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bush-dumb.jpgGeorge W. Bush is, by far, the greatest mistake ever made by the American people — or was that by Gore for running such an inadequate campaign or by Ralph Nader for running at all or at least by one idiot in South Florida who designed the butterfly ballot or the Supreme Court [Note to self: let it go, let it go, let it go, on this day of all days].

It is amusing to read the delusionary op-eds of conservatives who think Bush’s legacy will be determined by Iraq, and that therefore Bush will be vindicated and rehabilitated by history. Not!

Even if we could forget Katrina, torture, Guant¡namo, Abu Ghraib, and the worst economy since the great depression, his legacy with a near-absolute certainty will be set by his policy of wanton climate destruction (see “the Worst President in American History“) — unless, of course, Barack Obama can somehow put us on a truly sustainable path, but that rejection of everything Bush stood for will hardly rehabilitate W. Quite the reverse.

Anyway, the real point of this final post on Bush — final at least until the media or the Obama team uncover yet another unbelievable environmentally destructive thing he did that we are as yet unaware of — is to share a list of 8 environmental Bushisms I just found to make my list of the top 25 Bushisms of all time complete:

Austin, Texas, Dec. 20, 2000: “Natural gas is hemispheric. I like to call it hemispheric in nature because it is a product that we can find in our neighborhoods.” (Source: Treehugger)

Washington, D.C. March 13, 2001: “There are some monuments where the land is so widespread, they just encompass as much as possible. And the integral part of the–the precious part, so to speak–I guess all land is precious, but the part that the people uniformly would not want to spoil, will not be despoiled. But there are parts of the monument lands where we can explore without affecting the overall environment.” (Source: Slate)

Washington, D.C., January 6, 2009: “The new steps I’ve announced today are the capstone of an eight-year commitment to strong environmental protection and conservation.” Check out this interesting graphic from the Natural Resources Defense Council illustrating the last eight years in environmental policy

New Delhi, India, Mar. 2, 2006 “Obviously, nu-que-lar power is, uh, a renewable source of energy, and the less demand there is for non-renewable sources of energy, like fossil fuels, the better it off it is for the American people.” Well, he got the second part right, but nuclear energy produced from uranium is, uh, not renewable as far as we know… (Source: Treehugger)

Washington, D.C., June 8, 2005: “We’re spending money on clean coal technology. Do you realize we’ve got 250 million years of coal?” (Source: Slate)

Michigan, September 2000, explaining his energy policies: “I know the human being and fish can coexist peacefully.” (Source: AP)

A Freudian slip made while addressing Australian Prime Minister John Howard at the APEC Summit, Sept. 7, 2007: “Mr. Prime Minister, thank you for your introduction. Thank you for being such a fine host for the OPEC summit.”

And a bonus: “[It's] time for the human race to enter the solar system.”

And I have a bonus from Anne:

“Congress also must understand they’ve got to pass an energy bill. You see, an energy bill will be good for jobs. An energy bill will be good for national security. We need an energy bill that encourages consumption… ”

– Trenton, NJ Sept 23, 2002

It’s actually ON the White House website, believe it or not.
http://www.whitehouse.gov/ news/ releases/ 2002/ 09/ 20020923-2.html

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6 Responses to The end of an error

  1. jorleh says:

    Europe is unhappy enough to own some hundreds of idiots as kings and dictators during millennia, but of course …

  2. Leadership of a generation passes into history on this day.

    It appears that a single generation, my not-so-great greed-mongering generation, will be remembered for having first recklessly plundered and then ravenously consumed the lion’s share of all Earth’s limited resources. No generation before mine, and certainly no generation to follow, will behave so arrogantly and avariciously because the resources to do what my generation has done will have already been devoured and, therefore, unavailable to future generations. In the pernicious process of global plundering and conspicuous per capita over-consumption, many too many leaders of my generation will also have allowed the unhealthy pollution of the environment, the unrestrained depletion of natural resources and the unconscionable mortgaging of our children’s future. My generation’s leaders will have lead us to threaten the children and coming generations with the likelihood of dangerous ecological conditions…a situation for which my generation is responsible but for which my generation refuses to take responsibility. Many leaders in my generation have determined to “pass the buck” to the children, come what may. So grave and unfortunate a situation cannot longer be ignored just because the leading perpetrators of this ominously looming ecological wreckage choose to remain willfully blind, hysterically deaf and electively mute when called upon to account for their (and our) behavior.

    If I had to put this colossal tragedy in a single set of sentences I would speak out in this way,

    “Never in the course of human events has so much been given to so few consolidators of great wealth and power, who then did so poorly by everyone else and everything else but themselves. A tiny minority of supremely greedy, self-proclaimed Masters of the Universe in my generation have directed the human community toward the extirpation of biodiversity, degradation of the environment and the depletion of natural resources. The fitness of Earth as a place for habitation by our own children has been put at risk. The abject failure of so many of my generation’s leaders to assume responsibility for such incredible arrogance, poor judgement and stupendous wrongdoing is somehow not quite right and, at least to me, difficult to tolerate in silence.”

    Steven Earl Salmony
    AWAREness Campaign on the Human Population,
    established 2001
    http://sustainabilityscience.org/content.html?contentid=1176
    http://sustainabilitysoutheast.org/index.php
    http://www.panearth.org

  3. jcwinnie says:

    Lots of WPE demonizing, more in the mainstream than in the past, maybe they think it is safe now. I am guilty of same, BDR, and must remind myself, he did not act alone. Nor have many Congress critters changed their stripes.

    OTOH, a good day to be hopeful. Hope you are teaching your daughter how to say Ms. President

    Legend:
    WPE == Worst President Evah

    BDR == Big Daddy Romm

    OTOH == On The Other Hamper

  4. paulm says:

    “but of course …”, you all voted him in. Twice!

  5. David B. Benson says:

    The mistake was Scalia’s, methinks.

    The mistake was then repeated by Ohio ‘miscounting’, methinks.

  6. I think over time, say a hundred years Bush will be remember as the son of the first one, and thats all. Obama, fingers-crossed, will be such a bright point in history, that Bush will be all but forgotten. And to have been a president of the United States and hardly remembered is a just ending.