So much for the Government’s much touted commitment to alternative energy…
The New York Times reports the Bush administration has placed a nearly two year moratorium on the construction of new solar energy projects on public land. While the amount of oil drilling and gas drilling on public land has reached a new high — the President approved over 7,000 new licenses last year alone — the Bureau of Land Management is saying it needs until the spring of 2010 to study the environmental impact solar projects might have on land in Arizona, Nevada, California and other western states.

Meanwhile the Defense Department is resisting orders to clean up Fort Meade, and two other military bases where dumped chemicals pose an imminent threat to the public health. The Pentagon doesn’t want to follow the law requiring them to clean up. And guess what, the EPA is letting them get away with it.

So how about it — do you feel Defended? Protected, Managed? I say it’s time for some departmental renaming: What do you call a Defense Department that makes you sicker, an Environmental Protection Agency that won’t, and a Bureau of Land Management that seems to be more about managing popular expectations about energy resources than managing public land?

You can post your suggestions here in the comments section.

The F Word is a daily commentary by Laura Flanders.

So much for the Government’s much touted commitment to alternative energy…
The New York Times reports the Bush administration has placed a nearly two year moratorium on the construction of new solar energy projects on public land. While the amount of oil drilling and gas drilling on public land has reached a new high — the President approved over 7,000 new licenses last year alone — the Bureau of Land Management is saying it needs until the spring of 2010 to study the environmental impact solar projects might have on land in Arizona, Nevada, California and other western states.

Meanwhile the Defense Department is resisting orders to clean up Fort Meade, and two other military bases where dumped chemicals pose an imminent threat to the public health. The Pentagon doesn’t want to follow the law requiring them to clean up. And guess what, the EPA is letting them get away with it.

So how about it — do you feel Defended? Protected, Managed? I say it’s time for some departmental renaming: What do you call a Defense Department that makes you sicker, an Environmental Protection Agency that won’t, and a Bureau of Land Management that seems to be more about managing popular expectations about energy resources than managing public land?

You can post your suggestions here in the comments section.

The F Word is a daily commentary by Laura Flanders.

Laura Flanders

Laura Flanders

Laura Flanders, author, and host of RadioNation on Air America Radio, has built a reputation for courageous investigative journalism coupled with compassion and a sense of humor. In writing her last book, Blue Grit, she traveled the country reporting on grassroots success stories and broadcast live to over 150 radio stations from community centers in places including Helena, Salt Lake City, New Orleans, Miami, Las Vegas, and Milwaukee. In her television appearances (Lou Dobbs, Larry King Live,) on radio and in her many books (including Bushwomen: Tales of a Cynical Species) and articles (The Nation and others,) Flanders calls for a new politics of fairness, equality and citizen action. Articulating the human dimension of American communities in trouble, her programs have become destinations for those seeking the skills and the will to make a difference. Flanders is a regular contributor to the Nation Magazine and CNN. Before joining Air America, where she was part of the original lineup, and hosted “The Laura Flanders Show” for three years, Flanders was the founding host of the award-winning “Your Call” weekday mornings on public radio, KALW in the Bay Area and CounterSpin, the radio show of the mediawatch group, FAIR.

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