Washington: 'Do As I Say, Not As I Do'

Bush asks others to cut back emissions as US bankrolls high-emission projects
By Sophie Goldstein,  Newser User
Posted Aug 12, 2007 3:37 PM CDT
The coal-fired Plant Scherer in operation at Juliette, Ga. Tuesday, July 10, 2007. Southern Co. puts more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere than any other U.S. utility. Its Plant Scherer near Macon,...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – While Bush asks others to reduce emissions, Washington is promising to pay for a state-of-the-art oil refinery in India that will pump out 9 million metric tons of carbon dioxide a year. The Los Angeles Times says that this is only some of the smoke covering Washington’s tracks, as it backs energy and oil projects worldwide spewing out the equivalent of 30 million cars' worth of emissions.

A concerned Congress has struck back by passing a climate change plan, at the same time that US cities join in on a Greenpeace suit to stop the bankrolling of projects that flout US environmental law. All well and good, but Washington still says no to mandatory emissions caps and orders edits in official papers, hoping to water down worries about global warming.