Activists criticize Bush’s record
Two kayaks floated one mile off the Sand Harbor shore, their large placard read “Texas #1 toxic polluter.””The limit was a quarter mile but they changed the rule to a mile when they saw the sign,” said Theresa May Duggan, a 23-year Tahoe resident and Gore delegate to the National convention.After the speech Duggan said Bush never mentioned the environment, he just talked about conservation.”His program seems to me to be a tax break for the rich,” Duggan said.Last year Houston replaced Los Angeles as the smoggiest city in America, Duggan said, and Los Angeles is about three times the size of Houston.Another example Duggan gave was Texas ranks number one in the nation in greenhouse gas emissions and one-third of rivers monitored in Texas are so polluted they fail to meet federal standards.”Texas is still the number one polluter,” Duggan said. “Bush has cut the environmental movement off at the knees in Texas.”Duggan said America’s environment would be seriously harmed under Bush as Texas is now.Rochelle Nason, the executive director of the League to Save Lake Tahoe, was asked to leave the area by security. Nason she she thought it might have been a case of mistaken identity and she’d been mistaken as part of the protest group.”I’m pleased how much he likes Lake Tahoe and that he wants it to be protected,” Nason said. “But I’d like to see a specific program for Lake Tahoe.”Nason said the need exists for federal aid and she expect commitments to be filled.Members of the Sierra Club were stopped from entering the state park to protest.Ellen Pillard, chair of the Toiyabe chapter of the Sierra Club, said, “It’s a state park, it’s public land and they won’t let us in.”The Secret Service told protesters they could not go in to the park because Bush wanted it private, Pillard said.Pillard said she had just received information on Bush’s speech on her cell phone from the Sierra Club in Washington, D.C.”It’s funny Bush said he wants to involve the public but he won’t let us in,” Pillard said.Another protester, Chris Stone of Truckee said, “Bush has a weak environmental record in Texas. He’s better at polluting for profit.”Pillard said they had a difficult time getting information on Bush’s visit and she hoped 1,000 protesters were outside Glenbrook.Bush left Sand Harbor to attend a $1,000-a-plate luncheon at the home of Larry Ruvo, owner of Southern Wine & Spirits and a major political contributor in Nevada. The luncheon was hosted by Gov. Kenny Guinn.
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