With all of the political discussion about how best to protect our nation from the threat of terrorism, another security issue has escaped the attention it deserves. I refer to the need to safeguard the health of our natural environment.
President Bush has not shown good leadership when it comes to our country's environmental health.Mr. Bush has ignored the sound research that underlies scientists' recommendations on forest management, global climate change, and control of air and water pollution. In fact, the National Academy of Sciences, the most prestigious scientific organization in the world, felt ethically compelled to draw public attention to Mr. Bush's willful dismissal of scientific facts and conclusions.
A true leader uses his influence to convince citizens to follow difficult but necessary paths, but Mr. Bush hasn't even attempted to persuade us to take the simplest and most cost-effective step toward energy independence, conservation. Instead he opposes raising gas mileage standards for cars and trucks even when the technology to do so is readily available. A true leader considers the long-term impact of his decisions, but Mr. Bush has chosen to weaken the landmark Clean Air and Clean Water Acts, putting at risk not only our own health but that of future generations.