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Friday, June 08, 2007

Stop Obama's dirty coal to liquid technology plan

Barack Obama claims to support stopping global warming, so why is he supporting dirty coal to liquid technology that would actually increase carbon emissions? According to MoveOn:

In the next few weeks, Congress could vote to DOUBLE the amount of greenhouse gases America produces from our cars and planes.1
It's the greatest single threat to solving the climate crisis in a decade.

It sounds crazy. But Congress is rushing through a package that could lock us into liquid coal as our country's new energy source for transportation. For every mile driven, coal-based fuels produce as much as twice as many greenhouse gases as petroleum.2 That means even a Prius would drive like a Hummer.

So why did Obama introduce this bill? Can you sign MoveOn's petition to stop it in its tracks?

Please also sign this petition from Chesapeake Climate Action Network on the same issue.


Here's a video of Al Gore talking about this issue:

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Blogger BONGO MIRROR said...

I've been thinking a bit about the relative importance of environmental policy versus foreign policy. At first, I thought that environmental policy was more important. But, rather than criticize here, I thought I should think more. More recently, it has occurred to me that the US really has to clean up their foreign policy in order for any good environmental policies to make a real difference to the world.

On the other hand, making things worse really will make things worse. So, I now think that what you've been showing here is exactly right.

June 09, 2007

Blogger AstroGirl said...

I see your point about foreign policy. Of course they are really both very important. If the U.S. improves its environmental policy, that will help the global environment, which will have a positive impact on the world, whether or not the rest of the world realizes it has happened.

On the other hand, the U.S. can't continue to act as a rogue nation and make enemies. We have to get back to being a good neighbor to the rest of the world. As John Edwards said in his recent speech on terrorism,

And this is actually the worst part of Bush’s ‘War on Terror Doctrine’: not only is it a distraction from the real war of stopping terrorists, it’s actually backfired. Today, we have more terrorists and fewer allies. And I want to say that again. Today, as a result of what George Bush has done, we have more terrorists and fewer allies.

Fortunately, improving our foreign policy and our environmental policy are not mutually exclusive. We have to do both.

June 09, 2007


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