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Flowers By Irene
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posted 02 September 2002 07:48 PM      Profile for Flowers By Irene     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
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The man chosen to head the Bush administration's wildfire prevention program doubts the existence of ecosystems and says it would not be a crisis if the nation's threatened and endangered species became extinct.

Allan Fitzsimmons was named yesterday to be in charge of reducing fire danger on lands managed by the Interior Department. But Fitzsimmons' background as a free-market policy analyst and his writings for libertarian and conservative think tanks have alarmed environmental groups across the West. The groups say Fitzsimmons' appointment confirms their fears that the recently announced program the administration calls the Healthy Forests Initiative is a smokescreen for a return to unfettered logging. "How can a man who doesn't understand ecological systems and community values for wildlife run a program that's supposed to protect forests and communities?" asked John McCarthy, spokesman for the Idaho Conservation League. "People won't have confidence in this guy. He'll be divisive, it will all be based on junk science."


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He added that the biodiversity crisis religious leaders often point to is not a crisis at all. There are between 250,000 and 750,000 species in the United States and 1,201 are on the Fish and Wildlife Service's endangered and threatened list.

"If each of these species were to become extinct tomorrow, our total biological endowment would decline by less than 1 percent, which would be a disconcerting loss but would not constitute a crisis," Fitzsimmons writes. "Conversely, at least 4,500 non-indigenous species have established free-living populations in the United States over the past few hundred years, so that on balance, this part of the world has seen an increase in biological diversity."


The Seattle Times

Can you believe this guy? Although he does fit into the Bushies 'Just get used to it' environmental policy. Harumph

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radiorahim
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posted 03 September 2002 12:00 AM      Profile for radiorahim     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Sort of reminds me of a little ditty that Tom Paxton wrote about W's environmental policy called "Shut Up and Drink Your Arsenic".
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