The proposed budget of U.S. President George Bush is “a blueprint for increasing global warming offering backward-looking solutions at a time when Americans want to look forward toward a sustainable energy future,” says the World Wildlife Fund.
WASHINGTON, DC, US, 2001-04-19 <SolarAccess.com> “President Bush has acknowledged the threat global warming poses to the environment, yet his budget will only exacerbate this threat, by slashing important energy efficiency and renewable energy programs that help curb carbon emissions,” says WWF’s Jennifer Morgan. “President Bush is again assaulting efforts to address global warming.” The Department of Energy has estimated that its renewable energy and energy efficiency activities have saved $30 billion for consumers in the U.S. “Rather than expanding these programs to reduce consumer energy bills and global warming pollution, President Bush has cut some of these programs by 50 percent or more, and proposed expanding oil and coal exploration,” she explains. “This will do nothing to comfort Americans faced with high energy prices this summer, and only further harm air quality. These industry subsidies for dirty fuels are not the energy policy answers Americans are looking for.” “The Administration wants America to believe that there is a clean, environmentally benign way to explore for out dated fossil fuels,” she adds. “There isn’t.” Drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge will harm the habitat and landscape of a wilderness areas, and the term ‘clean coal’ “is like saying we can have healthy cigarettes.”