Imagine that !  A presidential candidate willing to speak up about wildlife !

Clinton  Reports on Washington WildlifeWall Street Journal Blog

Hey, it’s more than has been said by anyone else…

To be fair:

Green Evangelical Applauds McCain’s Environment Speech –  The Christian Post

Why Obama is Winning the WestNewWest

Somebody needs to clue these candidates into the idea that “environmental” policy has more to it than “energy” policy.

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13 Responses to Presidential politics and wildlife

  1. Maska says:

    I agree that we need to clue in ALL candidates (for local, state, and national offices) that environmenal policy includes more than energy policy. We are making sure that our candidates–especially those whom we support– understand that public lands policy and wildlife issues are important to us, along with water issues, which do get some play here in the Southwest.

    Once they are (we hope) elected, we will continue to remind them that they need to “dance with them what brung them,” to quote the immortal Molly Ivins.

  2. Layton says:

    “Clinton reports on Washington wildlife”??

    Is she trying some of the places her husband did??

    the devil made me do it!!

  3. Mike says:

    If Obama wins, you can bet he will have some top wildlife people in the mix.

  4. Brian Ertz says:


    hopefully we can count on Obama winning, and hopefully we can count on the top wildlife people having more room to do their good work than we saw with Babbit during the Clinton Administration, whose intentions were good but ended up spanked by Livestock and others. I suspect the alternative Congress will make that a lot easier than Clinton saw.

    I suppose the best we can hope for is the room to do the pushing ourselves. Just properly enforcing already existing law (the agencies themselves rather than strict reliance on public oversight and judicial review), rationalizing bureaucracies, and relieving the political weight from the good folk in there now promises a bright future – and the relief necessary for public to choose its battles more purposefully and offensively.

  5. A little out of topic but something I cannot resist to share with you: Yesterday a charismatic Obama Superstar impressed an audience of about 200 000 here in Berlin. I watched him live on TV. Despite his speech being a little fast, covering a dozen topics in a mere 30 minutes he was certainly able to transmit his message – and the audience, especially the younger – globally oriented – people eagerly soaked up his message!

  6. Peter,

    Your comments might start a debate, but this is very interesting news because it comes directly to us instead of a story in the media.

  7. Catbestland says:


    I was watching the speech on CNN and wondered if you were watching it. Tergarten Park seems like a lovely place.

  8. Catbestland says:


    Sorry, I forgot to add the main point I was going to make. I too, picked up a very strong golobalization theme to the speech. I don’t know whether this is good or bad but it seems to be prevalent in both major US political parties.

  9. kim kaiser says:

    thanfully, Berlin”ers dont vote, nor do the french,,

    and the only wild life is suspect hussein obama knows about are buffalo wings,

  10. kim kaiser says:

    Nor the french, his next audience, only a socialist leaning candidate supports the so called re-distribution as the new BUZZ word is now adays… taking from those who earn and have higher earning potentials and giving to those who dont,,or dont want to..that is just plain ole socialism,, and not what our country or its economics is about,,we are about capitolism, and it is what has put us on top of the heap,,,its why people beg, borrow, steal and cross borders to live and work here, the OPPORTUNITY to make as good a living as you can, and not rely on the govt for your check

  11. Kim,

    Depending how you define “socialism,” I think the debate over socialism ended almost everywhere except in the United States a long time ago. It is still used as a scare word here.

    Pure capitalism doesn’t exist anywhere, and it isn’t clear what kind of economic system the United States really has — some, since Bush, are calling it “crony capitalism,” others call it “corporatism.” Some call it a “mixed economy,” although it is less of that than 40 years ago.

    As far as economic welfare goes, I’d gladly trade the U.S. economy for one with a higher standard of living and more security for the people, like Sweden. You know, a guarantee of health care and things like that.

    I think Americans are in the mood for major economic reforms because they perceive that there is no longer much relationship between hard work or smart work and economic rewards. They also perceive they have little to no protection from unanticipated economic harm, including things not even capable of anticipation and their economic ruin.

    The specter of socialism is used to make them think that reforms will result in some great harm to them (left for them of imagine).

    What is needed, IMO, is a leader bold enough to reject the policies that caused the decline in economic conditions for the majority of the people that began with Ronald Reagan.

    We need a new political regime and a major modification of the economic system.

  12. Exactly the point kim :-)) The trouble with you and the French is… are too similar! A large, proud, patriotic nuclear super power here and there! For me it´s easy, i´m from the weasel nation anyway and everybody looks from above at me….But boycotting french cheese was a bit infantil dont´you think so?

  13. Peter Kiermeir says:

    …oh, Mr. McCain found a few nice words for the crowd in Berlin. “Creepers”, very nice! That´s for sure what they call his “vast experience on the international diplomatic dance floor!”



‎"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