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Tuesday, April 17, 2007


More is Better?

Yippee! The Bush Climate Control Policy is working... or so they say. According to EPA Administrator Dave Johnson, the President's plan "is delivering real results." As a matter of fact, the amount of greenhouse gases that have been put into the atmosphere had only grown by one percent.


How could increased greenhouse gases be a good thing? Well, I know my thoughts, but I think that Frank O'Donnell, president of Clean Air Watch put it best:

"Things have come to a pretty sad state of affairs when the EPA tries to spin increased greenhouse gas emissions as a victory,"

Indeed they have. One wonders just how the folks at Fox News Channel are going to spin this one. Even worse, just how will the other cable news channels spin it?

It reminds me of how the Bushies have treated everything they've screwed up so far. Take jobs for example. According to the Bushies, US jobs are growing. That is unless you look at the real statistics and realize that: (A) Real wages continue to fall; (B) The actual percentage of Americans with jobs is less than even that of his father's presidency's final days; and (C) Those "jobs of the future" are living in China and India. And let's not even mention the fact that under Bush's first term in office, there was actually a net job loss. Even now, as we add jobs to the national payroll we can't seem to be able to keep up with the increase in population.

And somehow, like an increase in the amount of greenhouse gases, this is a "good thing" too.

Of course, the Energy Department, Dick Cheney's favorite, had a different view:

"The slow growth in emissions from 2004 to 2005 can be attributed mainly to higher energy prices that suppressed demand, low or negative growth in several energy-intensive industries, and weather-related disruptions,"
-the US Energy Department

Translation: You're not making more money, but you're paying more for gasoline. And although there was still an increase in greenhouse gas emissions, the Bush "base" of "haves and have mores" is making out at your expense, so it's a "good thing".

Even the Bushies aren't trying to promote their Reagan retread "Trickle-down economics" anymore. It's plain and simply survival of the fittest and you have a beer belly, a club foot and asthma.

So according to the Bushies, anything which caused gas prices to go up is also a "good thing":
-Hurricane Katrina? A good thing.
-The war in Iraq? A good thing.
-The Iranian conflict? A good thing.

It's like Disneyworld: The happiest place on Earth!

To avoid the worst impacts of global climate change, most REAL climatologists believe that we have to reduce - I SAID REDUCE - the amount of greenhouse gases we are putting into our atmosphere by 80 percent by mid-century.

"The climate system doesn't respond to emission intensity. It's a red herring,"
-Ben Dunham, an attorney for U.S. PIRG (Public Interest Research Group)

In other words, no matter how well industry responds to making more money at the expense of our environment, it still isn't a "good thing".

I don't necessarily expect to be alive by mid-century, but I pray that my daughter and son will be, along with my grandchildren. I just hope they remember what we did for the environment over the next few years as the beginning of something that is truly a "good thing". But what about the likes of the Bushies? What is their take on the environment? Truly if they believe that we need to leave this world a better place than when we arrived; truly if they believe in God, and that this world is his gift to us all, then they must believe that an increase in greenhouse gases is not a "good thing".

Or maybe I shouldn't assume how, and if, the Bush "base" of "haves and have mores" believe in God. After all, there are profits to be had.

-Noah Greenberg

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