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Posted By: skippy

Bush has given the earth a Texas-sized gift! - 01/06/09 08:27 PM

"President Bush has given the earth a Texas sized-gift!"


Bush orders new protections for Pacific marine seascapes


Together with earlier moves, 355,000 square miles of islands, reefs, and atolls now have new safeguards.


A century after Teddy Roosevelt started preserving landmarks and landscapes as national monuments, President Bush has swept nearly 200,000 square miles of seascapes into three new national marine monuments around US Pacific territories.

The much-anticipated action this week follows a similar move two years ago along the northwest Hawaiian islands. Taken together, the two efforts extend tough environmental safeguards to 355,000 square miles of islands, reefs, atolls, and their surrounding waters. Those included in the latest announcement represent some of the most remote, pristine reef systems in the world.

The response from several environmental groups, long critical of the administration on a range of other issues, has been swift and effusive.

“The president has given the Earth a Texas-size gift,” says Diane Regas, who heads the oceans program for the Environmental Defense Fund in New York. Tuesday’s action “opens a new era in ocean protection.”

Others say they see the move as elevating marine conservation to a level of prominence long dominated by efforts to preserve land-based ecosystems.

The areas receiving the monument designation include:

• Rose Atoll, a ring of pink-hued coral near American Samoa.

• The Marianas Marine National Monument, which encompasses the three northernmost islands in the northern Marianas chain, as well as the entire length and breadth of the Mariana Trench – the deepest rift of any on the ocean floor.

• The Pacific Remote Islands National Monument, an array of seven remote islands and atolls in the central Pacific.

The designations prohibit commercial fishing within monument boundaries. Sport fishing, scientific research, and similar activities would require case-by-case permits showing, among other things, that the activities can be conducted sustainably.

The boundaries extend seaward to 50 miles, rather than the full 200 miles representing the country’s exclusive economic zone. Marine scientists specializing in corals, fish, and seabirds strongly favored extending protections beyond three miles. But there was far less agreement on the added value of extending protections beyond 50 miles, says James Connaughton, chairman of the President’s Council on Environmental Quality.

It’s similar to the boundaries around the northwest Hawaiian islands, now known as the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument. The line could shift as researchers learn more about the ecosystems involved, Mr. Connaughton suggests.

Another apparent oddity: Protections for the Mariana Trench extend only to the trench itself, not the waters above it. Connaughton notes that scientists were most interested in the geology of the trench and its surroundings, including undersea volcanoes and hydrothermal vents, and the communities of unusual forms of life they support. The waters above the trench “weren’t relevant to the resources we wanted to protect,” he says.

The tight restrictions on sport fishing rankle some. “There is no scientific basis for prohibiting recreational angling in these areas,” says Mat Dunn of the National Marine Manufacturers Association in Washington, though he acknowledges that these ecosystems may be special.

Despite the enthusiastic response to Mr. Bush’s designations, analysts point to several challenges in managing the new monuments – a task that will fall to the Obama administration. Among them: interagency squabbles and the money needed to monitor activities in the remote monuments and enforce regulations.

Still, these don’t dampen the enthusiasm for Bush’s designations. “We see this as an outstanding act of presidential leadership,” says William Chandler of the Marine Conservation Biology Institute in Bellevue, Wash.

Thank you President Bush!
Posted By: papashine

Re: Bush has given the earth a Texas-sized gift! - 01/06/09 08:31 PM

Now your all gonna feel guilty for not voting for him.
Posted By: skippy

Re: Bush has given the earth a Texas-sized gift! - 01/06/09 08:34 PM

This good news thread is a no-BDS zone, papa!
Posted By: luv2golf

Re: Bush has given the earth a Texas-sized gift! - 01/06/09 08:44 PM

I don't recall seeing his name on the ballot
Posted By: papashine

Re: Bush has given the earth a Texas-sized gift! - 01/06/09 09:05 PM

True grin
Posted By: Rykat

Re: Bush has given the earth a Texas-sized gift! - 01/06/09 10:06 PM

Damn, 3rd term woulda been nice!!! laugh smirk crazy
Posted By: azbob

Re: Bush has given the earth a Texas-sized gift! - 01/06/09 10:44 PM

Excellent decision President Bush, sir!
Posted By: H20dog

Re: Bush has given the earth a Texas-sized gift! - 01/07/09 12:02 AM

Mighty white for a redneck. The "trench" is too deep to be able to drill for oil!

http://www.motherjones.com/news/featurex/2003/09/we_531_01.html

http://www.nrdc.org/BushRecord/
Posted By: KC Jayhawk

Re: Bush has given the earth a Texas-sized gift! - 01/07/09 02:05 AM

snarky to the end, dog!!
Posted By: H20dog

Re: Bush has given the earth a Texas-sized gift! - 01/07/09 02:28 AM

In 14 days America's worst nightmare will be loading up a U-Haul and leaving our lives.......it will be the happiest day of my life.
I'm a combat veteran who fought for my right to dissent, and I exercise that right freely. grin
Posted By: Ernie B

