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US Update

Published by MAC on 2006-08-08

US Update

8th August 2006

If you believe George W Bush, the key US "enemy within" actually comes from outside. While making political capital out of threats from "Islamic fascists", the buccaneer president continues to ignore environmental dangers that affect the lives of hundreds of thousands of the country's citizens.

This week we report on uncontrolled (and sometimes under-reported) mercury emissions from cement manufacture; an imaginative series of demonstrations against mountain top removal, at the recent national governor's conference; and a suit filed against one of the country's most polluting coal-fired power plants.

North of the border, plans by a US quarry company to dig up and export basalt also receive a firm thumbs down from the citizens of Canada's province of Nova Scotia.

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