Addicted to Oil: G.W. Bush Conquers Step 1

Thu, 2006-02-02 15:36Richard Littlemore
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Addicted to Oil: G.W. Bush Conquers Step 1

There are skeptics galore dismissing U.S. President George W. Bush's admission this week that America has a problem. They look at the Texas oilman's history and doubt that he is sincere in saying that the U.S. should conserve fossil fuels or seriously explore (climate friendly) energy alternatives.

Others are pointing out that, like all additions, this one will be hard to break (see attachment).

No matter, the first stage in conquering a problem is admitting it. There is room to be unreservedly pleased that President Bush has spoken the words, even if we're not holding our breath in anticipation that the deeds will follow quickly.

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A U.S. District Court judge ruled on June 27 that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Forest Service both wrongly approved expansion of the West Elk coal mine in Somerset, Colo., because they failed to take into account the economic impacts greenhouse gas emissions from the mining would have.
 
The federal agencies said it was impossible to quantify such impacts, but the court pointed out a tool is...
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