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Environment: Take action to put Earth first

In November the Bush administration created new loopholes in the Clean Air Act which will allow 17,000 of the nation’s worst polluters, including oil refineries, power plants, and incinerators to spew more chemicals into the air. Remember this when someone you know and love is diagnosed with cancer, a respiratory disease or asthma, and then ask yourself, “Did my silence on this issue contribute to this person’s suffering?”

In a major rollback of the Clean Water Act, President Bush adopted a policy which lifts the protection of 20 million acres of wetlands, and strips the protection of 60 percent of creeks, streams and lakes in the lower 48 states. Remember this when someone you care about becomes ill from water contamination, when a child is born with birth defects, when a friend dies from a chemically related disease, and then ask yourself, “Did my lack of commitment to a safe environment contribute to this person’s suffering?”

The Bush administration has proposed a radical revision to forest policy which will open all 155 national forests to logging, drilling and mining. Remember this when you look for beautiful places to recreate, when you need to find a peaceful place to walk, when you want solitude, or a place to fish. Remember this when you are asked to pay for oil spills, superfund cleanup sites, and miles of logging roads.

Remember, only you can help prevent environmental destruction. Be informed. Take action.

Teresa Dix

Coupeville

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