December 8, 2005
Bush + Greenhouse Gases= true love?
President Bush just signed an agreement with several other energy companies, to construct a coal burning power plant that does not produce any emissions. Environmentalists and several others have criticized the plans for this power plant, saying that is merely a distraction from the emission cuts put in place by the Kyoto Protocol. The United States produces the most harmful emissions into the atmosphere, and we are the ones trying to side-step every amendment and new policy created in regards to emission control. The Bush administration also still tries to deny the link between greenhouse gases and global warming.
There is only so much other nations and senators can do to convince the public and the President of the harmfulness of these emissions. Of course there are things individuals can do like, car-pooling, or riding a bike; buying hybrid cars that produce less carbon-dioxide emissions or urging your senators to make a change in the current policy. There needs to be a push for ratification of the Kyoto Protocol in the US. The question is, who is going to lead that push? There are only a few Republicanâ€™s speaking out against the President about this issue. Democrats need to step up, and spark a change.
The prime minister of Canada, Paul Martin is directly targeting the US for many of the problems Canadian Inuitâ€™s are facing with the changing global climate. "To the reticent nations, including the United States, I say this: There is such a thing as a global conscience," Martin said. "And now is the time to listen to it." Hereâ€™s a newsflash to the USâ€”this problem is not going away, and the longer Bush puts this issue on the back burner, the more other nations, and Americans are going to notice what heâ€™s NOT doing.
I read a few articles by Andrew Revkin, from the New York Times.
Posted by at December 8, 2005 8:55 AM | 6. Energy, Economics, and Policy