Tuesday, March 20, 2007
When Al Gore was Veep The Green Imposter
Jeffrey St Clair Counterpunch -- The official version of the political battles over the environment in the late 1990s goes something like this:
As the Republican Visigoths swept into control of the 104th Congress, in January of 1995, trembling greens predicted that not an old-growth tree, not an endangered species would be spared. The Republicans' threats were terrible to behold. They proposed to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling. They vowed to establish a commission to shut down several national parks; to relax standards on the production and disposal of toxic waste; to turn over enforcement of clean water and air standards to the states. They uttered fearsome threats against the Endangered Species Act. They boasted of plans to double the amount of logging in the National Forests.
Then, the official myth goes on, the president, Gore and the national greens fought off the Visigoths.
Read it all and cringe.