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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, June 15, 2007

Bending the Rules

(Fox News) - It appears that the federal government is not only spending taxpayer money to subsidize production of ethanol and other biofuels — but it is also bending pollution rules as well.

Cybercast News reports the Environmental Protection Agency will allow ethanol refineries to emit 150 percent more emissions than they currently do. Supporters say the old rules were discriminatory and restricted production.

But clean air advocates say the move will hurt air quality in the rural areas where most of the plants are located.

Meanwhile, Cybercast News also reports EPA records indicate 73 of the nation's 119 working ethanol refineries have been cited for environmental violations during the last three years.


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