April 20, 2005: Headlines: Figures: COS - India: NGO's: Sierra Club: Environment: Common Dreams: Carl Pope says Bush/Delay Energy Policies Ignore Common-Sense Solutions

Peace Corps Online: Directory: India: Special Report: India RPCV and Sierra Club Director Carl Pope: February 9, 2005: Index: PCOL Exclusive: RPCV Carl Pope (India) : April 20, 2005: Headlines: Figures: COS - India: NGO's: Sierra Club: Environment: Common Dreams: Carl Pope says Bush/Delay Energy Policies Ignore Common-Sense Solutions

By Admin1 (admin) (pool-151-196-181-108.balt.east.verizon.net - on Saturday, April 23, 2005 - 9:37 pm: Edit Post

Carl Pope says Bush/Delay Energy Policies Ignore Common-Sense Solutions

Carl Pope says Bush/Delay Energy Policies Ignore Common-Sense Solutions

Carl Pope says Bush/Delay Energy Policies Ignore Common-Sense Solutions

Bush/Delay Energy Policies Ignore Common-Sense Solutions
Statement of Carl Pope, Sierra Club Executive Director

WASHINGTON -- April 20 -- In a speech in Washington today, President Bush is expected to trot out the same, outdated, last-century energy policies mirrored in the House Energy Bill likely to be voted on tomorrow. Why is it that everyone except Congress and the administration has figured out that there are better solutions out there that can create millions of jobs, protect our wild places, and make America safer and more secure? The week of Earth Day would be an excellent occasion for Congress and the President to let go of the past and take a look at the present, existing technologies that will solve our energy problems.

The President and leaders in Congress have said time after time that they want a balanced energy policy that lowers energy prices, creates jobs, and cuts America's oil dependence. Sadly, the energy bill before the House is not that plan. Even the Bush administration's own Department of Energy has said that last year's nearly identical energy bill would do nothing to lower gas prices or lower America's imports of foreign oil.

The message must be clear to President Bush and Congressional Leaders: America will not forget that when decisive action on energy was critical, they chose to enrich their friends rather than pursue the best interests of American families. Instead of seizing this opportunity to put American on a Clean Energy path, the House Leadership has turned away a slew of bipartisan amendments that would have allowed members to vote to put stronger energy efficiency and renewable energy provisions into the bill, addressed energy-based global warming, and reduced the billions in giveaways to some of the most profitable companies in the world. Instead, the House Rules Committee shielded its members from having to vote on key issues that would address energy supply and price issues on behalf of American families.

The Bush-DeLay plan is a vast wish-list for the Exxon-Mobiles of the world, masquerading as a genuine effort to address our national energy quagmire. It opens up our coasts and special places, like the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, to oil development; lets big business polluters off the hook for cleaning up the messes they make; and funnels billions of dollars in subsidies to outdated dirty industries like coal, oil and nuclear power. In the House tax title alone, there are $7 spent on dirty, conventional energy sources for every dollar spent on clean energy. That is anything but balanced. At a time when energy companies are making record profits -- Exxon-Mobil, for example made a record $134 billion in profits (up 218%) last year on high oil prices -- why is Congress funneling billions of taxpayer dollars to these same industries? The energy bill would also weaken our Clean Air and Clean Water Acts, and would even end MTBE (a gasoline additive found to pollute drinking water) manufacturers responsibility for cleanup contaminated water supplies, burdening local communities with a $30 billion cleanup cost.

It's time to re-energize America with a smarter, safer, cleaner, and cheaper energy policy. We can light and heat our homes with safer, cleaner wind or solar power. We have the technology to make all cars go 40 miles per gallon within ten years, saving more oil than the U.S. currently imports from the Persian Gulf or could ever take from the National Wildlife Refuge, combined. We can improve the energy efficiency of our homes, businesses and appliances - putting money in our wallets and keeping the environment clean. We can protect our children from the air pollution that spews from cars and power plants. We can protect our coasts and the wildlands left to us for safekeeping. All we need now is leaders who will put people ahead of corporations and act now to create a legacy that we will be proud to leave our children.

