imc indymedia

Los Angeles Indymedia : Activist News

white themeblack themered themetheme help
About Us Contact Us Calendar Publish RSS
Features
latest news
best of news
syndication
commentary


KILLRADIO

VozMob

ABCF LA

A-Infos Radio

Indymedia On Air

Dope-X-Resistance-LA List

LAAMN List




IMC Network:

Original Cities

www.indymedia.org africa: ambazonia canarias estrecho / madiaq kenya nigeria south africa canada: hamilton london, ontario maritimes montreal ontario ottawa quebec thunder bay vancouver victoria windsor winnipeg east asia: burma jakarta japan korea manila qc europe: abruzzo alacant andorra antwerpen armenia athens austria barcelona belarus belgium belgrade bristol brussels bulgaria calabria croatia cyprus emilia-romagna estrecho / madiaq euskal herria galiza germany grenoble hungary ireland istanbul italy la plana liege liguria lille linksunten lombardia london madrid malta marseille nantes napoli netherlands nice northern england norway oost-vlaanderen paris/Île-de-france patras piemonte poland portugal roma romania russia saint-petersburg scotland sverige switzerland thessaloniki torun toscana toulouse ukraine united kingdom valencia latin america: argentina bolivia chiapas chile chile sur cmi brasil colombia ecuador mexico peru puerto rico qollasuyu rosario santiago tijuana uruguay valparaiso venezuela venezuela oceania: adelaide aotearoa brisbane burma darwin jakarta manila melbourne perth qc sydney south asia: india mumbai united states: arizona arkansas asheville atlanta austin baltimore big muddy binghamton boston buffalo charlottesville chicago cleveland colorado columbus dc hawaii houston hudson mohawk kansas city la madison maine miami michigan milwaukee minneapolis/st. paul new hampshire new jersey new mexico new orleans north carolina north texas nyc oklahoma philadelphia pittsburgh portland richmond rochester rogue valley saint louis san diego san francisco san francisco bay area santa barbara santa cruz, ca sarasota seattle tampa bay tennessee urbana-champaign vermont western mass worcester west asia: armenia beirut israel palestine process: fbi/legal updates mailing lists process & imc docs tech volunteer projects: print radio satellite tv video regions: oceania united states topics: biotech

Surviving Cities

www.indymedia.org africa: canada: quebec east asia: japan europe: athens barcelona belgium bristol brussels cyprus germany grenoble ireland istanbul lille linksunten nantes netherlands norway portugal united kingdom latin america: argentina cmi brasil rosario oceania: aotearoa united states: austin big muddy binghamton boston chicago columbus la michigan nyc portland rochester saint louis san diego san francisco bay area santa cruz, ca tennessee urbana-champaign worcester west asia: palestine process: fbi/legal updates process & imc docs projects: radio satellite tv
printable version - js reader version - view hidden posts - tags and related articles

What's Cheney Hiding?

by Mother Jones Sunday, Jul. 13, 2003 at 4:56 PM

Natural gas prices aren't going to get better any time soon , and could seriously effect the stability of the US economy, Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan told the Senate on Wednesday. And to nobody's surprise, Republicans have been on the move to slash natural gas prices by rolling back environmental restrictions.

Republicans have been trying to tap into domestic natural gas resources for some time. Now, by easing environmental restrictions that protect coastal regions from intrusive drilling and pipelines, the GOP claims they can stimulate the economy. Following suggestions from Vice President Dick Cheney's energy task force, the legislative body that regulates the oceans (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration or NOAA) is proposing changes to the Coastal Zone Management Act. The GOP argues that with wholesale gas prices climbing, the Management Act could put a damper on the already sluggish US economy, as CBS reports:



"Reps. Richard Pombo, R-Calif., and Rep. Billy Tauzin, R-La., are heading an effort to roll back environmental restrictions that they say prevent gas companies from tapping new domestic supplies.

The restrictions 'threaten our nation's economic health and American jobs, just as our economy is showing signs of recovery,' they wrote in a letter to Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill.

