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Bush Warns of 'New Kind of Protectionism'
By Steve Holland
WASHINGTON (May 7) - President Bush warned Monday the drive to attach
and environmental standards to trade deals represents a ''new kind of
protectionism'' that is hampering his ability to pursue open trade.
In a nine-minute speech to the Council of the Americas, an influential
business group, Bush urged Congress to give him the trade negotiating
authority he needs to pursue a free trade agreement among North and
Bush said the concerted effort, which has been led by Democrats and
unions, to attach labor and environmental standards to free trade
represented a threat to free trade that the previous Clinton
and Congress allowed to gather strength.
''By failing to make the case for trade we've allowed a new kind of
protectionism to appear in this country. It talks of workers while it
a major source of new jobs. It talks of the environment, while
wealth-creating policies that will pay for clean air and water in
nations,'' Bush said.
''It talks of the disadvantaged even as it offers ideas that would
of the poor in poverty. Open trade is not just an economic
opportunity. It is
a moral imperative. Trade creates jobs for the unemployed,'' he said.
Bush praised what he called ''fresh new thinking'' among some members
Congress on how to handle labor and environmental standards -- an
reference to proposals to fine nations that fail to uphold agreed-upon
standards, rather than levying sanctions against them.
''They recognize that 'one-size-fits-all' policies can't succeed.
we need a toolbox equipped to match diverse tools with diverse
I agree,'' Bush said.
FAST TRACK DIED UNDER CLINTON
Under the trade promotion authority, also know as ''fast track,''
can vote up or down, but not amend, trade deals negotiated by Bush.
Bush's father had the fast track authority during his presidency, but
expired in 1994 under President Bill Clinton and has never been
lawmakers spar over how to handle labor and environmental issues
Bush cited ''the inactivity of the American government'' in letting
track lapse. he said one of the casualties has been uncompleted trade
Demonstrators against free trade and largely in favor of labor and
environmental protections have played havoc with a number of
gatherings including the 34-nation Summit of the Americas in Quebec
The president is to make his formal request to Congress to give him
authority later this week. It faces an uncertain future on Capitol
''One tool I must have is renewed U.S. trade promotion authority. I
Congress Restore our nation's authority to negotiate trade
agreements, and I
will use that authority to build freedom in the world, progress in our
hemisphere, and enduring prosperity in the United States,'' he said.
Bush pointedly praised Taiwan and managed a dig at communist China in
about countries where democracy is flourishing, propelled by free
''Look at our friends Mexico and the political reforms there. Look at
Look at South Korea. And some day soon, I hope that an American
will end that list by adding, look at China. I believe in open trade
China because I believe that freedom can triumph in China,'' he said.
At the Summit of the Americas, Bush told regional leaders he was
would get trade promotion authority ''before the end of the year'' and
promised to kick off the debate by outlining a set of principles when
returned to Washington.
Democrats generally want strong protection for labor and the
part of trade pacts, while Republicans are leery of including such
provisions, fearing they could become obstacles to trade.
The standoff has prevented action on a U.S.-Jordan Free Trade
negotiated by the Clinton administration.
Reuters 1816 05-07-01
Bob Anderson <top_view@...
BigOil/Cheney-Bush/NWO Gift to US: $3 a gallon gas!
Hey, THANKS so MUCH, you slime-sucking BushMob vermin! And this on top
of the CONSTANT malicious manipulation of electric power generation
fuel supplies across the length and breadth of the west Coast --
Hey, Mr. and Mrs. America; the handwriting IS on the wall. What's
on now in California is EXACTLY what Cheney-BushMobsters have planned
for the entire COUNTRY by the time summer rolls around.
We're having some fun now! Yee-haa!....
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WIRE: 05/08/2001 2:05 am ET
Motorists in shock again as gas prices
jump; $3-a-gallon may follow
The Associated Press
CHICAGO (AP) Summer vacations are just around the corner, and once
soaring gasoline prices are driving some motorists around the bend.
