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November 18, 2005
Criminy

Bloggers are spoilt for choice for important stories today.

Plan to restore Great Lakes appears sunk

EPA recommends against funding

BY HUGH MCDIARMID JR.
FREE PRESS STAFF WRITER

Federal officials say they won't pay for the $20-billion plan President George W. Bush sought last year to improve the health of the Great Lakes by restoring coastal wetlands and keeping out sewage and invaders like zebra mussels.

A bipartisan coalition of elected leaders says it was stunned when an Environmental Protection Agency report recommended that Bush focus on "improving the efficiency and effectiveness of existing programs" instead of launching expensive new efforts.

I don't oppose the idea of evaluating current programs and what they're accomplishing before you start up new programs, but it seems to me this should be done on an on-going basis, not after an unpopular president has made grandiose announcements about fabulous programs he's going to implement.

Posted by AnneZook at 10:04 AM


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