NWF Says Global Warming Plan Is Full of Hot Air

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Last February, the Bush administration announced a global warming plan that would "set America on a path to slow the growth of greenhouse gas emissions." Now, a new NWF report reveals that the president's plan would actually allow more global warming pollution at a faster rate than if the nation simply continued the pollution trend of recent years.

According to the report, Beneath the Hot Air, Department of Energy data indicate that the United States' carbon dioxide (CO2) levels grew by 4.6 percent over the last five years due to the nation's growing dependence on oil, coal and natural gas. If this trend continues over the next ten years, U.S. CO2 emissions would be expected to grow by 9.5 percent. The Bush administration's global warming plan, however, includes an emissions goal that could increase the nation's CO2 emissions by 13 percent over the next decade.

"The Bush administration claims to be reducing global warming pollution," says Jeremy Symons, NWF's Climate Change and Wildlife Program manager, "but it's an accounting sham. The proof is in the pollution. …