Critics See Too Little Significant Change

Publication: Washington Post

Author: Steven Mufson

01/24/2007 - The energy proposals President Bush outlined last night break new ground for his administration.He combined a call to lower gasoline consumption with new mandates for oil companies and new standards for automakers. And he couched these in the context of enhancing U.S. energy security and addressing climate change.

"For too long our nation has been dependent on foreign oil," Bush said. "This dependence leaves us more vulnerable to hostile regimes and to terrorists, who could cause huge disruptions of oil shipments."

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"This is not nearly enough to really put us on the path of reducing emissions down to 60 percent or 80 percent of current levels, which is what we really need," said Eileen Claussen, president of the Pew Center on Global Climate Change.

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