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Email of the day

The dubious honor goes to the Bush Administration for suppressing science and public health interests. A two year old email surfaced yesterday after it was sent but never opened. We hate it when that happens. It shouldn’t come as a surprise considering the prior evidence on Bush concealing climate change findings and deliberate disinformation yet it doesn’t lessen how disturbing this news truly is.

From CBS: The e-mail and the 28-page document attached to it, released Tuesday by the Environmental Protection Agency, show that back in December of 2007 the agency concluded that six gases linked to global warming pose dangers to public welfare, and wanted to take steps to regulate their release from automobiles and the burning of gasoline.

The document specifically cites global warming's effects on air quality, agriculture, forestry, water resources and coastal areas as endangering public welfare.

That finding was rejected by the Bush White House, which strongly opposed using the Clean Air Act to address climate change and stalled on producing a so-called "endangerment finding" that had been ordered by the Supreme Court in 2007.

There’s no groundbreaking scoop here--- just a reminder, we’re indeed in a much better place now when it comes to climate change. Obama’s certainly not above criticism at DTE, especially in terms of his reckless EPA appointees. To paraphrase Hunter Thompson, he has made some mistakes, but in context they seem almost frivolous compared to the things Bush does every day of his life, on purpose. Where will it end? How low do you have to stoop in this country to be President?

Bush set the bar victoriously low.

Worst of all: He got away with it.

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