Just two weeks before he leaves office, President George W. Bush today set aside three new marine national monuments in the Pacific Ocean. Taken together, the three monuments cover nearly 200,000 square miles, and they will now receive America’s highest level of environmental recognition and conservation, the president said.
None of them, you will note, is likely to interfere with offshore drilling or the economic activities of his friends, but Bush will be able to claim he has saved 200,000+ square miles of ocean from environmental degradation (apart from what drifts in). Who…me? Cynical?