I am appalled, disgusted, but not surprised by this article in today's New York Times Magazine by Bruce Barcott about the utter contempt that the Bush administration has for clean air, and, consequently, our health. The article is too rich in facts and too well sourced for me to quote enough to convey the depth of my anger.
I will say this, however: I have voted in every presidential election since 1976 and for the first time I have made a donation to a candidate and this article finally put me over the edge.
It's also worth remembering this quote yet again:
"A popular Government, without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a Prologue to a Farce or a Tragedy; or, perhaps both. Knowledge will forever govern ignorance: And a people who mean to be their own Governors, must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives."
- James Madison
Which certainly explains why Mr. Cheney is determined to keep his "Energy Task Force" secret.
This will probably be the only time you see me write something positive about Richard Nixon, but I will say this: his record on the environment continued the GOP's tradition that started with Teddy Roosevelt. During Nixon's presidency, the Environmental Protection Agency was created and the Clean Air Act became law.
It's amazing to me that in little more than thirty years this legacy has effectively become pimping for power companies, oil companies, mining companies and whatever other notorious polluting industry in the halls of congress and the executive branch.
More tomorrow. We have guests coming over tonight.