Thursday, February 21, 2008

George Bush: 3 Polar Bears/Gray Wolves/ America: 0

February has proved to be a successful month for the Bush Administration. While millions of eyes -- including the media -- are focused on the desire for change NEXT January, the Bush Administration has continued to strike hard against the environment and for illegal court proceedings.

According to the Anchorage Daily News, on February 6, 2008, the Dutch oil company Shell paid a record bid of $105,304,581 to the U.S. Government for a single tract of land in Alaska. The day's auction for 2.8 million acres of federal land in Alaska's Chukchi polar sea brought out the BIG GUY oil companies. Record breaking bids between Shell and Conoco Phillips transpired much of the day.

In the end, the polar bears lost...while they were sleeping. As did the whales and other sea life...as did the native people who use that sea as their means of survival.

Since the acreage is owned by the federal government, Alaska will not receive any of the record $2.7 billion from the day's total sales. But, if the oil companies create a spill, which they are known to do, who will pay the price -- the local people and the sea life.

And today the Bush Administration won another victory over the environment...

Just hours ago, the Bush Administration announced plans to remove the Northern Rockies gray wolf from the endangered species list. With only 1,500 of these wolves currently in existence, this act allows Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming to kill all but a mere 300. Not nearly enough to keep the species alive and vital.

This amazing animal once numbered in the hundreds of thousands and now, only 1,500 remain. Years of hard work to restore the gray wolf back to its original habitat have been set back.



And the Bush legacy continues...

Amnesty International USA reports:

This week, the Pentagon announced it would seek the death penalty for six detainees at Guantánamo Bay who are suspected of conspiring in the September 11 attacks.

We don't know if these suspects are guilty. And because of the sham system of justice Guantánamo Bay, we'll never know.

The U.S. government has admitted that the CIA tortured at least one of the suspects, then the FBI, with the roadmap provided by the CIA, interrogated these same suspects following approved interrogation techniques. And the Bush administration is passing off that tainted info as "evidence."

As one former Navy admiral and judge advocate general said, "Once you torture someone, it is hard to untorture them."

As millions cheer for change NEXT January, the Bush Administration continues business as usual.

www.savewolves.org

www.ifaw.org


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