Bush Announces Environmental Money for Swing States

A recent flurry of announcements from the Bush administration about proposed funding increases for environmental projects — including salmon restoration and brush clearing in the Northwest, Everglades protection in Florida, and cleanup of the Great Lakes — has some enviros suspicious. Not that they aren’t glad to have a bit more money going to good causes. But they point out that the funding increases have several things in common: they are for programs the administration pushed to cut as recently as last year; they represent a fraction of the money requested by the affected parties; they were announced with fanfare in an election year; and, most significantly, they funnel money to crucial electoral battleground states. “God help you if you’re waiting for EPA to clean up a toxic waste site outside of a swing state,” said Phil Clapp, president of the National Environmental Trust. The White House rejected the contention that its announcements were politically motivated.