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 Post subject: EPA, Interior Dept. Chiefs Will Be Busy Erasing Bush's Mark
PostPosted: Sun Nov 30, 2008 4:28 am 
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I was a career environmental scientist with the Dept of the Interior, and I can tell you that the Bush administration placed all manner of yahoos and anti-environmental and anti-intellectual political hacks in positions of authority. These preening arrogant jerks would not hesitate to punish dissent that did not support their political goals, which included privatizing water, forest, and land resources and eliminating experienced staff who used to perform environmental science services. Many of these "government is the enemy" nincompoops have nonetheless assumed permanent executive series positions in the bureaucracies, and special attention should given by the Obama transition team to get rid of these idiots. Research involving water quality was not funded because the words "water quality" became heretical in a Stalinesque way. My former agency, the Bureau of Reclamation has lost many skilled and experienced environmental scientists to buyouts and early-out retirements who have not been replaced. I am one who took an early-out - the relentless BS was depressing! Good luck and god speed to president-elect Obama in his efforts to rebuild the agencies responsible for protecting the environment and managing our valuable public resources.


This is a reply to the article. It says so much we know to be true. The article is here: http://www.truthout.org/112808B

The question is, can the damage ever be offset?

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 Post subject: Re: EPA, Interior Dept. Chiefs Will Be Busy Erasing Bush's Mark
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The senior EPA analyst whose historic anti-discrimination case led to legislation protecting whistleblowers is being fired from her job at the Environmental Protection Agency.

Dr. Marsha Coleman-Adebayo sees her ouster as the ultimate act of retaliation, a payback for continuing her fight to protect federal employees who speak out against wrongdoing in government agencies.


This dovetails with the first post. It is chilling.

Will Obama search for the people the Bush administration is placing into important roles in government and boot them out? Does it depend on who he listens to?

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Progressive House Members Launch Sustainable Energy And Environment Coalition

Congressmen Jay Inslee (D-WA) and Steve Israel (D-NY) today announced the formation of a caucus of thirty-five progressive House members, the Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition. In their release, they acknowledged the severity of the climate crisis and the need for “bold, aggressive action”:

The 111th Congress convened in a perfect storm. The melting of the Arctic ice cap is speeding up toward a point of no return and the economy is in turmoil. We are in need of bold, aggressive action, and that’s exactly what the Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition is about.

Inslee and Israel, both long-time leaders on sustainable energy and the environment, will co-chair the caucus. Inslee, who has continually promoted a space-race level investment in a new energy economy since his election in 1992, was one of the organizers of a statement of progressive climate principles signed by 152 members last year. Israel, elected to Congress in 2000, “has been framing energy as a national security issue” with his Next Generation Energy Plan.

Vice-chairs for 2009 and 2010 have been named: Reps. Paul Tonko (D-NY) and Chellie Pingree (D-ME) will be the vice-chairs for speakers; Reps. Peter Welch (D-VT) and Paul Hodes (D-NH) for outreach; Reps. Jim Langevin (D-RI) and David Loebsack (D-IA) for membership; Reps. Jared Polis (D-CO) and Niki Tsongas (D-MA) as whips.

The coalition, whose mission is “to advance policies that promote clean energy technology innovation and domestic manufacturing, develop renewable energy resources, create green collar jobs throughout the product supply-chain, help arrest global warming and protect our nation’s clean air, water and natural environment,” formed last fall “when Inslee and Israel called a meeting for like-minded members of Congress to discuss how they could impact the 2008 House energy and economic recovery bills.”


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