U.S. pump prices have hit record highs, topping the $2-a-gallon mark
Chicago and California and spurring talk of a possible $3 a gallon
sometime after the peak driving season begins on Memorial Day.
"This is price gouging," complained Jacquie Van Keuren, filling up at
San Francisco gas station after paying as much as $2.64 a gallon on a
weekend trip to Los Angeles.
The odds appear to be against $3 gas, according to one industry
That would happen "only if something goes seriously wrong" with
supplies, said Adam Sieminski of Deutsche Banc Alex Brown.
But even where prices are now, consumers are having unhappy flashbacks
to last year when prices also climbed more than $2 a gallon.
"It's ridiculous," Cedric Norwood said Monday as he fueled up in
downtown Chicago. "The oil companies are going to suck us dry."
Pump rage is in full blossom as prices hit unprecedented levels
especially in smog-prone parts of the Midwest and West which are
required to use cleaner, "reformulated" gasoline in summer. Recent
at Tosco refineries in Los Angeles and Wood River, Ill., threatened
those supplies and sent prices surging.
U.S. gas prices reached an all-time high in the past two weeks, not
adjusting for inflation, according to the Lundberg Survey of 8,000
service stations. Overall, the average price covering all grades of
gasoline increased 8.58 cents to $1.76 a gallon as of May 4.
"This is crazy $2.34 for a gallon of gas?" said Erika Trujillo, 19,
only partially filled her Nissan Stanza. "We can't even afford to pump
gas anymore. We're going to have to get on our bicycles."
Even the White House alluded Monday to the possibility of $3-a-gallon
gas. White House spokesman Ari Fleischer said President Bush has not
supported calls to repeal or cut the 18.4 cents-a-gallon federal gas
and won't act even if prices exceed that amount.
"Price controls will make the prices go higher and make people wait in
lines," Fleischer said.
U.S. refineries are being pushed to the limit to try to keep up with
demand, and aging infrastructure has resulted in several breakdowns no
new U.S. refinery has been built in 15 years.
But there are hopeful signs in the most recent oil industry data,
showed gasoline supplies creeping higher.
"The worst may already be over because refiners are getting caught up"
with supplies, said Phil Flynn, senior energy analyst for Alaron
Corp. in Chicago. "The bad news for consumers is we don't have one
drop of gas to fall back on.
"If one more refinery goes out of service, it could have an impact on
consumers of as much as 75 cents a gallon."
Bob Anderson <top_view@...
5,400 Nov ballots lost due to disabled Fla machines; 10,000
absentee ballots 'RECREATED'
UNBELIEVABLE! Two Florida counties partially disabled their voting
machines in last November's election, resulting in at least FIVE
THOUSAND, FOUR HUNDRED ballots being tossed out and completely
Optical scanners in these machines are supposed to immediately reject
any flawed ballot and issue another clean ballot to the voter;
workers in Escambia and Manatee counties disabled that function and
simply TRASHED 5,400 flawed ballots.
THIS in an election "WON" -- if you'll PARDON the term (which I
-- by a pack of criminals who base their usurpation of the presidency
some fictional 500-vote "margin" of "victory" in THIS very state of
ALSO: it's NOW been made public that election officials in Florida
"RE-CREATED' -- THEIR term -- at least TEN THOUSAND absentee ballots
counting machines could tabulate the results. Included were MANY
for which officials made their OWN determination of the voter's
bush WON the absentee ballot vote in Florida by a 2-1 margin.
But REMEMBER how loudly team bush cried and WHINED all the way to
buddies in the U.S. Supreme Court in an attempt to PREVENT this very
Although the actions of election officials regarding these
absentee ballots was legal under Florida law, it TOTALLY contradicts
team dub's ultimately-successful courtroom arguments that without
standards, humans should NOT be looking for voter intent if machines
couldn't find it!
Double standards every which way to hell and back; that's the
Cheney-BushMob's constant modus operandi.
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WIRE: 05/07/2001 11:07 pm ET
5,400 ballots thrown out due to disabled machines in two Fla.
