Greens call Feinstein bill to cut greenhouse gas emissions inadequate and a capitulation to energy lobbies

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GREEN PARTY OF THE UNITED STATES
http://www.gp.org

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Green Party leaders called a
bill proposed by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.)
to cut greenhouse gas emissions severely
inadequate, and urged Congress to take
far-reaching steps to curb global warming.

"Sen. Feinstein's plan, which calls for
incremental cuts up to a 7.25% reduction in 2020,
hardly puts a dent in emissions, and 2020 is far
too late in light of recent news that global
warming is advancing rapidly," said Todd
Chretien, Green Party candidate who is
challenging Sen. Feinstein for her seat in the
U.S. Senate <
http://www.todd4senate.org>.

The Feinstein bill, still in the discussion draft
phase, caps greenhouse gas emissions at 100% of
today's level in 2010, with a gradual reduction
to 92.75% by 2020.  The bill proposes a mandatory
cap-and-trade plan for U.S. industries, and aims
to safe-guard economic stability and
competitiveness, i.e., doesn't tamper with
corporate profit.

The Green Party has called for measures that
require economic reorganization and which place
public health above corporate profit.  The party
stresses the need for conservation of resources,
decreased energy consumption, and conversion to
clean solar, wind, tidal, geothermal, fuel cell,
and biomass sources.  Greens also warn that
nuclear energy is not an acceptable alternative
to fossil fuels, because it creates security risk
and tons of radioactive waste.
Greens have also urged the U.S. to rejoin the
Kyoto accord and to take the lead on measures
that can realistically curb climate change.  An
overwhelming majority of scientists assert that
the original Kyoto goal of a reduction of 5% to
1991 greenhouse gas levels is inadequate and urge
a 70% reduction, a goal supported by Green Party
members.

"We face two major obstacles in addressing the
climate crisis," said Julia Willebrand, co-chair
of the Green Party's International Committee, who
has represented Greens in the Climate Crisis
Coalition
<

http://www.climatecrisiscoalition.org/>.  "The
first obstacle is the Bush Administration's
refusal to join Kyoto, practice of drafting
energy policy secretly and with the participation
of energy corporations, and censorship of and
tampering with scientific research on global
warming.  The second obstacle is all the
Democrats and moderate Republicans who talk about
cutting back greenhouse gas emissions but propose
ineffective reductions out of deference to
corporate lobbies."

MORE INFORMATION

Green Party of the United States
http://www.gp.org
1700 Connecticut Avenue NW, Suite 404
Washington, DC 20009.
202-319-7191, 866-41GREEN
Fax 202-319-7193

"New Global Warming Legislation Outlined by
Feinstein"
March 20, 2006, YubaNet.com
http://www.yubanet.com/artman/publish/article_33120.shtml

"US Must Rejoin Kyoto, Regulate CO2, or Face More
Disasters"
Green Party press release, December 1, 2005
http://www.gp.org/press/pr_2005_12_01.shtml

"The climate is crashing, and global warming is
to blame. Why the crisis hit so soon–and what we
can do about it"
By Jeffrey Kluger, Time, March 26, 2006
http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1176980,00.html

"Rewriting The Science" (article on Bush
Administration censorship of global warming
research)
CBS News, March 19, 2006
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2006/03/17/60minutes/main1415985.shtml

One Response

  1. Great job guys… Thank for you work…

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