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May 31, 2006

Treasury Secretary nominee says failure to ratify Kyoto hurts US

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ThinkProgress notes that that Bush's new nominee for Treasury Secretary is a big supporter of Kyoto:

President Bush’s new nominee for Treasury Secretary, Goldman Sachs Chairman Henry M. Paulson Jr., not only endorses the Kyoto Protocol to limit greenhouse emissions, but argues that the United States’ failure to enact Kyoto undermines the competitiveness of U.S. companies.

How refreshingly reality-based.

Incidentally, Al Gore's new anti-global warming movie, An Inconvenient Truth, has a very interesting segment on fuel efficiency standards and competitiveness in the global auto market. Apparently, the US can't export cars to China because our vehicles don't meet Chinese emissions standards. (I'll post a full review of the movie later on today.)


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On NPR it was noted that Henry M. Paulson is really big on environmental causes, and they were wondering why Bish would appoint someone with such a different world view in most everything else than what Bush has.

Paulson is more than a supporter of environmental causes, he is Chairman of the Board of Directors at the Nature Conservancy. He is also a Bush "Pioneer," having bundled more than $100,000 for the re-selection bid. I'm more and more convinced that Bush is not pro-or anti-environment, pro- or anti-science, pro- or anti-anything other than pro-Bush and anti-anti-Bush. He didn't seek power in order to enact an agenda, he adopted an agenda in order to seek power.

Steve G. That's a viewpoint that's becoming more accepted.
The cars. There was a press release on how the Chinese are trying to force the most modern autos possible as the product of new factories made with foreign investors. They actually plan to raise requirements for fuel efficiency from the current ones U.S. manufacturers aren't prepared to meet !

I have heard Gore holds up China as having better emission standards than the United States. This is a joke.

China is an environmental disaster and it is not because of its laws. It is because of the lack of enforcement of the laws. China’s care emission laws may be better than the United States’, but that is basically irrelevant because there are a huge number of cars there whose emissions would probably not meet anyone’s standards.

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