Bush determined to be remembered as a cartoon villainDecember 4, 2008 at 10:11 am | Posted in U.S. Politics | Leave a comment
So after reading this:
The White House has approved a final rule that will make it easier for coal companies to dump rock and dirt from mountaintop mining operations into nearby streams and valleys.
A coalition of environmental groups said the rule would accelerate “the destruction of mountains, forests and streams throughout Appalachia.”
Edward Hopkins, a policy analyst at the Sierra Club, said: “The EPA’s own scientists have concluded that dumping mining waste into streams devastates downstream water quality.”
I think it’s entirely fair to speculate about which of the Bad Guys in the Captain Planet cartoon George W. Bush resembles the most. There are a number of worthwhile contenders, but this would be my favourite:
He is a villain of pig-like proportions, Hoggish Greedly lives to devour the Earth’s natural resources. His love for overconsumption extends to every aspect of his behavior and is particularly evident in his “sloppy” eating habits.
Greedly goes after precious gems and minerals, noble forests, endangered species – whatever will satiate his enormous appetite for any rare, nonrenewable resource. Wherever he strikes, Greedly leaves waste and destruction in his wake.
Seems rather appropriate, to be honest. Of course, the only problem with this is most of the villains in Captain Planet were evil purely out of self-interest, and there certainly doesn’t seem to be any kind of reward for Bush doing this. I mean, I know he’s short on a ‘legacy’, but he can hardly put ‘helped decimate mountains, forests & streams’ in his Presidential Library, can he?