When this story was posted in April 2005, this was on the front page of PCOL:

Peace Corps Online The Independent News Forum serving Returned Peace Corps Volunteers
The Peace Corps Library Date: March 27 2005 No: 536 The Peace Corps Library
Peace Corps Online is proud to announce that the Peace Corps Library is now available online. With over 30,000 index entries in 500 categories, this is the largest collection of Peace Corps related stories in the world. From Acting to Zucchini, you can find hundreds of stories about what RPCVs with your same interests or from your Country of Service are doing today. If you have a web site, support the "Peace Corps Library" and link to it today.

Top Stories and Breaking News PCOL Magazine Peace Corps Library RPCV Directory Sign Up

April 17, 2005: This Week's Top Stories Date: April 18 2005 No: 556 April 17, 2005: This Week's Top Stories
The Coyne Column: A Peace Corps Writer Discovery 17 Apr
Chris Van Hollen supports Peace Corps budget 17 Apr
Joseph Goldstein founded Forest Refuge 17 Apr
Judge Flemming Norcott wins community service award 16 Apr
Wangari Maathai meets with Kenya Country Director 15 Apr
Simon James says corps' days numbered in Uzbekistan 15 Apr
Peace Corps not heard anything about Uzbekistan 15 Apr
Novak says Chris Dodd attacking anti-Castro officials 14 Apr
Taylor Hackford not pleased with content editing 14 Apr
Activist W. Retta Gilliam dies in DC 13 Apr
Alberto Ibargüen studying newspaper options 13 Apr
Christopher Hill says Korea nuclear talks can work 12 Apr
DNA undercuts verdict against Jerry Marks 11 Apr
Tom Bissell discusses recent events in Kyrgyzstan 11 Apr
Chris Gobrecht named Basketball Coach at Yale 11 Apr
Glenn Ivers does "Splash for Cash" in icy waters 11 Apr
Chris Shays says Delay should step down 10 Apr

April 17, 2005: Special RPCV Events Date: April 18 2005 No: 558 April 17, 2005: Special RPCV Events
RPCV Kent Island Family Weekend on May 6 - 8
Joseph Opala speaks in Rhode Island on April 19
South Carolina RPCVs to see off PCVs on April 18
Terry Deshler speaks in Wyoming on April 18
Cameroon RPCVs selling special Pagne
Bush proclaims National Volunteer Week
RPCVs: Post your stories or press releases here for inclusion next week.

RPCVs and Friends remember Pope John Paul II Date: April 3 2005 No: 550 RPCVs and Friends remember Pope John Paul II
Tony Hall found the pope to be courageous and capable of forgiving the man who shot him in 1981, Mark Gearan said the pope was as dynamic in person as he appears on television, Maria Shriver said he was a beacon of virtue, strength and goodness, and an RPCV who met the pope while serving in the Solomon Islands said he possessed the holiness of a man filled with a deep love and concern for humanity. Leave your thoughts here.

Friends of the Peace Corps 170,000  strong Date: April 2 2005 No: 543 Friends of the Peace Corps 170,000 strong
170,000 is a very special number for the RPCV community - it's the number of Volunteers who have served in the Peace Corps since 1961. It's also a number that is very special to us because March is the first month since our founding in January, 2001 that our readership has exceeded 170,000. And while we know that not everyone who comes to this site is an RPCV, they are all "Friends of the Peace Corps." Thanks everybody for making PCOL your source of news for the Returned Volunteer community.

Read the stories and leave your comments.

Some postings on Peace Corps Online are provided to the individual members of this group without permission of the copyright owner for the non-profit purposes of criticism, comment, education, scholarship, and research under the "Fair Use" provisions of U.S. Government copyright laws and they may not be distributed further without permission of the copyright owner. Peace Corps Online does not vouch for the accuracy of the content of the postings, which is the sole responsibility of the copyright holder.

Story Source: Common Dreams

This story has been posted in the following forums: : Headlines; Figures; COS - India; NGO's; Sierra Club; Environment



Add a Message

This is a public posting area. Enter your username and password if you have an account. Otherwise, enter your full name as your username and leave the password blank. Your e-mail address is optional.