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Bully Pulpit

The term "bully pulpit" stems from President Theodore Roosevelt's reference to the White House as a "bully pulpit," meaning a terrific platform from which to persuasively advocate an agenda. Roosevelt often used the word "bully" as an adjective meaning superb/wonderful. The Bully Pulpit features news, reasoned discourse, opinion and some humor.

Friday, April 27, 2007

Biofuel Crops

(Fox News) - Another fast-expanding industry is the growing of crops for biofuels. But that has led to incidents like the burning of Asian forests to clear land for palm oil and the stripping of Amazon vegetation to plant soya and sugar for ethanol.

Tomorrow a Dutch legislative committee will unveil stringent criteria to make sure that the biofuel industry does not do more harm than good. The proposed guidelines will prohibit deforestation, competition with food crops, reduction of soil or water supplies and the displacement of local populations in order to grow biofuel crops.


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