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US update

Published by MAC on 2007-05-14

US update

14th May 2007

As the Bush regime seeks.(once again) to sabotage any decision seeking cuts to global greenhouse gas emissions at next month's G8 summit, a little-known aspect of US "coal politics" is brought to light by the Washington Post.

The powerful National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) is lobbying for some US$35 million to be spent on building coal-fired power plants during the coming decade It's a plan which even the right-wing Heritage Foundation can't support (no doubt because it boosts federal government subsidies, rather than dashes the growing anti-carbon consensus in Congress).

If you thought the NRECA primarily served poor country folk, or operated in a fundamentally cooperative fashion - then think again!

Meanwhile, Bush's announcement that four federal agencies must develop regulations limiting greenhouse gas emissions from new mobile (vehicular) sources has been widely criticised as little more than hype.

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