10/14/2005

Daily Kos: Culture of Corruption

Culture of Corruption
by Hunter
Fri Oct 14, 2005 at 04:35:23 PM CDT

Three stories, here.

David Sirota writes about a story broken in Manufacturing & Technology News:

Manufacturing & Technology News, a well-respected trade publication, has just released an exclusive story about how the Bush administration buried a report on outsourcing before the 2004 election despite congressional legislation demanding it well before then. Worse, now that the government has been forced to release the report, Manufacturing & Technology News also found that the report's analysis by expert analysts was doctored by Bush political appointees in the Commerce Department. [...]

WaPo, via AMERICAblog

The Environmental Protection Agency issued draft regulations yesterday that would ease long-standing pollution controls on older, dirtier power plants by judging these plants by the hourly rate of emissions rather than the total annual output. [...]

But environmentalists and some of EPA's own lawyers said the move will undermine one of the agency's most effective means of forcing aging utilities to install new anti-pollution technology when they expand or modernize....

Some officials fear the rule change will undermine at least a dozen lawsuits against 50 utilities that are still in court.

But this from PEER is the most troubling, from diarist Maccabee, yesterday. It bears repeating:

Washington, DC -- The National Park Service has started using a political loyalty test for picking all its top civil service positions, according to an agency directive released today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). Under the new order, all mid-level managers and above must also be approved by a Bush administration political appointee.

Daily Kos: Culture of Corruption

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