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Environment is better off, Chamberlain says

Most people know him as an actor in miniseries like "The Thornbirds" and "Shogun," stage productions like "Scrooge," movies like "The Three Musketeers" and for those a little older, the 1960s TV series "Dr. Kildare."

But Richard Chamberlain, starring in "Monty Python's Spamalot," has long been known for his interest in environmental affairs, especially in Hawaii, where he lives. Chamberlain lobbied to save the Tuolomne River flowing from Yosemite National Park in California and works with environmental officials in Hawaii.

So how is newly elected President Barack Obama doing so far with the environment? Better than former President George Bush?

"Oh gosh yes," Chamberlain said. "He's reversed some of the disasters from the Bush doctrines, which allowed any kind of pollution so companies could make short-term profit. The Bush administration was a complete disaster for the environment and I think Obama is much better."

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