean, safe and healthy environment. Under the Bush administration, corporate polluters have been allowed to write the laws."

Meantime, the Sierra Club runs an advertisement for a new EPA chief titled "EARN $$$ WHILE YOU SLEEP". You must be fluent in doublespeak to apply.

8 June 2003

Oceans overfished beyond repair?

Is it true? Are we raping the oceans of fish and is the quantity of fish diminished from what it was centuries ago, or even decades ago? Environmentalists have been busy sounding off alarm sirens for some time but there still is a substantial segment of the world's denizens that have themselves rooted in disbelief. Corporate PR and the right wing ideologues like Rush Limbaugh paint the environmentalists as wackos and marginalize their arguments, despite the fact that it's often in direct opposition to a consensus of scientists (at least ones not on the payroll of corporate PR soruces) on the matter.

But every once in a while some piece of news brings back that not-very-distant world. The journal Nature this spring published the single most comprehensive study ever conducted of the world’s fisheries. Simply put, it concluded that the world’s oceans are wrecked. In the past 50 years, the populations of every single species of large wild fish have fallen by 90 percent or more. Those sharks, tuna, marlins, swordfish, halibut and grouper that have managed to survive are, on average, one-fifth to one-half the size they were 50 years ago. In the deep oceans, where Japanese fleets use fishing lines many kilometers long, they used to catch 10 fish per 100 hooks; now they are lucky to catch one.

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