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America's Environment (and future) is For Sale!
on August 24, 2006
Pope believes Bush has done his best to turn back the clock a full century on environmental progress. A prime mechanism for accomplishing this is through misleading verbiage - eg. "Healthy Forests" for logging, suppressing evidence on global warming, a "Clean Air" act that allows increased pollution, etc.
On the other hand, "Strategic Ignorance" is weak on specifics and documenting some of its points. For example, it criticizes renaming radioactive nuclear waste as "incidental waste," but doesn't tell us how radioactive the reclassified substances are. (There are several classes of nuclear waste, ranging from extremely dangerous to very mild.) It also claims, probably correctly, that there need be no tradeoff between auto-safety and fuel economy - especially when both vehicles are considered. However, specific data are not presented. A third example is that condemning the administration's recalculating the value of human life for use in cost/benefit analyses - yet, if done logically this offers a major tool in prioritizing regulatory focus. ("Strategic Ignorance" did not offer any evidence that the new calculations were in error.)
Recommendations include increasing auto fuel economy requirements, greater use of solar and wind energy, installing modern air pollution controls on older electric plants, restoring the Superfund tax, more controlled burns in the forests, and supporting the Kyoto objectives.
Bottom Line: Evidence from other areas (eg. Iraq, Katrina, tax breaks) suggest that "Strategic Ignorance" probably is close to being "on the money." However, it does not do a very good job of quantifying what is going on.