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02/07/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

8 Years Of Bush And The Environment (TIMELINE)

We've run a lot of stories lately about midnight regulations -- laws that President Bush and his administration are slipping in before the end of his term that affect the environment, for the most part negatively.

Be they handouts, auctions or easing regulations that stop companies from poisoning US citizens and resources and clearing forests, it's been quite a rush.

But it's important to recognize that the administration has been up to similar stuff for eight years. Here's an interesting graphic from the Natural Resources Defense Council illustrating the last eight years in environmental policy.

Follow the timeline below to see some of the 'lowlights' of the Bush administration's environmental actions between 2001 and 2008 -- dismantling safeguards, ignoring climate concerns, marginalizing sound science and catering to industries that endangered Americans' health and natural heritage.