Here’s a little important non-primary related activism for readers from Senator Barbara Boxer in the wake of Bush’s latest too little too late global warming plan:
On Wednesday, President Bush delivered what was billed as a major speech on global warming.
What a disaster!
Rather than staking out a set of ambitious goals for America to strive for, the President argued that the United States should do nothing about global warming until 2025. I can’t believe he said it with a straight face.
That’s completely irresponsible — and President Bush needs to hear it.
Global warming is the biggest challenge of our generation. The decisions we make today will have an impact on our planet for generations to come.
That’s why I’ve been infuriated by the Bush Administration’s failure to take the global warming threat seriously over the past 7 years. They’ve relentlessly blocked, delayed, and rebuffed our efforts to step up and really do something about climate change at every turn.
Unfortunately, Wednesday’s speech from President Bush was no different. Rather than supporting our legislation in Congress to cut greenhouse gas emissions by close to 70% or more by 2050, President Bush unbelievably suggested that America should merely try to stop the growth of emissions by 2025. No cap on emissions, no cut in emissions — merely stopping the growth — and not even doing that for almost 20 years.
With global temperatures increasing, ice caps melting, and sea levels rising every day, President Bush’s proposal fails miserably. He needs to get the message. That’s why I’m going to deliver our petition to the White House later this month — and I want your name on it.
President Bush’s plan to do nothing while greenhouse gas emissions reach dangerous levels and threaten our planet is the height of irresponsibility. It’s akin to Nero fiddling while Rome burns.
The cap & trade legislation we’re currently considering in Congress is a solid first step towards tackling the global warming threat. It will make America a global leader on this critical issue — and it will also provide huge benefits to our economy by spurring the development of new, green technologies and green jobs all across our country.
In the closing months of his failed presidency, it’s time for George Bush to wake up and face facts. We can’t afford to wait any longer.
P.S. President Bush’s global warming speech on Wednesday was a disaster, and he needs to get the message. I’m going to deliver our petition to the White House later this month, and I want your name on it. Sign my petition to President Bush now!