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6 years ago  ::  Sep 21, 2012 - 7:36PM #1
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A Canadian-based media company, Corporate Knights, recently asked various environmental groups who they thought was the greeneset President.  The groups included The World Wildlife Fund, Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth, Public Citizen, and the Sierra Club.  They and the other groups presented their nominations for the three greenest presidents in U.S. history.

Interestingly enough, three Republican presidents made the list: Theodore Roosevelt, Richard Nixon, and Gerald Ford.  Teddy Roosevelt was voted the greenest.    

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6 years ago  ::  Sep 22, 2012 - 5:11PM #2
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The EPA dates to Nixon; which shows you just how far to the right (and off the deep end) today's Republicans have gone.  The morons who sing the praises of environmental deregulation have no clue how bad some environmental aspects were back in the golden days of the 50s. 

But, back then, the worst of it was local. Unbreathable air over Pittsburg, undrinkable water (and a few rivers which caught fire) and toxic waste dumps  in a few other places.  Now it is a global problem.  Few American politicians (or Chinese politician,  for that matter) have the cojones to face up to this with the courage and honesty required.

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6 years ago  ::  Sep 22, 2012 - 11:44PM #3
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The real problem is the extractive industries buying up advertisement, politicians and even scientists.

To top it off, they are considered persons with a right to free speech, but with a certain amount of invulnerability to law. You can't jail a corporation and fining one is a waste of time as they just pass it on to the consumer as a cost of doing their dirty business.

Then they buy ads purporting them to be "good corporate citizens" and want to open a dialogue about the issues.

You find yourself fighting the urge to cheer on environmental vigilantes and vigilantism against those poisoners and despoilers.

But then they're just like drug kingpins; they make money because we're thoroughly addicted to their products for our own lifestyles.

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