Do The Freakin Math

Liberals and conservatives alike frequently rely on limited evidence, personal experience, religious beliefs or gut emotions to determine solutions for complex problems. From immigration to global warming - taxes to terrorism - or health care to free trade - analytical study is rare. Science based policy making isn’t the way of Washington. And the consequences are catastrophic. Change is urgently needed. Just do the freakin’ math.

Thursday, June 29, 2006

Bush's legacy: Hawaiian Islands or war?

Jane Lubchenco and David Festa suggest that Bush’s ‘new Northwestern Island Marine National Monument will safeguard a remote, biologically rich string of islands, submerged lands and their surrounding waters totaling …38 times the size of Yellowstone Park” and that this “shocked and awed his environmental critics.” (Bush the Environmentalist? Wtimes 6-28-06)

The real shock and awe will be when oceans rise from global warming and destroy this “marine conservation area” and hundreds others globally more than 38 times the size of Texas.

If Bush really wants to shock and awe environmentalist with is concerns for the oceans he might try urging the Senate to ratify the “Law of the Sea” Treaty and signing it as the Department of Defense has recommended for national security reasons.

Teddy Roosevelt’s “18 national monuments” would pail in comparison to Bush’s ‘world’s ocean monument’. This would be a far better legacy than an endless war against a tactic.

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