10,000 absentee ballots recreated
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Two Florida counties threw out about 5,400 flawed
ballots that might have been corrected during the disputed 2000
presidential election, a newspaper reported.
Escambia and Manatee counties use optical scanners that are supposed
immediately reject ballots that are improperly filled out and give
voters another chance. Poll workers tried to save money and speed up
lines by turning off that part of the machines that reject the
the Orlando Sentinel reported in Sunday's editions.
As a result, the ballots were not counted in a race that President
won by only 537 votes in Florida.
Optical scanners are expected to be the standard in Florida's 67
counties in the 2002 elections under the sweeping election reforms
passed by the Legislature last week.
Bonnie Jones, Escambia's elections supervisor, said the reject
on her county's machines has been disabled since they were purchased
1994. Each new ballot costs the county an additional 23 cents and
voters fix their mistakes slows down the line, she said.
In November, about 4,000 of the approximately 121,000 ballots cast for
president in the county were rejected.
Of Manatee County's 112,000 presidential ballots, nearly 1,400 could
be counted, mostly because voters had made marks for more than one
Bob Sweat, Manatee's elections supervisor, told the newspaper he
off his machine's error detection function because "it slows down the
The Sentinel also reported on Monday that county elections officials
re-created about 10,000 mismarked or torn absentee ballots so that
counting machines could read them.
Among the ballots duplicated statewide were those that machines
read but that election officials said showed "clear intent" in the
presidential race or other contests.
The officials' efforts, which is legal by Florida law, goes against
Republicans' successful courtroom argument that without clear
humans should not be looking for voter intent where machines couldn't
The process probably helped the candidate whose party later argued
against manual recounts Bush. Voters casting absentee ballots backed
Bush by a near 2-1 margin.
Robert Redford Sez
Thu, 10 May 2001
From Robert Redford:
Re: Oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
I've never circulated this kind of email before. But I am so
President Bush's plan to open up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
massive oil development that I feel I must do whatever I can to help
To me, the Arctic Refuge represents everything spectacular and
endangered about America's natural heritage: a million years of
serenity... vast expanses of untouched wilderness ... an irreplaceable
sanctuary for polar bears, white wolves and 130,000 caribou that
each year to give birth and rear their young. For 20,000 years --
hundreds of generations -- the native Gwich'in people have inhabited
sacred place, following the caribou herd and leaving the awe-inspiring
landscape just as they found it. Our own presidents going back to
have kept a bipartisan promise to safeguard this world-class natural
treasure. But not THIS president. It is a sad day indeed when our
and congressional leaders would sacrifice America's largest wildlife
for the sake of a possible six-month supply of national energy. A
supply! We could save that little oil by improving the fuel
cars and light trucks by a mere one mile per gallon.
Only one group of Americans will benefit from the destruction of the
Wildlife Refuge: the oil giants. Everyone else loses. Arctic
populations will decline, the Gwich'in people will see their land
pipelines and poisoned by oil spills, you and I will become even more
dependent on oil, and the planet will suffer
catastrophic global warming from the burning of even more fossil
Unless we get millions of Americans to lodge a protest right now,
nightmarish scenario may well come to pass in the next two months.
Republican energy bill, which would fulfill the president's promise
the Arctic Refuge, is moving through Congress today. House and Senate
leaders may also try to sneak through the Arctic drilling provision by
attaching it to a "must-pass" appropriations bill. These votes will
decided by the moderates in both parties. We must reach those
hold them accountable.
Here's what you can do: go to
The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) has set up this new
make it extremely easy for you to send messages of protest to your
and represenative. It will take you only a minute.
I've been on NRDC's board for 25 years, so I know how effective they
waging and winning environmental campaigns. Last year, NRDC used web
activism to help generate a million messages of protest to Mitsubishi
stopped the company from destroying the last unspoiled birthing
ground of the
Pacific gray whale.
We'll win this time too if each of us does our part for the Arctic
right now. And forward my message to your family, friends and
Congress cannot ignore millions of us.
If we let them plunder our greatest wildlife refuge for the sake of
company profits, then no piece of our natural heritage is safe from
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