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Bush On Fire And Under Fire

In efforts to win over swing voters in the Pacific Northwest, Bush tours forest fires and responds vaguely to environmental activists.
August 26, 2003, 6am PDT | Connie Chung
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"President Bush on Thursday embarked on a two-day swing through the Pacific Northwest to polish his environmental credentials with swing voters...." He "urged the Senate to approve funds for his Healthy Forests plan, which he called a 'common-sense policy' that would reduce the threat of forest fires by allowing logging companies to remove more trees from national forests. The president...also urged Congress to approve his long-stalled energy plan, which he said would help prevent electrical blackouts." Activists who shadowed Bush on his tour, condemned his environmental record, "which they said favors the logging, oil and mining industries while doing little to protect natural resources." Bush responded to his critics by saying that "a balance could be struck between environmental concerns and economic needs."

Thanks to Connie Chung

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Published on Friday, August 22, 2003 in The Chicago Tribune
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