Unless the government takes steps to allow drilling in currently closed or restricted areas, primarily in the West, the nation could become more dependent on foreign energy supplies, the Republican lawmakers said. "

But this is nothing new. Bush et. al.'s fight to restrict environmental rules is ubiquitous -- affecting everything from Yellowstone to the fragile coastal ecosystems. The federal government -- in conjunction with the energy and gas industries -- has been attempting to usurp states' power to prevent offshore drilling on their coasts. In its nascent proposal from the NOAA, the Bush administration is hoping to close loopholes that have allowed states to delay drilling projects, sometimes until the projects were defeated in court or abandoned.

According to the Sarasota Herald-Tribune's Cory Reiss, the Coastal Zone Management Act gives states considerable leverage over coastal and offshore development, and the proposed changes could weaken states' rights:

"Critics say NOAA's proposed changes and the inventory would ease exploration in waters where drilling is banned.

...

Changing the Coastal Zone Management Act is groundwork for the day those restrictions are lifted. Energy companies have dozens of existing leases off Florida and California.

'Right now we're seeing things falling in place for opponents of the moratoria,' said Ellen Athas, director of the clean oceans program at the Ocean Conservancy.

Pro-drilling members of Congress have made no secret of their support for reining in obstinate states to increase domestic energy supplies. Coastal lawmakers are evaluating the NOAA proposals, but one Democratic Senate aide said the changes appear to be part of a general trend toward letting the oil and gas industry do what they want."

But Democrats argue that cutting environmental restrictions to tap into domestic resources will do nothing to help us in the short term. According to MSNBC's Miguel Llanos, Democrats argue that the best option is conservation:

"Environmentalists countered that Republicans were using prices as a smokescreen.

The [Natural Resources Defense Council] group countered that the United States should instead encourage energy conserving air conditioners and heaters, as well as greater use of wind and solar power. Both 'can deliver big savings at times of peak power demand, when power companies are running gas-fired plants full tilt,' the NRDC said in a statement.

The solar industry says that if it were provided financial incentives it could replace a third of the natural gas supply shortage predicted for 2005."

Meanwhile, Cheney may soon be in hot-water in an emerging controversy over the very same energy task force that wants to meddle with the Coastal Zone Management Act. Cheney lost a preliminary battle in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday to keep his energy task force documents under lock and key. The question, of course, is what does Cheney have to hide?

Judicial Watch -- which was joined by the Sierra Club -- has filed suit against the government. They claim that energy industry representatives were essentially members of Cheney's task force. Cheney's failed attempt at blocking the discovery process was predicated on the fact that the task force conversations were protected by executive privilege. As Forbes' Dan Ackman writes:

"The idea behind executive privilege is that the president's conversations with his advisers should be private, allowing all involved to be candid while formulating initiatives. But the task force allegedly included consultations with outsiders, including Enron executives, which may weaken its claim and also increase the suggestion that the governmental process was corrupted by private interests. This concern is persistent when the vice president is a former CEO of oil service firm Halliburton and the president also toiled in the oil patch."

The court didn't agree with Cheney and ruled that the Bush Administration could not convert executive privilege into immunity from this suit. The court's opinion, writes the Telegraph's Simon English, was a blow to the administration:

"Judicial Watch said in a statement: 'The court has affirmed that the vice-president is not above the law. This ruling is a legal blow to the Bush administration's arrogant view of executive branch power. We look forward to finally gaining access to the inner workings of the energy task force.'"

Report this post as:

LATEST COMMENTS ABOUT THIS ARTICLE
Listed below are the 10 latest comments of 13 posted about this article.
These comments are anonymously submitted by the website visitors.
TITLE AUTHOR DATE
Whoops! Here's the url Sunday, Jul. 13, 2003 at 4:57 PM
q/a a/q Sunday, Jul. 13, 2003 at 5:16 PM
IN TIME.... DEVIL KILLA Sunday, Jul. 13, 2003 at 7:36 PM
Mother Jones - Yet another liberal propaganda rag Bush Admirer Sunday, Jul. 13, 2003 at 8:02 PM
Bush Admirer, Robot x Sunday, Jul. 13, 2003 at 8:09 PM
Sorry X, that won't happen Bush Admirer Sunday, Jul. 13, 2003 at 8:24 PM
ctrl-alt-del x Sunday, Jul. 13, 2003 at 8:32 PM
what, you want me to debate you? x Sunday, Jul. 13, 2003 at 8:45 PM
Eight Months before 911... Diogenes Sunday, Jul. 13, 2003 at 10:51 PM
Dear Robot x Sunday, Jul. 13, 2003 at 11:02 PM

