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Obama’s EPA clears 42 of 48 New Mountaintop Removal Mining Permits

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The Obama administration has cleared more than three-dozen new mountaintop removal permits for issuance by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, drawing quick criticism from environmental groups who had hoped the new president would halt the controversial practice.

 
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16 Responses to Obama’s EPA clears 42 of 48 New Mountaintop Removal Mining Permits

  1. avatar davej says:

    Pick up my guitar and play, just like yesterday.

  2. avatar Steve C says:

    All of this bad news is much more upsetting for me now than during the Bush years. There was always that feeling when I read these infuriating stories that good things were around the corner when he left office. Was I wrong…

  3. avatar montucky says:

    Looks as though Barack has the same owners that GW had.

  4. avatar jimbob says:

    Looks like we should have vetted the party better. Everybody thought ANY CANDIDATE would be better than Bush. Not true. Where is the outrage? AGAIN, I wondered how he (Obama) got this nomination…….If the republicans picked up the environmental ball their other crap might have a chance!

  5. avatar timz says:

    I don’t know what your all complaining about, Obama has just mandated more fuel efficient cars by 2016.

  6. avatar Brian Ertz says:

    timz,

    yeah, and he put a stop to the cocaine orgies at Interior — greenest prez since nixon

  7. avatar DB says:

    I don’t know what everyone is so up tight about. Who would you rather have nominating federal judges, Obama or McCain? Maska makes an excellent point today in his comment on judge Reddon’s salmon decision.

  8. avatar jimbob says:

    By the way some people might look at Montucky’s comment above as racist, but look at it as I wish Obama would look at it. If some company is dictating policy to you, especially when you know it is wrong or favorable only because they “supported you economically” you are “owned”! Wish Obama would see that and wake up!

  9. avatar vicki says:

    nauseating.

  10. avatar Brian Ertz says:

    DB,

    IMO, evaluating Obama in contrast to McCain is not a fair argument.

    So what ? I’d like to know from someone who holds this “better-than” standard for a president’s performance just what you think the worst possible environmental scenario of a McCain presidency might be. Please, write it down – cuz Obama’s holding to the same standard on environmental issues as Bush – the same policies, rules, and defending the same backward battles in the courts and administratively. This begs the question, would McCain have been worse than Bush (cuz that’s what we’ve gotten on the environment, wildlife issues, from Obama).

    Or, would McCain have sold out his supporters, like politicians are inherently apt to do – apparently – and made some positive changes under the auspice of bipartisanship (as Obama is perpetuating egregiously negative policy, that not a decade ago would have been generally viewed as a radical departure from the norm, under such auspice) ??? would he ?

    It’s impossible to tell – it’s a stale argument.

    Obama is the President, there is no chance that McCain will be president, Obama is selling out this country’s wildlife and public land heritage, McCain is not selling out such heritage. Quite frankly, knowing what I know now — if McCain had been president, we might have gotten some congressional resistance from the majority party in both houses, even if just for the sake of partisanship … as it stands now, otherwise supportive voices are gagged, unwilling to pipe up, as the majority is following the president’s lead – his agenda – and our agenda is buried.

    As for judges — why should we believe that Obama will do any different with judges ? he’s sold out every other facet of his most ardent supports agenda – why would he not play the same politics with judges ?

    wait and see … wait and see … oops, there goes the Mojave desert … wait and see … ughh … bye bye to a just and scientifically-based wolf recovery, meaningful polar bear protection,… still waiting, Argh… there goes another Appalachian mountain-top & water supply …

    we’ve been rolled.

  11. avatar Ryan says:

    “I don’t know what your all complaining about, Obama has just mandated more fuel efficient cars by 2016.”

    http://www.marketwatch.com/story/gas-mileage-bushs-new-strategy-to-fight-climate-change

    Huh, The evil one did it first, the messiah just bumped up the date and added .5 mpg.

    http://www.detnews.com/article/20090519/AUTO01/905190411/1148/Obama-releases-new-35.5-mpg-requirements-by–16

  12. avatar Ryan says:

    Brian,

    You are correct, we’ve all been screwed again. The only difference is we did it with a kiss on the neck this time instead of fighting it. I truly believe the legacy left for the future by this presidency will be worse than the last. He has broken almost every campaign promise to date. Don’t think he won’t roll to the Ag and Ranching interests. 🙁

  13. avatar timz says:

    “I don’t know what your all complaining about, Obama has just mandated more fuel efficient cars by 2016.”

    Just to be clear that comment was made in sarcasm.

    Your last post was dead-on B.Ertz. We’re not dealing in “whatifs” at this point.

  14. avatar DB says:

    Brian and others:

    I hear you and that’s why I’m here. I’m dissapointed too, but maybe a little more optimistic than others. Keep plugging and thanks for all you do.

  15. avatar Ron Kearns says:

    As a Republican who voted for Mr. Obama, a very naive man deceived us all because of our own naiveté.

  16. avatar fenriswolfr says:

    Two sides of the same coin. Who cares democrat or republican.

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‎"At some point we must draw a line across the ground of our home and our being, drive a spear into the land and say to the bulldozers, earthmovers, government and corporations, “thus far and no further.” If we do not, we shall later feel, instead of pride, the regret of Thoreau, that good but overly-bookish man, who wrote, near the end of his life, “If I repent of anything it is likely to be my good behaviour."

~ Edward Abbey

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