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Bush's Energy Plan

Date : 24th Apr 2002, Source : Article

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George W. Bush has delivered his energy plan to Congress and the United States people but it is not a plan, in many environmentalists' view, to take the USA into the 21st Century.

It is based on fossil fuels and the use of more oil and gas than ever before. It shuns the limits set by the Kyoto Agreement, which the USA has not signed, stating it will harm the US economy. What will harm the US economy is its dependence on oil. When all of the countries in the World, with a few exceptions, are committed to protecting the environment which the people of the Earth need, the USA (and Australia, Japan and Canada - although this may change by the time of writing) ignores the cries of the Earth and its people, preferring to put the dollar before people's lives.

But why, you may ask? The Energy plan was written by Bush's friends in the oil industry, especially those at Exxon-Mobil! Now courtesy of those at, we hear the continuing story.

'Despite ten years of effort, Esso/ExxonMobil hasn't been able to stop the world's climate scientists saying that global warming is here and is caused by burning oil, coal and gas. So what does Esso do next? It tries to change the scientists. First on the hit list is Dr Robert Watson, a well-respected, former NASA climate scientist who has led the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change for nearly six years. "Can Watson be replaced now at the request of the U.S.?" Arthur G. Randol III, senior environmental adviser for ExxonMobil, asked the White House in a letter leaked (week of 4th April 2002). True to form, the US government has taken the advice and is now refusing to re-nominate Watson. Esso's argument is that Watson has a personal agenda but fails to mention Esso's own agenda of putting profits before the planet and sabotaging climate science.'

(April 19th 2002 - Dr Robert Watson has been ousted as chairman of the IPCC and has been replaced with the USA-backed candidate, Dr Rajendra Pachauri)

Even now, without any real public debate, Bush has allowed the oil and gas companies to start exploration in many of the US's national forests. Many national parks, wildlife areas and any fragile ecosystem are not exempt from Bush's friendship with the energy companies.

Make up your own mind. Bush is willing to sacrifice an Alaskan wildlife refuge for 360 days of oil, just to keep his 'sponsors' happy. Sign the petition at The Petition Site at Care2. At the last count, over 95,000 people had signed the petition, set up the American Wilderness Coalition.

Make a difference, lets keep pushing to protect our home, even if others are willing to sacrifice it, and ultimately us.

Document last updated on Wednesday 01 August 2018

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