Successful Failures: The Bush Environmental and Energy Legacy

With Bush’s final State of the Union Address just a few days from now [pause for applause], I’m happy to share a great presentation on W’s sorry legacy. Lots of great factoids for debates with conservatives, letters to the editor, and, of course, blog posts!

Related Posts:

2 Responses to Successful Failures: The Bush Environmental and Energy Legacy

  1. Jim Prall says:

    Another devastating account of Bush’s extreme anti-environment “legacy” is in Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s book _Crimes Against Nature_
    It’s a well-documented litany of Bush’s single-minded campaign to lift environmental restrictions in every imaginable area, including appointing anti-environment ideologues to head virtually every department, to evade action on any form of pollution anywhere, and to undermine every scientific expert speaking up for public health, clean air, clean water or for any action on global warming.
    I am simply appalled at this disgraceful history, which is a stain on the name “Republican.” Apart from hoping for a Democratic win in November, I feel the nation desperately needs to wake up to this pro-pollution, anti-earth, anti-life agenda which the neocon movement is poisoning the political system – and the nation itself. We need a total reform of the conservative tradition to recoup the values of actually conserving, and of respecting our fellow citizens’ rights to safety and property free from toxic assault by PAC-funding, spin-doctoring agribusiness, extractive and consumptive smokestack industry.
    The religious right needs to speak out against the unholy alliance of social conservatism with a hideous anti-human cynicism that blesses every want of corporate donors for free rein to pollute, despoil and contaminate for free. Foisting smog, mercury, benzene, and hormone disrupters on your neighbors is not a “family value.”
    Am I dreaming to hope for some better class of conservatives who will come forward to take over the leadership of the Republican party? Or are we forever left with a legacy of one party at war with nature?

  2. Jim Prall says:

    Oh, just a quick follow up with some other great titles on this problem. I’ve blogged on these books, with links to find them on Amazon, at:

    Chris Mooney, The Republican War on Nature
    Al Gore, The Assault on Reason
    Stauber and Rampton, Toxic Sludge is Good for You (focuses on the P.R. industry rather than any particular politician; but they take on the current PNAC neocon crowd in two other titles focused on Iraq: Weapons of Mass Deception and The Best War Ever.)

    Heh, here’s the full title of RFKjr’s book: Crimes Against Nature: How George W. Bush and His Corporate Pals Are Plundering the Country and Hijacking Our Democracy
    Why don’t you tell me what you really think, eh?