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    Rather than focusing on the gradual harm inflicted by deficits they highlight the potential for catastrophe Substantial ongoing deficits they warn may severely and adversely affect expectations and confidence which in turn can generate a self reinforcing negative cycle among the underlying fiscal deficit financial markets and the real economy The potential costs and fallout from such fiscal and financial disarray provide perhaps the strongest motivation for avoiding substantial ongoing budget deficits In other words do cry for us Argentina we may be heading down the same road Lest readers think that the most celebrated Treasury secretary since Alexander Hamilton has flipped his lid the paper rather mischievously quotes at length from an earlier paper by Laurence Ball and N Gregory Mankiw who make a similar point Mr Mankiw is now the chairman of the president s Council of Economic Advisers a job that requires him to support his boss s policies and reassure the public that the budget deficit produced by those policies is manageable and not really a problem But here s what he wrote back in 1995 at a time when the federal deficit was much smaller than it is today and headed down not up the risk of a crisis of confidence may be the most important reason for seeking to reduce budget deficits As countries increase their debt they wander into unfamiliar territory in which hard landings may lurk If policymakers are prudent they will not take the chance of learning what hard landings in advanced countries are really like The point made by Mr Rubin now and by Mr Mankiw when he was a free agent is that the traditional immunity of advanced countries like America to third world style financial crises isn t a birthright Financial markets give us the benefit of the doubt only because they believe in our political maturity in the willingness of our leaders to do what is necessary to rein in deficits paying a political cost if necessary And in the past that belief has been justified Even Ronald Reagan raised taxes when the budget deficit soared But do we still have that kind of maturity Here s the opening sentence of a recent New York Times article on the administration s budget plans Facing a record budget deficit Bush administration officials say they have drafted an election year budget that will rein in the growth of domestic spending without alienating politically influential constituencies Needless to say the proposed spending cuts focused only on the powerless are both cruel and trivial If this kind of fecklessness goes on investors will eventually conclude that America has turned into a third world country and start to treat it like one And the results for the U S economy won t be pretty Fair Use Notice This site contains copyrighted material the use of which has not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner We are making such material available in our efforts to advance understanding of environmental political economic

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    practices that are in conflict with the spirit of science and the scientific method Dr Gottfried asserted that what he called the cavalier attitude toward science could place at risk the basis for the nation s long term prosperity health and military prowess The scientists denied that they had political motives in releasing the documents as the 2004 presidential race began to take clear shape a day after Senator John Kerry won the Wisconsin Democratic primary and solidified his position as President Bush s likely opponent in the fall The organization s report Dr Gottfried said had taken a year to prepare much longer than originally planned and had been released as soon as it was ready I don t see it as a partisan issue at all said Russell Train who served as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency under Presidents Richard M Nixon and Gerald R Ford and who spoke in the conference call in support of the statement If it becomes that way I think it s because the White House chooses to make it a partisan issue Mr Train said Fair Use Notice This site contains copyrighted material the use of which has not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner We are making such material available in our efforts to advance understanding of environmental political economic democratic domestic and international issues etc We believe this constitutes a fair use of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the US Copyright Law In accordance with Title 17 U S C Section 107 the material on this site is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included information for research and educational purposes For more information go to http www law cornell edu uscode 17

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    global war on terrorism as currently defined and waged is dangerously indiscriminate and ambitious and accordingly its parameters should be readjusted Record writes Currently he adds the anti terrorism campaign is strategically unfocused promises more than it can deliver and threatens to dissipate U S military resources in an endless and hopeless search for absolute security Fair Use Notice This site contains copyrighted material the use of which has not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner We are making such material available in our efforts to advance understanding of environmental political economic democratic domestic and international issues etc We believe this constitutes a fair use of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the US Copyright Law In accordance with Title 17 U S C Section 107 the material on this site is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included information for research and educational purposes For more information go to http www law cornell edu uscode 17 107 shtml If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond fair use you must obtain permission from the copyright owner 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98

