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Wild protests against wildfire policy

Environmentalists have tried to dodge the blame concerning forest fire management, but the facts prove otherwise.

Updated: May 31, 2006, 7:22 PM ET
By   | Jay Ambrose
Scripps Howard News Service

Some extreme environmentalists say President Bush is using this year's devastating forest fires as an "excuse" to let the timber industry do more thinning, which is a strange use of the word "excuse." It's like saying a witness to a bank robbery used the robbery as an "excuse" to call the police.

This year's fires, in addition to threatening lives and destroying homes, have devastated 6 million acres worth of forest. That is something on the order of New Hampshire going up in smoke, and ...

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