Another lesson unheeded by the control freak, statists.
(BTW, if anyone has a Ping list already made up, please FReepmail it to me. As you know, the To: heading only allows for seven or eight names.)
In a three-page letter sent this week to Congress, Barry Hill, the director of natural resources and the environment at the GAO, set the record straight. He delicately explained the methodology used to count up appeals and litigation. The details are dense, but the message was clear: The GAO didn't have the whole story.
His letter just happens to coincide with a new Forest Service report with the correct numbers. And guess what? It turns out nearly half (48%) of all the Service's plans for getting rid of hazardous fuels were appealed by outside groups. In the Northern Region, one of nine the Service administers, every single one of its projects for fiscal year 2001-02 -- 53 in total -- was appealed. Other regions saw anywhere from 67% to 79% of their plans put on hold through appeals.
But here's the real kicker: The Forest Service report also names those groups that launch the most appeals. Surprise, surprise, they include the Sierra Club, the Center for Biological Diversity, the Wilderness Society and others -- the very same folks who held up the (obviously) incorrect GAO report and claimed it was true. "These numbers are . . . a harsh reminder of just how relentlessly ideological some environmental litigants have become," said Rep. Scott McInnis (R., Colo.).
That comment just about sums it up. For years, radical environmentalists have twisted and fabricated facts in their desire to keep humans out of the forests. Most of the time, they get away with it. This time, they've been caught with their loincloths down. -----------------------------------------------------------
Now for a reality break re the GAO.
The director of the GAO is a liberal RINO appointed by the Bent One. The GAO director was a chief partner of Arthur Andersen before he became director of the GAO. He is more interested in investigating Enron then what his charter is. That is to protect us!
This Rino Creep is probably an enviral card carrying creep like most of the Clintoon appointments. Expect nothing of value from him re really inspecting what has been done.
The first report, the one that carried the lies of Club Sierra is typical of his left wingers carried over from the Bent One's term.
When one is a left wing Rino, was a senior partner of Arthur Andersen and appointed by the Clintoon, nothing is beyond his ability to lie, falsify data and try to cover the butts of the criminal enviral whackos.