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Thursday, May 25, 2006

Bush doesn't care about the environment

Or so the media would have you believe.

But a column in TCS Daily by Duane D. Freese reveals the truth about some of the Bush administration's environmental efforts, efforts that don't see the light of day in the Mainstream Media.

For instance, did you know that in 2004 the Bush administration negotiated a multi-country program called Methane to Markets? Did you know the program promises a reduction in methane -- a greenhouse gas 23 times more powerful than the carbon dioxide that is the focus of most news reporting -- equal to the reductions in greenhouse gases from the more heralded Kyoto Protocol?

How about the administration's efforts to develop the Asia-Pacific Partnership for Clean Development and Climate Change (AP6)? Involving China, India, South Korea, Japan, Australia, and the United States, the goal of the AP6 is to address climate change by creating and deploying technologies that emit less greenhouse gas such as carbon dioxide. The latest victory in this area is China's agreement to buy 60 methane generators from Caterpillar Inc. for $58 million. The generators will take in the methane from its largest coal mine, reducing explosions and improving safety and health in the mines while providing 120 megawatts of electricity with reduced greenhouse gas emissions.

The administration understands that upcoming world powers like China and India must be involved or any efforts by the United States -- just like with oil consumption -- will come up woefully short.

How about the 60 federal programs designed to help reduce emissions by 500 million metric tons of greenhouse gases in the next six years? Or the $26 billion in federal spending on climate change programs since Bush came into office, about half of which has gone to researching new technology?

Had you heard any of that? Me either. Guess it doesn't fit in with the MSM's efforts to demonize the Republicans.


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