President Bush Urged to “Get Serious” About Global Warming

A major environmental group in the United States says that President George Bush must develop a serious plan to reduce global warming pollution by increasing the country’s reliance on renewable energy sources and energy efficiency.

WASHINGTON, DC, US, 2001-06-12 [SolarAccess.com] A major environmental group in the United States says that President George Bush must develop a serious plan to reduce global warming pollution by increasing the country’s reliance on renewable energy sources and energy efficiency. The Natural Resources Defense Council says Bush should demonstrate that he takes global warming seriously with actions rather than words. Bush will meet with leaders of the European Union this week to discuss the issue of greenhouse gas emissions. “President Bush says he takes global warming seriously, but he is stalling instead of acting to cut global warming pollution,” says David Hawkins. “The Bush energy plan, which calls for burning more fossil fuels, would actually accelerate global warming.” “A serious plan, on the other hand, would cut global warming pollution from coal and gasoline and increase our reliance on energy efficiency and renewable energy sources,” he adds. “We have the technology, what we need is political leadership.” There are five ways to measure whether Bush is “really serious” about addressing global warming, explains Hawkins. “An energy plan to fight global warming should require increasing the amount of electricity produced from renewable sources to 20 percent by 2020, but the president’s plan makes only vague promises to promote renewable energy.” “The fastest, cheapest and cleanest way to meet our energy needs is to increase the energy efficiency of our homes, offices and factories by setting higher standards and offering more incentives,” he adds. “The Bush energy plan talks about conservation but places nearly all its eggs in the basket of ever more energy production.” The United States must also reduce global warming pollution from power plants and should not exempt carbon dioxide from the regulations. It must also provide serious reductions in pollution from automobiles through higher fuel efficiency standards. “The United States is responsible for 25 percent of global warming pollution, yet has only 5 percent of the world’s population,” he explains. “We should be leading the world by significantly reducing domestic emissions, instead of blocking international action by abandoning the Kyoto Protocol. The Bush policy blames the world’s poorest countries.” “We can’t afford to spend another decade just conducting research and pleading with companies to take voluntary action while emissions continue to rise,” adds NRDC’s Daniel Lashof. “If the president wants to be taken seriously on global warming at home and abroad, he must take decisive action to reduce global warming pollution.” NRDC is a national organization of scientists, lawyers and environmental specialists involved in public health and the environment. It was founded in 1970 and claims to have 400,000 members in the country.
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