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Monday, April 04, 2005

Stealth Attacks on the Environment

Admit it, you’ve never heard of the Information Quality Act. I hadn’t heard of it until I read this article. This perfectly innocuous sounding law (just two paragraphs) was quietly attached to an appropriations bill in 2000. Most senators and representatives weren’t even aware of it when they voted for it.

This law — passed with no hearing or debate — has now become one of the Bush administration’s most powerful weapons against environmental protections. The law directs the Office of Management and Budget to distribute “policy and procedural guidance to Federal agencies for ensuring and maximizing the quality, objectivity, utility and integrity of information ... disseminated by Federal agencies.”

Sorry, there wasn't an English translation available. So, using that meaningless piece of bureaucratspeak, the administration is enabling industries to block safety laws by challenging all government information regarding a particular safety regulation. Industry has been clogging the regulatory process with countless Information Quality Act (IQA) challenges.

Regulatory agencies have been spending more of their resources responding to IQA challenges, and having less time and money for protecting the public. This delaying tactic is becoming much more common.

Since most of the public favors the environment, conservatives will do anything to avoid voting on environmental issues in the light of day. Stealth tactics are much easier and more effective, especially if you have no sense of integrity or decency.

Sometimes you have to wonder who the Far Right hates more, Osama bin Laden or liberals. Check this out and see where liberals, the Radical Right and bin Laden stand on various issues. A little ironic, no?

Thanks to Realistic Revolution for showing this link.


Blogger Brother Kenya said...

Unbelievable! When the history of this period is written, the level of insidiousness and subterfuge will be a major shock to the average Joe.

April 4, 2005 at 8:07 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Brother Kenya: I hope you're right. This would require the citizens to take back some of their power from the current robber barons who are running everything. I sure hope this happens; then we'll be able to look back and say "what the $#&$ were they thinking?"

April 4, 2005 at 1:01 PM  
Blogger Vulture 6 said...

No contest, we hate nature more than anything else. We will not be happy untill all water is black and the skies grey!

To join us or for more information goHERE

April 4, 2005 at 4:26 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Vulture 6: And don't forget those icky trees. Who needs them? Cut 'em down.

April 4, 2005 at 6:45 PM  
Blogger Jet said...

I wish I believed more Americans are pro-environment. I think they LIKE it, but jeez, it's work and all and my shows on and I'll take the recyling stuff next time...

Sorry, just disillusioned today.

April 4, 2005 at 7:59 PM  
Blogger Unadulterated Underdog said...

The interesting thing about environmental law is that whenever you mention to a Republican that the last four Presidents signed many clean-environment laws, they go offensive and come up with some reason why it's Clinton's fault.

April 4, 2005 at 10:52 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Jet: You're right. Can't blame it all on big corporate polluters. A lot of it rests on individual choices and priorities (mine included).

OK Democrat: A lot of environmental laws were signed by Nixon; it's too bad the environment has become a partisan issue. We're all using the same air and water; it can't be all Democrats and liberals that visit national parks. (The last time I was at Yellowstone I'll swear 9/10 of the country was there; every political viewpoint, every walk of life.)

April 5, 2005 at 12:07 AM  

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