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California Fires

California Senators 'Begged' Bush to Prevent California Fires, But Bush Said No
02-Nov-03
California Fires

"The U.S. Senate passed controversial legislation allowing the thinning of forests across the West, and another debate erupted over whether dire warnings about a bark beetle infestation were ignored in Washington. In April, Gov. Gray Davis requested $430 million to remove unhealthy trees on 415, 000 acres of forest, but the request for emergency funds went unanswered until last week - and then was denied... Sen. Barbara Boxer, speaking in the Senate during Thursday's debate on the 'Healthy Forests' bill, complained that Bush had failed to act on the state's request for help and that now Californians were suffering. 'We named three of the four counties that are up in smoke, and we begged him to declare a disaster, we begged him,' Boxer said before the bill passed 80-14. 'We saw this coming a mile away.'" Impeach Bush Now!

Bush to California: Burn in Hell
31-Oct-03
California Fires

The Bush regime took six months to evaluate an emergency request submitted to FEMA by Gov. Gray Davis last spring for funding to clear dead trees from fire-prone areas of Southern California. And then the request was rejected, just hours before wildfires roared out of control. FEMA said that the request was rejected because removing dead trees wasn't an "emergency". There was no explanation of why it took six months to reach the decision. Is it because then-FEMA director Joe Allbaugh was too busy planning to get rich peddling Iraq reconstruction contracts? The blood of over 20 Californians is on Bush's hands. We demand an investigation!

 


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