Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Environmentalists Against Actually Solving Climate Change!

Ok - so the title should be Some environmentalists -- but that isn't as eye-catching.

There is a story out today in some of the environmental trade press talking about Friends of the Earth (FOE) and Greenpeace now opposing the Lieberman-Warner bill because its too moderate. It has enough environmental rigor for Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA), but that's not enough for these guys -- who have actually gone after Boxer for not being green enough -- if you can imagine that?

I did a whole big firey post about all this -- including the trade article on my other blog that talks about bringing pragmatism into environmental and energy policy. I urge you to read all about it at: http://ecopragmatism.blogspot.com/

This ties into the ag offsets issue because part of what these groups want to "fix" about the Lieberman-Warner bill is getting rid of the offsets program.

Just more reason to get into this issue and define it from a pro-ag point of view!

Sara

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

To be clear, the main problems with the Lieberman-Warner bill are its failure to reduce global warming pollution to 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050 and its up to a trillion dollars in giveaways to polluters. That is a lot of money -- more than the U.S. has spent on the war in Iraq.

Readers who wish to learn more are welcome to visit http://www.lieberman-warner.org.

Nick Berning
Friends of the Earth Action

Sara Hessenflow Harper said...

While you are being clear, why don't you give folks here your view of how ag offsets should be treated?

J said...

I think it would be helpful for us to discuss the meaning of the word "giveaways". You hear it a lot surrounding this issue. How does L-W giveaway trillions of dollars to polluters? Thanks for the blog, Sara.
Jacob