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Posted by seafan in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Thu Apr 24th 2008, 11:03 AM
Jeb Bush skeptical about global warming

Associated Press Writer

April 23, 2008

DALLAS (AP) -- Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush says he is "light green" on the environment and is skeptical that humans are causing global warming.
Bush, whose two terms ended in 2007, also said Wednesday he "can't imagine" running for national office and isn't interested in being Sen. John McCain's running mate.

The younger brother of President George W. Bush made the comments during an address to several hundred business people meeting in a hotel ballroom. Earlier in the day, Bush met with other directors of Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare Corp., the hospital chain whose board he joined last year.

As governor, Bush, a Republican, was largely silent on global warming. His successor, Charlie Crist - who is often mentioned as a possible GOP running mate for McCain - has said Florida should become a leader in addressing climate change because its low elevation makes it vulnerable if ocean levels rise.

Bush said those who advocate action to limit climate change are acting out of something like religious zeal.
"I don't think our policies should be based on emotion; they should be based on sound science," he said.
Rather than reducing oil consumption, Bush said the United States should focus on "energy security" - reducing dependence on oil imported from hostile or politically unstable countries by encouraging alternative fuels.

Bush said he isn't thinking of running for national office and said he only wanted to be governor.

"I loved every minute of it, and when I finished, I finished," he said. "I don't have any burning ambitions" beyond his foundation, which advocates education testing.


Jeb obviously considers his actions in the Terri Schiavo case, foisted on Floridians for crass political purposes, to be *above* the accusation of religious zealotry.

Jeb is a dinosaur on global climate change, and Governor Crist is getting all the attention for his moderate and concerned stance on it. Jeb is not happy about the young upstart in the Governor's mansion.

Jeb's idea of "energy security" is not reducing consumption. Oh no. It's the hostile takeovers of smaller, oil-rich countries, so the energy flow to Jeb's cronies' yachts, Gulfstreams and Bentleys continues unabated.

While Jeb proclaims that when he left the governorship, he 'stepped back', and was 'learning to let go' of power. Yet, from behind the scenes now, he has orchestrated an obscure Taxation and Budget Reform Commission to force his religious school vouchers onto the ballot in November, to enshrine them into our state constitution. He accomplished this by stacking the commission with his right wing ideologues before he left office. (For instance, Patricia Levesque, his former Deputy Chief of Staff for Education, who is now Executive Director for Jeb's Foundation For Florida's Future.) This commission has muddied up the ballot language just enough to trick voters into voting their way. Church and state separation means nothing to Jeb Bush.

But Jeb really never left. He is just behind the curtain offstage, directing his apprentice Marco Rubio and other operatives to force his **education legacy** into permanence.

You see, it does not matter if Jeb is in or out of office. He can force his will on us from a secret hideout behind the public stage. AND, he siphons money through lucrative board seats at Tenet Health Care, Lehman Brothers, CNL BancShares, and any other corporate welfare he can suckle.

When Jeb claims he's "finished", he's just getting started.

And, Jeb also says, "We need to kill gators."

April 23, 2008

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush on Wednesday took a swipe at one of the state's most famous symbols, the alligator.

He told a group in Dallas of how he repeatedly vetoed spending state money to market alligator meat.

"Alligators proliferate in Florida. They eat small dogs," Bush said. "We don't need to market them, we need to kill them."

After a slight pause, he added, "Is this open to the press?"

Just a screaming nightmare.

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