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It's later than you think

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{Nature_and_Environment.114.18}: Jay Hoffman {resist} Thu, 16 Jan 2020 15:02:16 CST (37 lines)

Trump Dooms the Future by Gutting the National Environmental Policy
Act
by George Ochenski

NEPA requires the government to consider the environmental effects
prior to issuing permits for industries or taking major action by
federal agencies. Importantly, the law also requires the analysis of
environmental impacts to be presented to the public for review and
comment.

Bending, as usual, to unrelenting industry pressure, Congress has
already shamefully exempted any number of projects — such as
clearcutting national forests — from the required environmental
reviews. These measures are intended, as in the case of national
forest “categorical exclusions,” to bolster the timber industry which
has largely cut itself out of a future by logging far beyond the
sustainable levels of forest replacement. In the parlance of the
timber industry, our national forests are not ecosystems in and of
their own right, supporting a vast array of wildlife and producing
clean water for our citizens, but are “100-year gardens” to be whacked
down and “harvested.”

The problem is that industry’s rap, as usual, is a total sham and
there’s no way timber companies are willing to wait a century for the
forests to grow back. Moreover, given the increasing impacts of
climate change, forest regrowth is not guaranteed.

On January 10th, the Trump administration decided to gut NEPAvia
administrative rules changes that will allow virtually unhindered
development, resource extraction and pollution. It’s one thing for the
Trump cultists to support certain policies, tariffs, sanctions and
war-mongering. It’s quite another to allow Trump’s anti-environmental
administration to doom the future by leaving generations to come a
smoldering, polluted and unlivable planet — which is just what gutting
NEPA will do.
"https://www.counterpunch.org/2020/01/16/trump-dooms-the-future-by-
gutting-the-national-environmental-policy-act/"

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