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Bush Plays the Green Card

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Posted on May 31, 2007

President Bush is preparing for next week’s G8 summit in Germany by stressing the importance of long-range environmental action goals for the U.S. and several other nations, including China, to adopt by the end of next year. 


BBC:

Mr Bush also repeated that solutions to the problem of global warming would be found through the development of new technologies.

“The United States is in the lead,” he said. “The world is on the verge of great breakthroughs that will help us become better stewards of the environment.”

The US president urged other nations to eliminate tariffs on clean energy technologies.

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By G.Anderson, June 1, 2007 at 11:54 pm Link to this comment

This is just another tried and true Republican trick.

When it looks like a bill or program is going to be created to deal with an issue, in a way that you don’t like. Offer your own version of the program that protects your assets, while de-railing the assets of those you oppose.

Just as Nixon created a Republican dominated EAP to protect corporations from anti corporate environmental regulations, and to prevent the Democrats from creating an EAP that actually protected the environment, Bush now puts forward a Green agenda to de-rail any effective environmental progress. 

President Bush, as always, is a wolf in sheeps clothing.

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By Greg Bacon, June 1, 2007 at 10:44 am Link to this comment

Unblievable.  How many more lies does the Bush-Cheney Junta have to tell before people realize that they’re LIARS.

This latest gesture about new and improved ways to elimante green house gases is nothing more than a political ploy to lull the voters into thinking BushCo is actually concerned about the world we live in.

The results will be ready just in time for the 2008 election.  After the election, regardless of who wins, the documentwill be trashed and “more studies urged, let’s not be rash.”

Meanwhile, while the earth slowly slips away, the Dems and Repubs will be busy doing what they like best; dividing up the spoils and kissing Fortune 500 arse.

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By Skruff, June 1, 2007 at 10:38 am Link to this comment
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I’m willing to go along with Nuclear as part of the energy mix, AFTER a vote where every man woman and child in Nevada have said that it’s jake with them.

I sit here with my hand on my ass waiting for that to occur.

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By ocjim, June 1, 2007 at 10:35 am Link to this comment

What promises has Bush kept? What proposals has he followed through with? Bush is a political animal which will say what the Machiavellian Rove tells him to say and does only for his cronies.

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By atheo, June 1, 2007 at 8:59 am Link to this comment

It’s all about geopolitics and new nuclear plants:

Analysis: Why Whitman wants nuclear power
By BEN LANDO

April 30 (UPI)—Former New Jersey governor and federal environmental chief Christine Todd Whitman is heading one of a growing number of coalitions urging the United States to keep—and increase—nuclear energy as part of its energy mix. She’s touring the country with the new mantra that nuclear power is safer and more efficient than ever before—and, thanks to federal subsidies and potential climate-change legislation, economically competitive…


“It’s not going to be the answer for everything and the be-all-end-all only form of power,” she said. “But if you care about climate change and you care about air quality, nuclear power is really the only form of base power that doesn’t produce some of the regulated emissions and doesn’t contribute to global climate change.”

Whitman, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency administrator from 2001 to 2003[who assured us that the air ar ground zero was safe]... is now co-chair of the Clean and Safe Energy Coalition, CASEnergy. The organization, also co-chaired by activist-turned-capitalist Patrick Moore—co-founder and ex-member of Greenpeace—has launched a public relations and education blitz to convince the nation “how nuclear power can contribute to America’s energy security and economic growth,” according to its Web site.

The goal, Whitman said, is “getting people to start to talk about this and think about this ... try to build the public support for this kind of power.”


There are 103 operating nuclear reactors in the United States now—more than any other country. Accidents at Chernobyl and Three Mile Island, cost overruns during the last buildup, and the once low and stable price of natural gas led to the three-decade freeze of the U.S. nuclear industry.

But energy legislation in the 1990s and two years ago streamlined the licensing process and gave the industry subsidies to grow. It costs between $3 billion and $4 billion to build a plant now.

The United States hasn’t licensed a new nuclear plant since 1978, so coal and natural gas combined have a majority stake in electricity production. The growing clamor to address climate change has led some states, and possibly in the future the federal government, to regulate carbon dioxide emissions. That wouldn’t affect nuclear’s pricing but could make it more competitive with polluters like coal, a main target of such measures.

As the global industry prepares to increase the number of nuclear plants, supporters in this country have become more visible, and CASE is only one of the players.

“It seems like new and varied groups are coming out in support of nuclear energy just about every week,” said Scott Peterson, vice president of communications for the Nuclear Energy Institute, the industry’s trade arm in some form or name since 1953 and sole funder of the CASE Coalition. The latest, Third Way, a center-left think tank, endorsed nuclear power last week.

...[However]the United States is far from an answer for storing or disposing nuclear waste.

“None of the questions have been answered,” Gunter said of the nuclear opposition’s concerns. “It’s fair to say: ‘Let’s take another look.’ But when you look, nothing has really changed.”

Whitman says she thinks other energy sources are important—though she doubts the role renewables can play and says coal needs to be cleaned up but is too big a player now to go away—in weaning the country from the foreign oil that makes up 60 percent of U.S. consumption.

“Nuclear can certainly help us reduce that foreign dependence,” she said.

http://www.upi.com/Energy/Analysis/2007/04/30/analysis_why_whitman_wants_nuclear_power/

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By rage, June 1, 2007 at 8:58 am Link to this comment
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Impeachment is far better than this repugnant failed oil baron deserves for bringing us to this point. He’s pro-death penalty. Where he and Dick Vader are concerned, SO AM I!!!!

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By Hank Van den Berg, June 1, 2007 at 8:52 am Link to this comment
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How many times will the press, the Democrats, and foreign leaders be fooled by President Bush’s speeches?  The past has shown that any new initiative by Bush comes to nothing and is meant only to buy time while the administration pushes on and on with the same policies of foreign aggression and corporate patronage (fascism). 
This new initiative will simply end up stalling any real progress toward effective environmental policies.  Yet, notice how even Harry Reid, Barbara Boxer, and Tony Blair have already given their positive response.  One has to conclude that they are all in cahoots with Bush’s machine.  Is there any enlightened leadership left in the world?

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By anonymous, June 1, 2007 at 7:34 am Link to this comment
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flip-flopper

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By James Yell, June 1, 2007 at 6:06 am Link to this comment
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More posturing by the Presidential poser. This pattern is getting tiresome. When he gets heat over something he is doing wrong he makes seemingly supportive statements about the publics concern and then does exactly the opposite.

Judge this creature by his deeds, his words are worthless.

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By 911truthdotorg, May 31, 2007 at 9:31 pm Link to this comment

The only green card this monster is playing or interested in, is the color of money.

Google videos: 9/11 Press for Truth, Loose Change 2nd Edition

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By DennisD, May 31, 2007 at 8:08 pm Link to this comment
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Yeh right, by long range, Bu$h means loooong range. In about 100 years or so. Bu$h the environmentalist, just LOL. The only thing green about Bu$h is the money he’s handing out to his contractor buddies.

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