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  •  nice idea, if only. . . (0+ / 0-)

    but I trust the EPA about as far as Ed Abbey could toss a bulldozer. I mean, look how those cowards defeated the line when it came to previous fracking decisions they should have called against the jackasses who destroyed the underside of the terrain, and likely will continue doing. But let's see if the optimism holds up differently this time; your diary and all. Still, I'm not from Missouri, but show me what the real intent will turn out and if it's good I'll buy the beer!

    Treat the world (yourself, and others) as part of a living organism. Everyone and everything will benefit.

    by richholtzin on Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 02:43:05 PM PDT

    •  That's a little unfair... (2+ / 0-)
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      In my experience, EPA has often wanted to do the correct thing, but is undermined by the White House (including OMB, which has power over EPA rules).

      Of course under the Bush Administration EPA itself had terrible bosses (the political appointees at the top).  But that's not the case now.

      “Better the occasional faults of a government that lives in a spirit of charity than the consistent omissions of a government frozen in the ice of its own indifference.” -- FDR, 1936

      by SolarMom on Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 02:55:39 PM PDT

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      •  that's what I'm talking about. . . (0+ / 0-)

        and if you think the current president is any better about such things...dream on.

        Treat the world (yourself, and others) as part of a living organism. Everyone and everything will benefit.

        by richholtzin on Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 05:49:24 PM PDT

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        •  Not sure how you mean that (1+ / 0-)
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          I actually work for EPA (as a career staff person), and I can tell you that while I'm disappointed in this Administration, it is absolute sweetness and light compared to the Bush Administration.

          Our EPA bosses - the politically appointed ones - are people who have worked all their lives for clean air and water, headed up state programs, and been generally in the trenches for the common good. Obama, while he disappoints, funded a lot of RE/EE work through the stimulus and continues to through DOE programs, and has done some good things at EPA, like fuel efficiency standards.

          By comparison, our bosses during the Bush years were former industry lobbyists from K Street law firms - foxes guarding the chicken coops, and complete corporate tools. They undermined clean air programs and made a joke of good government.

          I have many issues with Obama, but when you throw him together with Bush, you remind me of Nader dissing Gore in 2000. Get a grip.

          “Better the occasional faults of a government that lives in a spirit of charity than the consistent omissions of a government frozen in the ice of its own indifference.” -- FDR, 1936

          by SolarMom on Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 06:56:19 PM PDT

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