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Originally posted by Hellmutt
Kyoto ends in 2012. Why did they pick that year? Is it just to cause rumours and speculations, coincidence or something else?
Originally posted by John bull 1
This also puts paid to US state department claims that they wish to lead the world on important issues.
Where is the leadership today ?
New Rule Would Permit Routine Maintenance for Industrial Polluters > The Bush administration modified the Clean Air Act to permit power plants, > refineries and other pollution sources to replace equipment without > installing up-to-date emission-control devices. > > The new rule says that plants can replace up to 20 percent of their > equipment during "routine maintenance" each year without having to modernize > emissions-control systems. Industry groups said the move will make it less > costly for older plants to improve their environmental performance, while > critics said it could permit the nation's oldest and dirtiest plants to > skirt the law.
Today more than 130 million Americans-almost half the population-are exposed to unhealthy air pollution levels. Emissions from power plants are linked to a host of pediatric health problems, from asthma attacks and slowed neurological growth to stunted lung development and neonatal death. Instead of living up to his responsibility to safeguard public health and improve the nation's air quality, President Bush has partnered with industry lobbyists to begin a vast rollback of Clean Air Act protections.
Unclear Skies. The Bush administration's "Clear Skies" initiative would rewrite the Clean Air Act to benefit some of the nation's biggest polluters while weakening health protections for millions of Americans.