Energy facts contradict Bush global warming plan

provided by National Wildlife Federation

new study of data released by the US Department of Energy (DOE) indicates that President Bush's global warming plan will allow more greenhouse gas pollution to occur at a faster rate than if the nation maintained the pollution trends of the past five years.

    The National Wildlife Federation analysis, “Beneath the Hot Air 2003,” says that the administration's goals are stated in terms of emissions intensity – measured as the amount of US greenhouse gases emitted per dollar of economic output – and not in terms of actual emissions levels. “This 'intensity' goal actually hides an emissions increase that is likely to be larger and faster than what we experienced in the past five years,” the report says. “Based on the White House's predictions of economic growth, the President's target translates into an emissions increase of 13 percent over the next decade.”

    If current trends were to continue for the next 10 years, the report says, carbon dioxide emissions from energy would grow about 10.1 percent. “The pollution increases we have seen for the past five years were bad enough for the environment, but the White House's global warming plan would allow more pollution to occur at an even faster rate,” said Jeremy Symons, climate change and wildlife manager for the National Wildlife Federation. “Suppressing the science on global warming doesn't hide the fact that the President's misguided energy agenda and his efforts to relax enforcement of the Clean Air Act will increase global warming pollution,” Symons said.

    The National Wildlife Federation released its first edition of “Beneath the Hot Air” last July to document that emissions growth had already slowed below forecasted levels well before President George W. Bush pursued voluntary agreements with industry.

    “The administration has set the bar so low that it's impossible not to meet their goals,” said Symons. “That may not stop them from trying to claim credit in the future, even though they are not taking responsible action to reduce the nation's emissions.”

    The United States Senate is expected to vote alternate bipartisan plans to reduce US emissions. Read the document “Beneath the Hot Air” at: