Bush orders new protections for Pacific marine seascapes

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 ... Full Story »

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Kristin Gorski
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by Kristin Gorski - Jan. 6, 2009

An interesting look at a surprisingly pro-environmental move by Bush 43. It's clearly written with key regulations and rules explained well. The article features viewpoints from many different stakeholders, even though the piece is relatively short. There's some context and historical precedence included, though a more in-depth look at what this new preservation means on a global scale would be beneficial.

Coming from a president not known for environmental preservation, what has propelled Bush to do this now, just as he is about to leave office? I'd like to know more about his motivations; what is Bush gaining from this?

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Gerald B. Adams
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by Gerald B. Adams - Jan. 7, 2009

My concern is the lack of disparaging commentary. It is all so positive.

The obvious reference to TR is mostly unfounded in the whole. TR bucked big business interests environmentally throughout his Presidency, not just crumbs as a lame duck. Bush's legacy of pandering to the entrenched wealthy interests over the common citizen is legendary.

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