Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Obama on Everglades: Big promises, no work

"The Obama administration has pledged to spend nearly half a billion dollars on Everglades restoration over the next two years, a record amount, including $103 million set aside for stimulus projects picked because they are ``shovel-ready.'' The shovels are indeed ready to go in places such as the Picayune Strand in Southwest Florida, where a massive subdivision that failed decades ago will be turned back into 55,000 acres of wetlands. But President Barack Obama's budget monitors aren't as ready to let the money flow. The White House Office of Management and Budget has blocked money for Picayune, first in line in a series of stalled restoration projects, over concerns about a new deal that state and federal agencies cut to split the bill. It's an accounting dispute . . . "


Promises are easy. Follow through is hard.

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