Slams Bush Administration's Latest Anti-Environmental Action re Roadless Rule

Burlington, VT, June 10, 2003

There they go again. The Bush regime has demonstrated a pattern of hostile behavior toward wilderness protection. They claim to be implementing the roadless rule, but when you take a closer look you see that they are doing so in a way that undercuts the rule's effectiveness. It's as if the President's passion for clearing brush on his Crawford ranch has turned into an Administration-wide obsession with clear-cutting national forests.

Worse yet, they are again attempting to undermine environmental protections through a series of bogus 'settlements' that are meant to shut the public out of the decision-making process.

As President, I will fully implement the roadless rule finalized under President Clinton. We should be expanding our protection of the wilderness areas we have remaining, not clear cutting them.

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