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Profits & pollution

President Bush recently decided to put more pollution into our lungs and more profits into the hands of his campaign contributors in the energy industry.

Bush and adviser Karl Rove have perfected the art of green washing. Witness the cynically named “Healthy Forests” initiative, which will clear-cut more forests and increase fire risk to communities out West; “Clear Skies,” which will give more children asthma; and Bush’s energy proposals, which are seeking to capitalize on the blackout to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to drilling.

Nevermind that electricity is not generated from oil, and that the blackout could have been prevented if Bush had approved legislation two years ago to upgrade the grid. Instead, Bush wants to spend $30 billion of our tax dollars to build nuclear power plants that no one wants and countless billions for fossil-fuel subsidies.

Bush/Cheney must be exposed for their role in jeopardizing our economy, environment and health in their ruthless quest to reward their energy industry cronies.

Robert SilberWest View The writer is a regional organizer with the Sierra Club.

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