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2 weeks after Earth Day Bush removes logging barrier

Just terrible. In the second presidential debate, President Bush said: "I'm a good steward of the land." Now about two weeks after Earth day, Bush does this:

"The Bush administration on Thursday overturned one of the most significant land conservation measures of the Clinton presidency: a ban on roads, logging and development on 58.5 million acres of national forests. The move could open large pristine areas to industry.

The so-called roadless rule had affected 31% of all national forest land, mostly in Alaska and the West - an area about one-third the size of Texas.

President Clinton had put the far-reaching initiative in place in the final days of his administration. The Bush administration suspended it soon after taking office. Thursday's action was the final step in abandoning it.

Niel Lawrence of the Natural Resources Defense Council said the Clinton rule 'protected many of the last, best wild lands the American public owns.'"
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