Bush administration continues heroic stretch-run anti-environment efforts

You know that if James Inhofe approves of a change in policy that brings to bear on the environment, something just fell out of the sky and died.
Inhofe, the torture-happy, Bible-bopping prick who moonlights as a U.S. senator from Oklahoma, is pleased because of a new Department of the Interior rule freeing federal agencies from consulting wildlife experts before embarking on projects bound to disrupt wildlife. In other words, one less damned obstacle in front of the bulldozer.

In a way the rule makes perfect sense. A spectacular fraction of Bush appointees, including Interior secretary Dirk Kempthorne, were chosen specifically because of their commitment to ignoring or overlooking the environment or the advice of biologists in favor of industry interests. Kempthorne had a long record of favoring changes to the Endangered Species Act and the Safe Water Drinking Act that would benefit industry, and since taking over as head of the Interior, his enthusiasm for protecting new species has been even more torpid than that of Rapture-ready James Watt, a truly frightening figure in his day.
Many fans of this new rule are paranoid that the Endangered Species Act has been or will be used to advance climate-change agendas. There is no evidence that this is the case, but opponents of the idea that climate change is real, I’ve noticed, are not characterized by flexible thinking or openness to ideas they don’t already hold.
You really only need to read the second paragraph of the article to understand what a sick joke this is:

The rule, quickly challenged by environmental groups, lets the Army Corps of Engineers or the Federal Highway Administration in many cases rely on their own personnel in deciding what impact a project would have on a fish, bird, plant, animal or insect protected under the Endangered Species Act.

I think that just to parallel and parodize this situation, we need a rule someplace that does away with the requirement (literal or functional) of education officials to seek the expertise of biologists when teaching biology, and instead rely on their own biases, misconceptions, and brute instincts…oops! Sorry to forget aboutcha, Texas!
Anyway, this one’s probably DOA, but it’s still ridiculous. And the fact that it takes effect 30 days from now, immediately before Obama takes the reins, is just a spiting in the face of both America’s new leadership and its wildlife.

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