Wednesday, March 03, 2010
That's the number of endangered species that both presidents granted federal protection to in their first year of office. While George W Bush was perhaps one of our least environmental friendly presidents ever, Obama isn't exactly moving full steam ahead when it comes to endangered species and particularly wolves. Presidents Clinton and George HW Bush on the other hand were exceptional when it came to protecting endangered species-they averaged listing 58 (Bush) and 61 (Clinton) species each year while in office. Clinton had a wonderful environmental track record and so too (and much to the shock of many liberals) did the elder Bush. Read the full report here in Treehugger. I'm a little dismayed that many news outlets aren't carrying this story. My local paper did. But then again many newspapers were probably reluctant to carry this headline too. Sometimes the truth can simply baffle the perception!
(picture courtesy of wikipedia- Northern Spotted Owl listed under the first Bush administration)