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Washington--In a speech before The Heritage Foundation think tank today, President Bush had his harshest words yet for critics of his environmental policy, saying they are undermining American miners and loggers on the front lines of the struggle.
"The war on the environment will not be easily won," Bush said to the assembled tankers. "Some will approach this fight with a defeatist attitude. Some will question the intelligence that led us into this war. But the stakes in the global war on the environment are too high, the national interest too important to let political ideologues level false charges." His opening salvo was roundly applauded by the conservative foundation.
"We have made strides," he continued. "Hurricane Karina was a setback, it's true. But we are winning the war on the environment. We have levelled forests, reduced air quality, despoiled pristine wilderness with our oil-drilling technology, and we are planning to eliminate a number of endangered and threatened species with one act of sweeping legislation."
"We will never back down. We will never give in. We will never accept anything less than complete victory," Bush said in his most impassioned speech yet on the environment.
Bush said the United States and its allies are determined to keep the environment from gaining control of any country. The president's remarks at the The Heritage Foundation were part of the administration's effort to bolster waning U.S. public support for the war.