Saturday, August 13, 2005

Bush's new energy platform

Last week, Bush signed his energy platform into law. Effectively, it dispersed 14.5 billion dollars towards facing the challenges of providing enough juice to the world's greediest consumers of power.

About half the money will go towards incentives to developers and consumers of green technology. The other half, it appears, will subsidize big oil companies in their quest to further decrease America's dependence on foreign oil.

This means that previously protected land will now be opened up for oil exploration. The conservationist in me is upset at this fact, but yet we can all claim a small victory in that the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge was not designated an area of exploration in this bill. It will remain untouched, for now.

We shouldn't be surprised that Bush displayed this sort of nepotism. But to be frank, I have little knowledge of previous energy bills to know if this is a good one or a bad one. I do wish, however, that a greater percentage of the pie was going to sustainable energy sources.

Here's a very enviro-slanted article on the issue:
http://www.alternet.org/envirohealth/23999/

Here are two articles that are more balanced:
http://www.csmonitor.com/2005/0808/p01s01-uspo.html
http://www.cbn.com/cbnnews/news/050729a.asp

Here's a great editorial from the Chronicle Herald - it's a good read:
http://www.herald.ca/stories/2005/08/13/fOpinion311.raw.html

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