Re: Bush has given the earth a Texas-sized gift! - 01/07/09 02:37 AM

H2, do you think you are the only 'combat veteran' on this board ?
Posted By: H20dog

Re: Bush has given the earth a Texas-sized gift! - 01/07/09 03:00 AM

Ernie- I know I'm not the only combat veteran on this board. I stated that fact in an attempt to keep those far right wing war mongers from saying that I didn't have the right to dissent because I didn't serve or was never in combat...........but........that didn't work did it?
Posted By: azbob

Re: Bush has given the earth a Texas-sized gift! - 01/07/09 03:57 AM

So, H2O, in the future do not complain when we hand it back to you, because that time will come. It always does, but that is our right also! Of course, if we wish to excerise it!
Posted By: H20dog

Re: Bush has given the earth a Texas-sized gift! - 01/07/09 04:19 AM

I don't recall denying you your opinion or "complaining" when you hand it back!!!! Disputing "facts" is another issue! wink
Posted By: Rykat

Re: Bush has given the earth a Texas-sized gift! - 01/07/09 05:56 AM

Originally Posted by H20dog
In 14 days America's worst nightmare will be loading up a U-Haul and leaving our lives.......it will be the happiest day of my life.
I'm a combat veteran who fought for my right to dissent, and I exercise that right freely. grin


In 14 days America's worst nightmare will begin. I am not a combat veteran and gladly exercise my right to tell you where to put it! :-)
Posted By: skippy

Re: Bush has given the earth a Texas-sized gift! - 01/07/09 06:10 AM

Anybody can claim to be anything on the internet, and often do.

Don't let him derail this marvelous act by our President George W. Bush!
Posted By: Danny2

Re: Bush has given the earth a Texas-sized gift! - 01/07/09 03:20 PM


What do you mean "our President"? What gives you that right. He may be your's but he ain't mine.
Posted By: KC Jayhawk

Re: Bush has given the earth a Texas-sized gift! - 01/07/09 03:25 PM

So when you disagreed with your parents, they weren't your parents anymore? Interesting ability to divorce oneself from reality . . .
Posted By: sunandsand

Re: Bush has given the earth a Texas-sized gift! - 01/07/09 03:57 PM

As much as I admire your service time, H2O, one must mearly vote to be afforded the right to complain, not go to combat. And, I totally agree with you in your opinion
Posted By: skippy

Re: Bush has given the earth a Texas-sized gift! - 01/07/09 07:25 PM

CBS) Rare birds and fish as well as unique geological formations are now under federal protection. President Bush designated three areas in the Pacific Ocean as national Marine Monuments - the largest marine conservation project in history, CBS News correspondent Jim Axelrod reports.

"For seabirds and marine life, they will be sanctuaries to grow and thrive," Mr. Bush said.

Nearly 200,000 square miles are covered: The Mariana Trench near Guam and waters surrounding a string of islands far south and west of Hawaii. And Rose Atoll, an Island east of Samoa.

The area is home to colorful deep-water fish, sharks, whales and dolphins.

The Mariana Trench is deeper than Mount Everest is tall, with gasses from the earth's core bubbling through. And the only bird known to incubate its eggs with heat from a volcano.

Mr. Bush had already set aside 140 square miles of Hawaiian Ocean in 2006.

The largest marine conservation project IN HISTORY

Thank you President George W. Bush!
Posted By: Peter Jones

Re: Bush has given the earth a Texas-sized gift! - 01/07/09 07:29 PM

Whether or not this action by President Bush is sufficient to save the planet is not the issue. It's certainly a big step in the right direction and should be applauded. Even if his motivation is primarily to enhance his image after he's gone.
Posted By: skippy

Re: Bush has given the earth a Texas-sized gift! - 01/07/09 07:32 PM

Originally Posted by skippy
Anybody can claim to be anything on the internet, and often do.

Don't let him derail this marvelous act by our President George W. Bush!


And that same anybody can send threatening messages on an internet forum. A long overdue time-out for the rabiddog may be in order.
Posted By: H20dog

Re: Bush has given the earth a Texas-sized gift! - 01/08/09 12:01 AM

Threat? Where? English 101 would be a good night class if you're so inclined!
Posted By: pugwash

Re: Bush has given the earth a Texas-sized gift! - 01/08/09 12:22 AM

One has to consider the source Skippy

What could be considered a threat from a Pit Bull is merely annoying yapping from a Chihuahua laugh
Posted By: H20dog

Re: Bush has given the earth a Texas-sized gift! - 01/08/09 12:43 AM

Pug- It's been 2 or 3 days since I've had the pleasure of one of your caustic insulting remarks. Considering the overweight source I don't hold much harm in it though wink
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