8 Dumb Things George Bush Has Said About the Environment

Well, it's just about time to say goodbye to George W. Bush, but before we do, we just have to look back at some of his more memorable quotes about the environment.


Austin, Texas, Dec. 20, 2000: "Natural gas is hemispheric. I like to call it hemispheric in nature because it is a product that we can find in our neighborhoods." (Source: Treehugger)

Washington, D.C. March 13, 2001: "There are some monuments where the land is so widespread, they just encompass as much as possible. And the integral part of the--the precious part, so to speak--I guess all land is precious, but the part that the people uniformly would not want to spoil, will not be despoiled. But there are parts of the monument lands where we can explore without affecting the overall environment." (Source: Slate)

Washington, D.C., January 6, 2009: "The new steps I've announced today are the capstone of an eight-year commitment to strong environmental protection and conservation." Check out this interesting graphic from the Natural Resources Defense Council illustrating the last eight years in environmental policy...

New Delhi, India, Mar. 2, 2006 "Obviously, nu-que-lar power is, uh, a renewable source of energy, and the less demand there is for non-renewable sources of energy, like fossil fuels, the better it off it is for the American people." Well, he got the second part right, but nuclear energy produced from uranium is, uh, not renewable as far as we know... (Source: Treehugger)

Washington, D.C., June 8, 2005: "We're spending money on clean coal technology. Do you realize we've got 250 million years of coal?" (Source: Slate)

Michigan, September 2000, explaining his energy policies: "I know the human being and fish can coexist peacefully." (Source: AP)

A Freudian slip made while addressing Australian Prime Minister John Howard at the APEC Summit, Sept. 7, 2007: "Mr. Prime Minister, thank you for your introduction. Thank you for being such a fine host for the OPEC summit."

And a bonus: "[It's] time for the human race to enter the solar system."

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