June 22, 2006 Leave a comment
How's this for fair and balanced? Credit to the Bush administration over two recent environmental stories.
1) Apparently Japan is doing its best to overturn the International Whaling Commission's long-standing ban on commercial whaling, but the U.S. is standing up to their efforts.
2) President Bush, an a display of executive power that I approve of (for once) designated a massive marine sanctuary around the northwestern Hawaiian islands as a national monument. These islands are almost completely lacking in human habitation and therefore an amazing nature preserve.
Credit given where credit is due.
Also, hearing about this sanctuary reminded me of a really good book I read about a year ago, Eye of the Albatross by Carl Safina. The book traces the tale of a single albatross to enlighten us about a variety of animals and ecosystems all over the Pacific. This new national monument contains some albatross breeding grounds that are quite amazing– so thick with breeding albatrosses you can hardly walk. Safina is also the author of what is probably my all time favorite book about the natural environment: Song for the Blue Ocean.