Tuesday, March 08, 2005

Sequoias for sale

If you've ever seen a fully grown Sequoia up close, you will understand why these two-millennia-old giants might seem like gods themselves. To the Bush administration, however, they are so many hundreds of thousands of board-feet of lumber. That's why California's attorney general is suing to stop the cutting of the smaller trees in preserves established by the Clinton administration south of the Sequoia National Park. The suit contends that the plan will generate 7.5 million board-feet of lumber a year.

The Bush administration is responding in its usual Orwellian way. The logging is being done to "save" the trees.

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