Conservationists Say Bush Energy Plan Fails to Reach Own Goals

Despite President Bush’s State of the Union address and its references to energy security, the League of Conservation Voters, says his energy plan will not do what he claims.

WASHINGTON, DC, 2002-02-12 [SolarAccess.com] The League’s President, Deb Callahan, says it applauds the President’s recognition that Congress should act to encourage conservation, promote technology and increase energy production at home as a way to renew the U.S.economy and strengthen its security. But she says that, unfortunately the energy plan passed by the House of Representatives, for which the president wants Senate approval, will do neither of those things. Callahan says the Senate should embrace a national energy policy that would create jobs, reduce U.S. dependence on foreign oil, and ensure a clean environment through renewable energy and energy efficiency. The League of Conservation Voters claims that studies have found that technologies to help Americans use energy more efficiently, can create 1.3 million new jobs by the end of the next decade. On the contrary, according to Callahan, “the tired, flawed energy bill passed by the House would mortgage our environmental health, sap our economic might, and sacrifice our most special wild places, like the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.” She says that the Senate should indeed pass a national energy policy, but one that taps into the best of America’s energy future, rather than the worst of its energy past. Callahan concludes that “if the President’s actions this year earnestly look to preserving the air we breathe, the water we drink and the land we love, our commitment to working with him and Congress for a cleaner environment will be equal to the task.”
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