Missing Maps and Bush’s War on the Environment
by Royce Carlson
this month Ian Thomas, a map maker for U.S. Geological Survey's Patuxent
Wildlife Research Center, posted a map of the caribou calving areas in the
Arctic National Wildlife Refuge on the U.S.G.S. web site. As a result he got
fired. His offense: drawing attention to wildlife that might be affected by
The web pages were immediately taken offline but Ian managed to save copies
of the maps and now they are posted on a private web site at http://www.maptricks.com
along with information about his work and his firing by the U.S. government. He
is a minor casualty in the Bush administration’s propaganda campaign for his war on the environment.
Already Bush is planning tremendous damage to our air, water and wild lands:
- He has canceled efforts to decrease the amount of arsenic in our drinking
- He is repealing laws that protect the environment from pollution by the
activities of mining.
- He wants to drill in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge even though there
is only a six-month supply of oil that will not affect U.S. oil prices in
the least and won’t be able to deliver a drop for 10 years.
- He wants to explore for oil, gas, and coal under other National Monuments
in the lower 48 states and is proposing changing the rules for national
monuments to allow this.
- He wants to reverse recent laws protecting roadless areas in some of our
- He is canceling a U.S. commitment to the world community by refusing to
cut carbon dioxide emissions by even 5%. Since the U.S. produces 25% of all
greenhouse gases it would be an important contribution to the slowing of
global warming but the Bush administration won’t do it in spite of
mounting pressure from Europe and Japan to honor the commitment.
All this and he has only been in office for two months! This guy must be
Any one who wants their children and grandchildren to have clean air to
breathe and clean water to drink must get involved to stop Bush from his plans
to devastate the environment.
Here are some resources to get involved:
Washington, DC based non-profit public interest organization focused
exclusively on two atmospheric threats: global warming and stratospheric ozone
Friends of the
Earth - http://www.foe.co.uk/
The largest international network of environmental groups in the world,
represented in 58 countries
Network - http://www.ActionNetwork.org/
Take action for the environment… just by replying to your email!
For more environmental web sites visit Zenzibar’s Environmentalism
Visit www.maptricks.com to see
the missing maps of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and also check out
these articles about Ian Thomas’ situation:
Federal Worker Is Fired in Wildlife Refuge Map Flap
Oil and Websites Don't Mix -
The picture at the top of this page is a
Landsat image of part of the
Arctic National Wildlife Refuge from Ian's site - Maptricks
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