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Four Color Politics

Mainly the Quotes of the Morning, with occasional Other Crap.

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Quotes of the Morning: Hot Air

“The Supreme Court ordered the Environmental Protection Agency on Monday to explain why it has refused to regulate greenhouse gas pollution from cars, putting the Bush administration under pressure from an unusual coalition of environmental groups and leaders of the auto industry to move quickly on global warming.
In a 5-to-4 decision, the court rejected the administration’s argument that it had no legal authority to limit carbon dioxide released from new cars. In a ruling described as a landmark victory for environmental activists, it decided that the EPA does have such authority and that it must give better reasons for not using it than the ‘laundry list’ of ‘impermissible considerations’ it has offered until now.”
-MSNBC, April 2, 2007

“How could Fearless Leader and his Four Horsemen of the Administration (Condi, Alberto, Rove and Big Dick) have overlooked such a vital issue? This makes it sound like Fearless Leader has been fighting regulating global warming, and we all know that nothing could be further from the truth.”
-Skippy


“Q With the court's decision today, will the President direct the EPA to decide whether greenhouse gases contribute to the changing climate?
MS. PERINO: I saw that opinion, that ruling. There were several of them that came out today. We haven't had a chance to review the opinion in full. People at EPA and across the government are going to have to do that. I can't speak to the broader implications of the bill [sic]. One thing I can say is part of this case that was being argued was with respect to vehicles and regulating CO2 out of the tailpipe. And one of the ways that you do that is by making cars more efficient, so burning less gas, going more miles. And that's precisely what we have been working to do with our increases in mileage standards for both light trucks, SUVs, and we have asked for that same authority in regards to cars.”
-Press Gaggle with White House Spokesperson Dana Perino, April 2, 2007

“Yes! The Administration has been all over this issue. They just felt that the best way to reduce CO2 emissions was to mandate increases in mileage for trucks, SUVs and cars rather than any kind of real, you know, enforcement.”
-Skippy


“In my State of the Union I set an ambitious goal of reducing gasoline usage in the United States by 20 percent over the next 10 years. If you want to become less dependent on oil, the quickest way to do so is to use less gasoline. Meeting this goal will require significant changes in supply and demand. On the demand side, we have got to reform our economy -- fuel economy standards, that will reduce the amount of gasoline that cars and SUVs consume. And on the supply side, I have proposed a new mandatory fuel standard that is nearly a fivefold increase over the current target for renewable and alternative fuels.
We'll leave it to the market to decide the mix of fuels that most effectively and efficiently meet this goal.”
-George ‘Dubya’ Bush, January 31, 2007

“Um.. That’s what I meant. The Administration didn’t really, um, ‘mandate’ an increase of mileage. They just kind of asked the ‘market’ to do the work. Strictly voluntary of course. I’m sure though that the Administration is happy to see that the courts have increased their power. Every other time they get a little power they seem to love it.”
-Skippy


“Q Well, on a broader face, why did the administration and the EPA refuse to take a position on whether greenhouse gases cause global warming?
MS. PERINO: No, we -- that's actually not what the case was saying. We have long said that greenhouse gases are contributing to a warming planet, and that human-generated carbon dioxide is a large contributor to that aspect of it.
Q Then it wasn't an EPA policy, which is what this case is about.
MS. PERINO: The question was -- it is a legal question of whether or not the federal government has the legal authority to regulate greenhouse gases as a pollutant. And the prior administration said that they thought they had that legal authority, but they did not take action. We questioned whether we did have the legal authority. Now the Supreme Court has settled that matter for us, and we're going to have to take a look and analyze it and see where we go from there. “
-Press Gaggle with White House Spokesperson Dana Perino, April 2, 2007

“After years of ignoring the Geneva Conventions, wiretapping American citizens without a warrant and occupying foreign counties, now the Administration is going to have to analyze what to do when they get a little power. Odd. It’s almost like they have actively worked against enforcing this kind of thing.”
-Skippy

"A White House official who once led the oil industry's fight against limits on greenhouse gases has repeatedly edited government climate reports in ways that play down links between such emissions and global warming, according to internal documents.
In handwritten notes on drafts of several reports issued in 2002 and 2003, the official, Philip A. Cooney, removed or adjusted descriptions of climate research that government scientists and their supervisors, including some senior Bush administration officials, had already approved.
Mr. Cooney is chief of staff for the White House Council on Environmental Quality, the office that helps devise and promote administration policies on environmental issues. Before coming to the White House in 2001, he was the 'climate team leader' and a lobbyist at the American Petroleum Institute, the largest trade group representing the interests of the oil industry. A lawyer with a bachelor's degree in economics, he has no scientific training."
-New York Times, June 7, 2005

“He left.. I’m sure that they immediately went in and began enforcing these issues afterwards. I mean, they couldn’t just avoid enforcing EPA rules on the gas companies forever.”
-Skippy


“And so while there's a shortfall because of down refining capacity, we will work with -- we have instructed EPA to leave the rules in place, or to suspend the rules that were in place, keep the suspension in place, which would make it easier to increase supply, and continue to get supply of gasoline here. And that's important for our consumers to know.”
-George ‘Dubya’ Bush, September 26, 2005

“Bah! I’m not listening to you anymore. I know, deep in my heart, that Fearless Leader is trying to stop green house gases as best he can.”
-Skippy


"Asked if he had changed his view on global warming Mr Bush said a speech he gave in 2001 recognised that green house gases were an issue. He went on 'I also strongly believe that technologies and the proper use of technologies will allow us to grow our economies and protect the environment.'
'The US goal is to neutralise and reduce green house gases over time. What I didn’t agree was a way forward that damaged our economy.'”
-Financial Times, July 7, 2005

“Remember, as long as it doesn’t cost anything or inconvenience the oil companies Fearless Leader is all about protecting the environment.”
-Skippy

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