Stealing Christmas

STEALING CHRISTMAS….A couple of months ago, a federal judge ruled that the Forest Service was improperly approving projects without public comment or appeals. Their response? Like a petulant teenager bedazzled by his own cleverness, Forest Service officials have since refused permission for hundreds of minor, noncontroversial projects, claiming they are merely obeying the rules forced on them by environmental groups. What kind of projects? Cutting down the Capitol Christmas tree is one of them.

Got that? The eco-nazis are stealing Christmas!

Sierra Club head Carl Pope has more here. As he says, “The real purpose of the cancellations, it’s pretty clear, was to put the blame on those who want to protect the forests from logging.” Karl Rove would be proud. It’s his kind of hardball.

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