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In his first months as president, George W. Bush yanked America out of negotiations over the Kyoto Accords, signed a bill seeming to allow more arsenic into our water supply, and secretly met with industry executives in preparing an energy policy. He has pursued a number of other policies and objectives that have outraged environmental groups and even started to bother more conservative types not normally prone to supporting environmental regulation. The fact is, his environmental record is even worse than everyone knows, and it threatens to do damage that could take years to undo.
Bush Versus the Environment is a journalistic investigation of the Bush administration's environmental policies. Robert Devine, a veteran environmental reporter, shows how the Bush Administration is causing a great deal of environmental harm, and does so in ways that fly below the radar of mainstream America.
Each chapter focuses on a particular method that the Bush Administration is using. Many important issues, like forest management, clean air, endangered species, etc., are explored within the context of revealing how the Administration is working to achieve its goals. These methods include gutting important laws under the guise of simplifying regulations, failing to enforce laws already in place, underfunding regulatory bodies, using questionable science and politicizing government-agency science, outright assault on environmental regulations, and other strategies. This is a highly disturbing understanding of Bush's policies, making the book fresher than a mere rundown on the Administration's role in specific environmental issues.
While brief articles about Bush's environmental policies are often seen in magazines and newspapers, Robert Devine provides in-depth coverage, and give readers a thorough understanding of the big picture and seldom-examined details about how this Administration operates. Bush Versus the Environment is guaranteed to be surprising and controversial.
“It is unfortunate that a book like this needed to be written, but it truly did. I wish it were not so. Still, I am impressed with the way that Devine has cut through layers of political double-speak and bureaucratic misinformation. His well-documented, readable book opens many windows into the Bush administration's environmental policies. Just as important, it throws a revealing beam of light on the political appointees who administer them. I recommend it to all those who believe, as I do, that protecting this beautiful planet we call home should not be a partisan affair.” —Martha Marks, President of REP America (Republicans for Environmental Protection)