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FW: Nader on Cheney on Energy

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  • ChasMauch@aol.com
    Too bad common sense messages like this are unable to reach the public due to corporate-owned media censorship. The system is bulletproof. Charlie Mauch
    Message 1 of 1 , May 7, 2001
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      Too bad common sense messages like this are unable to reach the public due to
      corporate-owned media censorship. The system is bulletproof.
      Charlie Mauch
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      WASHINGTON, May 3, 2001 (U.S. Newswire via COMTEX) via NewsEdge
      Corporation - The following is a statement by Ralph Nader on Vice President
      Cheney's comments on energy policy:

      Vice President Dick Cheney is a dinosaur living in the age of mammals.
      Imagine a public official uttering the following:

      "Conservation may be a sign of personal virtue, but it is not a sufficient
      basis for a sound, comprehensive energy policy.

      We ... safeguard the environment by making greater use of the cleanest
      methods of power generation we know.... that is nuclear power.

      The notion that somehow developing the resources in ANWR (Arctic National
      Wildlife Reserve) requires a vast despoiling of the environment is provably
      false."

      It is time for the American people to insist Mr. Cheney stop talking
      nonsense and to tell Mr. Cheney and his fellow "oil man" President Bush that
      they have to wean themselves from the economically and environmentally
      costly energy policies that keep taxpayers, consumers and environmentalists
      hooked on oil coal and nuclear power.

      Federal policy over the past century has largely failed to promote an energy
      system based on safe, secure, economically affordable, and environmentally
      benign energy sources. The tax code, budget appropriations, and regulatory
      processes overwhelmingly have been used to subsidize dependence on fossil
      fuels and nuclear power. The result: increased sickness and premature
      deaths, depleted family budgets, acid rain destruction of lakes, forests,
      and crops, oil spill contamination, polluted rivers and loss of aquatic
      species and the long-term peril of climate change and radioactive waste
      dumps-not to mention a dependency on external energy supplies.

      There is an alternative. Three decades of detailed assessments,
      on-the-ground results, and research and development innovations in the
      energy-consuming devices used in our buildings, vehicles and industries
      undeniably show that energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies are
      superior energy options for society. They offer a present and future path
      that is economically attractive, safe and secure from large-scale or
      long-term risks or threats to public health, future generations, and the
      environment.

      But embarking on that path requires overcoming the power of the oil, nuclear
      and other conventional fuel industries to which both the Republicans and
      Democrats are indentured. Under the thumb of the dirty fuel industries,
      Congress and the Executive branch have refused to adopt even the most
      modest, common sense measures. For example, when the President's Committee
      of Advisors on Science and Technology concluded in a 1997 report that
      doubling the Department of Energy's efficiency R&D funding would produce a
      40 to 1 return on the investment for the nation, Congress responded by
      proposing deep cuts in the efficiency and renewables R&D budgets.

      The Clinton/Gore Administration nod to increased energy efficiency relied
      largely on corporate welfare. Rather than push for an increase in auto
      fuel-efficiency standards, the Administration established the Partnership
      for a New Generation of Vehicles (PNGV). PNGV is a $1.5 billion subsidy
      program for the Big Three auto companies that has done nothing to improve
      auto fuel efficiency but has served as a convenient smokescreen behind which
      the industry has been able to fend off new regulatory requirements for more
      efficient cars.

      Energy Innovations: A Prosperous Path to a Clean Environment, a joint study
      prepared by half a dozen of the nation's prominent energy and environmental
      research and advocacy groups, shows that a handful of simple and
      straightforward measures could produce a significant reduction in sulfur
      dioxide (SO2) emissions (prime cause of acid rain) by 2010, compared to 1990
      levels and nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions (a key precursor of ground-level
      ozone, smog) as well as deep cuts in emissions of other damaging pollutants,
      including fine particles, toxic metals like mercury and hydrocarbons, and
      carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.

      President Bush could establish the United States as the model for other
      countries by adopting a sustainable energy policy that includes:

      -- ending fossil fuel and nuclear corporate welfare supports, including
      numerous special tax preferences;

      -- launching a robust federal research and development program in
      sustainable renewable energy sources, so that the energy-independence
      promises of wind, solar and other forms of renewable energy are finally
      realized;

      -- increasing auto fuel efficiency standards (at least to 45 miles per
      gallon for cars and 35 miles per gallon for light trucks, to be phased in
      over five years) during a transition period to zero-emissions cars;

      -- adopting stronger efficiency standards for appliances and mandatory
      energy performance building codes;

      -- ensuring electricity policies which promote efficient use of electricity
      through a range of measures including "net metering"-requirements that
      companies pay market prices for electricity generated by consumers and
      passed back to the utility-and elimination of clean air exemptions for
      "grandfathered" fossil fuel facilities; and

      -- establishing a well-funded employee transition assistance fund and
      job-retraining program for displaced coal miners-easily affordable with the
      savings from greater energy efficiency.

      Our country has more problems than it deserves and more solutions than it
      uses. It is time for the United States to stop letting Exxon-Mobil, Peabody
      Coal and Westinghouse shape our energy policy and for our misguided elected
      officials to adopt an energy strategy based on clean renewable energy and
      conservation. Future generations will thank us for curbing our fossil fuel
      appetite.

      CONTACT:          Ralph Nader, 202-387-803

      Copyright (C) 2001, U.S. Newswire
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