14 February, 2003

Take Charge

Dubya proves that once again, he's a real take charge kind of guy when it comes to the environment.

The Bush administration Wednesday kicked off its program to tackle global warming by unveiling pledges from a broad cross-section of industry to voluntarily reduce greenhouse gas emissions relative to economic output over the next decade.

Oooooooh!!!! Pledges! You mean all this time, all we needed to do to help shape up the environment is call on industry like we're PBS, and get pledges from them? Damn! Why were we even wasting time with the EPA?

You'll have to forgive me if I seem a bit skeptical. It might have something to do with the fact that I think their promises aren't worth the paper they're printed on.

The pledges differ from industry to industry and company by company, but the goal is to reduce greenhouse gas "emissions intensity" by 18 percent by 2012 - a target announced by President Bush a year ago.

"Emissions intensity" is the amount of man-made greenhouse gases produced per unit of economic output. Even before the Bush plan, the amount of greenhouse gas emissions relative to economic output was declining, but the overall amount of emissions was increasing as economic growth outpaced the adoption of emissions-reduction measures.

So basically, we get another promise from the administration that looks nice, but ultimately does nothing but harm us more. YAY!

You know what? Fuck it. Do whatever the hell you want to the environment. Burn off the fucking atmosphere for all I care. Burn every last trace of oil. Dump sewage in the sea. Because ultimately, it's only going to help remove humans from this planet. And the sooner that happens, the sooner it can heal, and life can start anew.

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