Wednesday, May 21, 2003
DEAN STATEMENT ON CHRISTIE WHITMAN’S DEPARTURE FROM EPA www.deanforamerica.com
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May 21, 2003
DEAN STATEMENT ON CHRISTIE WHITMAN'S DEPARTURE FROM EPA; LAST VOICE OF MODERATION GONE FROM ADMINISTRATION
Salt Lake City, UT - Democratic presidential candidate Governor Howard Dean today commented on the resignation of Christie Whitman from the Environmental Protection Agency and spoke out against the Bush Administration's disastrous environmental record.
"Administrator Whitman was one of the few voices of moderation in the Bush Administration. Unfortunately, her voice was muted by the Bush-Cheney obsession with rewarding their friends in the oil industry by rolling back decades of bipartisan progress on protecting our environment."
Upon taking office, President Bush swiftly broke his promise to regulate emissions of carbon dioxide - a major contributor to global warming. The Bush Administration has repeatedly worked to weaken clean air, clean water, and other environmental laws; slashed environmental enforcement efforts; and pushed for drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and other environmentally sensitive areas.
Dean stated that, "The burden is on the President to show the nation that he cares about the environment more than he cares about helping his political friends in the oil and gas industries."
UPDATE: This related interview in Grist magazine is devoted to environmental, energy, and genetics policy. Well-worth a read. Dean defends ethanol as an alternative fuel, which is a reasonable argument (though I personally am still opposed). However, I was surprised to see he endorsed CAFE standards, given that they have caused an increase in highway deaths as cars get lighter (and more unsafe).
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