The following items caught my attention today:
- Writing in the Huffington Post today, Carl Pope uses the analogy of the common wartime tactic of the “scorched earth” policy of a retreating army to describe George Bush’s recent budget submission to Congress.
- Joel Connelly of the Seattle PI warns that, while most of the country is immersed in election polls, foreclosures, and nauseating stock market plunges, Alaska is square in the president’s sights for much of that scorching.
- The Natural Resources Defense Council has posted its own press release detailing the numerous shortfalls throughout the proposed budget for environmental protection, public health, and clean energy development.
- The next president, whomever he or she is, will start from “day one” with a 400 billion budget deficit.
One Can Dream
- Leading environmental and energy groups* released their “green budget”(pdf) for fiscal 2009, highlighting the areas of greatest concern, including many items where a small investment brings enormous returns in protecting public health and the environment.
*Alaska Wilderness League, American Lands Alliance, American Rivers, Center for Biological Diversity, Clean Water Action, Defenders of Wildlife, Endangered Species Coalition, Friends of the Earth, Natural Resources Defense Council, National Audubon Society, National Environmental Trust, National Parks Conservation Association, National Wildlife Federation, Oceana, The Ocean Conservancy, Physicians for Social Responsibility, Public Citizen, Union of Concerned Scientists, U.S. Public Interest Research Group, The Wilderness Society, and World Wildlife Fund.