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post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 
Dear Gentle Reader,

Over the next few weeks, President Bush and his congressional allies
will try once again to ram their disastrous energy bill through the
U.S. Senate. They
fell only two votes short in November and they've vowed to make passage
of the
bill their top priority now that Congress has returned from recess.

This bill may be the worst piece of legislation you and I will see in
our lifetimes. It would pick your pocket, despoil your natural
heritage, endanger
your family's health and smother your hope for a more secure energy
future. We
ignore this bill at our own peril.

Let me tell you our simple plan for thwarting this shameless attack on
our environment and pocketbooks. If millions of Americans each took
one minute to
protest this bill, it would cause every senator who is tempted to vote
for it
to think twice about doing so.

You can make this happen within the next few hours by doing two

First, go to http://www.savebiogems.org/takeaction.asp?src=RR0401
and send your two senators an email or fax, telling them to vote
against this pro-polluter energy bill. Then, forward my email to at
least four of your
friends, family members or colleagues.

If each one forwards this message to just four more people,
we will generate a national tidal wave of opposition before this day
is over.

And that won't be a moment too soon. This disgraceful bill would pick
our pockets to hand out billions of dollars in taxpayer subsidies to
the oil, coal
and nuclear industries. That's their long-awaited reward for making
contributions to the Bush-Cheney campaign. They profit while the rest of
us pay
the price -- in tax dollars and environmental degradation.

This bill gives the energy giants a free pass to drill their way
through our last wild places, burn more dirty coal, build a new
generation of risky nuclear
power plants and dramatically increase air pollution that would sicken
vulnerable -- especially children and seniors -- for decades to come.

It would establish oil and gas development as the dominant use of our
federal public lands, open national parks to the construction of
electricity transmission lines, exempt polluters from core provisions
of our clean air and
water laws and waive liability for the producers of the toxic gasoline
MTBE -- even though it has contaminated at least 1,500 public water
supplies in
all 50 American states.

You'd be hard-pressed to come up with a more backward-looking,
wasteful and self-defeating energy "plan" than this one. At a time
when the federal deficit
is soaring and we're going to war in the Persian Gulf oilfields, the
House wants to stick us with the tab for prolonging our destructive
on fossil fuels, foreign oil and dangerous nuclear technology.

This is not a national energy policy. This is corporate welfare, pure
and simple. Estimates of the bill's corporate tax breaks range from
$23 billion to
well over $100 billion with loan guarantees included. No surprise there.
energy companies cooked up this raid on the federal treasury during
hundreds of
secret meetings with Vice President Cheney's energy task force and their
on Capitol Hill.

It's one thing to gouge taxpayers. But to claim this rip-off is in the
national interest, as the White House would have us believe, is a slap
in the face to
every working American.

Poll after poll shows that the vast majority of voters -- of both
parties -- understand that we simply must reduce our out-of-control
appetite for fossil
fuels if we ever are to secure energy independence. That means turning
rooftops into the Persian Gulf of solar energy. It means producing cars
get 40 miles per gallon. It means constructing efficient buildings that
half the energy of the average American office without sacrificing

Making this transformation to a super-efficient, low-pollution economy
would save consumers upwards of a trillion dollars, spare our last
wild places from
destruction, improve our health, slow global warming and reduce our
on undemocratic regimes overseas. It's a no-brainer to anyone living
the White House.

But unless millions of Americans speak out right now, the enactment of
the president's energy bill will doom us to an apocalyptic future of
wilderness, poisonous air pollution, devastating climate change and
wars over fossil fuels.

Please make your voice heard. Go to
and tell your senators to obey the will of the American people, *not*
the dictates of giant energy corporations! Call on Congress to create
a sustainable
and affordable energy path.

And please be sure to forward this message to at least four other
people. Believe me, millions of Americans are just waiting for a
simple way to stop
this madness and lend their support to a sane and hopeful energy future.

Sincerely yours,

Robert Redford
Board of Trustees
Natural Resources Defense Council

BioGems: Saving Endangered Wild Places
A project of the Natural Resources Defense Council
post #2 of 8
Mary Anne,

Thanks for posting this. I have been campaigning against the Bush energy bill for quite some time now. It is appalling to me that our government wants to push through a bill that would erase so much of the progress we have made in keeping our environment clean. I don't understand why the government can't put more of its money and time into alternate fules and economical use of fossil fuels. But, I guess since the president's buddies are all oil men, the last thing he wants is for the USA to use less oil. sigh!

post #3 of 8
On the Other hand...

Preserving the Beauty and Quality of Our Environment

President Bush believes that good stewardship of the environment is not just a personal responsibility, it is a public value. Americans are united in the belief that it is important to preserve our natural heritage and safeguard the land around us.

The President has launched initiatives that express this same commitment. His Administration has acted in a comprehensive way to achieve impressive results. By almost every indicator, environmental quality in the United States is improving with cleaner air, water, and land, and improved public health.

The President believes that the federal government has an important role to play in protecting our environment and he has introduced new and innovative policies to achieve these goals. The President favors common-sense approaches to improving the environment while protecting the quality of American life. Over the past two-and-a-half years, the Administration has introduced initiatives that have already begun to deliver significant environmental results for all Americans.

