Buh Bye Gale Norton
And good riddance. The Secretary of
In fact, she and James Watt both worked for the ultra-rightwing Mountain States Legal Foundation.
In her announcement yesterday she actually said “Hopefully, my husband and I will end up closer to the mountains we love in the West.” Say what?? She must’ve been misquoted. There couldn’t actually be a piece of land somewhere that she doesn’t want to have clear-cut, strip-mined, bulldozed and covered from end to end with off-road vehicles.
This presidency — the most corrupt rotting festering administration in our history — has been full of foxes guarding henhouses. And she was one of the worst.
The Bush Administration is famous for using Orwellian names and descriptions, and Norton was one of the sleaziest. She referred to her approach as the “Four C’s of land stewardship: consultation, cooperation, communication — all in the service of conservation.” Hahahahahaha. Yup, that’s right up there with the Clear Skies Initiative and No Child Left Behind.
Her “Four C’s” translated into more logging in national forests, more oil and gas drilling on public lands and more snowmobiles in national parks. She’s been gung ho about pushing for oil drilling in the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge.
Now that Bush’s political capital has been spent, he’s in less of a position to put another land-rapist in charge of the Interior Department. Hopefully the Democrats and moderate Republicans will grow some spines. We don’t want Pat Robertson in charge of gay rights or Strom Thurmond in charge of race relations. And we don’t want another shill for the oil and timber companies sabotaging our national heritage.