On December 8th, I went on The O’Reilly Factor to discuss President Obama’s trip to Copenhagen and to respond to critics of the Bush Administration’s green record. As I explained to Bill, many of President Obama’s targets to reduce greenhouse gases and increase renewable energy are on track with policies and goals initially put in place by President Bush. Despite the frequent attacks on the Bush energy record, the facts show that under President Bush’s policies, air pollution decreased, ethanol production quadrupled, wind energy increased by more than 400 percent, and more than $44 billion in federal funds went towards climate change and energy security programs, including more than $22 billion to technology research, development and demonstration.
Here are some related fact sheets, articles and reports on the subject:
White House FACT SHEET: “Diversifying Our Energy Supply and Confronting Climate Change,” http://bit.ly/5jF714
“Everything You Know About the Bush Environmental Record is Wrong,” Gregg Easterbrook, Brookings Working Paper, April 1, 2002, http://bit.ly/5ib387
“Greenhouse-Gas Emissions Drop 0.1% in Developed World,” Alex Morales, Bloomberg News, November 17, 2008, http://bit.ly/58DYBt
“Myths & Facts About the Real Bush Record,” Ed Gillespie, Realclearpolitics.com, December 22, 2008, http://bit.ly/5Q2rBG