Tuesday, September 2, 2014

In 2007 George W. Bush said his Energy Act "confronts global climate change," that oil adds "greenhouse gas emissions," "makes us vulnerable to terrorists." Mandated more biofuels, ended many US lightbulbs, all to reduce CO2 as pledged "at UN climate change meeting in Bali"

3/12/14, "Climate Change Not a Top Worry in U.S.," Gallup Poll, R. Riffkin. "Worries Differ Greatly Between Political Parties"


12/19/2007, "President Bush Signs H.R. 6, the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007," George W. Bush Whitehouse Archives, U.S. Dept. of Energy, Washington, D.C.

Speaker Pelosi and Sen. Maj. Leader Reid are pleased

"THE PRESIDENT: Two years ago I was pleased to stand with members -- many of whom are here -- to sign a bill that was the first major energy security legislation in more than a decade. At the time I recognized that we needed to go even further. And so in my State of the Union I proposed an aggressive plan to reduce oil consumption of gasoline by 20 percent over 10 years.

Today we make a major step with the Energy Independence and Security Act. We make a major step toward reducing our dependence on oil, confronting global climate change, expanding the production of renewable fuels and giving future generations of our country a nation that is stronger, cleaner and more secure. (Applause.) 

I do welcome members of the Cabinet who've joined us. I particularly want to thank the Speaker and the Leader. I appreciate your leadership on this important issue. (Applause.) Speaker Pelosi is here with Congressman Steny Hoyer, House Majority Leader; welcome, Mr. Leader. (Applause.) Leader Reid has brought members of the Senate with him: Senator Inouye, Senator Bingaman, Senator Stevens -- I think that's Senator Domenici there is disguise -- (laughter and applause) -- looking pretty handsome, isn't he? (Applause.) I appreciate Congressman Dingell and Congressman Markey, Congressman Gordon -- these are all leaders on their respective committees that help bring this bill to my desk. I also want to welcome all the other members of Congress who have joined us. (Applause.) 

One of the most serious long-term challenges facing our country is dependence on oil -- especially oil from foreign lands. It's a serious challenge. And members of Congress up here understand the challenge and so do I. Because this dependence harms us economically through high and volatile prices at the gas pump; dependence creates pollution and contributes to greenhouse gas admissions [sic]. It threatens our national security by making us vulnerable to hostile regimes in unstable regions of the world. It makes us vulnerable to terrorists who might attack oil infrastructure. 

The legislation I am signing today will address our vulnerabilities and our dependence in two important ways. First, it will increase the supply of alternative fuel sources. Proposed an alternative fuel standard earlier this year. This standard would require fuel producers to include a certain amount of alternative fuels in their products. This standard would create new markets for foreign products used to produce these fuels. This standard would increase our energy security by making us less vulnerable to instability -- to the instability of oil prices on the world market.

The bill I sign today takes a significant step because it will require fuel producers to use at least 36 billion gallons of biofuel in 2022. This is nearly a fivefold increase over current levels. It will help us diversify our energy supplies and reduce our dependence on oil. It's an important part of this legislation, and I thank the members of Congress for your wisdom. (Applause.)

Second, the legislation also -- will also reduce our demand for oil by increasing fuel economy standards. (Applause.) Last January, I called for the first statutory increase in fuel economy standards for automobiles since they were enacted in 1975. The bill I'm about to sign delivers on that request. It specifies a national standard of 35 miles per gallon by 2020, which will increase fuel economy standards by 40 percent and save billions of gallons of fuel. This bill also includes an important reform that I believe is essential to making sure that we realize this strategy. It allows the Department of Transportation to issue what are known as "attribute-based standards," which will assure that increased fuel efficiency does not come at the expense of automobile safety. This is an important part of this bill, and again I thank the members for taking the lead. (Applause.) 

The bill also includes revisions to improve energy efficiency in lighting and appliances. * It adopts elements of the executive order I signed requiring federal agencies to lead by example in efficiency and renewable energy use.

Taken together, all these measures will help us improve our environment. It is estimated that these initiatives could reduce projected CO2 emissions by billions of metric tons. At the U.N. climate change meeting in Bali last week our nation promised to pursue new, quantifiable actions to reduce carbon emissions. Today we're doing just that. The legislation I'm signing today will lead to some of the largest CO2 emission cuts in our nation's history. (Applause.)...

And there's more we can accomplish together....And so we're going to spend money on new research for alternative feedstocks for ethanol. I mean, we understand the hog growers are getting nervous because the price of corn is up. But we also believe strongly that research will enable us to use wood chips and switchgrass and biomass to be able to develop the ethanol necessary to help us realize the vision outlined in this bill.

I appreciate very much the fact that we're going to fund additional research on new battery technologies to power plug-in hybrids. We're spending money on innovative ways to capture solar power. We're making -- providing incentives for nuclear energy. If we're serious about making sure we grow our economy and deal with greenhouse gases, we have got to expand nuclear power. (Applause.) 

It is going to take time to transition to this new era. And we're still going to need hydrocarbons. And I hope the Congress will continue to open access to domestic energy sources -- certain parts of the outer continental shelf in ANWR. And to protect us against disruptions in our oil supply, I ask Congress to double the current capacity of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve.

With these steps, particularly in the bill I'm about to sign, we're going to help American consumers a lot....We'll strengthen our security by helping to break our dependence on foreign oil. We'll do our duty to future generations by addressing climate change. 

