- Two men seriously hurt in crash near Fruitland (9/21/16)3
- Perryville man arrested for alleged patronizing prostitution, harassment (9/23/16)6
- Eldorado Resorts to buy Isle of Capri Casinos (9/20/16)7
- Community helps Jackson family with two cases of muscular dystrophy (9/19/16)
- Video and evidence largely confirm trooper's claims in April traffic stop shooting (9/23/16)6
- Cape man may lose eye after shovel beating, police say (9/25/16)2
- Funeral procession of former Cape Girardeau police chief Henry H. Gerecke (9/22/16)17
- Cape man accused of attacking pregnant girlfriend (9/22/16)
- Show Me Center upgrades may allow facility to draw more elaborate shows (9/21/16)17
- Man convicted of Perryville convenience-store heist (9/21/16)
U.S. needs carbon dioxide limits
To the editor:
Campaigning for the presidency in 2000, George W. Bush promised to limit carbon dioxide emissions to control global warming. After he assumed office -- in what was widely seen as payback for the energy industry that helped finance his campaign -- Bush reneged on his pledge. Bush claimed such regulations were inappropriate because there was no clear scientific link between human activity and global warming.
Last week, a report signed by Secretary of Commerce Don Evans and Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham concluded, "Rising temperatures in North America are due in part to human activity." The report found that global warming was already causing drought, damaging farms and changing migration patterns.
Nevertheless, the Bush administration is still committed to doing nothing. John H. Marburger, the president's top science adviser, said the new report has "no implications for policy." Bush denies that there has been any change in the administration's position. Asked by The New York Times to explain the switch, Bush replied "Ah, did we? I don't think so." Apparently Bush does not know what is going on in his own administration and certainly doesn't care what scientific consensus should mean for policy.
Throughout his presidency Bush has rejected scientific consensus on environmental issues when these deny his political agenda of promoting the interests of the corporate polluters who pay his campaign bills. The recent hurricanes in Florida are but a harbinger of a future without a policy controlling carbon dioxide.
JENNIFER St.CLAIR, Cape Girardeau