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View Diary: Really Barack! Logging in a rain forest? (123 comments)

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  •  Mark Begich was (3+ / 0-)
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    DawnG, askew, soms

    pushing for this to be done.
    President cannot win...he gets hammered for unemployment and now for employment....

    Do you know how small this tract is?

    •  372 acres or so. It's still costly. (9+ / 0-)

      The roads cost 4 times the timber revenue.

      It would be smarter to send out welfare checks and pay to retrain the loggers for economically viable work.

      "It's the planet, stupid."

      by FishOutofWater on Thu Jul 16, 2009 at 09:32:23 AM PDT

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    •  There are environmentally sound ways (4+ / 0-)
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      dewley notid, polar bear, mieprowan, CMYK

      to create jobs. This was unneccesary and inflammatory when it didn't even need to be done. It is a small tract and it's not the end of the world but that works both ways. Why even do it? Do we  need that "small" amount of lumber and these few jobs so desperately that saying f-you to environmentalists is worth it? (Not to mention the actual damage done to the environment, regardless of our precious feelings.) There are no better resource development projects to promote? It's like the Warren invite to the inauguration- it only served as a slap in the face to gays and civil libertarians. Why even do these inflammatory things if you care at all about the ideas you campaigned on. I've seen too many gifts to corporate interests and too little regard for progressive interests in the early stages of this administration. This stinks and like his stupid choice on Warren, is a statement from Obama that he could care less about actual progressive policies.  

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