The world is still reeling from the evil reign of ex-VP Cheney and the Bush Administration. With no regard for the people nor the environment, Cheney and his "Secret Energy Task Force" proceeded to destroy the very essence and foundation of all that America stands for - equality for our fellow man, checks and balances, democracy, truth and freedom. What remains in his wake is a government hell bent to sate their greed -- along with its entrails - lies, deceit and hatred.
...From 2004 "The head of the Forest Service is Mark Rey, probably the most rapacious timber industry lobbyist in American history. The head of public lands is Steven Griles, a mining industry lobbyist who believes public lands are unconstitutional. The head of the air division of the EPA was Marianne Horinko, whose former job had been advising corporate polluters on how to evade Superfund. The second in command of EPA was a Monsanto lobbyist. If you look at virtually all of the sub-secretariats and agency heads in the Departments of Agriculture, Energy and Interior and EPA, the same pattern holds. Polluters have been put in charge of the agencies that are supposed to protect Americans from pollution. As I show in my book, these individuals have not entered government service for the public interest, but rather to subvert the very laws they’re now charged with enforcing." ...Robert F. Kennedy from his book "Crimes Against Nature".
CHENEY: A MAN WHO HATES
A partial listing of Cheney and his Secret Energy Task Force's big "give-a-ways" to corporations (BP, Sempra et al) at the expense of all aspects of the environment, taxpayers and the health and safety of US citizens. Cheney's Energy Policy Act of 2005 (H.R.6.):
1. $10's of billions in subsidies for Big Oil and other forms of dirty energy. Including a special interest energy bill with $33.5 BILLION in tax breaks for dirty energy...paid by deficit spending.http://www.boston.com/news/globe/editorial_opinion/oped/articles/2004/02/25/cheneys_unprecedented_power/
Cheney was a powerful force behind the decision to rewrite and basically reverse a Clinton-era land-protection measure that put nearly a third of the national forests off limits to logging, mining and most development. A Federal judge has since reinstated the forest protections after she ruled that officials didn't adequately study the environmental consequences of giving states more development authority.
Cheney was also insistant on easing air pollution controls and rules under the Clean Air Act. These two policies were later rejected by the Supreme Court, and his actions were rebuked for not regulating greenhouse gases associated with global warming.
Cheney also failed, with overwhelming Department of Forestry and public opposition, in his attempts to change the way national parks were managed. The plan would have emphasized recreational use over conservation.
Cheney aided the investor-driven, for profit (to shareholders only), business of Sempra Energy/SDGE by ordering the BLM to approve the Sunrise Powerlink without any benefit or regard to environmental studies. Cheney was fully aware that the Powerlink would be used to connect to Sempra's natural gas powerplant in Baja...and that Sempra/SDGE had conspired to deceive the public by claiming the Powerlink would be used for "renewable energy".
SDG&E's CEO, Debra Reed sits on the board of directors of Halliburton Industries, the oil services giant formerly run by ex-VP Cheney as well as a company known for its billion dollar "no-bid" contracts in Iraq.
Based on his past history of attempting (and always failing), to cheat the environment and the people just for the sake of a few large corporations (including his own) -- Cheney's endorsement of the Sunrise Powerlink will guarantee that the courts will overturn the BLM's approval and stop this project of pure greed from ever being constructed.
"Leaving No Tracks"by Jo Becker and Barton Gellman