Energy Industry Demands Cap; Bush Says No

This is just plain strange: top leaders in the energy industry are telling Bush that we need mandatory reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, and Bush is essentially saying, “Sorry, but we’ve ruled that out. Let the free market take care of this problem.” It’s beyond sad. Please, Scooter Libby, be the Deus Ex Machina that takes this administration down. From the UK Independent:

Ten senior US business leaders, including the heads of utility and chemical companies, have issued a direct challenge to President George Bush on climate change, publicly demanding the mandatory caps on carbon emissions that the White House has appeared to rule out of the President’s State of the Union address tonight.

“We can and must take prompt action to establish a co-ordinated, economy-wide, market-driven approach to climate protection,” the chief executives, from companies including Alcoa, DuPont, and Pacific Gas and Electric, say in an open letter to Mr Bush.

The move, which threatened to upstage the President ahead of his major annual setpiece speech to Congress, adds to the confusion of the global warming debate here. But it also underscores how the White House, long sceptical that the problem even existed, has become a mere bystander, as individual states and key lawmakers initiate action of their own.

Only confusion has emerged from the White House, with key advisers appearing to endorse a “cap-and-trade” system, only for that to be seemingly ruled out by Tony Snow, the Presidential spokesman.

President Bush has said that voluntary efforts, and the development of alternative energy sources, are the best approach.In the speech, Mr Bush is expected to dwell on health care reform, as pressure builds for some system that guarantees coverage for all.

So the President of the United States is becoming a “mere bystander” while the rest of the world tries to figure out what to do to keep the planet from turning into a melting ball of disaster.

Between these energy industry leaders and our new Congress, perhaps there could be not only pressure to cap greenhouse gas emissions, but also pressure to begin the decreasing of troops in Iraq and get those same troops focused on building alternative energy resources for the US. I know, it’s far-fetched, but it seems to make more sense than the current plan.


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