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." we wish it were true: alas ...

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