From the Things that Never Would Have Happened Under W Desk:
The Bureau of Indian Affairs has withdrawn its Biological Assessment and the EPA has also withdrawn the air quality permit they respectively issued last summer for the Desert Rock coal-fired power plant sited for the Navajo Nation in the Four Corners region of New Mexico. The reason(s): concerns about the impact of heavy metals on two species of endangered fish in the San Juan River.
Sometimes I have to read news like this a few times and remember that the long, savage assault on the natural environment that was 2000-08 has indeed come to a close. Of course, that is not to say things are peachy. Just today in Copenhagen, world leaders (led by our leader) reached a tentative agreement on carbon emissions that even they acknowledge will accomplish virtually nothing. I’ll have more to say about these recent developments. But not now. For the moment, let’s just breathe deep and remind ourselves that things could be (and have been) so much worse.
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