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    destroyed the Taliban but has been significantly less successful at being able to achieve the primary policy goal of ensuring that al Qaeda could no longer operate in Afghanistan he wrote The Pentagon returned the report to Rothstein with a request he cut it drastically and soften his conclusions the magazine reported There may be a kernel of truth in there but our experts found the study rambling and not terribly informative Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Joseph Collins told The New Yorker Fair Use Notice This site contains copyrighted material the use of which has not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner We are making such material available in our efforts to advance understanding of environmental political economic democratic domestic and international issues etc We believe this constitutes a fair use of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the US Copyright Law In accordance with Title 17 U S C Section 107 the material on this site is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included information for research and educational purposes For more information go to http www law cornell edu uscode 17 107 shtml If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond fair use you must obtain permission from the copyright owner 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71

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    curbed Foster on only one specific request made by Democrats on the eve of the first House vote in June because he felt they d use the cost estimates to disrupt the debate They were trying to be politically cute and get Foster to score estimate the cost of the bill and put something out publicly so they can walk out on the House floor and cause a political crisis which is bogus Scully said I just said Look Foster works for the executive branch he s not going to do it period he said Otherwise Scully said Foster was available to lawmakers and their staffs I don t think he ever felt I don t think anybody in the actuary s office ever felt that I restricted access I think it s a very nice tradition that the actuary is perceived to be very nonpartisan and very accessible and I continued that tradition Scully said Liz Fowler the chief health lawyer for the Democrats on the Senate Finance Committee could confirm the actuary s independence Fowler didn t He s a liar she said of Scully At a Ways and Means Committee hearing last month HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson all but repudiated Scully s tactics I may have been derelict in allowing my administrator Tom Scully to have more control over it than I should have And maybe he micromanaged the actuary and the actuary services too much I can assure you that from now on the remaining days that I am secretary you will have as much access as you want to anybody or anything in the department All you have to do is call me Democrats asked Thompson on Feb 3 and March 3 for a complete record of Foster s estimates They ve yet to get it Said HHS spokesman Bill Pierce We respond to all inquiries in time and we will do the same with these Scully left the administration and in January took a job with Alston Bird an Atlanta based law firm that represents numerous hospitals and health insurers He was exploring jobs in the private sector while he was pushing for passage of the prescription drug bill thanks to a waiver from Thompson that allowed him to conduct job interviews while he was still a federal employee In February the White House announced that President Bush s appointees no longer would be permitted to job hunt while on the federal payroll Members of Congress and congressional staffers complained that Scully s handling of Foster has deepened congressional mistrust of the Bush administration and that withholding information makes it harder for Congress to draft good legislation Myrick didn t think the episode was an effort to pull the wool over our eyes But Democratic Rep Pete Stark of California felt otherwise This need to know our eyes only stuff is getting too restrictive for us to do a decent job said Stark the ranking Democrat on the House Ways and Means health subcommittee

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    Monument If fire prevention is actually the Forest Service s agenda experts cite better ways to accomplish this such as thinning the forest near homes and businesses and increasing the number of prescribed burns Logging in the Monument will actually increase the likelihood of severe fires since removal of the large trees reduces the cooling shade of the forest canopy and because highly flammable brush accumulates in open areas where logged trees once stood 5 In a final insult the Forest Service plan will actually be subsidized by taxpayers to the tune of 34 million Much of that will go toward road building even though there are already 900 miles of roads in the Monument And nearly 14 million of taxpayer money will be spent for mechanical thinning of conifer otherwise known as logging 6 SOURCES 1 Presidential Proclamation establishing Sequoia National Monument April 15 2000 2 Forest Service Bushwhacks Giant Sequoia National Monument Sierra Club 3 Forest Service Proposes to Log Sequoia National Monument The Wilderness Society 4 Ibid 5 Action Alert Sequoia ForestKeeper 6 Ibid Fair Use Notice This site contains copyrighted material the use of which has not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner We are making such material available in our efforts to advance understanding of environmental political economic democratic domestic and international issues etc We believe this constitutes a fair use of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the US Copyright Law In accordance with Title 17 U S C Section 107 the material on this site is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included information for research and educational purposes For more information go to http www law cornell edu uscode 17 107 shtml If you wish to use

