from House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi upon Receiving the Environmental
Leadership Award from Bluewater Network
- House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi issued the following statement
today upon receiving the Environmental Leadership Award from the
you to the Bluewater Network for presenting me with your Environmental
Leadership Award. It has been my great pleasure over the course
of many years to work in concert with Russell Long and Bluewater
Network to protect the environment, and I will treasure this award.
pressing matters in Congress and my role as Democratic Leader prevent
me from being with you in person tonight to celebrate the great
work we have done and successes we have had together.
just a few examples, in 1998 Bluewater Network sought my assistance
in ensuring stronger regulation of the use of personal watercraft,
usually known as jet skis, in national parks. The National Park
Service was in the process of developing new regulations to control
the use of jet skis, which as you all know can be harmful to wildlife
and unpleasant to park visitors because of the pollution and noise
that they emit.
Bruce Babbitt, then Secretary of the Interior, in support of stronger
regulation of jet skis. Unfortunately, after a detailed back-and-forth
discussion with the Park Service, the new regulations were not strong
enough, because they exempted 21 parks from the ban on jet skis.
Network did not give up the fight. You took it to the courts, and
you achieved a major victory. The remaining 21 parks were also required
to ban jet skis, unless they went through a rulemaking process and
came to the conclusion that personal watercraft would not harm the
parks. The fight is not over: the Bush Administration is allowing
jet skis in some parks. And together we will continue the fight.
worked together on Bluewaters historic effort to pass the
worlds first legislation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions
from passenger vehicles. Members of the California Democratic Congressional
delegation and I wrote to then-Governor Davis and the State Legislature
supporting this crucial effort which began in California and we
expect will spread nationwide.
And together we succeeded in bringing clean ferries to San
Francisco Bay. Thanks to Bluewater Network, the San Francisco Bay
Area Water Transit Authority is in the development stage for a fuel
cell-powered ferry that will set the standard for the entire world.
I was proud to help obtain $100,000 in the 2002 Transportation Appropriations
Bill for the fuel cell ferry project, and another $2.5 million in
2003. I look forward to the day we come together again to celebrate
the launch of that ferry.
there is not much to celebrate these days on the national level
when it comes to the environment. The Republican leadership in Congress
is relentlessly anti-environmental. It has rammed through massive
tax cuts that ensure that environmental initiatives are left unfunded
or under funded, and they prevent good environmental legislation
from coming to the House floor.
President Bush has engaged in a relentless assault on the environment
from the moment he took office. Quietly but quickly, he is rolling
back 30 years of bipartisan environmental progress.
years of giving lip service to upholding the Roadless Rule while
consistently working to undermine it, the Bush Administration has
finally admitted that it has no intention of protecting our national
forests. Having repeatedly failed to defend the regulations in court
- in fact agreeing with the rule's opponents - and having already
exempted Alaskas magnificent forests from protection, the
Bush Administration is now throwing the door wide open to unlimited
exploitation of national forests in every state.
year, the Bush Administration issued proposed regulations on controlling
mercury from power plants that would put off real reductions for
years to come. The Bush regulations probably are not legal under
the Clean Air Act, but the main goal of the polluters is to simply
has also proposed regulations to remove millions of acres of wetlands
and streams from protection under the Clean Water Act. The list
of rollbacks goes on and on. There are literally hundreds.
Francisco, the environment is a core value, not just an issue, and
we are privileged to have so many outstanding national leaders on
the environment, and so many committed residents.
Bluewater Network and your visionary founder for your ongoing campaigns
to prevent global warming, clean up cruise ships, and protect public
lands. With a small but energetic staff, and many loyal supporters,
you are making a difference in the Bay Area, the United States,
and the world.
we will fight for an Administration and a Congress that are committed
to protecting our health and to preserving our most precious natural
resources. It is our shared responsibility, a global responsibility,
and I am proud to say that San Franciscans and Bluewater Network
are leading the way.
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