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Bush Seeks to Ease Pollution Rules for Utilities -Saturday November 23rd -Eric Pianin -World wide news The Bush administration and the EPA are rolling back restrictions on utility companies Formerly when one of these facilities wanted to upgrade to produce more energy or make repairs the would have to meet the new EPA emissions guidelines Now power plants are able to make repairs without being taken to court under the Clean Air Act and plans are on the slate for power plants to be able to upgrade without adding expensive anti-pollution devices to reduce emissions Fifty power plants have been sued by government authorities under the Clean Air Act of 1970 The Clean Air Act stipulated that when facilities are updated they must install the best newest anti-pollution devices Now however it would seem that EPA stands now for Efficiency Protection Agency at the expense of the environment I know This is US domestic policy Not international Im going to be docked five points I know However the reason I chose this article other that the news filled with namby-pamby foreign policy stories ghostwritten by Ari Fleischer is that the effect of these upcoming actions will be global In my mind domestic policy is stupid stuff Paying for road repairs setting taxes readjusting welfare and Medicare while bringing down the debt Those are things that while important really wont affect bother or interest people anywhere else Any where However as the largest industrialized nation in the world we set the tone for keeping the world clean We dont do a good job we contribute to global warming more than any industrialized nation but we were trying Our air is their air How can convince third world countries that cheap inefficient coal is a bad source of energy when we ourselves are looking for loopholes I havent been happy with this administrations attitude towards environmental issues Last year I believe Bush bailed out of
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