Local News

Change Links September 2018 posted S02 10:22PM

More Scandals Rock Southern California Nuke Plant San Onofre A30 11:09PM

Site Outage Friday A30 3:49PM

Change Links August 2018 A14 1:56AM

Setback for Developer of SC Farm Land A12 11:09PM

More problems at Shutdown San Onofre Nuke J29 10:40PM

Change Links 2018 July posted J09 8:27PM

More Pix: "Families Belong Together," Pasadena J02 7:16PM

"Families Belong Together" March, Pasadena J02 7:08PM

Short Report on the Families Belong Together Protest in Los Angeles J30 11:26PM

Summer 2018 National Immigrant Solidarity Network News Alert! J11 6:58AM

Watch the Debate: Excluded Candidates for Governor of California M31 5:20AM

Change Links June 2018 posted M28 7:41AM

The Montrose Peace Vigil at 12 Years M22 8:01PM

Unity Archive Project M21 9:42AM

Dianne Feinstein's Promotion of War, Secret Animal Abuse, Military Profiteering, Censorshi M17 10:22PM

CA Senate Bill 1303 would require an independent coroner rather than being part of police M10 9:08PM

Three years after OC snitch scandal, no charges filed against sheriffs deputies M10 8:57PM

California police agencies violate Brown Act (open meetings) M02 8:31PM

Insane Company Wants To Send Nuke Plant Waste To New Mexico A29 11:47PM

Change Links May 2018 A27 8:40AM

Worker-Owned Car Wash on Vermont Closed A27 5:37AM

GUIDE TO REBEL CITY LOS ANGELES AVAILABLE A13 12:39AM

lausd whistle blower A11 6:58AM

Website Upgrade A10 10:02AM

Help KCET and UCLA identify 60s-70s Chicano images A04 8:02PM

UCLA Luskin: Casting Youth Justice in a Different Light A02 6:58PM

Change Links April 2018 A01 6:27PM

More Local News...

Other/Breaking News

OUR HOUSE Grief Support Center Celebrates 25 Years with the House of Hope Gala S24 7:10PM

Against the Rent Madness and For a Nonprofit Orientation! S24 11:56AM

Cybermonde, cyberguerre, cyberespace, cyberterrorisme S24 6:35AM

Paraphysique de psychosomatique S22 6:58AM

Chuck Grassley: Women Abusing, Animal Murdering, Illegal War Supporting Criminal S22 2:58AM

Finance Capitalism and the Digital Economy S21 4:45PM

Muselières syndicales, muselières patronales S21 7:19AM

Jeff Bezos, Amazon, The Washington Post, Whole Foods, Etc S21 2:50AM

Why Choose Nut Milk Over Cows' Milk S21 1:01AM

Antrhopocène, le grand effondrement S19 9:53AM

Abolir l'économie S18 11:18AM

The Dictatorship of Corporations S17 5:26PM

18 Lethal Consequences Of Hunting S17 3:13PM

Paraphysique de l'outplacement déontologue S15 6:51AM

Shopping du bashing S14 8:42AM

After Lehman Brothers, Experts Say Global Financial Crisis Can Happen Again S13 8:28PM

“Animaniacs in Concert!” Starring Voice Legend Rob Paulsen S12 9:30PM

Probabilités de fin d'humanité S12 6:49AM

Florida Area of Migrant Farmworkers Denied Right to Construct Health Clinic near NaplesCIW S11 2:57AM

Steer clear of work morality! S09 12:10PM

The Shortwave Report 09/07/18 Listen Globally! S06 11:23PM

August 2018 Honduras Coup update S06 12:28PM

Brett Kavanaugh Filled The 5th Circuit With Execution Judges S06 6:14AM

Augusta Georgia Woman Gets 5 Year Prison Sentence for Writing About Russians Crime Acts S05 8:29AM

Paraphysique de contextualité S05 8:29AM

Crisis Regulation in Global Capitalism S03 3:39PM

Ex-voto de réification S03 10:24AM

Please Oppose Warmonger, Execution and Torture Supporting Bush Operative Brett Kavanaugh A31 10:45PM

More Breaking News...
© 2000-2018 Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by the Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Running sf-active v0.9.4 Disclaimer | Privacy