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GREENS BLAST THE BUSH ENERGY DEPARTMENT'S PLAN TO GUT THE CLEAN AIR ACT
22 Feb 2002
Modified: 09:00:26 PM
Greens, other environmental activists oppose
the assault on New Source Review requirements for
old power plants, and urge EPA chief Whitman to
stand up to the polluter lobby inside the Bush
Administration
THE GREEN PARTY OF THE UNITED STATES

MEDIA RELEASE
For immediate release:
Friday, February 22, 2002

Contacts:
Nancy Allen, Media Coordinator, 207-326-4576,
nallen (at) acadia.net
Scott McLarty, Media Coordinator, 202-518-5624,
scottmclarty (at) yahoo.com


GREENS BLAST THE BUSH ENERGY DEPARTMENT'S PLAN TO
GUT THE CLEAN AIR ACT

*** Greens, other environmental activists oppose
the assault on New Source Review requirements for
old power plants, and urge EPA chief Whitman to
stand up to the polluter lobby inside the Bush
Administration


BETH A. McCONNELL, Pennsylvania Public Interest
Research Group (nonpartisan organization):
"President Bush's Energy Department is poised to
eliminate a requirement of the Clean Air Act that
old power plants install modern air pollution
equipment when they upgrade, thereby severely
weakening efforts to reduce air pollution. More
than 30,000 Americans lives are cut short each
year due to power plant pollution. Now is the
time that we should be coming down hard on air
polluters, not relaxing clean air standards. The
plan will jeopardize the health of every
American, and will undo decades of clean air
progress."


J. ROY CANNON, Green Party of Delaware: "We urge
EPA Administrator Christine Todd Whitman to
uphold her obligation to protect the American
public from the hazards of pollution, and to
continue to stand up to the Energy Department's
plan. Last year, Ms. Whitman compromised on both
the Kyoto global warming treaty and the
regulation to limit arsenic in drinking water,
which was later reversed after a storm of public
protest. But Ms. Whitman, as governor of New
Jersey, supported strict enforcement of the New
Source Review program to make plants restrict
emissions, and we urge her to stand firm against
this latest attempt to satisfy the polluter lobby
inside the Bush Administration."


ANNIE GOEKE, Pennsylvania Green and co-chair of
the national party's International Committee:
"The Bush Administration's Energy Department,
caving in to the oil and gas, coal, and chemical
manufacturer lobbies, wants to gut the 'New
Source Review.' This is the provision that
requires hundreds of dirty old power plants,
including coal plants, which were grandfathered
out of the 1970 Clean Air Act's "Best Available
Control Technology" requirement to reduce air
pollution, to use the most up-to-date and
effective air pollution controls when upgrading
their facilities. Marc Racicot, chair of the
Republican Party, has lobbied the White House for
years to weaken the Clean Air Act, and he
continues to be associated with a law firm that
is leading the assault against clean air. Since
Bush and Cheney are former oil industry
executives, it might not take much persuasion."


CAROL MILLER, New Mexico Green and public health
leader: "The Energy Department proposal will
allow plants to pump sulfur dioxide and nitrogen
oxide emissions in the air for decades to come.
Sulfur dioxide causes acid rain and nitrogen
oxide causes urban smog. The proposal will cause
a whole range of serious health problems
including asthma, lung cancer and heart disease,
especially in cities where children already
suffer record asthma rates. We call on every
single member of Congress to pass federal
legislation to oppose it, and we urge Americans
to contact their Representatives and Senators
immediately and demand that they take action to
block this dangerous move."


TOM SEVIGNY, Connecticut Green, member of the
national Steering Committee of the Green Party of
the United States: "The ghost of Enron lives on
in these defective Bush air policies. Bush
should know by now that market-based systems,
like his proposed 'cap and trade' emission
trading program, have not worked and will not
work to clean up our air. It's just another
shell game to allow corporate wheeler dealers to
create a new market for speculative trading, and
even if it were approved, it might not go into
effect for years while old power plants would be
allowed to avoid installing modern pollution
equipment when they upgrade. It's more corporate
welfare at the expense of the environment, with
corporate polluters showered with billions in new
credits while we get acid rain and asthma.
That's what Enron lobbied for behind closed
doors."


MORE INFORMATION

The Green Party of the United States
http://gpus.org
http://www.greenpartyus.org


END



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TEA: Time + Energy = Wealth
22 Feb 2002
The function of the Time-Energy Accounting (TEA) currency,
100% backed by human time and renewable energy, is to:

1. Administer a lawful citizens' currency.

2. Strengthen the liberties and responsibilities of
individual citizens and local communities.

3. Minimize the centralization of power.

4. Balance competition and cooperation in the marketplace.

5. Minimize public and private bureaucracy.

6. Maximize efficient and equitable utilization of
natural resources.

7. Eliminate the need for personal income tax.

8. Minimize the need for any taxation.

9. Minimize corporate-government racketeering.

10. Stabilize the money supply and price level.

11. Restore full-reserve banking.

12. Remove the primary cause of economic inflation,
deflation, recessions, depressions, warfare and waste
of resources.

13. Enhance life, liberty and tranquility for all.


The Time-Energy Accounting (TEA) network issues:

1. Citizens dividends backed by human lifetime
($1 = one hour = $730 per month) plus

2. Energy dividends backed by harvested renewable energy
($1 = one kilowatt-hour).

Each time-energy dollar is valid for one year from the
month of issuance, then "self-redeems" or "extinguishes"
itself like an expiring coupon.

The sooner participants circulate or invest each
time-energy dollar, the more value the dollar has, since
it represents time-energy value for only one year (demurrage).

Savings are channeled to useful investments in renewable
energy infrastructure rather than paper money, precious
metals, uranium, oil or other "barren" (non-renewable)
commodities.

Renewable energy investments produce real dividends
(not interest) in the universal metric of kilowatt-hours
measured by ordinary energy meters.

Human lifetime is itself a natural dividend in the
universal metric of hours measured by ordinary clocks
(unless you endorse slavery).

Participants are issued citizens dividends once they are
16 or over so that parents will not be encouraged to
over-populate for money.

Who can reasonably deny that our lifetime is our most
valuable asset?

Who can reasonably deny that benign renewable energy
is the foundation of a sustainable civilization?

Among other things, renewable energy can desalinate
our oceans to produce abundant fresh water.

The issuing of time-energy dollars is performed by
elected local treasurers and their staff.

No electronic or other non-manual vote tabulation is
permitted.

Confederated / cooperative local treasuries co-audit
each other on a randomly selected basis every three months.

Time + Energy = Wealth.

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.


If you'd like to understand the hocus-pocus of money
creation, here are plenty of related resources:

http://egroups.com/group/jpchance/links/Treasury_000993420879

Buckminster Fuller's macroeconomic Cosmic Costing is
particularly illuminating:

http://people.montana.com/~calsch/CosmicCosting.htm

http://bfi.org
See also:
egroups.com/group/Time-Energy-Accounting