President Bush's War on Our Environment

Wednesday March 28, 2001

Statement of Dr. Brent Blackwelder, President, Friends of the Earth Press Conference.

The President of the United States believes he has seen the enemy: every man, woman and child who cares about protecting the environment we depend upon for our survival. A scant three months into his new administration, and President Bush's real agenda is well underway - an all out war on public health, safety and the environment on behalf of industries that contributed to his campaign.

Already, significant strikes have been made against our air and drinking water, our rivers, lakes and forests and on the global climate. Promises to the dirtiest industries have been kept, and promises to the American public have been shattered.


  • Well-accepted scientific standards for levels of arsenic in drinking water have been repealed.
  • A campaign promise to curb the greenhouse gas CO2 was broken.
  • Highly polluting oil exploration in one of our nation's most sensitive and beautiful areas, the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, is being aggressively pursued.
  • Laws that protect our National Forests from logging are in grave danger.
  • The rule that requires mining companies not to destroy the environment or endanger public health has been repealed.


A good president should not poison his people. Yet, President Bush has made it abundantly clear that he cares more about placating the wealthy polluters who funded his campaign than protecting the health and safety of the people of the United States. We didn't start this war-but we are determined to fight back on behalf of all Americans. See for FoE-US analysis of Bush's first budget.

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Mark Helm
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