White House Policies Reflect Strong Commitment to Environment
President George W Bush said his
policies have encouraged cooperative conservation, innovation, and new
technologies, marking Earth Day 2007.
The White House compiled a list of what President Bush calls a strong
environmental record -- better than those created by presidents before
The president's efforts have cleaned-up air pollution, "our water is
purer, our natural resources are better protected, and we are taking
positive steps to confront the important challenge of climate change,"
President Bush said.
"Millions more Americans
drinking cleaner, safer water than before the president took office,"
according to the White House.
Using examples in celebration of Earth Day, 22 April 2007, the White
House concluded that since President Bush took office in January 2001
the level of air pollution decreased by more than 10 percent, and the
administration adopted the Clean Air Nonroad Diesel Rule and the Clean
Air Interstate Rule.
The Clean Air Interstate and Clean Air Mercury Rules challenge the
power plants in the eastern part of the United States to cut emissions
of sulfur dioxide and mercury by nearly 70 percent and nitrogen oxides
by nearly 60 percent from 2003 levels, producing significant
improvements to air quality, human health, and natural resources.
Some 2.5 million acres of wetlands have been cleared of hazardous fuels
The White House is looking to individual donors, foundations, and the
private sector to help support national parks by contributing $100
million annually, which the president said he'd match in funds for the
fiscal 2008 budget.
President Bush signed into law a provision that significantly expanded
federal tax incentives for conservation-related donations made in 2006
and 2007. The incentives promote voluntary land conservation and
provide an economic benefit for family farmers and ranchers. The
president's 2008 budget proposes to make these tax incentives permanent.
The President's 2008 parks budget totals $2.4 billion, which is the
largest so far for park operations and includes the highest increase
ever in park operations funding the White House contends. Since taking
office, the president has increased park operational spending by more
than 40 percent or $584 million.
The administration's climate change policy is science-based the White
House reported while encouraging research breakthroughs to reduce
greenhouse gas intensity 18 percent by 2012. The Energy Information
Agency found greenhouse gas emissions increased 0.6 percent between
years 2004 and 2005, down from a 1 percent annual increase on average,
and greenhouse gas intensity decreased 2.5 percent.
Looking ahead, the president vowed
to reduce gasoline usage by 20 percent by 2017 by reforming fuel
economy standards on automobiles, and harnessing the power of
technology to increase the use of alternative fuels.
"Reaching this goal will help address climate change concerns by
reducing carbon dioxide emissions from cars, light trucks, and SUVs,"
the president said.
Since 2001, the president said he
had requested $35 billion for climate-related science, technology,
observations, international assistance, and incentive programs. Between
2003 and 2006, the president committed nearly $3 billion annually to
climate change technology research and deployment programs.
Domestic initiatives launched were meant to develop new technologies
through voluntary, incentive-based, and mandatory programs, including
Climate VISION and Climate Leaders, SmartWay Transportation Program,
and the Hydrogen Fuel Initiative.
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