And so I thank the members of Congress. I appreciate the fact that we've worked together, that we can show what's possible in addressing the big issues facing our nation. This is a good bill and I'm pleased to sign it. 

(The bill was signed.) (Applause.)"

Image: "President George W. Bush signs into law H.R. 6, the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2007, at the U.S. Department of Energy in Washington, D.C. White House photo by Joyce N. Boghosian"

*The phase out of US incandescent light bulbs was begun by George W. Bush:

12/13/13, "Light bulb ban set to take effect," CNN,

"Light bulb manufacturers will cease making traditional 40 and 60-watt light bulbs-- the most popular in the country -- at the start of 2014. This comes after the controversial phasing out of incandescent 75 and 100-watt light bulbs at the beginning of 2013....

The end of old light bulbs will likely anger some consumers that are already faced with higher prices for a variety of goods. But it will also tick off tea party activists since the ban is the result of the final phase of government-mandated efficiency standards.

The rules were signed into law by President George W. Bush in 2007. They are designed to address gross inefficiencies with old light bulbs -- only 10% of the energy they use is converted into light, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, which has a handy fact sheet about the changes. The rest is wasted as heat."...


Question: Why do coal companies such as Murray Energy give one penny to Establishment Republicans? Romney stood outside a coal plant in 2003 and said, "That plant kills people". For two decades John Boehner ("I'm not a scientist") has allowed imaginary CO2 danger to grow into a $1 billion a day "industry." Pretty good for something that doesn't exist. 


Comment: Some have said "Republican ideology" supports belief in natural climate change but not "human caused global warming." Aside from the hitch that there are two Republican Parties today, "Republican" George W. Bush's above speech and policies are very pro human caused global warming. Front and center are CO2, Mid East terror, the UN, ethanol, biofuel, and enormous taxpayer dollars distributed to vested interests. Unfortunately, as of 2014, ethanol has turned into a global tragedy. On the bright side, predicted increases in global temperatures haven't happened in 15+ years, the US has developed its natural gas and oil shale industries, and it has Canada has a fuel trading partner. As a Gallup Poll found in March 2014, human caused "climate" dangers are at the bottom of Americans' lists of concerns. Gallup found Republicans in particular believe the science that CO2 isn't warming the planet or that even if it were, only China can do anything about it. The slight hitch in this case is the two Republican Parties. Establishment Republicans such as George Bush agree with Democrats on most major issues, which they're free to do. We in the rank and file are free not to follow them:

3/12/14, "Climate Change Not a Top Worry in U.S.," Gallup Poll, R. Riffkin

"Worries Differ Greatly Between Political Parties"

"Americans from the two major political parties express different levels of worry about a number of the issues tested, including climate change and the environment. Among Democrats and Democratic leaners, 45% say they worry a great deal about the quality of the environment. This percentage drops to 16% among Republicans and Republican leaners.

Gallup finds a 26-percentage-point difference in worry about climate change, with Democrats again more likely than Republicans to worry a great deal."...


8/13/2014, "Who are the climate change deniers?" by in Economist/YouGov Poll, today.yougov.com

"Republicans are far more skeptical of human-caused climate change than most Americans."...


Comment: Canada could be an even greater fuel trading partner but the Left prefers to continue using Mid East sources. If "The Right" existed in the Beltway it might be different. Establishment Republicans can't label themselves Democrat in public because they'd lose $1billion every four years running fake candidates who have no chance and no intention of winning. What would the NY Times write about if they had to admit the US has only one functioning political party, the Democrats, and that the country is a soft dictatorship?


Romney in 2003 outside a coal plant with anti-coal activists, "That (coal) plant kills people." Romney's voice at :17

10/7/2011, "Press Release - Romney and Obama: Carbon Copies," presidency.ucsb.edu

"Romney's environmental policies and advisors now being used by President Obama"
"Mitt Romney and President Obama are carbon copies when it comes to environmental policies, as evident in the video "Romney and Obama: Carbon Copies"

The Wall Street Journal recently investigated Mr. Romney's liberal environmental record:

Just days after his 2002 election, Mr. Romney hired Douglas Foy, one of the state's most prominent environmental activists, and put him in charge of supervising four state agencies. ... With Mr. Foy by his side, Mr. Romney joined activists outside an aging, coal-fired plant in 2003 to show his commitment to the emissions caps. 

"I will not create jobs or hold jobs that kill people, and that plant, that plant kills people," he said. [1]
Mr. Romney later implemented job-killing carbon caps for Massachusetts:

On Dec. 7, 2005, the Romney administration unveiled the final orders. "These carbon emission limits will provide real and immediate progress in the battle to improve our environment," then-Gov. Romney said in a press release touting Massachusetts as "the first and only state to set CO2 emissions limits on power plants." [1]

Two former Romney environmental advisors are now members of the Obama Administration.
Gina McCarthy, the Environmental Protection Agency's top air pollution official, was Mr. Romney's "green quarterback." [2]

John Holdren, Obama's science czar, advised Romney on implementing his greenhouse gas policy and was highlighted in the 2005 press release announcing Massachusetts' carbon caps. [3, 4]


[1] Romney Environment Push Is Fresh Target for His Rivals, Wall Street Journal, 10/6/11, WSJ.com
[2] (Obama) EPA Official Was Romney's 'Green Quarterback,' National Journal, 9/22/11, NationalJournal.com
[3] Romney Announces Strict New Clean Air Regulations To Take Effect January 1, Press Release, 12/7/05, scribd.com"


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