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The President’s FY 2005 budget includes an unprecedented $45 million for the Great Lakes Legacy Program, almost five times the 2004 level of funding. This will help keep toxins from the food chain that could cause adverse effects on human health and the environment. The President’s FY 2005 budget includes $21 million, an increase of $13.3 million, for the Department of the Interior’s Water 2025 Initiative, a Bush Administration program that strategically addresses the problem of competing demands for a finite water supply. Water 2025 will help states, tribes, and local communities improve conservation, implement efficiencies, and monitor water resources.
• Reduces dense undergrowth, which fuels catastrophic fires, through thinning and prescribed burns;
• Improves the public involvement in the review process by providing opportunities for earlier participation, thus accomplishing projects in a more timely fashion;
• Selects projects on a collaborative basis involving local, tribal, state, Federal and non-governmental entities;
• Focuses projects on Federal lands that meet strict criteria for risk of wildfire damage to communities, water supply systems and the environment;
• Authorizes the Healthy Forests Reserve Program, to protect, restore and enhance degraded forest ecosystems on private lands to promote the recovery of threatened and endangered species;
• Encourages biomass energy production through grants and assistance to local communities creating market incentives for removal of otherwise valueless forest material; and
• Develops an accelerated program on certain Federal lands to combat insect infestations.
A Realistic, Growth-Oriented Approach to Global Climate Change - President Bush has committed America to meeting the challenge of long-term global climate change by reducing the ratio of greenhouse gas emissions to economic output, or greenhouse gas intensity, by 18 percent by 2012 compared to 2002. The United States is sponsoring, with international and private-sector partners, a $1 billion, 10-year demonstration project to create the world’s first coal-based, zero-emissions electricity and hydrogen power plant (FutureGen). This project is designed to dramatically reduce air pollution and capture and store greenhouse gases. The President has also called for tax incentives totaling $4.1 billion through 2009 to spur the use of clean, renewable energy, and energy-efficient technologies, such as hybrid and fuel-cell vehicles, residential solar heating systems, renewable energy produced from landfill gas, wind, or biomass, and efficient combined heat and power systems. The President’s FY 2005 budget includes nearly $2 billion for the Federal scientific research program on global climate change, focused on reducing significant uncertainties in climate science, improving global climate observing systems, and developing resources to support policymaking and resource management. On transportation issues, through the President’s Hydrogen Fuel Initiative, the first car driven by a child born today could be powered by pollution-free fuel cells. The Hydrogen Fuel Initiative and the FreedomCAR Partnership will provide $1.7 billion over five years to develop hydrogen-powered fuel cells, a hydrogen infrastructure, and advanced automobile technologies that emit no air pollutants or greenhouse gases. And for the first time in a decade, the Administration raised Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards for SUVs, vans and pick-up trucks. Reforms are also underway that will save more fuel while protecting consumer safety and American jobs.