Politics

Turns Out He Does Know Jack

Former Interior deputy pleads guilty to lying in Abramoff investigation The second in command at the U.S. Interior Department in Bush’s first term has pleaded guilty to telling big, fat lies to the Senate during the Jack Abramoff lobbying investigation. That’s what the kids call obstruction of justice, and it could have netted J. Steven Griles up to five years in prison, but he’ll likely get five months in jail and five months of house arrest. When Gale Norton’s former deputy first testified in late 2005, he said — five times — that his and Jacko’s bond was nothing special. …

Greenpeace finds common ground with Inhofe

Why are environmental activists so clueless at marketing climate change solutions?

Virgin Blue, the Australian extension of Richard Branson's airline empire, recently launched a program to allow passengers to purchase carbon offsets when they book a flight. That's nice. But what struck me was this quote from Greenpeace's energy campaigner, Ben Pearson: Virgin should not be criticized out of hand for this scheme, but it promotes the idea that dealing with climate change is easy and cheap rather than being about the difficult task of changing consumer behavior, government policy and investment.

Griles: tip of a slimy iceburg

Carl Pope addresses the Griles conviction that Andrew obliquely mentioned below, and adds this interesting info: You might think that having the number two guy at Interior go to the slammer would serve as a cautionary warning to the Administration — but no. Instead, Bush is eagerly racing to make certain that it’s harder for these kinds of corrupt arrangements to be exposed. Over at the Environmental Protection Agency, the Office of the Inspector General is facing a ten-percent cut in its program, even though Congress just gave the IG more money. Senior auditors and criminal investigators are being forced …

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