Georgia Gov. Roy Barnes (D) is close to reaching a compromise with
environmentalists who have sued state and federal agencies over
air-quality concerns and kept metro Atlanta's $36 billion
transportation plan on hold. To improve air quality, Barnes has
proposed speeding up a $4.5 million study of the health effects of
the city's air pollution, moving more quickly to construct
high-occupancy-vehicle lanes, and creating stricter standards for
diesel engines and utility equipment. An attorney from the Southern
Environmental Law Center, representing several environmental groups,
said the groups had agreed in principle to the settlement offer, but
they were reluctant to walk away from previously filed suits over air
quality, including a case now before the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of
straight to the source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Kelly Simmons,
12 Dec 2000
THE SECRET LIFE OF BILL CLINTON
In a blind rage provoked by last night's U.S. Supreme Court ruling
favoring George W. Bush in the Florida election count, President
Clinton signed off on more than a dozen controversial environmental
proposals early this morning that had been relegated to the
hinterland of his administration. Among other actions, Clinton
provided national monument status to the Arctic National Wildlife
Refuge in Alaska, which Bush had promised to open up to oil
development. He took action to declare SUVs illegal within U.S.
borders and to raise the federal gasoline tax by $3.23 a gallon for
the remaining 37 days of his administration. Clinton also went solo
and ratified the Kyoto climate change treaty all by himself, declared
environmental racism rampant in the country, and donned a hat with a
solar-powered propeller on top. Aides say that they hadn't seen Mr.
Clinton so angry "since that impeachment thing."
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