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    discovered that DU contaminated dust could travel for long distances Dietz who pioneered the technology to isolate uranium isotopes accidentally discovered that air filters with which he was experimenting had collected radioactive dust from a National Lead Industries Plant that was producing DU 26 miles away His discovery led to a shutdown of the plant The contamination was so heavy that they had to remove the topsoil from 52 properties around the plant Dietz said All humans have at least tiny amounts of natural uranium in their bodies because it is found in water and in the food supply Dietz said But natural uranium is quickly and harmlessly excreted by the body Uranium oxide dust which lodges in the lungs once inhaled and is not very soluble can emit radiation to the body for years Anybody civilian or soldier who breathes these particles has a permanent dose and it s not going to decrease very much over time said Dietz who retired in 1983 after 33 years as nuclear physicist In the long run veterans exposed to ceramic uranium oxide have a major problem Critics of DU have noted that the Army s view of its dangers has changed over time Before the 1991 Persian Gulf War a 1990 Army report noted that depleted uranium is linked to cancer when exposures are internal and chemical toxicity causing kidney damage It was during the Gulf War that U S A 10 Warthog tank buster planes and Abrams tanks first used DU artillery on a mass scale The Pentagon says it fired about 320 tons of DU in that war and that smaller amounts were also used in the Serbian province of Kosovo In the Gulf War Army brass did not warn soldiers about any risks from exploding DU shells An unknown number of G I s were exposed by shrapnel inhalation or handling battlefield debris Some veterans groups blame DU contamination as a factor in Gulf War syndrome the term for a host of ailments that afflicted thousands of vets from that war Under pressure from veterans groups the Pentagon commissioned several new studies One of those published in 2000 concluded that DU as a heavy metal could pose a chemical hazard but that Gulf War veterans did not experience intakes high enough to affect their health Pentagon spokesman Michael Kilpatrick said Army followup studies of 70 DU contaminated Gulf War veterans have not shown serious health effects For any heavy metal there is no such thing as safe Kilpatrick said There is an issue of chemical toxicity and for DU it is raised as radiological toxicity as well But he said the overwhelming conclusion from studies of those who work with uranium show it has not produced any increase in cancers Several European studies however have linked DU to chromosome damage and birth defects in mice Many scientists say we still don t know enough about the long range effects of low level radiation on the body to say any

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    from contentious sources For instance to back its claim that air quality is improving it cites a report from Pacific Research Institute an organisation that has received 130 000 from Exxon Mobil since 1998 The memo also lifts details from the controversial book The Skeptical Environmentalist by Bjorn Lomborg On the Republicans claims that deforestation is not a problem it states About a third of the world is still covered with forests a level not changed much since World War II The world s demand for paper can be permanently satisfied by the growth of trees in just five per cent of the world s forests The memo s main source for the denial of global warming is Richard Lindzen a climate sceptic scientist who has consistently taken money from the fossil fuel industry His opinion differs substantially from most climate scientists who say that climate change is happening But probably the most influential voice behind the memo is Frank Luntz a Republican Party strategist In a leaked 2002 memo Luntz said The scientific debate is closing against us but not yet closed There is still a window of opportunity to challenge the science Luntz has been roundly criticised in Europe Last month Tony Blair s chief scientific adviser Sir David King attacked him for being too close to Exxon Rob Gueterbock of Greenpeace condemned the messages given in the Republican email He said Bush s spin doctors have been taking their brief from dodgy scientists with an Alice in Wonderland view of the world s environment They want us to think the air is getting cleaner and that global warming is a myth This memo shows it is Exxon Mobil driving US policy when it should be sound science The memo has met some resistance from Republican moderates Republican Mike Castle who heads a group of 69 moderate House members senators and governors says the strategy doesn t address the fact that pollution continues to be a health threat If I tried to follow these talking points at a town hall meeting with my constituents I d be booed Vermont Senator Jim Jeffords who left the Republican Party in 2001 to become an independent partly over its anti green agenda called the memo outlandish and an attempt to deceive voters They have a head in the sand approach to it They re just sloughing off the human health impacts the premature deaths and asthma attacks caused by power plant pollution Jeffords said Republican House Conference director Greg Cist who sent the email said It s up to our members if they want to use it or not We re not stuffing it down their throats He said the memo was spurred by concerns that environmental groups were using myths to try to make the Republicans look bad We wanted to show how the environment has been improving Cist said We wanted to provide the other side of the story Guardian Unlimited Guardian Newspapers Limited 2004 http www guardian co

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