Road to ruin
Friday October 24, 2003
The complete article is currently (3/29/04) available
on the Guardian's website at-- http://www.guardian.co.uk/climatechange/story/0,12374,1069882,00.html [found through a Google search by article title on the same date]
America produces a quarter of the world's carbon dioxide emissions, the
population has risen by 100 million since 1970 and when an area three times the size of Britain was recently opened up for
mining, drilling, logging and road building, no one took much notice. What does the Bush administration do? It ignores all
attempts to curb environmental damage. In a major investigation that took him from the Salton Sea in California to Crooked
Creek in Florida, Matthew Engel reports on how America is ravaging the planet.
... While newspapers report that Kilimanjaro's icecap is melting and Greenland's
glaciers are crumbling, the US government has been telling its scientific advisers to do more research before it can consider
any action to restrict greenhouse gases; the scientists reported back that they had done all the research. The attitude of
the White House to global warming was summed up by the online journalist Mickey Kaus as: "It's not true! It's not true! And
we can't do anything about it!" ...