Hydrogen Fuel – A Clean and Secure Energy Future

In his State of the Union address, President Bush announced a $1.2 billion hydrogen fuel initiative to reverse the nation’s growing dependence on foreign oil by developing the technology for hydrogen-powered fuel cells to power cars, trucks, homes and businesses with no pollution or greenhouse gases. The hydrogen fuel initiative will include $720 million in new funding over the next five years to develop the technologies and infrastructure to produce, store, and distribute hydrogen for use in fuel cell vehicles and electricity generation. Combined with the FreedomCAR (Cooperative Automotive Research) initiative, President Bush is proposing a total of $1.7 billion over the next five years to develop hydrogen-powered fuel cells, hydrogen infrastructure and advanced automotive technologies.

Under the President's hydrogen fuel initiative, the first car driven by a child born today could be powered by fuel cells. The hydrogen fuel initiative supplements the President's existing FreedomCAR initiative, which is developing technologies needed for mass production of safe and affordable hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicles. Through partnerships with the private sector, the hydrogen fuel initiative and FreedomCAR will make it practical and affordable for Americans to choose to use clean, hydrogen fuel cell vehicles by 2020. This will dramatically improve America's energy security by significantly reducing the need for imported oil, as well as help clean our air and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Clear Skies – Clean Air for the 21st Century

Clear Skies, President Bush’s initiative to improve the nation’s air quality, is the most aggressive initiative in American history to cut power plant emissions, as well as a bold new strategy for addressing global climate change. Clear Skies would dramatically improve air quality by cutting power plant emissions of three critical pollutants – sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, and mercury – by 70 percent, more than any other presidential clean air initiative. These reductions would be mandatory and would achieve 35 million more tons of reductions from Clear Skies in the next decade than what we could get under business as usual with the current Clean Air Act.

The President’s historic proposal would bring cleaner air to Americans faster, more reliably, and more cost-effectively than under current law. It would save Americans as much as $1 billion annually in compliance costs that are passed along to American consumers, while improving air quality and protecting the reliability and affordability of electricity for consumers. Clear Skies would cut pollution further, faster, cheaper – and with more certainty – eliminating the need for expensive and uncertain litigation as a means of achieving clean air.

Healthy Forests – Safeguarding People, Wildlife and Ecosystems

Last year catastrophic wildfires burned more than 6 million acres of land, killed more than 20 firefighters, destroyed more than 2,000 buildings, and caused severe environmental damage. These catastrophic wildfires destroy everything in their path – people, their property, wildlife habitats, watersheds and entire ecosystems. It can take decades for these forests to recover. For over a century, the federal government has done nothing to eliminate dense undergrowth and ladder fuels, and it has suppressed most of the natural fires that serve to clear out brush and undergrowth. As a result, about 190 million acres of our nation's forests are in bonfire conditions.

The President's Healthy Forests Initiative is returning the nation’s forests to their natural condition by reducing unnecessary regulatory obstacles that hinder active forest management. Healthy Forests will restore forests and rangelands to their natural, healthy, fire-resistant conditions and prevent these catastrophic wildfires to the benefit of communities, wildlife habitat and the landscape.

Brownfields Cleanup - Revitalizing Abandoned Sites in Our Cities and Towns

American cities have many such eyesores -- anywhere from 500,000 to a million brownfields are across our nation. These areas once supported manufacturing and commerce, and now lie empty -- adding nothing of value to the community, and sometimes only causing problems. Fulfilling an important campaign pledge, the President signed historic bipartisan brownfields reform legislation in January 2002. President Bush is committed to accelerating the cleanup and redevelopment of contaminated, underutilized industrial sites. The revitalization of brownfields serves to improve the environment, protect public health, create jobs, and revitalize communities. The President’s FY04 budget proposal provides $211 million – almost 130 percent more than when President Bush took office – for EPA’s brownfields cleanup program.

The President’s Farm Bill – Helping America’s Farmers Conserve Their Land

The Administration believes that there are no better stewards of the land than people who rely on the productivity of the land. The President continues to implement a farm bill that enhances conservation and environmental stewardship. The legislation will greatly enhance the ability of America’s farmers and ranchers to protect wetlands, water quality, and wildlife habitat.

To help them live up to the newer and higher environmental standards, the President’s farm bill expands the ECP program, which provides financial assistance to our farmers and ranchers to encourage sound conservation. The farm bill will provide over $40 billion over the next decade in funds for conservation programs that will restore millions of acres of wetlands, conserve water, and improve streams and rivers.

Diesel Regulations – Tackling Emissions for Cleaner Air

The Administration has aggressively tackled diesel emissions with modern regulations – a new mandate on oil producers to reduce the sulfur in diesel fuel, an innovative program requiring cleaner diesel engines on new trucks, an initiative to cut diesel pollution from aging school bus fleets, and new rules to reduce emissions from non-road vehicles.

The President’s non-road diesel regulation has been widely praised by environmental groups, with some hailing it as providing potentially the greatest health benefits since lead was removed from gasoline some 20 years ago.

