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Bush Plan For Marine Preserve Threatened By Cheney

12/06/2008 05:12 am 05:12:01 | Updated May 25, 2011

A few months back, environmentalists cheered President Bush's proposed creation of a vast Pacific marine preserve that included the area of the Mariana Trench, the Rose Atoll in American Samoa and parts of a long, sprawling collection of reefs and atolls known as the Line Islands, designed to preserve "some of the world's most diverse underwater ecosystems." His memorandum described the area as

"isolated from population centers, mostly uninhabited" and supporting "endemic, depleted, migratory, endangered and threatened species of fish, giant clams, crabs, marine mammals, sea turtles, seabirds, migratory shorebirds and corals that are rapidly vanishing elsewhere in the world."

But it is not isolated from Dick Cheney.

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