Global Environment – Meeting the Challenge of Global Climate Change

President Bush has committed America to an aggressive strategy to meet the challenge of long-term global climate change by reducing the greenhouse gas intensity of our economy by 18 percent over the next 10 years. The Administration’s climate change policy is science-based; it encourages research breakthroughs that lead to technological innovation; and it takes advantage of the power of markets. It will encourage global participation and will pursue actions that will help ensure continued economic growth and prosperity for our citizens and for citizens throughout the world.

This goal is supported by a broad range of domestic and international climate change initiatives, including $4.4 billion in FY04 for climate change. This includes a significant investment of $1.75 billion in climate change science research to address critical gaps of understanding our global climate system and over $500 million in tax incentives to improve energy efficiency and promote renewable energy in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Our Oceans – Improving Ocean Conservation in the National Park System

The National Park Service has begun restoring marine ecosystems in close cooperation with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and state and local governments. New management tools, including networks of marine reserves and natural area research have been established to restore coral reefs, kelp forests and their diverse communities of marine life.

The President’s Budget – Funding Conservation for Today and Tomorrow

At $44.9 billion, the President’s FY04 environment and natural resources budget request is the highest ever. The Budget funds the nation’s priorities of protecting our drinking water, reducing pollution, cleaning up industrial waste sites, protecting our national parks and refuges, and helping farmers conserve on private lands as well.

The President’s budget proposal includes a $10 million increase for EPA from FY03 to strengthen EPA’s core operating programs for air, water, land and enforcement activities. The budget also includes $3.9 billion for the U.S. Department of Agriculture for farm conservation funding, over $500 million more than last year, and $4.4 billion for federal climate-related programs, a commitment unmatched by any other nation.

A Commitment to Protect our Environment

President Bush and his Administration are building on 30 years of successful environmental improvements. Our air is cleaner, our drinking water is purer, and our land is better protected.

There is a growing consensus in America in favor of common-sense approaches to improving the environment while protecting the quality of American life. The Bush Administration will continue to pursue the President’s comprehensive environmental agenda and provide the public and private resources needed to make new investments in environmental technologies and conservation.

Americans understand their obligation to the environment more so than in the years past. Americans understand that good stewardship is a personal responsibility, and a public value. The President believes that it is important for Americans to understand that each of us have a responsibility, and that it's a part of our value system in our country to assume that responsibility.

post #4 of 8
M.A., I just did what you suggested. I have had no confidence in the Bush administration's commitment to environmental protection since the rejection of the Kyoto Protocol, as I am one of the 6 billion + people who live outside the U.S.. I personally have little faith in the administration's "window dressing". I used a U.S. address, and sent my emails to friends/family in the U.S.. Do you think I should get some Europeans involved, i.e., would that be ignored?
post #5 of 8
Thread Starter 
Opinons even world opinions are powerful no matter how you cut it. The more people who know about this issue the better IMO. Looking at the two articles posted here the man is a walking contradiction. I sincerly hope the people can sway this to the good of the planet.
post #6 of 8
I've sent this along to contacts in Germany, Canada, Britain, and Japan. Hopefully not in vain. I'm really not supposed to bring such subjects up in school, but if I "mention" it, and somebody asks questions, I can provide the address.
post #7 of 8
I hope the 75 "hits" mean that people are paying attention to this thread, because it's an important issue.
M.A., I've gotten some feedback today from people whose attention I drew to the site, and they've signed the petition and sent the address to other people.
Ginger, congratulations on an extremely concise, well-written summary. It is the perfect counterpoint to M.A.'s post. I'm a lost cause - my distaste for Bush started during the last Republican primaries, and deepened after he took office. I share Lucia's opinion that he is a marionette, but that is beside the point. All that really doesn't matter, because I can't vote, as a non-resident. However, I will concede that his administration has done some positive things, such as routing the Taliban in Afghanistan, getting Gaddafi to tow the line, introducing a Medicare prescription drug plan (though banning drug imports from Canada neutralizes that, IMO), and addressing the problem of forest fires, because the policy thus far followed hasn't been effective. I can't accept the new policy in all its details, but parts of it are acceptable, e.g.,
"Last year catastrophic wildfires burned more than 6 million acres of land, killed more than 20 firefighters, destroyed more than 2,000 buildings, and caused severe environmental damage. These catastrophic wildfires destroy everything in their path – people, their property, wildlife habitats, watersheds and entire ecosystems. It can take decades for these forests to recover. For over a century, the federal government has done nothing to eliminate dense undergrowth and ladder fuels, and it has suppressed most of the natural fires that serve to clear out brush and undergrowth. As a result, about 190 million acres of our nation's forests are in bonfire conditions."
As a last thought, perhaps you should apply for a job in public relations with the Bush administration, because you are exactly what they need (cif. Powell vs. Cheney yesterday).
post #8 of 8
Thanks for the compliment but I cannot take credit for the writing. I got the information off of the George W. Bush website http://www.georgewbush.com/
I hear so much negativity about this administration, I like to spread some good here and there

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